Manimal (1983)
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Female of the Species 

A girl was found in India apparently raised by wolves and brought to the U.S. and is being kept at a university while she is being studied. Jonathan attends a lecture and it's during the ... See full summary »


Georg Fenady


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


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Simon MacCorkindale ... Jonathan Chase
Melody Anderson ... Brooke McKenzie
Michael D. Roberts ... Tyrone C. Earl
Reni Santoni ... Lt. Rivera
Rick Jason ... Prof. Barta
Billy Ray Sharkey Billy Ray Sharkey ... Connors
Michael McGuire ... Stanford Langly
Laura Cushing Laura Cushing ... The Wolf Girl
Gloria Stuart ... Bag Lady
Steve Burton ... Reporter #1
Laura Leyva ... Reporter #2
Shashawnee Hall ... Paramedic
Mindy Seeger ... Harem Girl
Abraham Gordon Abraham Gordon ... Photographer
Paul Haber ... Gang Member #1


A girl was found in India apparently raised by wolves and brought to the U.S. and is being kept at a university while she is being studied. Jonathan attends a lecture and it's during the lecture her habitat is set on fire. Jonathan tries to save her but she runs away. When she sees Jonatahn transform she trusts him. Jonathan takes her to his home and tries to communicate with her. The scientist who found demands she be returned to him but Jonathan thinks she's in danger. Jonathan has Ty check her out and thinks she's the daughter of a businessman who happened to be in the area where she was found years ago and while her entire family was found dead she went missing. Brooke goes to talk to her father's partner and when she meets him, she thinks she saw him somewhere. She checks the video of the lecture and sees he was there. Later someone takes the girl. Written by

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Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi







Release Date:

28 October 1983 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The premise was later used in the 1986 TV series "The Wizard", episode "Endangered Species", and some scenes were remade with the original Manimal script reused almost word for word. See more »


Remade as The Wizard: Endangered Species (1986) See more »

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She's An Animal!
7 December 2011 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Feral girl raised by wolves in India grows up to be a wolf-woman (Laura Cushing) and is removed from her wild habitat and brought to New York City to be studied by scientists. When someone attempts to kill her in her cage she escapes and roams Manhattan.

Police consultant Professor Jonathan Chase (Simon MacCorkindale) who has the power to turn himself into various forms of wildlife and has devoted his life to the study of animals and their similarity to humans has something in common with the wolf-woman and tries to find her and help her before she goes around humping guys legs, chasing cars, biting mailmen and whizzing on fire hydrants.

It is Manhattan in the 1980s so it won't be too long before any kind of woman begins to attract men. Modern guys tend to like a gal who has had her shots or at least shaves her pits. But the wolf-woman should do okay until she finds a dude she likes and rubs her poo in his fur so that he'll remember her scent. This young lady gives new meaning to the phrase "She's an animal!".

Having turned himself into a panther and found her at the zoo in the wolf cage Chase changes from panther back into man (fully-dressed which is a neat trick he did throughout the series) in front of her showing her they have wild beginnings in common he wins her trust and takes her back to his palacial brownstone. Once there he and Detective Mckenzie try to find out who she really is and why someone might want to kill her.

When I first saw this episode I was 9 years old and mistakenly identified the actress playing the wolf-woman as Kathleen Quinlan. The actress was in fact Laura Cushing.

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