US tv series (1963-1966). A Jack Chertok Production for CBS. Produced/created Jack Chertok. Writers included John L Greene, Ben Gershman, Bill Freedman, Albert E Lewin, Burt Styler. Directors included Leslie Goodwins, Oscar Rudolph, John Erman. Three seasons, 107 25-minute episodes. First two seasons black and white, third colour.
This was a fairly sophisticated (compared to most television sitcoms of the time), humorous and commercially successful series about a Martian (Ray Walston) who becomes stranded on Earth. He is befriended by a young 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 two subsequent television series, Mork and Mindy (1978-1982) and ALF (1986-current). [JB]
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