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 »


Russ Mayberry


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




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'


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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Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi







Release Date:

30 September 1983 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The two hour pilot's set description had the hero living in a New York Town House, with a subterranean safe room where the beasts were housed. Another set, which would be adjacent, was the garage where his auto was stored. The production's designer, Hub Braden, proposed a two story main house interior with the second floor having a center open well to view the first floor, with a glass sky-light ceiling. The proposed budget for this newly constructed main set was $150,000.00. The safe room for the animals was $75,000.00. Glenn Larson and Harker Wade, (sort of) went along with the main sets' estimated costs until the 20th Century Fox Television Division balked at the expense. In stead of building the new set, a standing film set (from a recently shot film) was ordered to be used, revamping for the required hero home base. After all the alterations and additional requirements for the productions needs, this one main interior set resulted costing over $350,000.00 (in revisions) for the pilot. While the "panther and hawk" enclosure safe room remained in the budgeted $75,000. An exterior Fox Lot-studio New York Street facade was used for the exterior Hero house, which had a lower ramp-up to the studio street, which became the main garage driveway entrance, revised with a new automatic garage door addition. See more »


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 »


Edited into Automan: Automan (1983) See more »


Never Gonna Let You Go
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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