A man who can change himself into any animal fights crime.
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 Lt. Rivera 8 episodes, 1983
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 Tyrone C. Earl 7 episodes, 1983
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 Harold Trout / ... 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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30 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Ein Fall für Professor Chase  »

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Whenever the script called for an animal transition, the Production Designer, Director, Set Decorator, Stunt Supervisor, Animal Wrangler, and actor had to carefully coordinate every move. Shooting on a soundstage allowed more animal control; location shoots were very difficult. When one script required a cobra, the entire set's perimeter floor and walls had to be sealed to prevent the cobra from escaping. A low wall was placed at the open end of the set to seal the stage. To set up filming action scenes with the snake, the camera crew had to lift their equipment into walled-off stage area. The snake wrangler supervised the animal's movements. See more »

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Pretty Good Larson effort.
2 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

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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