Manimal (1983– )

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A man who can change himself into any animal fights crime.

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 Prof. Jonathan Chase / ... (8 episodes, 1983)
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 Det. Brooke McKenzie / ... (5 episodes, 1983)
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 Tyrone C. Earl (5 episodes, 1983)
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 Lt. Nick Rivera (5 episodes, 1983)
Lew Horn ...
 Harold Trout / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
Alan Koss ...
 Man / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
Floyd Levine ...
 Murdock (2 episodes, 1983)
Talbot Perry Simons ...
 Cab Driver / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
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Jonathan Chase was a British college professor at New York University who had the unusual ability to transform into any kind of animal. He used his powers to battle crime alongside pretty policewoman Brooke and Vietnam-war pal Ty. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Glenn Larson's concept of the lead character's ability to manifest into the body of an animal stalker posed creative solutions to the production team. Using a "really alive black panther cat", or a "bird", or a "snake", for the actor's transition, was a study in discipline for cast and crew. The production designer was required to coordinate, with the director, set decorator, stunt supervisor, the cat's wrangler, and with the actor, every instance the script's action motivation occurred using any of the animal(s) involved. Location filming was most difficult, whereas within the stage environment, this allowed a more controlled environment to use the beasties! When a cobra snake was required in one script, the entire set's perimeter floor and wall had to be sealed preventing the cobra's escape. A barricade low (2'-0") wall placed in the open end of the set in order to seal the entire stage set environment to secure the staging area. The camera crew lifting their equipment into the interior of the setting to just set up to film the action with the snake. The snake's trainer, "wrangler", supervising the required snake's movement and directed motivation within the reach of control. See more »

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28 December 2004 | by (Grover Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

Is there, in the whole English language, a better word than "Manimal"? I think not. And should you be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this show, you'll never be the same again.

Putting the "high" in "high concept," Glen Larson's crime-fighting shape-shifter was a man who could turn into ANY ANIMAL. Any animal at all. As long as that animal is a panther. OK, in a pinch, he can do a hawk, but can we stick with the panther please? It's not so much that special effects technology didn't exist in 1983, it's just that network TV could not afford them. Production costs were high for all that Manimalization, and when low ratings did not quickly morph into Neilsen success, Manimal was hastily euthanized.

Simon MacCorkindale does fine work as the Manimal, but to modern eyes this show plays more like an extended Saturday Night Live skit, when the promise of a man who can be any animal turns into the reality of a guy being swapped out for the same piece of stock panther transformation footage week after week. Still, I sincerely hope Manimal is reissued, because for all its faults, it's a priceless slice of ridiculous 80s fun.


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