[[caption-width-right:320:Before he became [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk the Hulk]], Bill Bixby palled around with aliens. Small world.]]

The premise of this 1963 {{sitcom}} is simple: A Martian anthropologist (Ray Walston) is stranded on Earth when his saucer crashes. He is taken in by Tim (Creator/BillBixby), a kindly but not too bright earthling who happens, of all things, to be a newspaper reporter. "Uncle Martin" fortunately looks just like a human being except for two retractable rabbit-ear antennae which emerge from his head. He has some special powers, but not enough to keep himself or his human sidekick out of trouble with their feather brained landlady and her suspicious love interest. Nor is he able to repair his saucer, hidden in the garage, possibly because he's not a mechanic.

A [[TheMovie movie adaptation]] was released in 1999 [[Film/MyFavoriteMartian that went by the same name]].

''[-Not to be confused with "WebVideo/YourFavoriteMartian", an animated music video series by Website/YouTube sensation Ray William Johnson.-]''

Compare with ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' the UsefulNotes/TheSeventies equivalent that largely didn't need visual effects to anything to the same degree for the otherworldly effect, Creator/RobinWilliams was enough.

!! This TV series provides examples of:

* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Mrs. Brown's brownies.
* AlienAmongUs: Uncle Martin.
* AlienNonInterferenceClause: Martin. While he's witnessed many great men and famous deeds, he never interferes, inspires or does things for them, believing that individuals and nations must find their own ways. We're given to understand this is general Martian ethics, not just Martin's own belief. (This aired three years before ''Star Trek'' codified the Prime Directive.)
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Martin speaks perfect English. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Martin has been to Earth many times in the past and is Mars' foremost authority on the planet.
* AmusingAlien: Martin
* AnimatedAdaptation: A short-lived Creator/{{Filmation}} version, ''My Favorite Martians.''
* AnnoyingPatient: Martin [[SickEpisode falls ill]] and naturally it falls on poor Tim to nurse him back to health, through much [[LargeHam whining]] and [[MagicMisfire chaos]].
* CassandraTruth: No one believes Martin when he tells them he's a Martian.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Mrs. Brown
* CowboyEpisode: "Go West, Young Martian".
* TheDitz: Tim O'Hara is a [[DumbIsGood nice guy, but not very smart.]]
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: In one episode, Martin has a problem with his head, causing him to broadcast everything he sees and hears to every television station (and thus to every set) in the United States.
* FantasticAnthropologist: Uncle Martin, among his other credentials.
* FingerWag: The Martian [[DirtyMindReading reads Tim's thoughts]] in the first episode.
-->'''The Martian:''' Tsk tsk tsk.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One episode has Martin falling in love with a woman who works as an exotic dancer. Despite his centuries of experience with many Earth cultures, Martin has no idea what a stripper is and goes through the whole episode oblivious to the actual nature of her job and the numerous [[DoubleEntendre double entendres]] both she and Tim make about it.
* HonoraryUncle: "Uncle" Martin.
* HypocriticalHumor: Frequently Tim or Martin will complain about something the other did, only to turn around and do it himself.
* InterspeciesRomance: Martin fell in love with a human woman in one episode.
* LampshadeHanging: In "The O'Hara Caper", Tim wants to use Martin's time machine to cover a jewel robbery he missed. Martin warns time travel is dangerous, whereupon Tim scoffs "[[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong How could it possibly hurt me to know what's going to happen next?]] I've been watching TV reruns for years."
* LoveAtFirstSight: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Martin in one episode, who wants to experience Earth emotions unknown on Mars.
* MalfunctionMalady: Human illnesses mess with Martin's Martian powers.
** [[MagicMisfire So do electrical storms.]]
* MindOverMatter: Martin can move things with his mind.
* MonsterRoommate: Martin.
* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: Martin claims that Martians use ''all'' of their brain while humans do not.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Martin has been around a ''long'' time.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Uncle Martin.
* PhantomZonePicture: An interesting variation occurs in "Portrait in Brown". Uncle Martin (the Martian) is using his dimensional separator, when the landlady Mrs. Brown walks into the room and is reduced to two dimensions. To prevent her from injuring herself, Uncle Martin freezes Mrs. Brown and paints a quick portrait around her to hide the fact she's been frozen in 2D. As, of course, Martin (and, all Martians for that matter) are friendly and superior, this is only used as a temporary measure until Martin can effect a cure.
* PrecociousCrush: Mrs. Brown's daughter has a thing for Tim.
* PstandardPsychicPstance: Martin does this.
* PsychicPowers: Martin.
* PunyEarthlings: Inverted. Martin talks like this sometimes, but he has nothing but admiration for humanity's honest efforts and brave industry leading to great scientific and philosophical advancements. He especially cherishes the [[UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} early space program]], comparing it to a child learning to walk.
* ReversePolarity: A second-season episode has Martin trying this as he fixes the transmitter that works with his antennae.
* SecretChaser: Lorelei Brown
* ShoutOut: In a third season episode, Martin demonstrates that he can levitate with his nose; apparently inspired by that "[[Series/{{Bewitched}} television show with the pretty young witch]]".
** He also once created a white tornado to clean the apartment, an idea he got from a TV commercial (for Ajax cleanser)
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Martin
* StopTrick: Used often for {{invisibility}}.
* TalkingInYourSleep: PlayedForLaughs. Martin mutters physics equations and trivia about historical famous people he's met in his sleep.
* {{Telepathy}}: Reading minds and projecting thoughts is one of Martin's martian powers.
* ZeeRust: A lot of Martian technology, like the spaceship.