Jonathan is helping the police apprehend the man behind a smuggling ring. But they discover that the man is a diplomat with diplomatic immunity. Jonathan follow him and sees him talking to a magician...
While visiting a friend in Chinatown, Jonathan discovers that there's a gang who are shaking down everyone. He discovers that his friend's grandson has joined the gang. They learn that the man behind...
A scientist who has created a super helicopter has defected to Libya and taken the machine with him. A secretive government agency hires an ex-Vietnam War pilot to go to Libya, steal the chopper and bring it back.
Donald P. Bellisario
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Barry Van Dyke,
Geraint Wyn Davies,
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
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Glen A. 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 called for using any of the animal(s) involved. Location filming was most difficult, but shooting on a soundstage allowed for more control of the animals being utilized. When a cobra was required in one script, the entire set's perimeter floor and wall had to be sealed in order to prevent the cobra from escaping. A barricade low (2'0") wall was placed in the open end of the set in order to seal the entire stage. The camera crew had to lift their equipment into the interior of the setting to just set up filming the action with the snake. The snake's trainer--or "wrangler"--supervised the animal's movement while still being able to maintain control of it. See more »
A lot of people rag on Manimal for the premise but compared to all the other efforts at the same time (Automan, Knight Rider, Street Hawk, etc)it was better than the rest by a fair margin. A crimefighter fighting against the bad guys using a special skill (first line in the Glen Larson template)--in this case shapeshifting anthropomorph--destroys crime. Yeah, it's more of the usual but always interesting on some level. Simon MacCorkindale gives it a bit more energy as a regal sort and the show's worth watching on a purely fun level.
Even more interesting that Manimal was brought back to life fifteen years later in yet another Larson effort, NightMan. Still, a fantastic show to enjoy and sadly short-lived.
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