My Favorite Martin

September 29th Celebrates My Favorite Martin

Who remembers the television show called, “My Favorite Martin?”

Today on “Days to Remember,” we celebrate how on September 29th 1963, “My Favorite Martian” premiered on CBS-TV.

My Favorite Martian was American sitcom created by; John L. Greene created the central characters and developed the core format of this series, which was produced by Jack Chertok.

The story starts off, of Martian crash landing on earth, in all places in the city of Los Angeles, and is taken in by young newspaper reporter Tim O’Hara played by Bill Bixby, and takes his new Martian friend back home to help him repair his space ship.

The only way Tom O’Hara can keep his Martian friend a secret, was introducing his Martian friend as Uncle Martin, which complicates things, as Uncle Martin has tendency to use his Martian powers at the wrong time.

Actor Ray Walston plays the character of Uncle Martin.

Tim and Uncle Martin live in a garage apartment owned by a congenial but scatterbrained landlady, Mrs. Lorelei Brown, who often shows up when not wanted. She and Martin have an awkward romance from time to time but Martin never gets serious for fear of going home to Mars.

She later dates a vain, cold-hearted, plain-clothes police officer, Detective Bill Brennan, who dislikes Uncle Martin and is highly suspicious of him.

Today’s YouTube video brought to you by user name, (Retro Alexander) is the theme song from the television, in color called, “My Favorite Martian,” which premiered on CBS-TV on September 29th 1963.

The first two seasons were filmed in black-and-white (at Desilu), but the final season was shot in color (at MGM), resulting in minor changes in the set and the format of the show. In addition to the extraterrestrial powers indicated in the first two seasons, Martin was able to do much more in the final season, such as stimulating facial hair to provide him and Tim with a quick disguise, and levitating with his nose (a humorous allusion to another popular television series at the time, Bewitched).
Brennan’s boss, the police chief, was involved in many episodes in the third season, generally as a device to humiliate the overzealous detective.

“Martin O’Hara’s” real name is Exigius 12½. Revealed in “We Love You, Mrs. Pringle,” it was heard again when his real nephew, Andromeda, crash-landed on Earth in the show’s third season.

Andromeda, originally devised to bring younger viewers to the aging show, disappeared without explanation after this single episode and was never referred to again.

Andromeda was, however, a regular on the later animated series My Favorite Martians. Andromeda had a single antenna, which Martin explained was because his baby antennae had fallen out and only one adult antenna had come in so far.

My Favorite Martian was produced at the same time as other situation comedies that featured characters that could do extraordinary things, as a parody of the standard family situation comedy.

The show was an example of science fiction comedy, differing from Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie in that the central character was a man, and in that he relied on science and advanced technology rather than magic.

As we remember today’s day to remember how on September 29th 1963, “My Favorite Martian” premiered on CBS-TV.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell


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