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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2021-05-01 15:52 Robocops
The first Robocop has a fleeting glimpse of an AT&T PC 7300, and Robocop 2 has an AT&T PC 6300, an Olivetti M20 and, making its Starring-the-Computer debut, a Sun 3/60.
2021-04-17 12:16 Mr Robot
I'm sure there are some things I missed (please let me know if you can identify other computers), but here's the result of a recent Mr Robot marathon. From season 1, episode 5 has an important role for a Raspberry Pi and episode 9 has brief appearances for the IBM PS/2 Model 50/70 and two Starring-the-Computer debutantes - the Apple Power Macintosh 9500 and NEC PowerMate 433D. There's a Commodore 64 season 2, episode 11, and season 3, episode 19 has a Panasonic Toughbook. Then from season 4 there is an IBM PC in episode 3, an Apple Unibody iMac and, making their Starring-the-Computer debut, a number of Dell PowerEdge Rx2xs in episode 5. Episode 7 (and other episodes too, I think) has another debutante - the Razer Blade, episode 11 has an Apple IIe, and finally episode 12 has two Apples: the iMac G3 and Unibody iMac.
2021-04-04 14:57 Eight times 8-bit
Here are eight features including 8-bit computers: All the Money in the World and the "Young Sheldon" episode A House for Sale and Serious Woman Stuff both feature an Apple IIe, and Code of Silence has a IIc. Next, a couple of British computers in the form of a Sinclair ZX Spectrum in the second season opener of McDonald & Dodds and an Amstrad CPC 6128 in Commando Ninja. And finally there are the Commodores: a VIC-20 in Kuai can che, a Commodore 64 in Counterforce and also in Here We Go Again, Rubinot! along with a Olivetti M10 making its Starring-the-Computer debut.
2021-03-28 12:29 Challenged Viper
The pilot episode of Viper gives the SGI Challenge its Starring-the-Computer debut.
2021-03-21 15:23 Big Iron Bunch
Here's a collection of larger computers. Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate has a brief glimpse of an IBM System/360 and Giovannona Coscialunga disonorata con onore has more lingering shots of its successor, the System/370. A Wing and a Prayer has an IBM AN/FSQ-7, the "Sixth Sense" episode The Man Who Died at Three and Nine has a CDC 3800 and the TV series The Consultant is all about an ICL 2900.
2021-03-14 23:09 Amateur Burroughs
The Amateur has a couple of Burroughs machines. We've seen the B3900 before, but the B80 makes its debut appearance.
2021-03-06 17:22 A Portfolio of Portables
Fast & Furious starts us off with the diminutive OQO Model 2. Then there is a small collection of Apple laptops: a Powerbook 5300 in Grosse Pointe Blank, a Powerbook G4 in Wedding Crashers and a Macbook in Contract Killers. Finally there are a bunch of laptops making their Starring-the-Computer debut. The Incredible Hulk has a Dell Latitude XPi and a Getac A770, The Girl in the Spider's Web has a Getac V110 (and a sneaky Commodore PET in the background), Iron Man has the Toshiba Tecra 730CDT, Hacker has the Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme and 7424 Rugged Extreme, Colorless Green has the Compaq Presario C700 and HP Compaq dc7600 (along with the familiar Apple Macbook Pro), and the season 10 finale of Death in Paradise has a Samsung Galaxy Book.
2021-02-14 11:39 More Macs
Free Willy has a brief shot of a Macintosh, 101 Dalmatians has a role for a Macintosh Quadra 630, and Kill Your Friends has a Powerbook G3 along with a Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh. Final Destination 3 has a tiny glimpse of a Power Mac G5 and Little Fockers has a iMac G4 and a Macbook Pro.
2021-01-30 14:48 Crowning Computers
Season 4 of "The Crown" features a number of machines. Fairytale and Favourites have shots of a Commodore PET, 48:1 has a Commodore CBM-II, and Avalanche features the IBM PS/2 Model 30.
2021-01-16 16:39 A Deskpro XE and more laptops
Ri¢hie Ri¢h gives Starring the Computer its first Compaq Deskpro XE along with a Compaq Contura. Senseless also has a Compaq Contura along with a Toshiba Satellite Pro 400 and a Commodore 64. And more laptops - the Apple Powerbook 5300 in Anaconda, the Panasonic Toughbook in All Is Lost and an Apple Macbook Pro in Sinister.