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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2020-04-04 16:17 Land of the Giant computers
This update includes another batch of big iron appearances. The Deadly Pawn episode of "Land of the Giants" and "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" episode The Human Computer both feature the Burroughs B205 and B220. The "Wonderwoman" episode IRAC Is Missing has the IBM AN/FSQ-7 and IBM System/360. The Dark Outpost episode of "The Invaders" also features the IBM AN/FSQ-7. And finally, Who's Got the Action? has a crucial role for the Remington Rand UNIVAC I.
2020-03-15 14:17 Beyond English
Starring the Computer has comparatively few films that are not in English, which is a shame. This is mostly because I find it harder to get hold of them (along with the subtitles I need, being embarrassingly monolingual). English language is not a requirement to appear on this site though, so please report any sightings! Men Olsenbanden var ikke død! has a Sinclair Research ZX Spectrum, along with some nice peripherals. XX: Utsukushiki kinô has an Apple Macintosh Quadra 630 and No has an Apple IIc, an Apple Macintosh SE and an Atari 600/800 XL. Finally, a pair of machines make their Starring-the-Computer debut: the Iskra Delta Triglav in Poletje v školjki, and the Sony HB-201 in Mama is boos!
2020-03-02 17:26 Booker, Scarecrow and Mrs King in The Good Place
The "Booker" episode Hacker has a Zenith Supersport, the "Scarecrow and Mrs King" episode The ACM Kid has an NEC PC8801, and "The Good Place" episode Mondays, Am I Right? has a Commodore 64.
2020-02-22 15:48 TI twins and Commodores and more
The Dead Air episode of "Defiance" has a brief glimpse of a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A as does The Terror Within (along with the GE 635). Murder in Space has a Commodore 64, as does the "NCIS: Los Angeles" episode The Silo which also has the Starring-the-Computer debutante Dell Latitude E6420 XFR. Finally, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum continues the trend of including Commodore VIC-20s and Vice Acadamy 5 has a Commodore PET 3000/4000 series.
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.