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.

James Carter <>


2017-04-22 12:56 90s Laptop Double Debut
Two early 90s laptops make their first appearance on Starring the Computer: a Toshiba T1000LE in an episode of Spatz and a Compaq LTE 286 in an episode of Frasier.
2017-04-14 14:37 Dutch Creator Guy
Dutch has a Zenith Supersport, Creator has a DEC Professional 300 and Guy X has a Commodore PET 2001.
2017-04-09 22:49 Two IIs
There are two more appearances for the Apple II in Never Forget and 3-2-1 Contact.
2017-04-04 23:56 The Arrival of an AT&T
The Arrival offers Starring the Computer its first AT&T Safari 3151.
2017-03-31 23:48 A Romantic IBM
A Little Romance has a small but significant appearance for a IBM System/360 model 91.
2017-03-24 22:34 MITS for CHiPs
The Day of the Robot episode from the sixth season of CHiPs has a large role for a Commodore 64 as part of the titular robot, but also has shots of a MITS Altair 8800.
2017-03-20 00:17 Chuck a Tandy in the Swamp
Chuck Versus the First Fight has a important role for a Tandy TRS-80 Model 4 and Swamp Thing has a Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer and several Tandy TRS-80 Model IIIs.
2017-03-09 22:58 A Sharp Theory
The Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything has an IBM PC and a Commodore PET, but also has a Sharp MZ-80K which makes its Starring the Computer debut.
2017-03-04 15:16 The Computer Guy
The Spring Break episode of the Fall Guy has a number of computers. There are Apple IIes, Tandy TRS-80 Model 4s and a GRiD Compass.
2017-02-25 16:38 Robie's From The Darkside
The first episode of the second season of Tales from the Darkside sees a Kaypro Robie communicating with an alien!