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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Drew's Date
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Col. Hunt
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Bum
Robert Carricart ...
Old man
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Kramer
Del Hinkley ...
Maitre D'
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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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Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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30 September 1983 (USA)  »

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Edited into Automan: Automan (1983) See more »

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Never Gonna Let You Go
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Written by Sérgio Mendes
Performed by Joe Pizzulo and Leza Miller
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David Letterman's favorite TV show!
3 October 2000 | by (The Beach) – See all my reviews

This NBC TV show was David Letterman's personal favorite while working at that network back in 1983. He even paid tribute to it with a touching short film when it was cancelled. Way before its time, only nine episodes were made which makes this a terrific series to release on video. And check out the cast in the pilot! Melody Anderson, Ursula Andress, Glynn Turman! Wow! William Conrad ("Cannon") who was the announcer on the Bullwinkle show was also the announcer on "Manimal". Manimal...forgotten...but not dead.


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