jlw at July 11th, 2014 16:35 — #1
stefanjones at July 11th, 2014 16:44 — #2
The 80s weren't as bad as the 70s for genre TV, but we were still pretty desparate for back then and watched anything.
But Manimal, man . . . just an endless series of "Hey, how did he get his pants back?" moments.
daneel at July 11th, 2014 16:44 — #3
Poor, dead, Simon MacCorkindale.
Manimal was awesome. I don't want to see if again and realize it was terrible.
kpkpkp at July 11th, 2014 16:45 — #4
jared_kaufman at July 11th, 2014 16:51 — #5
I'm putting this on my list with The Man From Atlantis of "Shows from my childhood that I don't dare watch again for fear that they were actually terrible."
daneel at July 11th, 2014 16:51 — #6
If we're doing 80s TV intros...
hyphen at July 11th, 2014 16:58 — #7
Where's the love for Automan with Desi Arnaz, Jr.?
comrade7 at July 11th, 2014 17:06 — #8
I really didn't think it was possible to overuse the "screeching hawk" or "roaring jaguar" soundbites... and I was 100% correct, you can't.
NBC tried putting this thing up against Dallas...
euansmith at July 11th, 2014 17:07 — #9
I was sure I saw Simon MacCorkindale in "The Royal Hunt of the Sun" at the Hippodrome in Birmingham; however, a quick look at his wikipedia page makes no mention of the production. I feel safer questioning my memory than calling in to doubt the veracity of Wikipedia
phosphorious at July 11th, 2014 17:58 — #10
I agree, Manimal ROCKED!
I also agree, I don't want to rewatch it to verify it's rockingness. No good could come of that. . .
wasistist at July 11th, 2014 18:42 — #11
Right here! Cursor would put Manimal in a cage, and Autocar would turn him into roadkill.
simonize at July 11th, 2014 18:53 — #12
grey_devil at July 11th, 2014 19:20 — #13
Boy I used to watch Manimal. In Spanish no less... Let that sink in.
tribune at July 11th, 2014 19:27 — #14
11 INTROS TO TACKY 80s SCI-FI/FANTASY TV
kindall at July 11th, 2014 19:42 — #15
Manimal and Automan were both Glen A. Larson productions. Basically, after Knight Rider became a hit, the networks were perfectly willing to try out any other ideas he had for shows. And Street Hawk (with music by Tangerine Dream!) was an obvious Knight Rider ripoff, though not produced by Larson. So, in summary: blame Knight Rider for much of this.
smashmartian at July 11th, 2014 20:07 — #16
And there was Stewart Copeland doing his thing on Ewar Woowar's "The Equalizer".
newliminted at July 11th, 2014 20:09 — #17
How much better would Netflix be if all these shows were available? A LOT better!
immutable_mike at July 11th, 2014 20:24 — #18
Took me a moment. He was the only actor who came up with his stage name after farting in the bath.
daneel at July 11th, 2014 20:48 — #19
He did lots of stuff!
d_r at July 11th, 2014 21:03 — #20
When Manimal first came out they only had one transformation effect ready for broadcast. In later episodes it was always amusing to see when they'd got another one done.
I've recently (within the past 5 years) rewatched several episodes of both Manimal and Automan, and thought they both held up fairly well. (I'm not sure I could have made it through the entire series of the latter, but the first few episodes were pretty fun.)
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