MY FAVORITE MARTIAN
   US tv series (1963-6). A Jack Chertok Production for CBS. Prod/created Jack Chertok. Writers included John L. Greene, Ben Gershman, Bill Freedman, Albert E. Lewin, Burt Styler. Dirs included Leslie Goodwins, Oscar Rudolph, John Erman. 3 seasons, 107 25min episodes. First 2 seasons b/w, 3rd Colour.
   This was a fairly sophisticated (compared to most tv sitcoms of the time), humorous and commercially successful series about a Martian (Ray Walston) who becomes stranded on Earth. He is befriended by ayoung man (Bill Bixby), who passes him off to friends as his uncle. The Martian's unfamiliarity with Earth customs, plus his special powers -which include ESP, INVISIBILITY and TELEKINESIS - provide much of the humour. A similar premise, again mostly used for light SATIRE, was adopted by 2 subsequent tv series, MORK AND MINDY (1978-82) and ALF (1986-current).
   JB

Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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