My Favorite Martian (1963–1966)
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Martin reads about a $2 billion American space program, a program he knows is doomed for failure. Not wanting to see the American government waste $2 billion, Tim writes himself a fake ... See full summary »


Alan Rafkin


James Komack, John L. Greene (creator)




Episode complete credited cast:
Ray Walston ... Uncle Martin
Bill Bixby ... Tim O'Hara
Richard Deacon ... James J. Jackson
Frank Aletter ... Agent No. 2
Ed Holmes Ed Holmes ... Agent No. 1
Bryan O'Byrne ... Dr. Weisbord


Martin reads about a $2 billion American space program, a program he knows is doomed for failure. Not wanting to see the American government waste $2 billion, Tim writes himself a fake letter to the newspaper which includes Martin's nighttime musings; Tim thinks Martin's mumblings are key to the flaw in the space program. Based on the fake letter, Tim writes a newspaper story criticizing the wasted $2 billion. Tim's masquerade is uncovered by the government, agents for whom think he's a spy working for the Russians. Tim is questioned under a lie detector, and he fails miserably when it comes to questions about Martin. So the agents call in Martin, the agents who question him under the lie detector, under hypnosis, and through brainwashing. Martin overcomes each, to him, primitive method. But he can't overcome the truth serum, and he spills the beans about being a Martian. It isn't until then that the agents let Tim and Martin go. They figure that Martin is crazy and delusional, which ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

20 October 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Uncle Martin: [reading newspaper] Hmpf.
Tim O'Hara: [looking up from his bank statement] Hmm?
Uncle Martin: Did you say something?
Tim O'Hara: No, you did.
Uncle Martin: No, I distinctly heard you go "hmmm?"
Tim O'Hara: Oh, yeah. Well, that was after you went "hmpf."
Uncle Martin: Oh, did I?
Tim O'Hara: [goes back to bank statement] Uh-huh.
Uncle Martin: [goes back to newspaper] Hmpf.
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Classic. The only classic in the first 12 episodes.
27 March 2010 | by LarryBrownHoustonSee all my reviews

The first 75% of this episode is 100% excellent. The opening scene is belly-laughable, and gets even more bonus points for using the word "miasma." The chemistry between Bixby & Walston is history in the making. The rest of it continues to sparkle and generate laugh out louds.

The voltage gets kicked up yet another notch when guest star Richard Deacon (Mel Cooley from the Dick Van Dyke Show) shows up.

Unfortunately the climax falters a little and waters down what otherwise is a truly great show.

The end result is a little unsatisfying since such great early promise was not fully realized, but after watching the first 12 episodes I can say this one is by far the best, so I give it a 10 (comparing it only to other Martian episodes).

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