Actors: Bill Bixby, Ray Waltson
Creator: John L. Greene
Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
Region: Region 1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
DVD Release Date: October 20, 2015
Run Time: 3000 minutes
‘My Favorite Martian” was a trailblazing series, laying the groundwork for many popular fantasy sitcoms over the years. Without this show, there might never have been “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “ALF,” or even “Mork and Mindy,” not to mention all of the other fantasy shows with genies and witches rather than aliens. All three seasons and 107 episodes of this classic 1960s series are available for purchase in this complete collection, along with an expansive compilation of new and old special features.
Primarily known for his stage performances and character roles in films like The Apartment and South Pacific, Ray Walston was given the opportunity to head up the cast of “My Favorite Martian” as the alien who disguises himself as Uncle Martin, visiting relative of the newspaper man who discovered his crashed aircraft. Tim O’Hara (Bill Bixby) hides the identity of the Martian visitor from his nosy landlord, Lorelei Brown (Pamela Britton), along with an assortment of other characters. This task is made easier with the supernatural abilities Martin is able to tap into, as Martians use the full ability of their brain as opposed to the humans’ 10%.
Martin’s powers include invisibility, telepathy and telekinesis, among others. These powers also had the tendency to be fickle, vanishing when the wrong foods were eaten or if something unfamiliar made Martin ill. New characters were added to the cast (while some vanished), but the basic premise of the show remained the same for its entire three-season run from 1963-1966. The first two seasons were filmed in black-and-white, while the final season appeared in color.
All three individually packaged seasons are included in this set, with Collector’s Edition special features to go with each. Season one includes 37 episodes, season two has 38, and the final season included 32; all of which have been digitally remastered. Each season comes with five discs of content. Included in the extras of the first season is the original pilot version of the first episode, along with another lost pilot from producer Jack Chertok called “The Reluctant Eye. Additional footage includes a promotional appearance by Walston on a 1964 game show, as well as a vintage commercial. The original sponsor spots are also included, along with a photo gallery, comic strips, and the soundtrack music album.
Season two’s extras include vintage cast interviews along with original marketing promotions used in conjunction with the show. The final season, along with being featured in color, has plenty of additional extras. There is another lost TV pilot from Chertok called “The Man in The Square Suit,” as well as an interview with Bixby and Walston from Lucille Ball’s long-lost radio show, “Let’s Talk to Lucy.” Also included are behind-the-scenes home movies, animation and effects featurettes, and additional marketing/promotional material with the show’s cast.
Entertainment Value: 7/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 7.5/10
Historical Significance: 8.5/10