ABC (ended 1984)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Club Ten


  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Death By Design

    Aired 4/2/84

  • S 1 : Ep 11


    Aired 3/26/84

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    Murder, Take One

    Aired 3/19/84

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    Murder MTV

    Aired 3/12/84

  • Cast & Crew
  • Gerald S. O'Loughlin

    Captain E.G. Boyd

  • Robert Lansing

    Lt. Jack Curtis

  • Desi Arnaz, Jr.

    Walter Nebicher

  • Heather McNair

    Roxanne Caldwell

  • Chuck Wagner


  • show Description
  • "On a scale of 1 to 10, think of me as... an 11." Thus begins the life of Automan and his creator, Walter Nebicher. Nebicher, a computer specialist at Los Angeles Police Department, creates a sophisticated computer program he calls Automan, the world's first fully automatic man. With enough power, the Automan hologram could become solid and "real." Originally, Automan was only able to run at night, his tremendous power requirements given as the explanation, power which was only available after daytime hours. The production reason was that the glowing costume looked better in dark settings. However, this was abandoned within the first few episodes as the effects were refined and Automan donned normal clothing in public, with only small glowing portions visible at the collar and cuffs.Automan has a helper called Cursor which creates objects that Automan can manipulate such as the Autocar, Autocopter and Autoplane, as well as creating realistic illusions. Cursor was given its own separate credit (as "himself") in the opening titles.Automan can talk to any computer, see and walk through walls and even protect Walter by surrounding him with his "aura."As with every superhero, Automan has limitations. His power depends on the electricity available on the grid. If he gets too much input he could also dissolve without notice.Supporting characters included Roxanne Caldwell, a young policewoman that Walter is attracted to, Captain Boyd, Walter's cantankerous, computer-hating commanding officer, and Lieutenant Jack Curtis, the only higher-up who has faith in Walter. Boyd constantly calls Nebicher, "Nebbish."The series drew inspiration for its effects and premise of a digital being from the 1982 motion picture Tron and used a combination of traditional cel animation and some computer graphics. It was canceled after only 13 episodes, originally airing as a lead-in for Masquerade, another 1983 mid-season series also from executive producer Glen Larson.moreless

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  • mrdivot

    User Score: 86


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Automan: For the first time, I realize what's been missing in my life. Walter: What's been missing? Automan: Lust, Walter. Passion. Ruthlessness. Deceit. I'm missing the struggle for life's most worthy goals - power and romance. Walter: What have I done? Automan: Choruses of angels. Midnight rendezvous. Burning desires! Walter: Yeah, yeah, Auto, Auto! I get the picture. Automan: Walter, I've been in your world for close to six months and I still haven't fallen in love! Walter: You don't understand. You're a hologram. You're not even real. Automan: Neither are the people in soap operas and they fall in love every twenty minutes!

    • Automan: (about a recording studio control room) What a remarkable place this is. You know, from a room like this, a hologram could rule the world. Walter: Easy, Auto. Holograms aren't exactly what you'd call an organized political party. Automan: Nor are the Democrats and the Republicans, from what I can tell.

    • Automan: (about golf) You know, it's amazing the lengths your species will go to to put a little white ball in a hole. Walter: For someone who can trace his family tree back to Pong, I'd think you'd have a little more appreciation for games.

    Notes (4)

    • The villain's company in this episode is named Global Guard. Writer/producer Glen Larson would use this name again for another villainous company in the first episode of his 1987 series, The Highwayman.

    • This episode seemingly combines Los Angeles and New York. The building pictured as the Interpol office is actually the Jacob Javits Federal Building in lower Manhattan. Later, Tanya arranges to meet Nebicher at Mott and Elizabeth in Chinatown, which is a real intersection in the Manhattan Chinatown.

    • The Autocar was actually a customized Lamborghini Countach.

    • This episode features the talent of three people involved with Star Trek. Glenn Corbett guest-starred as Zefram Cochrane in the TOS episode, "Metamorphosis." Robert Lansing guest-starred as Gary Seven in the TOS episode, "Assignment: Earth." Winrich Kolbe would go on to direct numerous episodes in all four of the subsequent Star Trek shows.

    Trivia (1)

    • In one scene a man moves toward the camera with a gun in his left hand. When the camera angle changes and the man is moving away from the camera the gun is in his right hand.

    Allusions (1)

    • Automan watches tapes of a soap opera named Abilene. This is a take on Dallas, the pioneering and at the time hugely popular prime time soap opera. Abilene and Dallas are neighboring cities in Texas.

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • A nerd with a walking computer cop fighting crime

    By twilightboy, Nov 26, 2006

  • Automan - 2012

    By KevinOkey, Jan 18, 2012

  • Mega-nerd/cop Walter creates a crime fighting partner with a shiny metallic body (except his head for some reason), a computer-like intelligence (IE: Not that smart) and a floating discoball called "cursor" that can create functional machines.

    By Mikeybillz, Jan 31, 2007

  • "Off the wall" certainly doesn't begin to describe this short-lived show.

    By bdllbo, Jan 08, 2007

  • who came up with this

    By CAPNDEL, May 24, 2006

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