A computer-generated superhero and his human creator fight crime in the city.

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 Walter Nebicher 13 episodes, 1983-1984
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 Roxanne Caldwell 13 episodes, 1983-1984
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 Capt. E. G. Boyd 13 episodes, 1983-1984
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 Lt. Jack Curtis 13 episodes, 1983-1984
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Walter Nebicher is the police department's resident computer expert, although his immediate superior gives no respect as to his contribution to the force. To fix that, he creates a special program that creates Automan, an artificially intelligent computer construct that looks real, sounds reals and, given enough power, can have an actual physical presence outside the computer that feels real. Together, Walter and Automan along with Cursor, a small floating droid that can create any object Automan needs, battle the criminal elements of the city. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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According to Chuck Wagner, he based his performance on William Shatner as Captain Kirk in Star Trek (1966) of which he is a big fan. See more »

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Some Good Things Come in 13 !
24 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

OK, at the mid-70s you've got to recognize how the American TV shows became more and more interested in the idea of being "super" more than ever. After the phase of the cowboy shows, the espionage ones, then the mysteries' solvers, we came to the point of a man, or woman, who's part human and part machine, or that person who got superpowers anyway. It's very well known matter in the old comics, but from the 1970s in TV.. The revelation, or the revolution, began.

Remember titles like : (The Six Million Dollar Man - 1974), (The Invisible Man - 1975), (The Bionic Woman - 1976), (Gemini Man - 1976) and (Wonder Woman - 1976). At the same time, another kind became in fashion: the Buddy-shows like (Switch - 1975), (Starsky and Hutch - 1975), (CHiPs - 1977), (The Hardy Boys-Nancy Drew Mysteries - 1977). So, why not to gather the 2 successful elements (the superhuman) and (2 buddies as leads) in one sci-fi / action show.

They already married them in (Future Cop - 1977) a TV show yet very short-lived about a veteran patrol officer gets an android for a partner. After more prosperous ones (The Greatest American Hero - 1981), (The Powers of Matthew Star - 1982), there was the big hit (Knight Rider - 1982) where a good man is in the company of a talking supercar to achieve justice. And just one year later the (Automan) has been born.

Actually it was such a good, funny, smart show. Read its tagline : "A computer generated superhero and his human creator fight crime in their city".. This is music to my ears ! Imagine a talking computer in the form of a brawny good man, with a comic human partner in action all the time; it got endless ironies. The sweet atmosphere of that one was superb, and if you watched it as a kid you'll never forget it. The whole azure image of (Chuck Wagner) as Automan is something that sticks in your memory forever. It speaks cleverly to the child in you, unlike the most of nowadays' shows I suppose. It's priceless to watch Automan having the dance fever (or rather the Saturday Night Fever !) to dance raptly like (John Travolta) till the cheering audience of the Disco club sees his too bright azure skin; that was the highest point of this show for me as dazzling and humorous.

Ohhh, the 1980s is gone, so most of the childish innocent fun too. You'd think that the makers of these shows were great children themselves. I believe watching C.S.I today makes you cherish these oldies much, and discover the secret of them being real classics for reasons other than the nostalgic feel.

Unfortunately it lasted for only 13 episodes; I won't say that 13 is the most ill-fated number indeed for many canceled shows, but let's say that many good things come in 13 such as (A Man Called Hawk - 1989), (The Lone Gunmen - 2001), (Pepper Dennis - 2006) and (Automan). My regards to the azure dancing robot, its makers, and their time.


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