Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour

Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour is a 1982-1983 American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Ruby-Spears Enterprises in association with Paramount Television, featuring animated versions of characters from the live-action sitcoms Mork & Mindy, Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days, all part of the same franchise. This Saturday morning series lasted for one season on ABC.[1]

Mork & Mindy / Laverne & Shirley / Fonz Hour
GenreCartoon series
Directed byGeorge Gordon
Bob Hathcock
John Kimball
Rudy Larriva
Carl Urbano
Rudy Zamora
StarringRobin Williams
Pam Dawber
Conrad Janis
Henry Winkler
Voices ofRalph James
Stan Jones
Ron Palillo
Lynne Marie Stewart
Frank Welker
Shavar Ross
Mark L. Taylor
ComposerHoyt Curtin
Country of originUSA
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes27
Production
Executive producersWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
ProducersJoe Ruby
Art Scott
Ken Spears
Running time1 hour
Production companiesHanna-Barbera Productions
Ruby-Spears Enterprises
Paramount Television
Release
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Original releaseSeptember 25, 1982 (1982-09-25) –
September 3, 1983 (1983-09-03)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Fonz and the Happy Days Gang
Laverne & Shirley in the Army
Related showsMork & Mindy
Laverne & Shirley
Happy Days

This show was divided into two segments: Mork & Mindy and Laverne & Shirley with the Fonz.[2] The Laverne & Shirley half-hour was the second season of Laverne & Shirley in the Army, with the addition of The Fonz and his dog Mr. Cool from the earlier cartoon The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang.[3]

Mork & MindyEdit

In the Mork & Mindy segment, in which Robin Williams and Pam Dawber voiced the title characters, a teenaged Mork is sent to Earth from planet Ork to observe the lives of human teenagers and enroll in a local school. As on the original show, Mindy McConnell and her father Fred (voiced by Conrad Janis) are the only Earthlings who know that he is an alien and he sends telepathic reports of his experiences to Orkan ruler Orson (voiced by an uncredited Ralph James). Unlike the original show, Mork is accompanied by his Orkan pet, a pink, six-legged, dog-like creature named Doing (voiced by Frank Welker) which is pronounced as "Doyng". Other characters in the show included Eugene (voiced by Shavar Ross), Hamilton (voiced by Mark L. Taylor), and Principal Caruthers (voiced by an uncredited Stanley Jones).

Episode listEdit

Title Original air date
M1"Who's Minding the Brat?"September 25, 1982 (1982-09-25)
Mindy has Mork babysit while she takes her dad to the airport.
M2"The Greatest Schmoe on Earth"October 2, 1982 (1982-10-02)
M3"To Ork or Not to Ork"October 9, 1982 (1982-10-09)
M4"Orkan Without a Cause"October 16, 1982 (1982-10-16)
M5"Mork Man vs. Ork Man"October 23, 1982 (1982-10-23)
M6"Which Witch Is the Witch"October 30, 1982 (1982-10-30)
M7"Every Doing Has His Day"November 6, 1982 (1982-11-06)
Mork helps Doing earn his way back in the house.
M8"Beauty or the Beast"November 13, 1982 (1982-11-13)
M9"Morkel and Hyde"November 20, 1982 (1982-11-20)
M10"The Wimp"November 27, 1982 (1982-11-27)
M11"Ride 'em Morkboy"December 4, 1982 (1982-12-04)
M13"Meet Mork's Mom"December 11, 1982 (1982-12-11)
M14"Muddle in the Huddle"December 18, 1982 (1982-12-18)
M15"The Incredible Shrinking Mork"December 25, 1982 (1982-12-25)
In an effort to retrieve Mork's watch stolen from a rat, Mork, Mindy and Doing shrink using a special device.
M16"The Invisible Mork"January 8, 1983 (1983-01-08)
Mork drinks strawberry juice that makes him invisible, then takes advantage of his invisibility by trying to fight a bully to win Mindy's affections.
M17"The Fluke Spook"January 15, 1983 (1983-01-15)
M18"Mayhem for the Mayor"January 22, 1983 (1983-01-22)
M19"Coo Coo Caveboy"January 29, 1983 (1983-01-29)
M20"A Treasure Ain't No Pleasure"February 5, 1983 (1983-02-05)
M21"The Mork with the Midas Touch"February 12, 1983 (1983-02-12)
M22"Extra Terrestrial Toddler"February 19, 1983 (1983-02-19)
M23"Time Slipper Slip-Up"February 26, 1983 (1983-02-26)
M24"Super Mork"March 5, 1983 (1983-03-05)
M25"Mork P.I."March 12, 1983 (1983-03-12)
M26"Monkey on My Back Pack"March 19, 1983 (1983-03-19)
M27"On Your Mork, Get Set, Go!"1983 (1983)
This episode was pre-empted on January 1, 1983 due to coverage of the Tournament of Roses Parade. The exact date this episode was shown, if at all, is uncertain.

CastEdit

Laverne & Shirley with The FonzEdit

This segment is a continuation of Laverne & Shirley in the Army, the only difference being the addition of The Fonz (voiced by Henry Winkler) and his dog Mr. Cool (voiced by Frank Welker; from The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang) as mechanics in the army camp's motor pool. Cindy Williams quit her role as Shirley on the live-action sitcom Laverne & Shirley in August 1982. Conversely, Williams' role in the animated series was taken over by friend Lynne Marie Stewart. Only eight episodes were produced. Thus, the existing segments produced up to that point were rerun for the rest of the series. Except for a few publicity cel paintings, no further plans for the series were made.[citation needed]

Episode listEdit

Title Original air date
L1"The Speed Demon Get-Away Caper"September 25, 1982 (1982-09-25)
When the Fonz is wrongly accused and imprisoned for stealing a car he was working on, Laverne and Shirley (along with Squealy) go on a quest to capture the real criminal.
L2"Swamp Monsters Speak with Forked Face"October 2, 1982 (1982-10-02)
Laverne and Shirley (along with Squealy, The Fonz and Mr. Cool) board a boat to obtain photographic proof of a two-headed swamp monster.
L3"Movie Madness"October 9, 1982 (1982-10-09)
Laverne and Shirley masquerade as stuntmen in hopes of meeting star Lance Velour when a movie is being filmed at the military base.
L4"One Million Laughs B.C."October 16, 1982 (1982-10-16)
Laverne and Shirley are sent through a time warp into prehistoric times in a jeep that Fonzie has been working on.
L5"The Robot Recruit"October 23, 1982 (1982-10-23)
A robot called M.A.B.E.L. is sent to the camp to sabotage the military games, for which Laverne and Shirley receive the blame. But when M.A.B.E.L. gets broken, the Fonz gives her a repair and tune-up.
L6"All the President's Girls"October 30, 1982 (1982-10-30)
L7"Laverne and Shirley and the Beanstalk"November 6, 1982 (1982-11-06)
L8"Raiders of the Lost Pork"November 13, 1982 (1982-11-13)

CastEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1997). The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television. Watson-Guptill Publications. p. 257. ISBN 978-0823083152. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 564. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 352. ISBN 978-1538103739.

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