Updated: May 31, 2018
MY FAVORITE MARTIAN PHOTO GALLERY #01
September 29, 1963 - September 4, 1966
CBS Situation Comedy - 107 Episodes
Martin O'Hara: Ray Walston
Tim O'Hara: Bill Bixby
Mrs. Lorelei Brown: Pamela Britton
Detective Bill Brennan: Alan Hewitt
Mr. Harry Burns: J. Pat O'Malley
The police captain: Roy Engel
Angela Brown: Ann Marshall
On the way to cover an assignment for his paper,
The Los Angeles Sun, reporter Tim O'Hara stumbled
upon a Martian whose one-man ship had crashed on Earth.
Tim took the dazed Martian back to his rooming house
to help him recuperate, while thinking of the fantastic
story he would be able to present to his boss, Mr. Burns,
about his find. The Martian, however, looked human, spoke
English, and refused to admit to anyone but Tim what he was.
Tim befriended him, passed him off as his uncle, and had
many interesting adventures with the stranded alien. Uncle
Martin had little retractable antennae, could make himself
invisible, was telepathic, could move objects just by
pointing at them, and had a vast storehouse of advanced
technological knowledge. While he was trying to fix his
ship he stayed with Tim in Mrs. Brown's rooming house.
It had to be small enough to fit into a one car garage and look convincing
enough to be accepted as an interplanetary vehicle from an advanced
civilization. The Martian's spaceship was of an original design in the realm of
sci-fi entertainment. First seen as a blur in the sky when Tim spots it, the ship
crash lands on its side and a scar serving as evidence of the impact remains on the
hull throughout the first two seasons.
In reality, in order to be light enough to be lifted, the Martian spaceship prop
was made of wood that was painted silver. It was usually featured at night,
taking off in darkness, and an animation illustrated its flight across the night
sky. Based on an observation of the bottom of the hull, it can be inferred that the
ship had three retractable legs but they were never actually shown in operation.
The one-seated spaceship did have an interior set, though it was rarely seen.
The thin rod on the right of the square light board served to guide the ship
into landing. A round communication screen is above the square, and red and
green square buttons are at the left of the screen.
Tim finds himself obligated to take off and land in the pre-programmed ship
with Martin giving him voice commands. Here Martin takes the ship up for a low
altitude surveillance mission so a spacesuit was not needed.
A central view of the dashboard and left window the interior set was built for
the second season episode Great Brain Robbery and appeared again in the second
season's Martin's Favorite Martian and the third season's That Time Machine is
Waking Up That Old Gang of Mine.
After the series was over, the spaceship prop went into the collection belonging
to "The Cars of Stars and Planes of Fame" Museum in Buena Park, California. In
the mid-1970's it was loaned out for display at the Union Bank of Fullerton
In the summer of 1985 the spaceship prop was sold for $750 at a Hollywood car
auction at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. It changed hands after that and
in 1993 it was reported to be residing in the archives of a Los Angeles TV
Write-up by JH Harison (My Favorite Martian Website)