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>


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2018-07-26 21:02 Friends' Computers
Here's a collection of computers from episodes of Friends. The One with the Stoned Guy has a IBM PS/2 Model 50/70, The One with the List has a Compaq Contura 4/25cx, The One with All the Jealousy has a Sun Javastation-NC and a Compaq LTE 5000 (both of which are making their Starring-the-Computer debuts), The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding: Part 2 has a Apple Powerbook G3, and The One Where Emma Cries has a Clamshell iBook G3 and a iMac G4.
2018-07-07 13:06 Fathers, Daughters and Trouble with Penguins
Another collection of Apple laptop appearances: The New Daughter has a Powerbook G3 and Trouble with the Curve, Mr Popper's Penguins and Father of Invention all feature Macbook Pros.
2018-06-02 22:05 Lone Wolf McQuade, Texas Instruments Ranger
Lone Wolf McQuade gives Starring the Computer its first Texas Instruments DS990/1.
2018-05-19 16:28 One Laptop per Child
The film Savages gives Starring the Computer its first One Laptop per Child: the OLPC XO. It also has an Apple Unibody iMac and a Panasonic Toughbook.
2018-05-06 13:43 Family Tandies
In the Family Ties episode Working At It, we see a Tandy TRS-80 Model 4 and a DEC PDP-11/34.
2018-04-22 16:57 More Commodores
Preacher has a Commodore 64, John Wick: Chapter 2 has a Commodore VIC-20, and Collateral Beauty has a Commodore 64 and a couple of Apple machines (a iMac and a Macbook Pro).
2018-03-25 11:52 Computers from the Darkside
Thanks very much to Dirk who supplied a comprehensive list of computers appearing in the TV series "Tales from the Darkside". Here they all are: Slippage gives the Bull Micral 30 its debut, All a Clone by the Telephone, It All Comes Out in the Wash and Bigalow's Last Smoke all have HP 150s, The Impressionist has a Kaypro II, Lifebomb has a Televideo TS-803, Sorry, Right Number and Payment Overdue both have AT&T PC 6300s, and Red Leader gives the Compaq Deskpro model 1 its debut.
2018-02-18 22:39 Three times II
The Russia House and The Goldbergs (Season 2, Episode 4) both have Apple II, and Lots of Luck completes the trio with a Apple IIc.
2018-01-27 00:05 Killing a ThinkPad
Episode 4 of the first season of Forbrydelsen (The Killing) has a Starring the Computer debut role for a Lenovo ThinkPad Z60m.
2018-01-13 01:08 New Year Big Iron
Caprice offers some tape drives from a Burroughs B205, The second episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has a fleeting glimpse of a Honeywell H200, and the Doctor Who story The Green Death has a critical role for an ICT 1301.