May 12, 1984 – On UK TV: Automan

“This is the story of Walter Nebicher, doing what he likes best: fighting crime in the streets. You see, Walter’s a policeman. Unfortunately, the Chief doesn’t want Walter on the streets.”

“So Walter must fight crime in his own way – in the computer room. That’s where he’s an expert. Fortunately for me, Walter’s advanced knowledge of electronics led him to experiment with what is called a hologram. That’s a very fancy word for a three-dimensional picture that, when perfected, can be made to look real, sound real. As a matter of fact, given enough power, it can even be made to feel real. That’s kind of what got me into this world. My name is Automan.”

Automan-1983Automan is an American soft science fiction superhero television series produced by Glen A. Larson. It aired for 12 episodes (although 13 were made) on ABC between 1983 and 1984.

Automan (the “Automatic Man”) follows the adventures of a police officer and computer programmer named Walter Nebicher (Desi Arnaz, Jr.), who has created an artificially intelligent crime fighting program that generated a hologram (Chuck Wagner) able to leave the computer world at night and fight crime.

While in the real world, Automan posed as a government agent by the name of “Otto J. Mann.” This was a secret to all except Walter’s close associate, Roxanne Caldwell (Heather McNair).

Nebicher could merge with Automan to become one being, sharing consciousness and skills, while retaining Automan’s invulnerability.

Cursor was his sidekick, a floating, shifting polyhedron which could “draw” and generateTV-UK-05-12-1984 physical objects as needed. The most common forms taken were a car (the Auto Car), an airplane, and a helicopter, all of which could defy the laws of physics.

The show also starred Robert Lansing as Lieutenant Jack Curtis and Gerald S. O’Loughlin as Captain of Detectives E. G. Boyd, both Walter’s superiors. Both believed Automan was a friend of Walter’s from the FBI. Captain Boyd, a technophobe who had no use for computers, often held up Lieutenant Curtis as the kind of cop he was convinced was the ideal for police – an ideal to which he believed Walter could never rise. [Wikipedia]

Watch the intro on the Pedro Cinemaxunga YouTube Channel.

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