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

2020-02-16 17:02 Double Murder
Two more episodes of "Murder, She Wrote" are in the database. Judge Not has a Atari Mega ST, and A Virtual Murder has a Compaq Contura 4/25cx and an Olivetti M20.
2020-02-09 16:36 Three times II
There are three more appearances of the Apple II in Go For It, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and the "Silver Spoons" episode A Fair to Remember.
2020-01-26 14:39 A Jobs Lot
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Jobs has a lot of computers: the Apple II, IIe, III, Lisa, Macintosh, plus a reproduction of an Apple 1 makes its debut. The film also has plenty of non-Apple machines: the Commodore PET 2001 and PET 3000/4000 series, the MITS Altair 8800, NeXT NeXTcube and Tandy TRS-80 Model I.
2020-01-17 23:49 Triple Twilight
Three episodes of The Twilight Zone add entries. Her Pilgrim Soul and The Misfortune Cookie both have Televideo TS-803s, and 20/20 Vision has a Commodore 64.
2020-01-01 16:20 Old Computers for a New Decade
The aptly named The January Man features a Compaq Portable and, making its Starring the Computer debut, the NEC PowerMate 1.
2019-12-08 12:17 December Big Iron
Here's a bunch of Big Iron. Bumblebee has panels from the IBM AN/FSQ-7, as does the Six Million Dollar Man episode Day of the Robot, along with a RCA Spectra 70. Two episodes of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century feature panels from the GE 635: Cruise Ship to the Stars and Happy Birthday, Buck. Finally, the Blake's 7 episode Stardrive features a heavily disguised Honeywell H200 front panel.
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.