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 <james@starringthecomputer.com>


News

2019-11-24 16:00 Cuatro Amigas
Four appearances of Commodore Amigas have been added to the database. Avalon has the Amiga 500, Into the Homeland has the Amiga 1000 and Toy Soldiers has Amiga 2000s. Also the Flipper episode The White Dolphin has a Apple Macintosh Quadra 630 and an Amiga 500.
2019-11-03 15:21 Two times PS/2 and a Vectra too
Mrs Doubtfire and Resurrection both feature IBM PS/2s and Nikita has the HP Vectra.
2019-10-19 23:10 X Filed
Just added two episodes of "The X Files". Season 2's Blood has an Apple Powerbook 540c and season 10's Home Again gives the HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15 an, albeit very brief, debut.
2019-10-08 00:21 All new laptops and PDAs
All of these portable machines make their Starring-the Computer debut. In the first season of Jessica Jones, Jessica uses a Acer Aspire R14. The Matrix features an Apple Newton MessagePad 2000 and an IBM Thinkpad 500. The "Black Books" episode A Nice Change and a Psion Series 5. And finally, two episodes of "Law & Order" from season 10: Star Struck has an IBM PS/2 Model L40 SX, and Merger has a Palm V and sneaks in the IBM Aptiva 2137 desktop machine, also making its first appearance.
2019-09-29 13:53 Rich seams from Poland and West Germany
Two films from the 1980s that are packed with machines. Peng! Du bist tot! has the Commodore 64 and 128, the DEC PDP-11/23, Epson QX-10, Sinclair Research ZX Spectrum, and making its debut the Epson PX-4. Król komputerów has the Commodore 64, Epson HX-20, IBM System/360 and System/370, and two debutantes: the SMT Groupil G4 and Timex Computer 2048.
2019-09-15 18:07 A Ton of Tandys
First up some TRS-80s: Mindhunter - Season 2, Episode 3 has a Model 4 and the season 5 finale of Dallas has a Model III. Then there is the Young Sheldon episode A Computer, a Plastic Pony, and a Case of Beer which has a Tandy 1000HX and then two debutantes: the Tandy 1000SL/TL and the Tandy 1400. Finally, The Magical World of Disney episode The B.R.A.T. Patrol has Tandy TRS-80 Model 100s and sneaks in a Sperry Univac 90/80.
2019-09-01 15:25 Brits on TV
Three British TV shows have appearances from British computers, with three debutantes. First up, the Girls on Top episode Who's Ya Uncle Shelley? has Acorn Electrons and Amstrad PCW 8256s. Next, the Inspector Morse episode Greeks Bearing Gifts also has a Amstrad PCW 8256, plus two newcomers: the Amstrad ALT-286/386SX and the Psion Organiser. Finally, the Grange Hill episode Nasty Girls has another machine new to the site, the Research Machines Nimbus.
2019-08-11 14:12 Stranger and Strangers
The Stranger Things episode Chapter Four: The Sauna Test has a brief glimpse of an IBM PC XT and Strangers in Paradise has an Epson HX-20 and Kaypro 10s.
2019-08-04 23:06 A pack of Commodores and the Tandon PAC
Molly i världen has a Commodore SX64, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency has a Commodore 64 in season 2 and Prince of Darkness has a Commodore Amiga 1000 and, making its Starring-the-Computer debut, the Tandon PAC 286.
2019-07-14 16:04 I Would Watch 500 Films, and I Would Watch 500 More!
This update brings the total number of features on Starring the Computer to 1000! The first episode of The Incredible Hulk has a small part of the IBM AN/FSQ-7 and the RCA Spectra 70. Co je vám, doktore? has some good shots of a Robotron EC 1040. Rancid Aluminium has a Acorn Archimedes and a Compaq Prolinea 3/4. Short Circuit 2 has appeared on the site before, but I missed the Coleco Adam keyboard (the first Adam appearance). Paranormal Activity 3 has a Commodore Amiga 2000, The Little Drummer Girl has a Commodore PET 3000/4000 series, and finally - bringing up the 1000 - Good Omens has a Amstrad PCW 8256.