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)
Pamela Britton ...
 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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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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The character 'Uncle Martin' was ranked #3 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004 issue). 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: After all as a very wise man once told me, the chicken is not infrequently the true dove of peace.
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Referenced in Smallville: Absolute Justice (2010) See more »

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Classic SF comedy in a class of its own
14 April 2003 | by (Blue Mountains, Australia) – See all my reviews

'My Favorite Martian' rapidly became a must-see for me once the first episode premiered on Australian television. It was cutting-edge SF-comedy in a class of its own at the time, decades before 'Third Rock from the Sun' appeared. Ray Walston was born to play Uncle Martin, just as Jonathan Harris was born to play Dr Smith! He and Bill Bixby worked well together and their relationship in some way reminded me of George Reeves and Jack Larson - 'Superman' and Jimmy Olsen'. Their teamwork gave an extra dimension to an often paper-thin script. I still have my autographed photo and the unique envelope it came in though once again (as happened with Connie Hines), the postman folded the envelope and cracked the emulsion. I almost cried at the time!

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