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Mork & Mindy Laverne & Shirley Fonz Hour

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The Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour is an animated series which aired on ABC following the cancellation of the live-action series. The show included 26 fifteen-minute installments of "Mork & Mindy" and 8 thirty-minute installments of "Laverne & Shirley with the Fonz," a variation of the previous season's "Laverne & Shirley in the Army."

Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Conrad Janis and Ralph James each reprised their roles; Eugene was voiced by Shavar Ross.

PremiseEdit

Mork and Mindy Cartoon Cast 1

Fred McConnell, Eugene, Mr. Caruthers, Doing, Mork, Mindy, Hamilton J. DuPont XXV

Ignoring the established events in the live-action show, Mork and Mindy are high-school aged when Orson sends Mork to Earth, where he rents a room from Fred McConnell. Along for the ride is Doing (pronounced Doyng), a 6-legged Orkan "dog" with antennas on his head and plungers for feet who can detach his body into three separate pieces.

At Mt. Mount High School, Mork is frequently at odds with the Principal, Mr. Caruthers. Hamilton J. DuPont XXV is a rich, snobby classmate who wants to date Mindy and prove to everyone else that Mork's not human. Outside of school, Mork frequently pals around with his younger buddy Eugene.

EpisodesEdit

Information about old Saturday morning cartoons has a tendency to be sparse and inaccurate. Taking into consideration that there were two episodes per half hour, the list below is based on other online guides, which may not accurately reflect the order in which they originally aired. This list does not include the "Laverne & Shirley with the Fonz" segments.

# Title airdate
1 Who's Minding the Brat? September 25, 1982
2 The Greatest Shmo on Earth September 25, 1982
3 To Ork or Not to Ork October 2, 1982
4 Orkin Without a Cause October 2, 1982
5 Mork Man vs. Ork Man October 9, 1982
6 Which Witch Is the Witch October 9, 1982
7 Every Doing Has His Day October 16, 1982
8 Beauty or the Beast October 16, 1982
9 Morkel and Hyde October 23, 1982
10 The Wimp October 23, 1982
11 Ride 'em Morkboy October 30, 1982
12 Meet Mork's Mom October 30, 1982
13 Muddle in a Huddle November 6, 1982
14 The Incredible Shrinking Mork November 6, 1982
15 The Invisible Mork November 13, 1982
16 The Fluke Spook November 13, 1982
17 Mayhem for the Mayor November 20, 1982
18 Coo Coo Caveboy November 20, 1982
19 A Treasure Ain't No Pleasure November 27, 1982
20 The Mork with the Midas Touch November 27, 1982
21 Extra-Terrestial Toddler December 4, 1982
22 Time Slipper Slip-Up December 4, 1982
23 Super Mork December 11, 1982
24 Mork, P.I. December 11, 1982
25 Monkey on My Back-Pack December 18, 1982
26 On Your Mork, Get Set, Go December 18, 1982

Credits and BumpersEdit

Mork and mindy laverne and shirley and the fonz hour- intro01:01

Mork and mindy laverne and shirley and the fonz hour- intro

In addition to the opening credits sequence, there were bumpers leading into commercials, often featuring both the Mork & Mindy characters and the Laverne and Shirley with The Fonz characters, sometimes interacting with each other.

Mork & mindy laverne & shirley with the fonz-bumper00:14

Mork & mindy laverne & shirley with the fonz-bumper

The Mork & Mindy, Laverne & Shirley with The Fonz Hour02:36

The Mork & Mindy, Laverne & Shirley with The Fonz Hour

CastEdit

As was standard for cartoons of the era, only one set of end credits was created citing the cast and crew for the entire season, making it nearly impossible to discern who actually worked on each individual episode.

Main CastEdit

Mindy Doing and Mork

Mork and Mindy with Doing

Additional VoicesEdit

  • Dennis Alwood
  • Jack Angel
  • Dave Coulier
  • Julie McWhirter Dees
  • Alan Dinehart
  • Walker Edmiston
  • Stan Freberg
  • Bob Holt
  • Katherine Leigh
  • Allan Melvin
  • Sidney Miller
  • Neil Ross
  • Michael Rye
  • Steve Schatzberg
  • Marilyn Schreffler
  • Steve Spears
  • Larry Storch
  • Alan Young

Laverne & Shirley with The FonzEdit

This segment of the show was actually season 2 of Laverne and Shirley in the Army, inspired by the hit film Private Benjamin and featuring a literal pig (voiced by Ron Pillilo, better known as Horshack from Welcome Back Kotter) as Laverne & Shirley's commanding officer. Fonzie and his talking dog, Mr. Cool, were transplanted from their cartoon The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, with Fonzie working as a mechanic on the military base.

Eight 30-minute episodes were produced. Since Cindy Williams left the sitcom around the same time, there seems to be some rampant speculative misinformation in cyberspace that the show was cut short because of her exit. Winkler reprised his part but neither Williams nor Penny Marshall were involved in this incarnation of the show. In that era, it was standard in Saturday morning television to create a full 13-episode season one year (as they did with Mork & Mindy) and a shorter second season to be fleshed out with first-season reruns. After the 8 new Laverne & Shirley cartoons aired, the previous season's reruns were paired with the remainder of the Mork & Mindy episodes.

Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Animated Series

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