My Favorite Martian
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Title card
GenreSitcom
Created byJohn L. Greene
StarringRay Walston
Bill Bixby
Alan Hewitt
Pamela Britton
Theme music composerGeorge Greeley
ComposerGeorge Greeley
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes107 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerHarry Poppe
ProducerJack Chertok
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time25 minutes
Production companiesJack Chertok Television Productions, in association with The CBS Television Network
DistributorWolper Television Sales
(1967–1968)
Peter Rodgers Organization[1]
Telepictures Corporation
Warner Bros. Television
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture formatBlack-and-white (1963–65) (75 episodes)
Color (1965–66) (32 episodes)
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 29, 1963 (1963-09-29) –
May 1, 1966 (1966-05-01)
Chronology
Followed byMy Favorite Martians

My Favorite Martian is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from September 29, 1963, to May 1, 1966, for 107 episodes. The show stars Ray Walston as "Uncle Martin" (the Martian) and Bill Bixby as Tim O'Hara.[2] The first two seasons, totaling 75 episodes, were in black and white, while the 32 episodes of season three were in color.

John L. Greene created the central characters and developed the core format of the series, which was produced by Jack Chertok.

Premise

A human-looking extraterrestrial in a one-man spaceship nearly collides at high altitude with the U.S. Air Force's rocket plane, the North American X-15. The spaceship's pilot is a 450-year-old anthropologist from Mars. Tim O'Hara, a young newspaper reporter for The Los Angeles Sun, is on his way home from Edwards Air Force Base, where he had gone to report on the flight of the X-15. Returning home to Los Angeles, O'Hara spots the same silver spaceship coming down quickly, after which it crash lands nearby.

Tim takes in the Martian, saying to other people that he is Tim's Uncle Martin. The Martian refuses to reveal any of his special traits to humans, other than Tim, to avoid both publicity and human panic. Tim agrees to keep the Martian's Earth identity a secret while he attempts to repair his spaceship. Uncle Martin has various unusual powers: He can raise two retractable antennae from the back of his head and become invisible; he is telepathic and can read and influence minds; he can levitate objects with the motion of his index finger; he can communicate with animals; he can freeze people or objects, and he can speed himself (and other people) up to do any kind of work.

Also an inventor, Uncle Martin builds several advanced devices, such as a time machine that transports Tim and the Martian to England in the Middle Ages and other times and places, such as St. Louis in 1849 and the early days of Hollywood, and brings Leonardo da Vinci and Jesse James into the present. Another device he builds is a "molecular separator" that can take apart the molecules of a physical object, or rearrange them (a squirrel is made into a human). Another device can take memories and store them in pill form to "relearn" them later. Other devices create temporary duplicates, or levitate Martin and others without the need of his index finger.

Tim and Uncle Martin live in a garage apartment owned by a congenial but scatterbrained landlady, Mrs. Lorelei Brown (a former WAVE as revealed in the first episode of season one) who often shows up when not wanted. The Martian and she have an awkward romance from time to time, but Uncle Martin never gets serious for fear of his ultimately going home to Mars. She later dates a vain, cold-hearted, plain-clothes police officer, Detective Bill Brennan, who dislikes Uncle Martin and is highly suspicious of him and his activities.

"Martin O'Hara's" real name is actually Exigius 12½. Revealed in the episode "We Love You, Miss Pringle", it was heard again when his real nephew, Andromeda (played by young actor Wayne Stam), crash-landed on Earth late in the show's third season. Andromeda, originally devised to bring younger viewers to the show, disappeared without explanation after this single episode, and was not referred to again in the live-action series' eight remaining episodes. Andromeda was, however, a regular on the later My Favorite Martians animated series. Andromeda had a single antenna, which Martin explained was because his baby antennae had fallen out and only one adult antenna had come in so far. Uncle Martin also reveals that on Mars he lives on Fulton Canal, which ultimately leads to comedic mix-ups and confusion with Canal Fulton, Ohio.

Cast

Ray Walston as Uncle Martin O'Hara
Ray Walston as Uncle Martin O'Hara

Production

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Development and distribution

The series was produced by Jack Chertok Television in association with CBS Productions. The show was originally syndicated by Wolper Pictures, then it moved to syndicator Telepictures, and finally by successor-in-interest to Warner Bros. Television Distribution. The Chertok Company retained ownership of all copyrights for the series; Rhino Entertainment held U.S. video distribution rights until August 2008. Australian entertainment company Umbrella Entertainment acquired distribution rights for Australia and New Zealand and released seasons one through three (the last in full color) in 2007 and 2008 on region free DVD. Those rights, together with video streaming, were acquired by Shock Video; in November 2017 Shock released a new complete boxed set of the series using restored show elements. In 2010, MPI Home Video acquired the series distribution rights for home video. In 2018, Pidax Video Germany acquired both streaming and DVD distribution rights for Germany and released the series the same year under its German title Mein Onkel vom Mars; As of early July 2013, Warner Bros. held domestic and international syndication rights for the series. Those rights have since returned to the Chertok Trust.

Music

The theme music for the series was composed by George Greeley and performed in part on an Electro-Theremin by Paul Tanner, a former member of Glenn Miller's band. It was influential in Brian Wilson's engagement of Tanner in 1965 and 1966 to work with the Beach Boys on their landmark hit, "Good Vibrations". Greeley also scored the series; an album of his music from the first two seasons was released by La-La Land Records in 2007 (dedicated to the composer, who died while the album was being prepared).

Filming

Unhappy with early script submissions from creator/producer Jack Chertok, the network hired script doctor Sherwood Schwartz to lend a hand. Schwartz changed the Tim-centric scripts to focus more on the Martian, as a fish out of water, on, as he termed it “this backwards planet.” The pilot featured Mrs. Brown's daughter Annabelle as Tim's love interest, but she was dropped to allow Tim to become more of a playboy. In a major change, Mrs. Brown, who was multi-talented, intelligent and suspicious in the pilot, became decidedly more scatterbrained.

Bill Bixby in a 1965 episode when a malfunction takes Uncle Martin back to babyhood
Bill Bixby in a 1965 episode when a malfunction takes Uncle Martin back to babyhood

The first two seasons were filmed in black-and-white (at Desilu), but the final season was shot in color (at MGM), resulting in minor changes in the set and the format of the show. In addition to the extraterrestrial powers indicated in the first two seasons, Martin was able to do much more in the final season, such as stimulating mustache growth to provide Tim and himself with quick disguises, and levitating using his nose. Brennan's boss, the police chief, was involved in many episodes in the third season, generally as a device to humiliate the overzealous detective Brennan.

Comparison to other shows

My Favorite Martian, which premiered in the fall of 1963, was the first of "fantasy" situation comedies prevalent on American television in the mid-1960s featuring characters who could do extraordinary things, predating My Living Doll (1964–1965), Bewitched (1964–1972), and I Dream of Jeannie (1965–1970).

Episodes

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
137September 29, 1963 (1963-09-29)June 28, 1964 (1964-06-28)
238September 27, 1964 (1964-09-27)June 27, 1965 (1965-06-27)
332September 12, 1965 (1965-09-12)May 1, 1966 (1966-05-01)

Season 1 (1963–64)

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"My Favorite Martin"Sheldon LeonardJohn L. GreeneSeptember 29, 1963 (1963-09-29)
Pilot episode: Newspaper reporter Tim O'Hara (Bill Bixby), while covering a flight of the Air Force X-15, finds a damaged spaceship that contains a genuine martian (Ray Walston). The martian is a professor of anthropology who specializes in the planet Earth. Tim brings the injured martian back to his house. To get past Tim's nosy landlady, Mrs. Lorelei Brown (Pamela Britton), the martian turns invisible. After writing an article about the pilot of the X-15 seeing a flying saucer, Lt. Murphy (Simon Oakland) comes to question Tim. Tim passes the martian off as his Uncle Martin. Because he won't reveal his source for the story to Col. Whitehead (Herbert Rudley) of the Air Force, Tim is put in jail. Uncle Martin comes up with a way to get Tim off the hook. Martin now has to find a way to repair his spaceship. J. Pat O'Malley appears as Harry Burns.
22"The Matchmakers"Sidney MillerJohn L. Greene
Paul David
October 6, 1963 (1963-10-06)
Tim is looking after his boss Mr. Burns dog George. Martin finds out that George is in love with Chloe, the dog from next door. Martin learns from Chloe that her owner, Marsha Carson, is having man problems. Marsha is being overly protective of Chloe and won't let her out of the house. If Tim can't get George to be happy, he's sure Mr. Burns will fire him. Martin suggests that Tim romance Marsha so maybe the dogs can get together. Tim does start to like Marsha. Tim learns that Marsha's boyfriend Howard Loomis (Linden Chiles) left for Mexico without saying goodbye. Martin finds out from Chloe where Howard is and gets in touch with him. Howard comes back, explains why he had to leave, and clears the air with Marsha. Marsha asks Tim to watch Chloe while she and Howard go off to get married. So now everything works out for George and Chloe.
33"There Is No Cure for the Common Martian"Sidney MillerJames KomackOctober 13, 1963 (1963-10-13)
Uncle Martin's cold wreaks havoc when he disappears upon every sneeze and his antennae are stuck in the "up" position. Meanwhile, Tim is sent to Trimbles Department Store to review their children's outer space exhibit. Trimble (Willard Waterman), a large advertiser in The Sun, wants a good review, despite the display being total fantasy. But Tim can't write the review because he takes one of Martin's sleeping pills. Knowing there's a deadline, Martin writes the review based on what he knows about space. Trimble hates the review and wants Mr. Burns to fire Tim unless Tim apologizes and writes a retraction. Tim decides to apologize, but Martin doesn't want him to compromise his principles. Tim with Martin's help, stands up to Trimble. Trimble's daughter Gloria (Sharon Farrell), who had to set up the exhibit, also stands up to her father about it's quality. Trimble admires the courage of Gloria and changes his mind about Tim.
44"Russians 'R' in Season"Alan RafkinJames KomackOctober 20, 1963 (1963-10-20)
Martin reads about a $2 billion American space program and he doesn't believe it can be successful. Tim writes an anonymous letter to the paper because he doesn't want to see the government waste $2 billion. After showing the letter to his boss, Tim writes a newspaper story criticizing the wasted $2 billion. Government agents arrive telling Tim they know he faked the letter. James J. Jackson (Richard Deacon), from the government, wonders why he wrote the letter. One of the agents thinks Tim might be a Russian spy. Tim is hooked up to a lie detector and when asked about Martin, things go bad. The agents bring in Martin and question him under the lie detector, hypnosis, and through brainwashing. He manages to overcome each one. But when they give Martin truth serum, he tells them about being a Martian. After that the agents let Tim and Martin go. They assume Martin is delusional, which caused stress on Tim and that made him write the letter. Frank Aletter as Agent No. 2. Bryan O'Byrne as Dr. Weisbord.
55"Man or Amoeba"Alan RafkinJerry Seelen
Leo Rifkin
October 27, 1963 (1963-10-27)
A Professor Newton Jennings (John Fiedler) claims that life on Mars could be no more advanced than amoebas or jellyfish. Tim begins to question whether Martin is really a Martian. Martin helps Angela write a report contradicting what Jennings claimed and it gets her a failing grade. Martin's tries to reason with Angela's teacher, Miss Weaver (Betsy Jones-Moreland), but she says Angela has to rewrite the report. Martin figures the only way to save face is to speak to Jennings and expose him as a fraud. In looking over his notes, Martin finds flaw in Jennings calculation that caused him to come up with his theory. Because of something that Martin gets Tim to say, Jennings corrects the calculation. Jennings gives Tim an interview where he corrects his theory and now says there could be intelligent life on Mars. Angela now gets an A on her report and an apology from Miss Weaver.
66"The Man on the Couch"Sidney MillerWilliam Blinn
Michael Gleason
November 3, 1963 (1963-11-03)
The humidity and heat have become unbearable for Martin. Seeking comfort in cool air, Martin goes atop a water tower. Passersby, including the police, think he's a jumper. Lt. Harland (Henry Beckman) tries to talk Martin down, but Martin just says he wants to be left alone. Tim shows up and gets Martin to come down and he's promptly sent to the psychiatric ward of the hospital. Martin thinks he'll be able to tell the psychiatrist what he wants to hear. Martin also tries to read Dr. Harvey Bonnett's mind and finds out that the doctor is having marriage problems. Ultimately, Dr. Bonnett becomes the patient and Martin the doctor.
77"A Loaf of Bread, a Jug of Wine, and Peaches"Alan RafkinEarl BarretNovember 10, 1963 (1963-11-10)
After Tim tries to describe "love at first sight", Uncle Martin hopes to experience the emotion himself. Martin believes he has fallen for a woman he saw on a park bench. She leaves before Martin can find out anything about her. While walking down the street, he sees a picture of her on a building. Her name is Peaches Ancream (Kathie Browne) and she is an exotic dancer. Tim sets up a dinner date for Peaches and Martin. Peaches and Martin hit it off and he tells Tim he would like to marry her. Peaches admires honesty more than anything else, so Martin decides to tell Peaches the truth about himself. She doesn't believe him. Her last boyfriend, Police Officer Thorp (Noam Pitlik), shows up. They had broken up because he told her 6 different places where he was from. He confesses to her that he doesn't know where he was born as he grew up in an orphanage. Peaches goes back to the man she feels is being more truthful.
88"The Awful Truth"Oscar RudolphArnold Peyser
Lois Peyser
November 17, 1963 (1963-11-17)
Tim talks Martin into giving him the power of levitation for a 24 hour period. When Tim realizes that this power really can't help him with his job, he asks Martin to give him the power of mind-reading. Martin grants him his wish, starting the next day and lasting until midnight. Tim uses his power during his lunch date with Daphne and it gets him in trouble. Tim has an interview that afternoon with Councilman Jack Gramby (Alan Reed). He wants to use his power to help him write a story about the Councilman's true political intentions. While reading his mind, Tim is unable to get any definite answers because Gramby hasn't really committed to any certain thing. Tim writes a story about Gramby's indecisiveness. Later that evening Mr. Burns tells Tim that Gramby wants to congratulate the paper. Reading the story made Gramby realize that he as a politician really did need to take a stand. Dal McKennon as Mailman.
99"Rocket to Mars"Leslie GoodwinsAustin Kalish
Elroy Schwartz
December 1, 1963 (1963-12-01)

Junk men Mike (Tom Kennedy) and Bruno (Karl Lukas) mistakenly empty Martin and Tim's garage instead of Mrs. Brown's, and wind up taking Martin's space ship. Mrs. Brown doesn't know the name of the junk yard. Martin notices that Booboo, a neighborhood dog, was hanging around and may have seen the junk men. Booboo and his dog friends help Martin track down the junk yard. When Martin and Tim get to the junk yard, the Junkyard Manager (Vito Scotti) tells them that the ship has already been sold to a Mr. Carter (Cliff Norton). Turns out Carter is using it as a "rocket" carousel at a children's amusement park. When Martin offers to buy it, Mr. Carter refuses to sell it. Martin decides to disappear and fly the space ship away. He also has Tim slip Carter the money for the ship anonymously. As a thank you, Martin provides a steak dinner for Booboo and all his friends. Craig Huxley as Boy #2.

Note: Episode was originally scheduled for November 24, 1963. However, the entire season was delayed by one week due to network coverage of the assassination and funeral of President Kennedy.
1010"Raffles No. 2"Oscar RudolphAustin Kalish
Elroy Schwartz
December 8, 1963 (1963-12-08)
Martin almost gets a parking ticket, so Tim thinks it's time he gets an actual drivers license. At the Department of Motor Vehicles, Martin, who has no finger prints, has to come up with something when he is about to be finger printed. He steals the prints of another man at the DMV. Unfortunately for Martin, the print matches an unidentified print at a major jewel robbery. Martin and Tim notice that the police are watching them. Martin reads the mind of one of them and finds out they suspect he is the jewel thief. Martin sees in the paper that a Mrs. Summer Winthrop (Madge Blake) will be displaying the galaxy diamond necklace at a fundraiser. He thinks the thief will show up and he will recognize him. At the party, Martin recognizes the thief, Brian Henley (Howard Morton). Henley manages to slip the necklace off Mrs. Winthrop. No matter where Henley tries to hide the necklace, Martin levitates it back into his pocket. Henley is quickly apprehended, and Martin and Tim cleared. Norman Alden as Detective Harris. Olan Soule as Motor Vehicle Clerk. George Cisar as Policeman. John Anderson as Capt. Farrow.
1111"The Atom Misers"Leslie GoodwinsJames MenziesDecember 15, 1963 (1963-12-15)
Martin needs a substance called silibalt to repair his space ship, but it has not yet been invented on Earth. To make some, he needs a cyclotron. Martin tries to build a cyclotron in Tim's kitchen but there isn't enough power. Learning there is a powerful cyclotron at the university, Martin goes with Tim to interview 13-year old physics genius Donald Mumford (Flip Mark). Martin and Donald get together to discuss the making of silibalt. Tim speaks with Dr. Jackson (Jerome Cowan) of the Physics department and Jeanine Carter (Jean Hale), his assistant. Dr. Jackson is against Donald being admitted to the school. Donald and Martin cause an explosion while working on the cyclotron. Dr. Jackson immediately expels Donald and Martin is banished from the university. Martin convinces Dr. Jackson that Donald should be kept at the school. Donald manages to make some silibalt for Martin. Martin's only problem now is that he has no instrument hard enough to cut or mold the silibalt. Emil Sitka as Workman-1.
1212"That Little Old Matchmaker, Martin"Oscar RudolphTerry RyanDecember 22, 1963 (1963-12-22)
Tim is crazy about a new co-worker named Cynthia Parker. Martin reads her mind and finds out that Cynthia is passionate about the classical arts. Tim studies up on all the things she would like. Cynthia starts to fall for Tim, and he is starting to feel guilty about deceiving her. Tim can't tell her the truth, so he decides to find her her dream man. Martin reads the minds of the men at the office and finds a perfect match in Bill Fisher (Robert Colbert). The problem is that Bill is seeing Peggy Collins. Martin discovers that Peggy is better suited to Tim and Cynthia to Bill. At a concert that all four are attending, Martin pulls it off so that Bill and Cynthia sit together and Peggy and Tim sit together. Each pair hit it off. A month later, Bill and Cynthia get married. Tim is a bit freaked out when Peggy catches Cynthia's wedding bouquet.
1313"How to Be a Hero Without Really Trying"Sidney MillerEd James
Seaman Jacobs
December 29, 1963 (1963-12-29)
To help in fixing his ship, Martin needs some Glink, an ore located on Earth but not yet discovered by humans. He believes there's some on Sunset Mountain, which is not far away. Tim and Martin meet a little boy named Stevie (future Munsters co-star Butch Patrick), who likes to pretend he's from Mars. They then meet his grown up sister Jennifer Richmond. The Richmonds are new neighbors. Tim invites Stevie and Jennifer on a picnic to Sunset Mountain. Martin goes off looking for Glink and Stevie joins him. Stevie plays a game and climbs up the mountain, but then realizes he can't get down on his own. Martin suggests that Tim be a hero and climb up and get Stevie, but Tim is afraid of heights. Martin tells Tim that he will be safe with the help of Martin's remote control gravitation machine. Tim climbs the mountain, but doesn't know that Martin's machine breaks while he's half way up. Despite a couple of close calls, Tim and Stevie make it down. Tim faints when he finds out the truth about the gravitation machine. Richard Reeves as Picnicker. George Cisar as Patrolman #1. Dick Wilson as Patrolman #2.
1414"Blood Is Thicker Than the Martian"Oscar RudolphAl Martin
Bill Kelsay
January 5, 1964 (1964-01-05)
Tim's cousin Harvey (Paul Smith) is coming for a visit. The problem is that Harvey would know that Tim has no Uncle Martin. Plus, Tim remembers that Harvey is the biggest mooch in the world. After he arrives, Harvey tells Tim that he wants Tim's help getting a job at The Sun. Making sure Harvey doesn't see Martin becomes a problem. Tim's boss agrees to give Harvey a job. Harvey mentions the high stress of this new job to Tim. After several days, Martin comes up with an idea. He poses as an old newspaper buddy of Tim's looking for a job at a small town paper. Martin talks about the stress of a job at a big town paper and how it caused him to sees things. Martin starts moving things with his levitation finger, causing Harvey to think he's stressed out from his new job. Harvey decides to return home to his old job.
1515"Poor Little Rich Cat"James KomackJames KomackJanuary 12, 1964 (1964-01-12)
Martin reads in the paper where a Rosemary Willis left her cat, Max, $650,000 in her will. Morton Beanbecker (Bernie Kopell), the lawyer for the estate, tells Tim there were actually two wills. The second will gave the money to a children's orphanage, but it was either never signed or hidden. Martin reads Morton's mind and finds he really wants the second will to be found. Tim and Martin speak with Max's trustees who are Rosemary's sister, Aggie (Moyna Macgill), and her husband, Charles (Dub Taylor). Aggie and Charles are spending money on Max and themselves. Max the cat tells Martin that he is miserable with all the money, and it was he who hid the second will because Rosemary did forget to sign it. Max leads Martin to the will. Beanbecker and Martin come up with a plan to overturn the first will. They decide to hold a séance. Martin, pretending to be Rosemary, tells Aggie that she wants the money turned over to the orphanage. Aggie agrees to follow her older sisters wishes.
1616"Rx for Martin"James KomackJames KomackJanuary 19, 1964 (1964-01-19)
Mars in unusually close-to-Earth orbit means Martin can fly even his wounded spaceship home. He has a 10 hour window of opportunity. Just as he is about to leave, he slips down the stairs and sprains his ankle, and also sprains his disappearing antenna. Mrs. Brown immediately calls for an ambulance. When the ambulance doctor takes Martin's vital signs, he realizes something is not quite right. At the hospital, Doctor Rothman (Bill Zuckert) tells Martin that he will give him a complete physical. Martin knows that to get out of the hospital, he needs to have normal human vital signs. With Tim's help, Martin passes the exam. But the doctor now wants a fluoroscope of Martin. Tim manages to take the fluoroscope for Martin. Martin regains the use of his disappearing antenna and manages to escape from the hospital. With one hour to spare, Martin gets ready to leave again. Martin slips down the stairs and sprains his other ankle. He now misses his opportunity to get home to Mars. Yale Summers as Intern.
1717"Going, Going, Gone"Oscar RudolphAustin Kalish
Elroy Schwartz
February 2, 1964 (1964-02-02)
Something is wreaking havoc with Martin's metabolism and powers. He loses control of his levitation finger. His clothes become magnetized. He uncontrollably levitates and then later becomes electrically charged. He shrinks and then he disappears. Martin learns that the cause of his problems are an increased activity of sunspots. After several days, Martin is still invisible. Mrs. Brown had recently sold Martin an insurance policy with Tim as beneficiary. The police now believe Martin's disappearance is due to Tim killing him for the insurance money. Not wanting Tim to go to jail, Martin decides to tell the police about his Martian identity. But before he can, the sunspots stop and Martin reappears, just in time to save Tim. Henry Beckman as Ass't D.A. Ronald Bradley. Jonathan Hole as William Stone.
1818"Who Am I?"Leslie GoodwinsBen StarrFebruary 9, 1964 (1964-02-09)
Martin reads that Professor Downey, the foremost expert on rocket fuel, is in town. He wants Tim to interview the Professor so Martin can look at the Professors notes. Martin believes that can help him get back to Mars. Martin is hit on the head with a monkey wrench and gets amnesia. He now has no idea that he's a Martian. Tim takes Martin to see a doctor. After speaking to both Martin and Tim, Dr. Gilbert isn't sure which one really needs to be examined. While there, Martin learns that he has the power of levitation. Martin performs some levitation in front of Dr. Gilbert, but Tim says it's just magic. Back at the apartment, Martin is once again struck on the head and he regains his memory. Unfortunately, Professor Downey has already left town for good.
1919"Now You See It, Now You Don't"Leslie GoodwinsBen Gershman
Bill Freedman
February 16, 1964 (1964-02-16)
Martin learns that long-time museum curator Wilbur Canfield (Cecil Kellaway) is questioning his own abilities. It seems he has just bought an expensive Egyptian piece for the museum, but the museum's board is questioning it's authenticity. The board is bringing in an expert, Pietro Donati (Maurice Marsac). If Martin can get a look at the piece, he will know if the piece is authentic. That way, Tim can get an exclusive story and Martin can validate Canfield as an expert. Martin finds a way to levitate the piece to him. He authenticates the piece and then manages to get it back into the museum. Donati arrives and says the piece is a fake since the mark of Ra is not there. Martin tells him to look a little more closely under the couple thousand years of residue. Donati clears off some residue and finds the mark of Ra. Tim gets his exclusive story. But it's was so good, Mr. Burns appoints him special culture editor, which Tim is not thrilled about. John Qualen as Matt the Guard. Harry Lauter as John the Guard.
2020"My Nephew the Artist"Oscar RudolphBen StarrFebruary 23, 1964 (1964-02-23)
Martin feels bad that he can't contribute to the household financially. He decides to sell some paintings he has done. Mr. Green (Cyril Delavanti) of the Green Gallery thinks Martin's first piece is just like a Van Gogh. Mr. Green asks Martin to paint some more, and they sell as quickly as Martin can get them to the gallery. When the gallery wants to have a showing of Martin's work, Tim thinks it may raise questions about Martin himself. Martin tells Mr. Green that Tim actually did all the paintings. At the show, art expert Mr. Bentley (Richard Deacon) doubts that Tim is the artist, and challenges Tim to execute paintings in the styles of Rembrandt, Lautrec, Picasso, Gauguin, and van Gogh. At the demonstration, Martin has an allergic reaction which affects him helping Tim. Martin discovers the source is a corsage worn by Mrs. Bentley (Cathleen Cordell). After Martin gets rid of the corsage, Tim, with Martin's help, proceeds with the painting demonstration. Mr. Bentley now claims Tim a major art talent. Martin finds a way to get Tim out of an art career. Hazel Shermet as Bargaining Woman.
2121"Hitchhike to Mars"Oscar RudolphBill Freedman
Ben Gershman
March 1, 1964 (1964-03-01)
Reading that the Inter-Galaxy Corporation is launching a rocket to either Mars or Venus, Martin hopes to stowaway on it to return home. Inter-Galaxy's President J.M. Buckley (Herbert Rudley), a very superstitious man, is about to announce that the rocket will be sent to Mars until he realizes that it's Friday the 13th. Martin convinces Buckley that Friday the 13th is actually a very lucky day. But Buckley delays the announcement again when he realizes that he has lost his lucky rabbit's foot. Martin recreates the rabbit's foot and Buckley finds it. Buckley makes the announcement that the rocket will launch to Mars in two days. To thank the corporation, Martin suggests adding a magnetic oscilloscope to the rocket. But this backfires because, by adding the oscilloscope, there is no more room in the rocket for a stowaway. Alice Backes as Miss Maxwell. Vito Scotti as Waiter.
2222"Uncle Martin's Broadcast"Oscar RudolphJames KomackMarch 8, 1964 (1964-03-08)
Tim discovers that Martin's antennae can pick up radio and television signals and other things. While Martin's asleep, Tim tunes him into a police frequency hoping for a newspaper scoop. He hears about a robbery, and calls the police the next day to find out more information. The police pick up both Tim and Martin, because Tim knew just a little too much about the robbery. Sgt. Seeley (Don Haggerty) thinks Tim is committing crimes so that he can get stories for the newspaper. Because Martin can't be fingerprinted, he decides to break out of jail, leaving Tim behind. Martin goes to the scene of the crime to see if he can find any clues. He finds clues that lead him to Jim (Paul Sorensen) and Harry (Lane Bradford) at a waterfront bar. Martin reads their minds and finds out that Seeley is involved. Martin returns to the police station and makes a confession which is exactly what Seeley is thinking. Seeley then confesses and says he wanted to boost his career. Dick Wilson as Charlie.
2323"An Old, Old Friend of the Family"Leslie GoodwinsJohn L. GreeneMarch 15, 1964 (1964-03-15)
Martin makes Tim miss a deadline and Tim is not happy about it. Tim was to write a story about Jakobar (Charles Maxwell), the rogue leader of the country of Kobima, who is in town. Martin happened to know Jakobar's great-grandfather Kobima, for who the country was named. Martin thinks he'll be able to get Tim an exclusive interview. After Martin displays the sign of Cocobahn, which was Martin's name in Kobima, Jakobar agrees to see him. Jakobar is suspicious, but Martin talks him into speaking with Tim. But when Tim arrives, suspicion gets the better of Jakobar, and he refuses to talk to Tim. After speaking about Kobima and being a better leader, Martin once again gets Jakobar to agree to see Tim. This time, because Jakobar begins to trust Martin, Tim gets his interview. Henry Corden as East Indian. Joseph V. Perry as Guard #2.
2424"Super-Duper Snooper"Leslie GoodwinsAl Martin
Bill Kelsay
March 22, 1964 (1964-03-22)
Martin learns that Mrs. Brown is taking a correspondence course on how to be a private detective. Her first assignment is to prepare a report on an unsuspecting person and her choice is Martin. Mrs. Brown finds Martin's flight log, which is written in Martian, and takes some pictures of it. Martin discovers what she's done and is worried that she will send the film to someone to decipher. He then learns that she mailed the film to the president of the correspondence school, J. Nathaniel Pierce (Cliff Norton). Martin goes to the school to intercept the film. At the office, Martin searches for the film but can't find it. He then has to listen to a sales pitch from Pierce. The mailman comes by and asks Pierce if he will pay the postage on Mrs. Brown's film since she forgot to do so. After Pierce says to send it back, Martin is able to levitate the film and leave with it. Martin tries to tell Mrs. Brown that being a private detective can be very dangerous. But, instead of quitting the course, she decides to protect herself by taking judo lessons.
2525"The Sinkable Mrs. Brown"Oscar RudolphAl Martin
Bill Kelsay
April 5, 1964 (1964-04-05)
Pete Dudley (Allan Melvin), a shifty real estate man, tells Mrs. Brown that her house is run down and she should sell it. Tim and Martin are worried because of the hidden spaceship. They try to talk Mrs. Brown out of selling. Dudley already has prospective buyers, Edgar (George Dunn) and Emily (Elvia Allman) Graham. Edgar is interested in the garage as he wants to make it into a workshop. When Dudley and the Graham's make a surprise visit, Martin is able to hide the spaceship long enough. Mrs. Brown has second thoughts about selling but she has already signed a contract. Martin comes up with a plan. With a couple tricks, he gets the Graham's to see there are far too many problems with the house. Dudley loses the sale and Mrs. Brown gets to keep her house.
2626"Martin and the Eternal Triangle"Oscar RudolphBen Gershman
Bill Freedman
April 12, 1964 (1964-04-12)
Martin wants to take Tim to the Philharmonic, but Tim has plans. Tim suggests Martin take Mrs. Brown. Turns out she also has a date for that evening with Andre Philippe Charles Dupre (Albert Carrier), a suave, debonair fashion designer. After meeting Andre, Martin is actually a little jealous. Tim tells Martin to see if he can find any flaw in Andre to be able to discredit him with. When Martin finds nothing, he feels ashamed about his selfishness. He decides to help further Mrs. Brown's relationship with Andre. But, Martin reads her mind and learns that she doesn't find Andre to be as romantic as she had hoped. Martin still makes their next date the best it could be. Andre proposes, but Mrs. Brown turns him down and decides not to see him again. She felt the evening was too perfect and she would prefer a man with a few imperfections, someone like Martin. Dovima appears as a Model.
2727"Danger! High Voltage!"Leslie GoodwinsBen Gershman
Bill Freedman
April 19, 1964 (1964-04-19)
Martin has his space ship working again. He needs to electrically charge himself to send a message back to Mars. But he overcharges himself and damages the ship again. When Martin tries to discharge the excess electricity, he blacks out half of Los Angeles. And his sneezing causes electrical switches to turn on. The power company is looking for the source of the blackout and have called in the police to investigate. Martin decides the best way to discharge the electricity in a hurry is to do it at the source: the power station. Martin turns invisible and hides in the power truck that's come to investigate their neighborhood. After distracting Homer P. Gibson (Henry Gibson), the power man on duty, Martin manages to discharge his electricity safely back into the system. Milton Frome as Mr. Logan.
2828"If You Can't Lick Them"Oscar RudolphBlanche HanalisApril 26, 1964 (1964-04-26)
Martin can't work on his spaceship because neighborhood boy, Horace, won't leave him alone. Martin is so stressed that his antennae get stuck in the up position and he loses some of his powers. Knowing that Horace is on the way, Martin makes a pair of antennae for Tim to wear. Now Horace also wants to play Martian and goes out to try and buy a pair of antennae. All the boys in town are now wearing antennae. A magazine wants to interview Martin and he doesn't want the publicity. With a simple hiccup, Martin's stuck antennae and powers are fixed. Mr. Barnaby (Hal Smith), the person who manufactured Horace's antennae, tells Martin that he wants to patent the toy. To solve their problem, Martin decides to create a new fad to replace the antennae craze.
2929"Unidentified Flying Uncle Martin"Leslie GoodwinsJames KomackMay 3, 1964 (1964-05-03)
Martin needs to fly his space ship because inactivity is not good for it. Martin's ship is seen in the sky by multiple people, including Mrs. Brown. Mrs. Brown has called in the authorities and Jim (Don Keefer) and Jack (James Callahan) show up. They want to use Tim's apartment as a sighting station. Jim and Jack brought with them a plutron counter that can sense Martin's ship. Despite this, Martin needs to make a second flight. To cause a distraction, Martin slips some plutron into Mrs. Brown's apron pocket and the machine points in her direction and Tim then causes another distraction. Martin makes his flight undetected and gets back to the apartment safe and sound.
3030"How Are You Gonna Keep Them Down on the Pharmacy?"Leslie GoodwinsJames KomackMay 10, 1964 (1964-05-10)
Being on Earth has caused Martin to develope a vitamin deficiency and he is losing energy. If someone looks him in the eyes, they fall asleep since they are sapped of their energy by Martin. Martin needs some vitamins immediately or he will grow weaker and weaker. But it's Sunday and all the stores are closed. Tim gets his friend, Doc Mullen (Herbie Faye), to open his pharmacy. Martin gets the vitamins he needs and is about to start taking them. But now when Tim looks at Mrs. Brown, Doc Mullen and Martin, they all fall asleep. Martin figures out that when he is cured, Tim will be cured. After quite a bit of maneuvering, Martin gets the vitamins he needs, but he takes too much. He becomes over-energized and this in turn causes everyone else around him to feel over-energized. Fortunately, there is a simple cure for that.
3131"Miss Jekyll and Hyde"Oscar RudolphAl Martin
Bill Kelsay
May 17, 1964 (1964-05-17)
Mrs. Brown's niece Paula Clayfield (Marlo Thomas), a former child prodigy, comes for visit. Paula notices Martin's sketches for a space ship and tells him there are several flaws in the design. The next day, Paula comes by with an idea how to help with the design and notices a piece of a Martian alloy that she cannot identify. Martin is concerned about Paula finding out his Martian identity. Despite her Plain Jane looks, Martin wants Tim to ask her out and keep her occupied. Martin learns that Paula and a Dr. Edgar Edgarton (Tom Skerritt) have an understanding, but he is away. To get Tim to ask Paula out again, Martin transforms Paula into a ravishing beauty without her knowledge. Tim takes her out and asks her to marry him. Martin turns Paula plain again and convinces her that she can make herself beautiful. Edgar comes for a visit, and notices the transformation in her appearance. Paula has accidentally taken Martin's alloy, which she and Edgar are going to get tested. In the end, Martin gets his alloy back and Edgar and Paula get married.
3232"Who's Got the Power?"Leslie GoodwinsJames KomackMay 24, 1964 (1964-05-24)
An electrical storm causes Martin to develop popsy, which makes him appear and disappear uncontrollably. Martin needs to long ground himself electrically to cure the popsy. Mrs. Brown drops by and accidentally becomes part of the grounding. She now has Martin's levitation power. Martin temporarily cures the popsy with a mixture of household cleaners. With a lot of maneuvering and wiring, Martin manages to transfer the levitation power back to himself from Mrs. Brown. Martin tries the grounding procedure again and the popsy is finally cured.
3333"Oh, My Aching Antenna"Oscar RudolphTed Sherdeman
Jane Klove
May 31, 1964 (1964-05-31)
Martin finds that he is prematurely aging due to the increased gravity on Earth compared to Mars. He thinks he has found a way to de-gravitize himself. Martin creates some wristbands from parts of his space ship to help in his therapy. But when he turns them on, it causes havoc for those around him and for some reason it effects Mrs. Brown's garden. There's a giant vine coming through Martin's window and it appears to be coming after him. Martin makes some adjustments which at first seem to help. However, now the corn in Mrs. Brown's garden grows at an incredible pace. Before Mrs. Brown's gardener Ezel (Jay Sheffield) can ask too many questions, Martin finds a way to explain how the corn grew so fast. But Martin still needs a few more therapy sessions to cure himself.
3434"The Disastro-nauts"Leslie GoodwinsBen Gershman
Bill Freedman
June 7, 1964 (1964-06-07)
Omar M. Keck (Alan Hale Jr.), the sausage tycoon, is privately financing a rocket trip destined for Mars. Tim hopes to use his connections as a reporter to get Martin a tryout for the astronaut position. Despite the other applicants being younger, Martin's Martian abilities get him the job. Martin allows Tim to write a story about his uncle being an actual Martian that can be published after Martin has taken off. While taking Martin to the launch pad, Tim leaves a tape of Martin's story on Mr. Burns' desk. When the launch of the rocket is delayed, Tim and Martin have to rush back to Burns' office to get the tape before he does. After they destroy the tape, Tim and Martin rush back to base only to see the rocket take off without Martin in it. Buck Taylor as Bruce Baker. Frank De Vol as Prof. Crenshaw.
3535"Shake Well and Don't Use"Oscar RudolphAl Martin
Bill Kelsay
June 14, 1964 (1964-06-14)
Tim and Mr. Burns' nephew, Freddie Carson (Kip King), are up for the same promotion at the newspaper. Martin learns that Mr. Burns is a gourmet and decides to invite him for a meal, which will include some special Martian condiments. That should earn Tim some extra points toward the promotion. Mr. Burns has a reaction to the meal, starts to move in slow motion, and then freezes still. Martin's antidote causes Mr.Burns to speed up and then freeze still. Meanwhile, Freddie arrives to take his uncle to the airport to meet the newspapers publisher. Tim and Martin hide Mr. Burns in the bedroom and Martin works on figuring out the correct antidote. Thinking that his uncle had stepped out for a moment, Freddie lets slip about the newspaper and a possible merger. He also has some unfaltering things to say about his uncle. Martin finds a simple cure, Mr. Burns overhears what Freddie said, and Tim gets the promotion.
3636"A Nose for News"Alan RafkinWilliam Blinn
Michael Gleason
June 21, 1964 (1964-06-21)
Tim gets mad at Martin because he believes that Martin ruined his date with Linda (Maggie Pierce). The next day, Tim sneaks out of the office to buy Linda a gift. Mr. Burns calls the apartment looking for Tim because he wants Tim to do a story on Ambassador Lloyd Thomas (David White). Martin goes on the story in Tim's place, reads Lloyd's mind and phones back to Mr. Burns with an exclusive using Tim's voice. Mr. Burns then sees Tim in the office while he is also talking to him on the phone. Tim confesses that it is Martin on the phone and Mr. Burns now wants to hire Martin. Mr. Burns learns that Lloyd is going to sue the paper for invasion of privacy because of the story. It also turns out that Burns and Lloyd know each other and do not get along. Martin finds a way to get Harry Burns and Lloyd Thomas to be friends again. Sheila Bromley as Mrs. Thomas.
3737"Uncle Martin's Wisdom Tooth"Oscar RudolphJames KomackJune 28, 1964 (1964-06-28)
A toothache of his "eye" tooth is causing vision problems for Martin. Tim thinks Martin should go to an oculist, but Martin wants to go to a dentist. Not having typical human teeth, Martin wants Tim to take his place at the dentists office. Martin just needs to get into the office to get some dental powders and pumice. They go to see Dr. Herbie Little (Lennie Weinrib). Martin manages to get what he wants and they leave. But the remedy causes Martin's eye teeth to go crossed eyed, as does his vision. The only thing left to do is remove the tooth. At Dr. Little's office, Martin removes his own tooth with neither the Doctor nor Nurse Norma (Francine York) remembering what happened.

Season 2 (1964–65)

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Title Directed by Written by Original Airdate
381"Dreaming Can Make It So"Oscar RudolphBen Gershman
Bill Freedman
September 27, 1964 (1964-09-27)
Martin dreams in 2D, which means in form but not in substance. Without Martin knowing it, Mrs. Brown gives him some low fat brownies. This changes Martin's constitution as Martians are affected by polyunsaturates. Now his dreams change from being 2D to 3D, they also don't go away and they grow larger in size. Among other things, Martin dreams up a piece of Martian seismonitricite, a powerful explosive. Martin finds out that the brownies were low fat. He consumes a large amount of poly-saturates and all the things that he dreamed up, including the explosive, vanish.
392"The Memory Pill"Oscar RudolphBenedict FreedmanOctober 4, 1964 (1964-10-04)
When Tim complains that he can't seem to remember certain things, Martin tells him how overly cluttered his mind is. Martin says that Tim can store unneeded memories in an electronic memory box. The box will make a pill that will bring the memory back. While Martin is out, Tim uses the box and accidentally stores all memories of Martin away. Martin tries to tell Tim that he is a Martian that Tim befriended. A frightened Tim tells Mrs. Brown that Martin is a Martian and she thinks that Tim is sick. Mrs. Brown calls Dr. Nichols (David White) to examine Tim. The doctor shows up and things get very confusing. Memory pills and tranquilizers get mixed up and Dr. Nichols and Mrs. Brown swallows the wrong pills. This now gives them some Martian memories. While Martin tries to correct things, the machine blows up and returns everyone back to normal.
403"Three to Make Ready"Leslie GoodwinsBruce Howard
Bud Nye
October 11, 1964 (1964-10-11)
Martin reads about an unmaned rocket that is going to Mars. He can't decide whether to go home or stay on Earth with Tim. Martin creates a neuro cerebral stimulator to help him make up his mind. A lightning strike causes Martin to split into three: two decisive Martins and one indecisive Martin. If the three Martins can come to a decision about the rocket flight, they will rejoin. Tim tries to hide two of the Martins from Mrs. Brown and her doctor. Tim has to drive the three Martins to the base, so he hides them in a trunk and some bags. The doctor sees Tim loading them into his car and calls the police. Agreeing that they didn't want Tim to get into trouble, the three Martins join together before the police find the three bodies. Unfortunately, Martin misses the rocket launch. Sheldon Allman as Patrolman Culbreth.
414"Nothing but the Truth"Oscar RudolphBlanche HanalisOctober 18, 1964 (1964-10-18)
Martin has hidden his spaceship away from the house. Mrs. Browns' sister Dulcy, her husband Henry (Don Keefer) and their son Stanley come for a visit. Henry doesn't let Stanley believe in anything that doesn't have a logical and scientific explanation. That night, Stanley sees Martin putting the spaceship back in the garage. He runs to tell his father, who punishes him for telling lies. Martin feels bad and wants to find a way to help Stanley. Using his spaceship, Martin gets Henry to understand that imagination can seem real and make believe can be fun. Stafford Repp as Police Sergeant.
425"Dial M for Martin"Oscar RudolphFred S. Fox
Iz Elinson
October 25, 1964 (1964-10-25)

Tim accidentally cuts a live telephone wire while fixing Mrs. Brown's TV antenna. The wire hits Martin and turns him into a live telephone. Meanwhile, Mrs. Brown has called the police to help her locate her missing pocketbook and Det. Brennan is sent over. Martin reads Mrs. Brown's mind and learns that she merely misplaced her pocketbook and he locates it in her house. Det. Brennan is still a little suspicious of Martin and Tim. Martin continues to try and figure out how to disconnect himself back to normal. Martin and Tim overhear on Martin's telephone a plot to steal the Vandeleer diamond. Martin finds a way for Det. Brennan to capture the crooks. He also figures out how to turn off the telephone inside him. Edward Colmans as Mr. Blackstone.

Note: Alan Hewitt joins the cast as Detective Bill Brennan.
436"Extra! Extra! Sensory Perception!"Leslie GoodwinsRik VollaertsNovember 1, 1964 (1964-11-01)
A visiting expert on ESP jeopardizes Martin's true identity.
447"My Uncle the Folk Singer"Oscar RudolphLee CarsonNovember 8, 1964 (1964-11-08)
Uncle Martin inadvertently becomes a folk singing sensation as he and Tim attempt to save a pretty girl's coffee house. Pat Priest guest stars.
458"The Great Brain Robbery"Oscar RudolphRik VollaertsNovember 15, 1964 (1964-11-15)
In an effort to help Tim with the rent, Martin decides to tutor a rebellious young boy.
469"Double Trouble"Oscar RudolphBen Gershman
Bill Freedman
November 22, 1964 (1964-11-22)
Martin and Tim frantically attempt to eliminate an accidental duplicate of Mrs. Brown – during its dinner date with Det. Brennan.
4710"Has Anyone Seen My Electro-Magnetic Neutron Converting Gravitron?"Leslie GoodwinsAlbert E. Lewin
Burt Styler
November 29, 1964 (1964-11-29)
A little boy comes away with a valuable souvenir after an impromptu joyride in the Martian spaceship.
4811"Don't Rain on My Parade"Leslie GoodwinsJames KomackDecember 6, 1964 (1964-12-06)
After being blasted with a supposed rain-making machine, Martin accidentally triggers it to start raining for days on end.
4912"Night Life of Uncle Martin"Oscar RudolphAlbert E. Lewin
Burt Styler
December 13, 1964 (1964-12-13)
When Martin pushes himself with insufficient sleep, his sub-conscious goes out on the town.
5013"To Make a Rabbit Stew, First Catch a Martian"Leslie GoodwinsAlbert E. Lewin
Burt Styler
December 20, 1964 (1964-12-20)
A Martian vitamin pill grows a neighbor's pet rabbit to human size – as it decides to crash Mrs. Brown's costume party.
5114"Won't You Come Home, Uncle Martin, Won't You Come Home?"Leslie GoodwinsS : Marty Roth
T : Bill Kelsey, Al Martin
December 27, 1964 (1964-12-27)
Tim becomes the most hated man in California, courtesy of a Martian benevolence bulb.
5215"The Case of the Missing Sleuth"Oscar RudolphBill Freedman
Ben Gershman
January 3, 1965 (1965-01-03)
When Brennan mistakenly atomizes himself with Martin's invention, his disappearance draws the attention of a morose sleuth. Michael Constantine guests.
5316"How Are Things in Glocca Martin?"Byron PaulAlbert E. Lewin,
Burt Styler
January 10, 1965 (1965-01-10)
Martin plays Cupid for Tim's great uncle and his long-lost lower-class love. Sean McClory and Virginia Gregg guest star.
5417"Gesundheit, Uncle Martin"Oscar RudolphBen Gershman
Bill Freedman
January 17, 1965 (1965-01-17)
Martin's sneezing is effecting his short-term memory.
5518"Martian Report No. 1"Oscar RudolphBlanche HanalisJanuary 31, 1965 (1965-01-31)
Eager to prove his theories on child-rearing, Martin adopts a young girl.
5619"Uncle Martin and the Identified Flying Object"Byron PaulMarty Roth
Lissa Charrel
February 7, 1965 (1965-02-07)
Martin's malfunctioning levitation finger has Mrs. Brown convinced she is living in a haunted house.
5720"A Martian Fiddles Around"Oscar RudolphAlbert E. Lewin
Burt Styler
February 14, 1965 (1965-02-14)
Mrs. Brown's violin-playing is causing the Martian to become transparent.
5821"Humbug, Mrs. Brown"Oscar RudolphAl Martin
Bill Kelsay
February 21, 1965 (1965-02-21)
Martin's efforts to make Mrs. Brown more thrifty turn her into a miser.
5922"Crash Diet"Byron PaulRobert and Phyllis WhiteFebruary 28, 1965 (1965-02-28)
Martin reduces his spaceship to the size of a small toy – which is snatched up by a toy manufacturer.
6023"Gone, but Not Forgotten"Byron PaulBenedict FreedmanMarch 7, 1965 (1965-03-07)
Martin's health monitor is mistaken for a quarter and deposited into a drink machine at police headquarters – where it loudly proclaims that it is a Martian in distress.
6124"Stop or I'll Steam"Oscar RudolphBurt Styler
Albert E. Lewin
March 14, 1965 (1965-03-14)
Martin and Tim have an unwanted roommate – Det. Brennan.
6225"The Magnetic Personality and Who Needs It"Oscar RudolphBurt Styler
Albert E. Lewin
March 21, 1965 (1965-03-21)
A reformed pickpocket is accidentally magnetized by a Martian invention.
6326"We Love You, Miss Pringle"Oscar RudolphBlanche HanalisMarch 28, 1965 (1965-03-28)
Martin suspects that one of Tim's former teachers has been an unsung hero to the students who fear her.
6427"Once Upon a Martian's Mother's Day"James V. KernS : Marty Roth
T : Bill Kelsay
April 4, 1965 (1965-04-04)
Martin is taken with an elderly woman who is the spitting image of his own mother. Madge Blake guest stars.
6528"Uncle Baby"James V. KernMarty RothApril 18, 1965 (1965-04-18)
Tim accidentally turns Martin into an infant.
6629"Uncle Martin's Bedtime Story"Oscar RudolphBurt Styler
Albert E. Lewin
April 25, 1965 (1965-04-25)
Mrs. Brown's new electric bed is tuning her into Martin's brainwaves.
6730"006 3/4"Oscar RudolphBlanche HanalisMay 2, 1965 (1965-05-02)
Tim and Martin are recruited to combat the evil spies of CRUSH. Les Tremayne guest stars.
6831"Never Trust a Naked Martian"Leslie GoodwinsJames KomackMay 9, 1965 (1965-05-09)
Tim touches one of Martin's antennae – and becomes trapped in limbo.
6932"Martin's Favorite Martian"James V. KernPhyllis White
Robert White
May 16, 1965 (1965-05-16)
Tim tries on Uncle Martin's spacesuit – and is captured by tourists who mistake him for the real thing. Olan Soule and Linda Evans guest star.
7033"The Martian's Fair Hobo"James V. KernS : Lila Garret, Bernie Kahn
T : Marty Roth
May 23, 1965 (1965-05-23)
Martin mistakes a hobo for a member of the Martian Space Patrol.
7134"A Martian Sonata in Mrs. B's Flat"Oscar RudolphRon FriedmanMay 30, 1965 (1965-05-30)
A splash of Martin's music distillate transforms his landlady into a virtuoso.
7235"The Green Eyed Martian"Oscar RudolphPhyllis White
Robert White
June 6, 1965 (1965-06-06)
Mrs. Brown is suddenly the object of every man's desire.
7336"El Senor from Mars"Oscar RudolphBen Gershman
Bill Freedman
June 13, 1965 (1965-06-13)
Martin and Tim jet to Mexico to prevent an Aztec chest from exposing an artifact sporting the Martian's likeness. Bernie Kopell guest stars.
7437"Time Out for Martian"James V. KernMarty RothJune 20, 1965 (1965-06-20)
Trapped in time in Merry Olde England, Martin and Tim get embroiled in a political attempt to destroy the Magna Carta. (This episode was postponed for broadcast until the end of the series' third and final season.)
7538"Portrait in Brown"James V. KernPhyllis White
Robert White
June 27, 1965 (1965-06-27)
Mrs. Brown is accidentally converted into a 2D image, and is mistaken for a portrait. (Last black-and-white episode)

Season 3 (1965–66)

All episodes now in color.

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No. in
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
761"Go West, Young Martian: Part 1"David AlexanderMartin RothSeptember 12, 1965 (1965-09-12)
Martin and Tim are accidentally transported to St. Louis, circa 1849. The time machine (CCTBS) follows them to 1849 as well – but it stays in California. Making matters worse, Tim pays for a meal with modern currency, leading to trouble with Brennan's great grandfather. (First color episode.)
772"Go West, Young Martian: Part 2"David AlexanderMartin RothSeptember 19, 1965 (1965-09-19)
Still stuck in the past and imprisoned to boot, Martin draws Tim a map of where the time machine is located. They manage to escape prison but are quickly ambushed and knocked unconscious by two shady criminals. Their attackers then steal the map which they mistake for a map to a gold mine.
783"Martin of the Movies"John ErmanAlbert E. Lewin & Burt StylerSeptember 26, 1965 (1965-09-26)
Martin reveals that he starred in a silent film in 1925. That film is scheduled to air on television tonight. Knowing people would ask questions if they saw it, Tim and Martin travel back in time to stop Martin from starring in it.
794"Keep Me from the Church on Time"John ErmanJames B. Allardice & Tom AdairOctober 3, 1965 (1965-10-03)
Martin shows Tim his Futaroid camera with the ability to take a photograph of events 24 hours in the future. Both men are shocked to see what appears to be Tim getting married.
805"I'd Rather Fight Than Switch"David AlexanderPhilip RappOctober 10, 1965 (1965-10-10)
Martin accidentally swaps his psyche with Mrs. Brown. To avoid exposing himself, he is then forced to go out a date with the recently-promoted Lieutenant Brennan.
816"Tim the Mastermind"David AlexanderBurt Styler & Albert E. LewinOctober 17, 1965 (1965-10-17)
Martin starts getting green spots after developing an allergy to his memory pills. Tim agrees to start taking the pills instead which transforms him into a genius, attracting government attention.
827"Martin Goldfinger"Wesley KenneyBurt Styler & Albert E. LewinOctober 24, 1965 (1965-10-24)
Martian develops a gold deficiency which means that everything he touches turns to gold.
838"Bottled Martin"Wesley KenneyBurt Styler & Albert E. LewinOctober 31, 1965 (1965-10-31)
Martin decides to shrink himself to be lighter for the trip back to Mars. To test his ability to make the process last, he shrinks himself down and has Tim cork him inside a bottle – which gets accidentally sent to Baghdad.
849"Hate Me a Little"Mel FerberGene L. CoonNovember 7, 1965 (1965-11-07)
Martin fixes his benevolence bulb so it works on humans. Tim ends up using it on Det. Brennan. Unfortunately, there are times when a police detective cannot afford to be nice – especially with Brennan on track to encounter a dangerous bank robber.
8510"Girl in the Flying Machine"Mel FerberBlanche HanalisNovember 14, 1965 (1965-11-14)
Martin accidentally pulls a Slobodian ship and its female pilot down from orbit. To give him time to figure out what to do, he erases her memory and tells her she is his niece, Zelda, and that she has a case of amnesia.
8611"That Time Machine Is Waking Up That Old Gang of Mine"Jean YarbroughJames Allardice & Tom AdairNovember 21, 1965 (1965-11-21)
Martin's time machine malfunctions, causing Jesse and Frank James to appear in Tim's kitchen.
8712"Avenue 'C' Mob"John ErmanBlanche HanalisNovember 28, 1965 (1965-11-28)
Martin temporarily ages himself 400 Martian years as part of a study of old age on Earth. He then takes a job as a night watchman so he can experience the pursuit of independence in old age.
8813"Tim and Tim Again"John ErmanS : Martin Roth
T : Bill Kelsay
December 5, 1965 (1965-12-05)
Martin accidentally ends up duplicating Tim. Martin leaves to gather a necessary element to reverse the process. Using Martin's personality altecator, the duplicate changes his personality to evil. The evil Tim plans to reveal Martin's identity.
8914"Lorelei Brown vs. Everybody"Jean YarbroughBill KelsayDecember 12, 1965 (1965-12-12)
When Martin gives Mrs. Brown a concentration pill, she concentrates on enforcing law and order.
9015"The O'Hara Caper"John ErmanAlbert E. Lewin & Burt StylerDecember 19, 1965 (1965-12-19)
After missing out on an important story, Tim is demoted to writing obituaries. He attempts to use Martin's time machine to go back and get the story but instead gets arrested.
9116"Who's Got a Secret?"John ErmanMartin RothDecember 26, 1965 (1965-12-26)
When Mrs. Brown's brother comes to stay, he starts a rumour that Martin is working on a secret revolutionary invention. Pretty soon, the government wants to buy it, while the Russians claim they already have it.
9217"Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow"Jean YarbroughBen StarrJanuary 2, 1966 (1966-01-02)
Tim discovers that he is going to inherit an estate, assuming he can prove he is the right Tim O'Hara. The only problem is that the family records say that Tim O'Hara does not have an Uncle Martin.
9318"Martin's Revoltin' Development"Jean YarbroughLeigh ChapmanJanuary 16, 1966 (1966-01-16)
Martin wants to help a photographer Tim works with get his confidence by helping him get an exclusive photograph.
9419"TV or Not TV"John ErmanMichael R. Stein & Jack Gross Jr.January 23, 1966 (1966-01-23)
Martin develops a short-circuit which causes him to start transmitting to everything he sees and hears onto television. This leads him to unintentionally exposing a well-known actor's secret.
9520"Man from Uncle Martin"John ErmanJames Allardice & Tom AdairJanuary 30, 1966 (1966-01-30)
Mrs. Brown's brother buys a worthless piece of junk invention with Mrs. Brown's money, believing that once Martin gets it working it will make them rich. Tim and Martin need to convince the original seller to buy it back to get Mrs Brown's money back.
9621"Martin the Mannequin"David AlexanderMartin RothFebruary 6, 1966 (1966-02-06)
A reaction to some cologne in a department store causes Martin to freeze up, leading him to be mistaken for a mannequin. Making matters more complicated, Mrs. Brown and Lt. Brennan soon show up.
9722"Butterball"David AlexanderBlanche HanalisFebruary 13, 1966 (1966-02-13)
CRUSH is reactivated when their leader Butterball, previously sent to prison with Tim's help, escapes.
9823"When a Martian Makes His Violin Cry"John ErmanAustin & Irma KalishFebruary 20, 1966 (1966-02-20)
When Mrs. Brown's purse is stolen, Brennan incorrectly blames a young gypsy man. He curses Brennan to constantly drop things. Brennan does not take it seriously but Mrs. Brown does and she starts dropping everything.
9924"When You Get Back Home to Mars, Are You Going to Get It"Jean YarbroughMartin RothFebruary 27, 1966 (1966-02-27)
Martin's 11-year-old nephew Andromeda steals his father's ship and crash lands on Earth. Being proud of his Martian heritage, he does not listen when Martin tells him not to let people know he is a Martian.

(Note: Despite the ending indicating Andromeda was to stay with Tim and Martin, this was the only appearance of the character in the live-action series. Andromeda would later appear in the animated series.)
10025"Doggone Martin"John ErmanAlbert E. LewinMarch 6, 1966 (1966-03-06)
Martin develops a machine to turn himself into a liquid, intent on sending himself back to Mars in that state. Unfortunately, before Martin can leave, his liquid form is drunk by a dog. Martin then ends up in control of the dog's body.
10126"Virus M for Martin"David AlexanderBill KelsayMarch 13, 1966 (1966-03-13)
When Tim comes home early from an assignment, he walks in on Martin who is clearing himself of a Martian Virus. Tim becomes the first Earth man to catch it and is soon covered in stripes, making Lt. Brennan think Tim has a contagious tropical disease.
10227"Our Notorious Landlady"David AlexanderGene ThompsonMarch 20, 1966 (1966-03-20)
While dusting Martin's personality altercator, Mrs. Brown accidentally activates it and gets turned into a thief.
10328"Martin Meets His Match"David AlexanderS : Gene Thompson
T : Gene Thompson, Bill Kelsay
March 27, 1966 (1966-03-27)
Stuck on the direction to go next with repairing his space ship, Martin uses his time machine to bring Leonardo da Vinci do the present to help work on it.
10429"Horse and Buggy Martin"David AlexanderAlbert E. LewinApril 3, 1966 (1966-04-03)
A mosquito bites Martin which then bites a racehorse. The result is that Martin and the horse are linked and Martin finds himself experiencing sensations the horse does.
10530"Stop the Presses, I Want to Get Off"Jean YarbroughAustin and Irma KalishApril 17, 1966 (1966-04-17)
Martin accidentally loses his Martian "sixth sense" to Mrs. Brown. Her new abilities allow her to become a journalist for a competing paper of Tim's, knowing when and where stories are going to happen. They also put her at risk of figuring out Martin's true identity.
10631"My Nut Cup Runneth Over"John ErmanS : Bill Kelsay
T : Bill Kelsay, Gene Thompson
April 24, 1966 (1966-04-24)
An accident with Martin's molecular reassembler turns a squirrel into a human. Martin agrees to take care of the squirrel's rather large family while he fixes the issue.
10732"Pay the Man the $24"John ErmanBurt StylerMay 1, 1966 (1966-05-01)
As part of research for a book he is writing, Tim uses Martin's time machine to travel back to the purchase of Manhattan. Returning to the present, he soon learns he messed up the deal and New York is no longer part of the United States. He and Martin have to travel back in time to try to put history back on track.

Home media

Rhino Entertainment released the first two seasons on Region 1 DVD in 2004–2005. Rhino never released the third season. However, the season 3 release from Australia's Umbrella Entertainment, on February 5, 2008, was as an import to North America. This release is classified as "Region 0", making it viewable around the world on any region-free DVD player. Rhino also released a 3-DVD box of "The Best of My Favorite Martian" in 2007, comprising episodes 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 14, 16, 18, 22, 24, 29, 31, 34, and 37.

In January 2010, MPI Home Video acquired the series' Region 1 rights under license from Jack Chertok Productions.[3] At the time, it was announced that they planned on releasing season 3 on DVD in the summer of 2010. This release, however, never materialized and was postponed. It was subsequently released on October 30, 2012.[4]

MPI re-released season 1 on June 24, 2014.[5][6] and season 2 on December 23, 2014.[7]

On October 20, 2015, MPI Home Video released My Favorite Martian- The Complete Series' on Region 1 DVD.[8]

In Region 4 (Australia), Umbrella Entertainment released all 3 seasons on DVD. These releases are all Region Free. The season 1 release includes special features, such as audio commentary with Ann Marshall, a stills gallery, script, and interview with Ann Marshall. The season 3 release also includes special features, such as an unaired version of the series pilot, behind the scenes home movies, interviews with Stan Frazen, Ted Rich, James Hulsey, and Wayne Stam, as well as audio commentary by James's Hulsey and Chertok historian and licensing manager Peter Greenwood. In addition, there are also scans of the original comic series, scripts, and the shooting schedule.

DVD name Ep # Release dates
Region 1 Region 4
The Complete 1st Season 37 September 7, 2004
June 24, 2014 (re-release)
March 1, 2008
The Complete 2nd Season 38 May 10, 2005
December 23, 2014 (re-release)
September 1, 2008
The Complete 3rd Season 32 October 30, 2012 November 3, 2007
The Complete Series 107 October 20, 2015 N/A

Reception

In its first season, My Favorite Martian did extremely well in the Nielsen ratings, ranking at No. 10.[9] However, by the end of the second season the show had dipped to No. 24.[9] Still, the series was doing well enough to be renewed for a third season. Ratings dipped even further in the third season due to repetitive story lines involving Martin's time machine, and the series was canceled.

Spin-offs

Animated series

My Favorite Martians
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Title card
GenreAnimation
Voices ofHoward Morris
Jonathan Harris
Lane Scheimer
Jane Webb
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes16
Production
ProducersNorm Prescott
Lou Scheimer
Running time22–24 minutes
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 8 (1973-09-08) –
December 22, 1973 (1973-12-22)
Chronology
Preceded byMy Favorite Martian

An animated series, My Favorite Martians, was made by Filmation and was broadcast as part of the Saturday morning programming on CBS from September 8, 1973, to December 22, 1973, for a total of sixteen episodes.[10] The series features Tim, Martin, Mrs. Brown and Detective Brennan (Brennan is considerably different). To appeal to a younger audience, Uncle Martin is joined by his Martian nephew named Andromeda, nicknamed "Andy", who only has one antenna and thus lesser powers than Uncle Martin and did appear in one episode of the live-action series.[11] The pair also have a Martian pet named Okey, a sort of bouncing sheepdog with antennae. Tim also had a niece of his own, named Katie, living with them. Brennan also had a teenage son named Brad living with him and a pet chimpanzee named Chump. None of the characters were voiced by the original actors; Bixby was at the time committed to his latest project, The Magician, and Walston tried to distance himself from the role. As a result, Jonathan Harris voiced Martin and Jane Webb voiced Mrs. Brown.[12]

The cartoon utilized a number of scripts from what would have been season four of the live action show; as of early July 2013, Jack Chertok Television co-owned it, with the Chertok company retaining all merchandising rights to the show.

At least two VHS tape volumes were released of the cartoon series in 1989 by UAV. (https://archive.org/details/myfavmartians2) Distribution rights were held, as of April 2013, by Classic Media as part of their Filmation holdings.[13]

Episodes

Title Original air date
1"Check-Up"September 8, 1973 (1973-09-08)
2"Life Style"September 15, 1973 (1973-09-15)
3"Home Schtick"September 22, 1973 (1973-09-22)
4"Wall to Wall Flower"September 29, 1973 (1973-09-29)
5"The Cleo Caper"October 6, 1973 (1973-10-06)
6"Robot Tailor"October 13, 1973 (1973-10-13)
7"Lonely Okie?"October 20, 1973 (1973-10-20)
8"Triple Trouble"October 27, 1973 (1973-10-27)
9"The Incredible Shrinking Ship"November 3, 1973 (1973-11-03)
10"My Favorite Neighbor"November 10, 1973 (1973-11-10)
11"Allergy"November 17, 1973 (1973-11-17)
12"Truant Teacher"November 24, 1973 (1973-11-24)
13"Love: Martian Style"December 1, 1973 (1973-12-01)
14"The Chump Who Cried Chimp"December 8, 1973 (1973-12-08)
15"Credibility Gap"December 15, 1973 (1973-12-15)
16"Garage Sale"December 22, 1973 (1973-12-22)

In other media

Feature film

Main article: My Favorite Martian (film)

The series was also remade as a feature film in 1999 starring Christopher Lloyd as the Martian and Jeff Daniels as Tim. This film was released and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Ray Walston was featured in the film (both Bill Bixby and Pamela Britton had since died; the former in 1993 and the latter in 1974) and played another Martian who had been trapped on Earth since the time of the first series and wore a similar space suit from the series; his cover was now that of a Government investigator of unidentified flying objects. However, the premise was changed: Martians such as Lloyd's Uncle Martin are now non-humanoids with four arms, four legs, and three eyes who use a gumball (which they call "nerplex") to assume human form. The "nerplex" comes in a selection that will turn the person ingesting it into assorted life forms, including Martian, Venusian and one to "never use" (Venox 7).

Comics

The TV series was adapted into comic book form by Dan Spiegle and was distributed by Gold Key Comics; it lasted nine issues and ran from 1963 through 1966.[14] Gerry Anderson's company Century 21 acquired the rights to produce a comic strip adaption; it ran in their weekly newspaper, formatted comic TV21, for two years (1965–66) and was featured in three of the British Christmas comics annuals. Unlike the Gold Key Comics adaption, the British strip, in its later run, featured Martin's nephew Andromeda. Due to a lack of reference[clarification needed] he was depicted as a chubby freckled British schoolboy.

The comic rights returned to the Chertok company, who licensed a reprint of the Gold Key title produced by Hermes Press. Hermes Press put out one volume of a two volume set that covered issues #1-7 of the Gold Key series. The planned second would complete the Gold Key run and include the TV21 material. They also subsequently issued a special single issue edition reprint for the national free comic book day. That reprint is the only instance of a 1960s television comic reprint being used for this event. Subsequently, during the event, the books, in almost every venue, were the first to sell out. The Chertok Company is actively looking to reprint, for the first time, the British comic adaption in a single, stand-alone volume. However, the TV21 Martian pages have been used as special features on the US DVD release of the TV series from MPI, for the Australian DVD release from Umbrella Entertainment, and more recently on the Australia New Zealand DVD release from Shock Entertainment.

Merchandising

During the show's initial run, several products were produced resulting in a board game, a magic set, a paint by numbers set, and a springs with bells beanie hat.

Licensing resumed in 2012 on the My Favorite Martian property, resulting in both a scale plastic model kit of Uncle Martin's spaceship and a built up version, both from Pegasus Hobbies. Due to the success of the model kit, the Chertok company subsequently has extended the Pegasus license.

The Pegasus model kit is in fact a scale replica based on the Martian spaceship's appearance as seen in the series episode "Crash Diet", where the spaceship is shrunken down in size; the initial version of the shrunken spaceship is in the same scale used for the Pegasus model. A still of Uncle Martin holding that scaled space ship was placed on the back of the product carton for the assembled, non-kit spaceship.

An after-market photo-etched metal detail parts kit from the Paragrafix Company gives modelers the ability to seriously upgrade the model kit's cockpit detail. They also for the first time created a scale version of the time machine suitcase, along with offering Uncle Martin's flight log book reproduced in both English and Martian text.

Factory Entertainment produced a shake ems version of both Uncle Martin and his spaceship. They also offered a special edition black-and-white version of their Uncle Martin statue as a San Diego Comic Con International exclusive.

In 2015 Greenlight Collectibles produced a prototype My Favorite Martian boxed set featuring the second season's Plymouth Fury, as seen in the show.

In November 2017 Zynga Entertainment added My Favorite Martian to its cell phone game "Black Diamond Casino".

See also

References

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  9. ^ a b Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (June 24, 2009). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows – 1946–present (ninth edition – 2007). pp. 1683–1684. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.
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