Manimal: Season 1, Episode 1

Manimal (30 Sep. 1983)

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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... See full summary »

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Lloyd Bochner ...
Jordon
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Drew
Wynn Irwin ...
Simmons
George Loros ...
Hollister
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Col. Hunt
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Bum
Robert Carricart ...
Old man
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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 <mmckee@wkio.com>

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The planning and logistics using the black panther, both on stage and on a location, required tremendous coordination between the director, the stunt-animal wrangler, and the art department. Just what could the panther perform! What the panther's wrangler could teach, and rehearse with the panther, to perform according to the writer's scripted proposal, was always a challenge. The "art department" became a key element in setting up the circus ring! The crew were constantly warned and cautioned about the unpredictable panther's temperament while being rehearsed and performing in front of camera. At times, filming was really a three ring circus! See more »

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Whenever Jonathan turned into a bird his hands became talons. His feet should have turned into talons and his hands and arms to wings. See more »

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Edited into Automan: Automan (1983) See more »

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Man and Animal: Manimal!
26 September 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This show didn't last too long, but it had a hillarious plot. I loved the scenes where MacCorkindale would turn into a black panther, because writers felt it was somehow vital to the story!!! But in all seriousness, it wasn't any worse than the prime time soap operas and junk dramas (Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere) of the early 80s, and probably deserved more of a chance. Of course an NYU Zoology professor turning into animals was a bit strange (He even turned into a bull once during a rowdy kidnapping) but it was also cool. Melody Anderson and Michael Gregory added some nice mood lifters too.


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