Manimal (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 »

Director:

Russ Mayberry

Writers:

Glen A. Larson (created by), Donald R. Boyle (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Simon MacCorkindale ... Jonathan Chase
Melody Anderson ... Brooke McKenzie
Glynn Turman ... Ty Earl
Reni Santoni ... Lt. Rivera
Lloyd Bochner ... Jordon
Terry Kiser ... Charles P. Drew
Wynn Irwin ... Simmons
George Loros George Loros ... Hollister
Lara Parker ... Drew's Date
Ursula Andress ... Karen Jade
Ed Lauter ... Col. Hunt
John Quade ... Bum
Robert Carricart ... Old man
Michael Gregory ... Kramer
Del Hinkley Del Hinkley ... Maitre D'
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1983 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

When the truck is overturned and the bad guys escape, MacKenzie's partner says, "MacKenzie, come back here, these guys have a machine gun." But he tells her to come back before she has had a chance to move so that she is still in place when he says, "Come back here." See more »

Connections

Edited into Automan: Automan (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Gonna Let You Go
(uncredited)
Written by Sérgio Mendes
Performed by Joe Pizzulo and Leza Miller
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very good, if cheesy at times
25 October 2006 | by lionesskeeperSee 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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