Updated: March 12, 2016
MY FAVORITE MARTIAN COLLECTIBLES #01
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.
Very little merchadise was released on the original series.
A game board, Magic Slate, a series of Comic Books, and
later a spaceship kit. With the remake by Disney this
film was a big flop at the box office! There was several
nice collectibles made marketing the movie!
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