My Favorite Martian

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

My Favorite Martian (1999 Movie)

“My Favorite Martian” is a 1999 science fiction comedy film directed by Donald Petrie and based on the 1960s television series of the same name. The movie stars Christopher Lloyd as the Martian and Jeff Daniels as the human protagonist.

The story follows Tim O’Hara (Jeff Daniels), a bumbling television news reporter who dreams of making it big in the industry. One day, while investigating a mysterious crash landing, he discovers an alien spacecraft. To his surprise, he finds an extraterrestrial being who appears to be a humanoid Martian (Christopher Lloyd).

Tim decides to take the Martian, whom he names Uncle Martin, back to his home to keep him safe and study him in secret. As Uncle Martin adapts to life on Earth, he uses his advanced technology to create humorous and often chaotic situations, leading to comedic misunderstandings and mishaps.

To complicate matters further, the government becomes aware of the presence of the Martian and launches a search operation to capture him. Tim and Uncle Martin must work together to evade the authorities and find a way to get the Martian back home to Mars.

Throughout the movie, the relationship between Tim and Uncle Martin deepens, and they learn valuable lessons about friendship, trust, and understanding. As the adventure unfolds, they encounter various colorful characters and embark on a series of humorous escapades.

“My Favorite Martian” combines elements of science fiction, comedy, and family-friendly entertainment, making it an enjoyable and lighthearted film for audiences of all ages. The movie captures the essence of the original television series while introducing new and updated elements for modern viewers.

While “My Favorite Martian” received mixed reviews from critics, it was generally well-received by audiences, especially families looking for an entertaining and fun movie experience. The chemistry between Jeff Daniels and Christopher Lloyd adds charm to the film, and their comedic performances keep the story engaging.

Overall, “My Favorite Martian” is a nostalgic and entertaining movie that brings the beloved 1960s television series to the big screen. It remains a delightful watch for fans of the original show and those looking for a light-hearted science fiction comedy with a heartwarming message about the power of friendship and acceptance.

Fun Facts

  • “My Favorite Martian” is a 1999 science fiction comedy film based on the 1960s television series of the same name. It stars Jeff Daniels as Tim O’Hara and Christopher Lloyd as the Martian, Uncle Martin.
  • The film’s plot revolves around the crash-landing of Uncle Martin’s spaceship on Earth, and the ensuing adventures as he tries to repair it while disguising his Martian identity. Tim O’Hara becomes his unwitting accomplice in these escapades.
My Favorite Martian

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $36.85 million
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  • Christopher Lloyd: Uncle Martin / The Martian
  • Jeff Daniels: Tim O’Hara
  • Elizabeth Hurley: Brace Channing
  • Daryl Hannah: Lizzie
  • Wallace Shawn: Dr. Elliott Coleye
  • Wayne Knight: Zoot
  • Christine Ebersole: Mrs. Brown
  • Michael Lerner: Mr. Channing
  • Shelley Malil: Felix
  • Ray Walston: Armitan / Neenert
  • Michael Bailey Smith: The Big Guard


  • Director: Donald Petrie
  • Producer: Jerry Leider, Robert Shapiro and Marc Toberoff
  • Music: John Debney

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