3 user 2 critic

Jerry Was a Man 

A wealthy couple come into possession of an anthropoid named Jerry. Based on a story by Robert Heinlein.



(teleplay), (short story)

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Prime Video


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode complete credited cast:
... Himself - Host (as Professor Stephen Hawking)
... Tibor Cargrew
... Martha Von Vogel
... Bronson
Jason Diablo ... Jerry
... Pudgy Dodge
... McCoy
Val Cole ... News Anchor
Osmond L. Bramble ... Bailiff
... Judge #2
... Pyramus
... Judge Pomfrey
... Judge #3


A wealthy couple come into possession of an anthropoid named Jerry. Based on a story by Robert Heinlein.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Sci-Fi






Release Date:

18 August 2007 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The camera zooms in on the courthouse, a greenish, purpleish, spiral windowed, rocket shaped building. The building is a real office building. It is 30 St. Mary Axe in London, AKA 'The London Gherkin'. See more »


Tibor Cargrew: Ask a spare tire to describe a rose!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A witty look at the rich of tomorrow
22 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

What will home help be like for future rich humans? This episode will attract you if you appreciate an almost complete absence of noisy super-fast computer graphics. Instead you have a focus on acting and the spoken word such as you would have met 20- 30 years ago. No music will tell you what to think or feel.

No -one can dispute Robert Heinlein's vision that increased leisure will produce some weird results. The sharp focus and rich colours of the interiors depict perfectly a future for a rich class. The moral dilemmas are provided in the courtroom case concerning Jerry.

A huge corporation is represented by three humans, with Malcolm McDowell's wonderfully explosive character dominating. Whether you favour Doglas Adams's or Isaac Asimov's more cautious view of such a future institution, you will not be disappointed. If you listen carefully, some of the questions we all have to be asking ourselves, which concern the nature of future mechanisms which come into contact with humans on an everyday basis, will be answered.

This episode is the first that I have watched from this series. Thank goodness it IS possible to translate on to the screen some of the absorbing questions about robotics and related developments and how they will affect society in the future, in the amusing way that written sci fiction deals with them. I await other developments from this Masters of sci fiction series with much less scepticism than I would have thought possible!!

6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial