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 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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The character of Ty Earl was played by Glynn Turman in the pilot but would later be reprised by actor Michael D. Roberts for the rest of the series. No explanation was ever given for this change of cast. See more »


When Brooke MacKenzie faints in Jonathan's arms, she is still holding the cobra's head up and away from her body. A person who really faints would go limp in the arms. See more »


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very good, if cheesy at times
25 October 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I did watch Manimal a couple of years back. And also got the opportunity to do so again only last year when it was repeated on Bravo. I really would love to see someone taking the concept from this series and make it into a single movie instead. If the film was made I would suggest a certain actor who plays Memphis in Happy Feet. Also a strengthening of the female love interest would probably be advised for a 21st century audience. As was said before, I did really enjoy this series. It is quite a pity that it wasn't explored as a concept a little more. What with digital effects being prevalent now, it would be quite a shame if this series was just forgotten about.

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