Starring the Computer is a website dedicated to the use of computers in film and television. Each appearance is catalogued and rated on its importance (ie. how important it is to the plot), realism (how close its appearance and capabilities are to the real thing) and visibility (how good a look does one get of it). Fictional computers don't count (unless they are built out of bits of real computer), so no HAL9000 - sorry.

Please let me know if you spot any mistakes, or have any tips about films not mentioned here that feature computers.

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2019-04-14 17:20 April Assortment
Here's a somewhat random collection of small home and business computers. The Soldier has a Commodore PET 4000 series and, making its Starring-the-Computer debut, a Vector Graphic Vector 3. The Mean Season has a bunch of Televideo TS-803s and a second Starring-the-Computer debutante - a Televideo TPC-1. The Kidnapping of the President has a Commodore PET 2001. The Magnum, PI episode On the Fly, has a IMSAI 8080, a IBM PC XT and a MITS Altair 8800. Razorback has a Atari 800. North Dallas Forty has a Tandy TRS-80 Model I. Where Evil Lives has a Apple IIc and The Protector has IIes. And finally, the Fringe episode Subject 13 has a Apple Macintosh SE and a Commodore PET 2001.
2019-04-04 16:32 Pavilion Girls
Episode 11 from both Season 5 and Season 6 of Gilmore Girls both feature HP Pavilion laptops making their Starring-the-Computer debut: the ZE4300 and DV1000 respectively.
2019-03-29 16:35 Still Lost in Space
More computers in Lost in Space episodes: IBM AN/FSQ-7 panels make two appearances in The Phantom Family and Space Destructors (which also features the Burroughs B205).
2019-03-05 20:16 A couple of GRiDs and a couple of others
Perfect has a GRiD Compass in a fairly important role. Never Too Young to Die has an HP 150 but also a couple of newcomers: a Seiko UC-2000 and our second GRiD machine - a GRiDcase 2.
2019-02-17 16:32 Torch C Series
The Torch C series makes its Starring-the-Computer debut with two appearances in Me and My Girl and Dempsey and Makepeace.
2019-02-10 13:37 February Apples
See You In September has an Apple Macbook Pro, Raising Helen has a Powerbook G4, an iMac G4 and an iBook G4, Just Married has a Clamshell iBook G3 and Runaway Jury has an iMac G3 and a Powerbook G4.
2019-02-04 00:45 The Frumious Bandersnatch!
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch has a wealth of 1980s home computers including the Acorn BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Tandy TRS-80 Model I, Toshiba HX-10, Tandy TRS-80 Model III, Sinclair Research ZX Spectrum and (making its Starring-the-Computer debut) ZX Spectrum+. Finally, another newcomer to the site is the Tatung Einstein 256.
2019-01-20 16:55 Green Figures on a Shoestring
The Green Hornet episode The Ray Is for Killing has a Burroughs B205, the Shoestring episode Utmost Good Faith has a ICL 2900 and the IBM 7090 plays a crucial role in Hidden Figures.
2019-01-12 00:01 A Medley of Microcomputers
The third episode of Dark has a Commodore 64C, the pilot of Moonlighting has Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer and there is a Tandy TRS-80 Model 100 in the V episode War of Illusions. There are Apple IIs in The Dead Zone and the Magnum P.I. episode Summer School. And finally a couple of Amstrad CPC appearances: a 464 in the famous Christmas 1986 episode of Eastenders and a 6128 in the Red Dwarf episode Stasis Leak.
2019-01-05 23:08 Three times GE 635
The GE 635 makes its Starring-the-Computer debut with three appearances. There is the most fleeting of shots in Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan and then a considerably better view in Serenity and an episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.