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My Favorite Martian (1963–1966)

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A sarcastic Martian comes to live with a hapless young Terran on Earth.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Uncle Martin (107 episodes, 1963-1966)
 Tim O'Hara (107 episodes, 1963-1966)
 Mrs. Lorelei Brown (62 episodes, 1963-1966)


Exigius Twelve and a Half, an exoanthropologist from the planet Mars, becomes stranded on Earth after his one-man spaceship narrowly misses a NASA rocket plane and crashes near Los Angeles. The alien is rescued by Tim O'Hara, a newspaper reporter who explains the Martian to friends and authorities by introducing him as his Uncle Martin. "Uncle Martin" looks human, except when he extends his retractable antennae with which he can become invisible. His special powers and unusual illnesses present a constant challenge to Tim in his efforts to preserve his friend's cover. Written by ABGilpin

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

29 September 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi marciano favorito  »

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(107 episodes)

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(Westrex Recording System)


(1963-1965)| (1965-1966)

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Did You Know?


Ray Walston admitted that he regretted taking the role of Uncle Martin. Walston felt that the role typecasted him and prevented him from getting substantial roles for many years. He took the role because the salary afforded him and his family a comfortable lifestyle. He did enjoy working with Bill Bixby and two remained lifelong friends. See more »


The first seven episodes of the first season showed a copyright date of MCMXLIII (1943) instead of MCMLXIII (1963). This was corrected in episode eight. See more »


Uncle Martin: We don't have love at first sight on Mars. Either it was too silly to bother with, or it was something we discarded in our Dusk Ages.
Tim O'Hara: You mean the Dark Ages?
Uncle Martin: We were never that primitive.
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Referenced in Laserhawk (1997) See more »

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Early science fiction with hum our.
18 October 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I have recently started watching this show again since it airs every afternoon on the Vision channel. At first it looked so old and the special effects were not so special anymore, but it still has a certain charm. Having a 'Martian' looking at the world of the 1960s, let viewers see their world thru fresh eyes. I found it very interesting that back in that era when the Cold War was still active, that we got to see and cheer on someone trying to thwart the authorities and fool people. Most people would not be supporting an 'alien' at that time. Great show and a good trip back to the early sixties. Bixby and Walston were perfect in their roles.

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