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My Favorite Martian


My Favorite Martian

Series Description

The My Favorite Martian TV show was a 30 minute sci-fi comedy series on CBS about a man from the planet Mars who became stranded on Earth after his spacecraft crashed. An Earthling named Tim O'Hara took the friendly Martian into his home and allowed him to pose as his Uncle Martin. Uncle Martin looked just like any Earthling except for his antennae which were usually hidden inside his forehead. Most of the TV show's themes revolved around Uncle Martin's powers going crazy, causing a problem that might reveal his true identity. He sometimes also would get some crazy Martian illness that would be easily detectable. Then the rest of the show involved fixing the problem or explaining away the illness so Uncle Martin could remain anonymous and continue living with his good friend Tim.

My Favorite Martian Cast

Ray Walston ............ Uncle Martin
Bill Bixby ............. Tim O'Hara
Pamela Britton ......... Mrs. Lorelei Brown
Ann Marshall ........... Angela Brown
J. Pat O'Malley ........ Mr. Harry Burns
Alan Hewitt ............ Detective Bill Brennan
Roy Engel .............. The Police Chief

My Favorite Martian Trivia

    

Uncle Martin's spaceship crashed near Los Angeles, California when he quickly changed course in order to miss hitting a NASA rocket plane.

J. Pat O'Malley appeared in the very first episode of the 1969 TV show "The Brady Bunch"! He played the role of Mr. Tyler. The episode was titled "The Honeymoon".

In 1966, right after My Favorite Martian finished shooting, Bill Bixby had a supporting role in the movie "Doctor, You've Got To Be Kidding". One of his scenes was shot near a fireplace. That scene used Mrs. Brown's living room from "My Favorite Martian" as it's set!

In episode #37 of the series, "The Incredible Hulk", Ray Walston guest-starred with Bill Bixby who played the (starring) role of Dr. David Banner. The episode was titled, "My Favorite Magician"! Actually, both of the actors were members of a professional magicians' club in Hollywood!

Ray Walston won 2 emmys and was nominated for a 3rd for his role on the series "Picket Fences".

While filming episode #105, "Stop the Presses, I Want to Get Off", a Lion suddenly roared and crashed into a glass partition (breaking it) that was separating him from Bill Bixby! No one got hurt but it scared the h... out of Bill! Actually, the scene was originally supposed to be with Ray Walston and he refused to do it. They had to do a re-write of the script and everything! And don't worry ... the Lion wasn't hurt either.

During his inital interview, Bill Bixby said to the Producer, "Hello, I'm Bill Bixby." The Producer replied, "No, you're not. You're Tim O'Hara.

Most series are shot in 1 or 2 days per week with the rest of the week available for rehearsals. Due to all the special effects used on My Favorite Martian, they had to shoot 5 days per week leaving little or no time for rehearsals!

The series was filmed on stage 10 of the DESILU Studios. After My Favorite Martian, "Star Trek - The original series" used stage 10 to shoot scenes which took place on alien planets.

Uncle Martin's spaceship was made of wood and then painted silver. It was sold at a car auction in 1985 for $750!

Bill Bixby was the 2nd actor (Michael Landon was 1st) to star in 3 television shows that lasted 3 years or more. They were "My Favorite Martian", "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" and "The Incredible Hulk".

Just in case anyone isn't aware of it, we have to note how uncanny it was that Ray Walston played the part of someone tracking down Uncle Martin in the Disney remake film (also titled "My Favorite Martian") starring Christopher Lloyd!

Nine years after My Favorite Martian was over, Bill Bixby was a panelist on a game show called "Masquerade Party". You know, one of those where they have to guess who is the disguised person. Ray Walston was one of the guests. Surprise Bill!

Pamela Britton played the starring role on the 1957 "Blondie TV Show" that was based on the popular Blondie comic strip. The show only lasted one year.

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

Season 1

1... My Favorite Martin (9/29/1963)
2... The Matchmakers (10/6/1963)
3... There Is No Cure For The Common Martin (10/13/1963)
4... Russians "R" In Season (10/20/1963)
5... Man Or Amoeba (10/27/1963)
6... The Man On The Couch (11/3/1963)
7... A Loaf Of Bread, A Jug Of Win, And Peaches (11/10/1963)
8... The Awful Truth (11/17/1963)
9... Rocket To Mars (12/1/1963)
10. Raffles No. 2 (12/8/1963)
11. The Atom Misers (12/15/1963)
12. That Little Old Matchmaker, Martin (12/22/1963)
13. How To Be A Hero Without Really Trying (12/29/1963)
14. Blood Is Thicker Than The Martian (1/5/1964)
15. Poor Little Rich Cat (1/12/1964)
16. Rx For Martian (1/19/1964)
17. Going, Going, Gone (2/2/1964)
18. Who Am I? (2/9/1964)
19. Now You See It, Now You Don't (2/16/1964)
20. My Nephew The Artist (2/23/1964)
21. Hitchhike To Mars (3/1/1964)
22. Uncle Martin's Broadcast (3/8/1964)
23. An Old, Old Friend Of The Family (3/15/1964)
24. Super-Duper Snooper (3/22/1964)
25. The Sinkable Mrs. Brown (4/5/1964)
26. Martin And The Eternal Triangle (4/12/1964)
27. Danger! High Voltage! (4/19/1964)
28. If You Can't Lick Them (4/26/1964)
29. Unidentified Flying Uncle Martin (5/3/1964)
30. How Are You Gonna Keep Them Down On The Pharmacy? (5/10/1964)
31. Miss Jekyll And Hyde (5/17/1964)
32. Who's Got The Power? (5/24/1964)
33. Oh, My Aching Antenna (5/31/1964)
34. The Disastro-Nauts (6/7/1964)
35. Shake Well And Don't Use (6/14/1964)
36. A Nose For News (6/21/1964)
37. Uncle Martin's Wisdom Tooth (6/28/1964)

Season 2

38. Dreaming Can Make It So (9/27/1964)
39. The Memory Pill (10/4/1964)
40. Three To Make Ready (10/11/1964)
41. Nothing But The Truth (10/18/1964)
42. Dial M For Martin (10/25/1964)
43. Extra! Extra! Sensory Perception! (11/1/1964)
44. My Uncle The Folk Singer (11/8/1964)
45. The Great Brain Robbery (11/15/1964)
46. Double Trouble (11/22/1964)
47. Has Anybody Seen My Electro-Magnetic Neutron Converting Gravitator? (11/29/1964)
48. Don't Rain On My Parade (12/6/1964)
49. Night Life Of Uncle Martin (12/13/1964)
50. To Make A Rabbit Stew - First Catch A Martian (12/20/1964)
51. Won't You Come Home, Uncle Martin, Won't You Come Home? (12/27/1964)
52. The Case Of The Missing Sleuth (1/3/1965)
53. How're Things In Glocca Martin? (1/10/1965)
54. Gesundheit, Uncle Martin (1/24/1965)
55. Martin Report #1 (1/31/1965)
56. Uncle Martin And The Identified Flying Object (2/7/1965)
57. A Martian Fiddles Around (2/14/1965)
58. Humbug, Mrs. Brown (2/21/1965)
59. Crash Diet (2/28/1965)
60. Gone But Not Forgotten (3/7/1965)
61. Stop Or I'll Steam (3/14/1965)
62. The Magnetic Personality And Who Needs It (3/21/1965)
63. We Love You, Miss Pringle (3/28/1965)
64. Uncle Baby (4/4/1965)
65. Once Upon A Martian Mother's Day (4/11/1965)
66. Uncle Martin's Bedtime Story (4/25/1965)
67. 006 3/4 (5/2/1965)
68. Never Trust A Naked Martian (5/9/1965)
69. Martin's Favorite Martian (5/16/1965)
70. The Martian's Fair Hobo (5/23/1965)
71. A Martian's Sonata In Mrs. B's Flat (5/30/1965)
72. The Green Eyed Martian (6/6/1965)
73. El Senor From Mars (6/13/1965)
74. Time Out For Martin (6/20/1965)
75. Portrait In Brown (6/27/1965)

Season 3

76. Go West, Young Martian - Part 1 (9/12/1965)
77. Go West, Young Martian - Part 2 (9/19/1965)
78. Martin Of The Movies (9/26/1965)
79. Keep Me From The Church On Time (10/3/1965)
80. I'd Rather Fight Than Switch (10/10/1965)
81. Tim, The Mastermind (10/17/1965)
82. Martin Goldfinger (10/24/1965)
83. Bottled Martin (10/31/1965)
84. Hate Me A Little (11/7/1965)
85. Girl In The Flying Machine (11/14/1965)
86. The Time Machine Is Waking Up That Old Gang Of Mine (11/21/1965)
87. Avenue "C" Mob (11/28/1965)
88. Tim And Tim Again (12/5/1965)
89. Lorelei Brown vs. Everybody (12/12/1965)
90. The O'Hara Caper (12/19/1965)
91. Who's Got A Secret? (12/26/1965)
92. Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow (1/2/1966)
93. Martin's Revoltin' Development (1/16/1966)
94. TV Or Not TV (1/23/1966)
95. Man From Uncle Martin (1/30/1966)
96. Martin The Mannequin (2/6/1965)
97. Butterball (2/13/1966)
98. When A Martian Makes His Violin Cry (2/20/1966)
99. When You Get Back Home To Mars, Are You Going To Get It (2/27/1966)
100. Doggone Martin (3/6/1966)
101. Virus M For Martin (3/13/1966)
102. Our Notorious Landlady (3/20/1966)
103. Martin Meets His Match (3/27/1966)
104. Horse And Buggy Martin (4/3/1966)
105. Stop The Presses, I Want To Get Off (4/17/1966)
106. My Nut Cup Runneth Over (4/24/1966)
107. Pay The Man The $24 (5/1/1966)

Theatrical Movie

My Favorite Martian (1999 Starring Christopher Lloyd)

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