Mr Favourite Martian Classic TV Show
En route to his office, LA journalist Tim O'Hara witnesses the crash landing of a space ship. On further investigation he discovers that the UFO's pilot has survived the crash and is in fact an anthropologist from the planet Mars. O'Hara takes the stranded Martian home in order that he may carry out repairs to his spaceship, and this gives rise to a number of comic situations as the journalist tries to hide the truth from friends and nosy neighbours, during the alien's elongated stay. O'Hara was played by Bill Bixby who would go on to star in a number of TV roles, most notably The Magician and David Banner, the mild mannered but troubled alter-ego of The Incredible Hulk. Ray Walston, a star of the movie South Pacific played the Martian (referred to as O'Hara's Uncle Martin), the human looking alien with the ability of levitating objects, turning invisible and reading minds. At the time the series began there was much enthusiasm and interest in America's Apollo space program that would eventually put man on the moon, and this probably contributed to the shows success as it shot to the top ten of the Nielsens ratings.
Mr Favourite Martian Fan Tributes4 Ivy Ling from Beijing, China: I remember "My favorite Martian" when I was a girl. "My friend Flicka" was on AMC when I was a very little girl. Natasha Richardson died in March of 2009. "Full House" was on TV when I was a little girl. Bill Bixby was a good man. "Lost in Space" premiered two years after "My favorite Martian".
3 Peter Greenwood from Jack Chertok Television.: I would really love to see a DVD release for the UK..
If you are a British fan let your local DVD companys know it's up for grabs...have them contact this site for the Chertok Television email address. Best to all and thanks for your support.
2 kennard f.massey,jr. from queenstown,md.: I love this show because the characters are so likable. Walston and Bixby are great, and so is Pamela Britton, who never gets the credit she deserves.
1 Joe Posner from San Jacinto, CA: "My Favorite Martian" was a very unusual show for its time.
When the show debuted in 1963, few science fiction shows were on at the time in the U.S., with the exception of "The Outer Limits" and a few others. "Star Trek" and "Lost in Space" were still a few years off.
On of the keys that made the show work was the balance between Bill Bixby and Ray Walston. Handsome journalist Bixby was very down-to-earth. Odd-looking Walston was quite off beat. Somehow, between them, they made a ridiculous premise believable.
An ongoing irony of the show was the fact that the biggest story of journalist Bixby's career(MARTIAN LIVES WITH EARTHMAN) was the one he couldn't, or wouldn't, tell.
"My Favorite Martian" brings back pleasant memories of a kinder, and more innocent, era.
Mr Favourite Martian
Ray Walston is Uncle Martin (The Martian)
Bill Bixby is Tim O'Hara
Pamela Britton is Mrs. Lorelei Brown
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