the Martian - Visitor from the planet Mars featured on the
science fiction comedy series MY FAVORITE MARTIAN/CBS/1963-66.
While soaring through the earth's atmosphere at the speed of 9000
m.p.h., a Martian professor of Anthropology (Ray Walston) avoided
a near-collision with a test flight of the X-15 and was forced to
crash-land. Emerging from his badly damaged craft, the Martian was
discovered by a newspaper reporter Tim O'Hara (Bill Bixby).
for the dazed Martian's needs, the reporter transported him to his
walk-up apartment located over a garage. Tim controlled his
journalistic tendency to tell to the world that he had seen a
Martian and allowed the alien to stay with him until his
spacecraft could be repaired. Living incognito with Tim O'Hara,
the Martian posed as his "Uncle Martin," thus becoming the first
Irishman from the planet Mars.
During his stay on Earth, Martin
used many of his alien abilities. By pointing his index finger, he
could levitate any object within his line of sight. Invisibility
was attained by raising two ball-tipped antennas from the back of
his head and then concentrating on vanishing. And Martin could
minds, as long as there was no conscious effort to block him out.
For all his powers, Martin did have his peculiarities. If he got
exposed to the metal silver, his Martian nervous system would go
crazy, possibly draining his powers and leaving him a moron.
Thunderstorms were another concern for Martin. If he was not
properly grounded from the electrical activity of a storm,
lightning might hit him and cause a condition known as the "Popsy"
which made him disappear and appear uncontrollably.
problems Martin had to be on guard from his nosy landlord, Lorelei
Brown (Pamela Britton) and her off-and-on boy friend, Detective
Bill "Bulldog" Brennan (Alan Hewitt) who was always snooping about
450 years old. However, since the Martian calendar has 300 weeks
to the year and 8672 days to a week, he was much older by Earth
standards. His Martian name was Exagitious 12 and 1/2. Martin had
a normal blood pressure of 218 and an average body temperature of
Among the gadgets found in Martin's
spacecraft were memory pills (Swallow one pill and PRESTO! instant
knowledge), and a portable time travel device he used in his
anthropological studies of the Earth.
His molecular reassembler
machine could transform animals into human beings. If you looked
closely at the painting the "Nightwatch" painted by Rembrandt, you
can see Martin standing in the crowd of Dutchmen. Martin also
contended that he was the one who cracked the joke that made the
Mona Lisa smile.
When Martin used Spray Formula A-673-5-K to the
second power it made anyone who smelled it fall instantly in love.
(Recipe found on page 64 of "The Martian Compendium of Home
Remedies or What To Do Until the Zigoblat (Doctor) Comes").
animated spin-off MY FAVORITE MARTIANS/CBS/1973-75 featured the
voices of Jonathan Harris as Uncle Martin, and Howard Morris as
his nephew, Andromeda known as "Andy," who crash landed on Earth
and ended up living incognito with magazine writer Tim O'Hara. Okie was their shaggy white Martian dog.
TRIVIA NOTE: The premise of this TV
series about a visitor from outer space had already been
successfully attempted in Gore Vidal's play "Visit to a Small
Planet" which later was turned into a 1960 movie vehicle for
comedian Jerry Lewis.
In 1994, Ray Walston made a cameo appearance
in a telephone commercial where he asked whether advertised
savings covered Martians living on planet Earth.
The Disney motion
picture remake My Favorite Martian (1999) starred Christopher
Lloyd as Martin the Martian and Jeff Daniels as reporter Tim
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