Mork versus the Fonz

I learned something new the other day: Mork and Mindy was a spinoff of Happy Days. Did any of you know that? I had no idea.

In one episode of the Happy Days, Mork arrived and planned to take one “specimen” (in this case, Richie Cunningham) back to his home planet. As you might imagine, the Fonz would have none of that and intervened:


The best part by far is when the Fonz’s thumb starts twitching. That is so cool.

7 Responses to “Mork versus the Fonz”

  1. Frankon 17 Jan 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Yep, I knew Mork and Mendy was a Happy Days spin-off. I think there was also a show called Jonie Love Chachi or something like that, but I think society may be repressing that memory…

  2. Frankon 17 Jan 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Oh, and wasn’t there some sort of connection to Laverne and Shirley too?

    (Really, I’m done commenting now).

  3. Jennuon 17 Jan 2008 at 10:37 pm

    OK, when I first read this title, I thought it said MONK vs. the Fonz and all I could picture was Tony Shalhoub facing off against Fonzie.

    I totally remember the Mork episode. I think it came post-shark jumping and it went down with the audience so well that they did a spin off.

    Laverne & Shirley were another spinoff, but they might’ve been introduced specifically so they could be spun off. They double-dated Fonz and one of the guys, probably Richie.

    I watched WAAAAAY too much TV as a kid (and still do) but at least it seems to have stuck in my memory. I would’ve hated to have watched so much TV and then not remember any of it.

  4. Deborahon 18 Jan 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Glad to know I wasn’t the only one who thought the title of this post was Monk instead of Mork at first glance. Anway, I did know that. Gosh I loved those shows. It’s amazing how television has changed over the years!

  5. Marshaon 18 Jan 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Frank: You know, I had completely forgotten about Joanie Loves Chachi Gee, thanks a lot for putting that awful show back in my head now! :)

    Jennu and Deborah: I wonder what Monk versus the Fonz would be like? Fonzie waves his comb at Monk, who recoils in horror from the thought of someone else’s comb actually touching him…

    Or has Monk stabilized a bit in recent years? I have to confess that I stopped watching the show shortly after Sharona left. (To use another reference to Happy Days, I think that’s when Monk jumped the shark.) I watched about half a season with his new assistant, and she just didn’t work for me.

  6. ariannaon 21 Jan 2008 at 11:53 am

    That’s funny that you mention it now, because I just re-learned that recently, while playing a trivia game with my friends! We were given pictures of spinoff shows, and asked to indicate what they were & where they spun off from. I was killing myself over Mork & Mindy because I KNEW I knew it! Of course, I only remembered AFTER our sheet was handed in. Oh, well. :)

    I’m looking forward to watching that episode when I get home from work…I haven’t actually seen it. I also really need to watch the jumping the shark episode, because while I know that Happy Days is where the term came from, I don’t really know if I’ve ever seen it, or if I’ve just made up a very realistic version of it in my head…which isn’t that difficult to do, seeing how predictable & cookie-cutter (in reference to itself, anyway) HD generally was…. :)

  7. Macon 22 Jan 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Your parents must not have let you watch as much tv as mine did me. Mork and Mindy, Laverne and Shirley, and Joanie Loves Chachi were all Happy Days spin-offs. Happy Days itself was spun off from Love American Style and borrows heavily from the movie American Graffiti.

    Here’s a link to a photo of Laverne, the Fonz, and Mork all standing in the Cunninghams’ living room:

    And, no, I’m not proud of how much tv I’ve watched.