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Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Starring Ray Walston, Bill Bixby
Guest Stars:  Pamela Britton, Ina Victor, Ann Marshall, Herbert Rudley, J. Pat O'Malley
Directed by Sheldon Leonard
(actor & director credits courtesy

Newspaper reporter Tim O'Hara rescues a Martian when he crash lands on Earth, and passes him off to his friends and neighbors as his Uncle Martin.

The debut episode of this charming sci-fi comedy series prepares us for many entertaining installments to come, anchored by the two talented leads, who have a fine rapport with each other.  Comedy veteran Leonard directs a witty script from series creator John L. Greene, and although there's fairly decent effects in place to show Walston's descent to Earth, his rising antennae and Bixby's performance carrying him while "invisible" are even more memorable.  A fun start to a fun series.

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