Robin Williams splashed colorfully — literally — into pop culture in 1978 as Mork, wearing a bright red alien suit with a silver upside-down triangle on front.
Once he met Mindy and became acclimated to his Earthly surroundings, he donned an orange and black horizontally striped shirt and baggy blue pants held up by rainbow-colored suspenders. His wild hair shot off in different directions, just like Williams himself.
I was a senior in high school when Mork & Mindy debuted on ABC, and Williams immediately had an impact on me and my friends.
He was fresh, strange, funny, and unpredictable, and we loved him.
One reason the Mork character was so effective and instantly beloved on TV is because Williams’ natural sweetness shone through.
Sure, his manic behavior and endless cast of characters were a blast to watch, but it was that sweet, impish grin at the end of one of his rants that made everything even funnier.
I doubt much of his dialogue or his sweet nature were written into a script; Williams simply was Mork, then and ’till the end.