Manimal: Season 1, Episode 1

Manimal (30 Sep. 1983)

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Episode credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lt. Griggs
Lloyd Bochner ...
Robert Carricart ...
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James Carroll ...
Guard (as James Lough)
Avner Garbi ...
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Wynn Irwin


Jonathan Chase is a British college professor at New York University who has the unusual ability to transform into any kind of animal he wants. He decides to use his power to assist the New York Police Department in solving unusual crimes, and in this series pilot, he teams up with cute cop Brooke and war buddy Ty to stop some terrorists from stealing a supply of toxic gas. Written by Marty McKee <>

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Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi





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The 90 minute pilot, directed by Russ Mayberry, aired on NBC, on September 30, 1983, opposite CBS's "Dallas", a ratings juggernaut . "Manimal" was canceled after 8 episodes were broadcast. NBC had campaigned a pre-must see TV at NBC experimenting with sheer high concept fare as programming like "Knight Rider" and the "A Team" shows to see what would stick in their programming line-up. TV Guide ranked "Manimal" #15 on their list of 50 worst TV Shows of all time in 2002. See more »


At the end, when the black panther (Jonathan Chase transformed) is untying Brooke, the 2nd close-up on the hands shows that the person is facing the panther but Brooke has her hands tied behind her back, against the post. See more »


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Monkey Man
28 July 2003 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

Manimal was Indiana Jones meets James Bond meets Monkey Man. It was a totally ridiculous show about some British Professor teaching at New York University while stopping crime and espionage by turning into a monkey, babboon, eagle, wolf, leopard, etc. It was incredibly silly, and it had an interesting cast that made you wonder why they were on such a silly show. It might have succeeded as some kind of Rowan Atkinson comedy. As a serious Science Fiction TV show it was goofy at best, back when special effects on TV were really bad. On the other hand, if someone did it today, with a topical subject (such as British Professor cover for an anti-terrorist secret agent-mutant); it would be worth watching! But back in 1983, crime-fighting monkeys & leopards were too far ahead of their time??

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