this could quite possibly be the worst sci-fi show from the 1980's. i realize computers hadn't come along as far as they have today, but my god this show was crap. i'd like to know how much money they spent producing this show. i wasn't suprised it only lasted a few episodes.
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.
Automan is one of those forgotten shows from the early 80's (see "Manimal") that had so much to offer in terms of campy crime fighting and a so-unbelievable-it's-extremely-stupid plotline. For example, Automan can manipulate anything digital (which in 1983 was mostly Casio watches, the occasional floppy drive MAC and the keyboards used for the automan soundtrack) and somehow this gave him the ability to foil terrorist plots, embezzlers and Michael Jackson-imitating pickpockets. The special effects were advanced for 1983; cursor's ability to materialize anything he can draw was a visual feat back then. We shall sure miss you Automan, man.
I always loved this show, tried to ask my friends about it and they had never heard of it...thought I was going mad until I found this. I remember the car with the blue outline....used to be awesome back then!!! :) Would love to watch an episode again, but can't find one anywhere!
Automan what a cool name and a cool show, I would sit and watch all the episodes (11 in total) over and over again when I was just a boy. You gotta love how Automan drives in his autocar? causing Walter to be thrown all over the interior of the car, specially on the windows.
Cursor was also a dream robot/machine/gadget for all the kids, we all wanted one.
Sadly the show didn't last long, who knows why. I don't remember plots or anything exactly all i remember are the cool things cursor created and Automan's psychedelic suit.
This would be a great series to come back in 2012, its got a great story line, and with the tech we have today as opposed to 1983 (wifi, cell phones, advanced computers, I - Phones) automan would be limitless :)
just as the others that remember this show. I thouhgt I was crazy. No one ever knows what i am talking about when i mention it. It took me four years to even remember thename. I used to really enjoy this show and with the tech today this could really be a great show. It was definatly before its time that is why only a few of us geeks ever saw it.
Funny and innovative, a cop creates a computer intelligence capabale of assuming human form only at night when power consumption from the grid is at a minimum. Well-acted, this show was cancelled after only one season. The title character is the world's first "automatic man" who glows blue from the neck down due to his computer interface. He has superhuman abilities such as interacting with computers, strength, agility, and creating inanimate objects from pure energy. It was a fun show while it lasted, and probably would have lasted longer had the show been less kooky. One of my favorite shows as a kid.
As i recall, this show didnt last long, after we learned about automan,curser and the cool gadgets he could cojure, the show was over.
With the cg, sepcial FX and art of today, this show could shine....some thing need to be updated thaught... but not neccecerly, since Pacman was a great game back then, the car automan drove simulate 90 degrees turn, well, now he could have a wipeout sort of vehicle.
the show could be a combination of what the future is and what we wanted it to be 2 decades ago.
it seems kinda of funny the thing that looked so fantastic to us as childrens than when you grow up.
that was one of the best shows I watched as a kid. desey arnez jr. is a great actor,automan was my most favorite of shows along with the startrek captain james t. kirk-I hated starwars it sucked,to many bad guys.
My review for this hit t.v. series is an A+, I especially liked the car and helicopter, even though you se more of the car than you do the helicoptor, it was kind of a spin off of tron I think but much better graphics and some people just don't get it any more,good guys always win in the movies! good plots, bring it back!
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