Masters of Science Fiction

Season 1 Episode 3

Jerry Was a Man

Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Aug 18, 2007 on ABC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Host: (opening narration) If necessity is the mother of invention, what will drive our ingenuity when all our needs have been fulfilled?

    • Host: (closing narration) What makes us human may one day be defined not by the gifts we posses, but by the virtues we lack.

  • Notes

    • For this episode, the show was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for "Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (original Dramatic Score)" in 2008.

    • International Airdates

      Canada: 18 November 2007 on SPACE
      United Kingdom: 15 November 2007 on Bravo

    • Parts of this episode were filmed at the Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.

    • This episode is based on Robert A. Heinlein's "Jerry Was a Man", a short story published in 1947.

  • Allusions

    • Cargrew: I don't know how to graft wings on a horse? That's like saying the creator of Bugs Bunny wouldn't know how to animate a bouncing ball!

      Bugs Bunny is an animated rabbit, most famously voiced by Mel Blanc, that has starred in many cartoons produced by Warner Bros. Cartoons.

    • Bailiff: […] God, Goddess, Buddha, Allah, Great Spirit, Higher Power, Gaia, and the great turtle that supports the universe?

      The "the great turtle that supports the universe" refers to the Giant Star Turtle (Great A'Tuin) from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels.