It's the year 2222 and Adam Quark is the commander of a United Galaxies Sanitation Patrol Cruiser, a garbage scow who's job is to collect trash, or space baggies as they're known.
His crew include Betty and Betty, a woman and her clone, though even they can't seem to decide which is which.
Gene/Jean who is a transmute, a being with a complete set of both male and female chromosomes.
Ficus Pandorata who although human in appearance is actually a Vegeton, a member of a race of sentient plant life.
Andy the Robot, made from spare parts
Based at the United Galaxies Space Station Perma 1 is Otto Palindrome who gives Quark his orders, and Palindrome is answerable to The Head, mainly seen as a disembodied head with an enormous cranium.
Made in 1977 and 78 this show lasted for only 8 episodes for NBC and starred Richard Benjamin as Adam Quark. The show itself satarized shows like Star Trek and films like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Wars. Now this is a show that as far as I know never got aired in the UK, and although it had only a few episodes it's fondly remembered by the people who caught it when it originally aired. A mate recently managed to get me copies of the episodes, from the few I've watched I found this show to be very silly yet very amusing, also it has that Mork and Mindy type feel to it, that same canned laughter that seems to laugh at things that aren't even that funny. Funnily Otto Palindrome is played by Conrad Janis noted for playing Mindy's father on Mork and Mindy. Gene/Jean was played by Tim Thomerson who went on to play Jack Deth in Trancers. Sci-Fi comedy on TV is a genre that doesn't always work, with shows like Red Dwarf and Hyperdrive having their lovers and haters. It's a pity Quark never got more chance of a bigger run, as it's pretty much a forgotten show now.
Never heard if Quark in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was named after Quark the show but it might have been a homage.
The Episodes were:
Pilot (May 7, 1977)
May the Source Be with You (February 2, 1978)
The Old and the Beautiful (March 3, 1978)
The Good, the Bad and the Ficus (March 10, 1978)
Goodbye Polumbus (March 17, 1978)
All the Emperor's Quasi-Norms, Part 1 (March 24, 1978)
All the Emperor's Quasi-Norms, Part 2 (March 31, 1978)
Vanessa 38-24-36 (April 7, 1978)