My Favorite Martian
A weekly situation comedy that ran for three seasons (the first two in black
and white, the third in color) in 1963–1966. It began with reporter
Tim O'Hara (played by Bill Bixby) rescuing the pilot of a crashed flying
saucer (Ray Walston), an anthropologist whose speciality is Earth, and passing
him off as his Uncle Martin, all the while trying to write the story. The
chief complication is keeping Uncle martin's identity secret and his powers
(invisibility, telepathy), along with his antennae, under his hat. Generally
popular in its time, My Favorite Martian combined gentle comedy
with broad satire.
- Directed by Oscar Randolph, Sheldon, Leonard, and others.
- Written by Ben Gershman, John L. Greene.
- Regular cast: Ray Walston, Bill Bixby, Pamela Briton, Alan Hewitt,
J. Pat O'Malley.
- 107 30-minute episodes.
The first two seasons of My Favorite Martian were filmed in studio
space leased from Desilu. The third season was filmed at MGM because Desilu
needed the studio space for a new television series – Star
Trek. Ray Walston himself went on to play the character of "Boothby,"
head groundskeeper at Starfleet Academy, in Star Trek: The Next Generation
and Star Trek: Voyager.