Automan (1983–1984)

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A computer generated superhero and his human creator fight crime in their city.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Walter Nebicher (13 episodes, 1983-1984)
 Automan (13 episodes, 1983-1984)
Heather McNair ...
 Roxanne Caldwell (13 episodes, 1983-1984)
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...
 Capt. E. G. Boyd (13 episodes, 1983-1984)
 Lt. Jack Curtis (13 episodes, 1983-1984)
Cursor ...
 Himself (12 episodes, 1983-1984)


Walter Nebicher is the police department's resident computer expert, although his immediate superior gives no respect as to his contribution to the force. To fix that, he creates a special program that creates Automan, an artificially intelligent computer construct that looks real, sounds reals and, given enough power, can have an actual physical presence outside the computer that feels real. Together, Walter and Automan along with Cursor, a small floating droid that can create any object Automan needs, battle the criminal elements of the city. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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Release Date:

15 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Automan - Der Superdetektiv  »

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(12 episodes) | (pilot episode)

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1.33 : 1
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Chuck Wagner's boots had four-inch heels so that he would look even larger than his 6'5" frame. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Nukie (2011) See more »

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Automan to the rescue.
3 May 2007 | by (Glendale, AZ) – See all my reviews

For some odd reason, I actually liked this show. I was only 16yr when it aired, but I loved the special effects. This show really seems like something Disney would make. It was a little bit of Tron with low-budget comedy crime fighter thrown in. The two things I remember the most is the title song and the auto-car. The song had a catchy tune that I still hum now and then. The car would get created by "Cursor", Automan's sidekick and it was very cool how it was done. Cursor would start drawing the lines of the car and then pick up speed as he drew the rest. It would make some electrical sound while Cursor drew it. Like Automan, the car was a glowing neon light blue. When automan drove it, it steered like the motorcycles in TRON. It would make sharp turns left or right and Desi Jr's character would get slammed against the door window. The show was just fun to watch back then. The main thing that killed it was the writing. The villains weren't anything special and each story really didn't draw you in and make you want to come back. The comedy aspect of the show was decent. It also was expensive to make each episode and because it didn't draw a big audience, they really didn't make much money off of it. I still would love to see this on DVD just for nostalgic purposes.

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