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

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Glen A. Larson
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Complete series cast summary:
Desi Arnaz Jr. ...  Walter Nebicher 13 episodes, 1983-1984
Chuck Wagner ...  Automan 13 episodes, 1983-1984
Heather McNair Heather McNair ...  Roxanne Caldwell 13 episodes, 1983-1984
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...  Capt. E. G. Boyd 13 episodes, 1983-1984
Robert Lansing ...  Lt. Jack Curtis 13 episodes, 1983-1984
Cursor Cursor ...  Himself 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Automan - Der Superdetektiv See more »

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Runtime:

(12 episodes) | (pilot episode)

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Cursor only made bleep and whistle sounds, yet Walter understood what it was saying. Similar to R2D2 and Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Nukie (2011) See more »

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Some Good Things Come in 13 !
24 January 2009 | by elshikh4See all my reviews

OK, at the mid-70s you have 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 a 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 (The 2 Buddies Team), in one sci-fi / action show.

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

It was such a smart and funny idea. Read its tagline: "A computer generated superhero and his human creator fight crime in their city".. this is music to my ear! Imagine a talking computer, in the form of a brawny good man, with a comic human partner, in action all the time; this has endless ironies.

If you watched it as a kid, you'd never forget it. The whole azure image of (Chuck Wagner) as (Automan) is something that sticks in your memory forever. And sure its formula speaks cleverly to the child in you, unlike the most of nowadays' shows I suppose.

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 CSI today makes you cherish these oldies much, and discover the secret of them being real classics for reasons other than the nostalgic feel.

Unfortunately, (Automan) lasted for only 13 episodes; I won't say that 13 is the most ill-fated number 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 best regards to the nice azure robot, its makers, and their time.


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