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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2018-11-10 18:12 A Pack of PCs, and a Sun.
The Librarians episode And the Rise of Chaos has a Toshiba T1000, the Alice episode Sweet Erasable Mel has two Epson machines: the QX-10 and HX-20, the Fame episode The Lounge Singer Who Knew Too Much has a Tandy 1000 and Trois couleurs: Bleu has a IBM PS/2. Also added are a number of new computers. Edge of the Axe has two Starring-the-Computer debutantes from Sperry: the PC and PC/microIT, the eighth episode of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan has a GPD Win. Contact has a couple of machines we've seen before (the IBM ThinkPad 300 and PS/2) but also has two newcomers: the Compaq Presario 1000 and a rare appearance of a Sun Microsystems computer, the SPARCstation 5.
2018-10-27 00:33 Jackrabbit
There's a sizeable collection of computers in Jackrabbit including a pile of Macintosh SEs, an IBM 5140, a Macintosh XL, a Texas Instruments DS990/1, and a very brief Starring-the-Computer debut of a Tandy 1000.
2018-10-14 23:30 Big Old Bunch of Big Iron
A number of old mainframes make their Starring-the-Computer debut in this update: the Sperry UNIVAC 1108 appears in Rollerball, the Hitachi HIPAC 101 appears briefly in Battle in Outer Space, the Remington Rand 409 plays a crucial role in the first episode of The Chevy Mystery Show, the Digital Scientific META-4 is seen briefly in Death Wish, and along with a DEC Rainbow 100, there is a Burroughs B3900 in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. Also, there is a IBM 705 in the 22nd episode of Men Into Space, and the 4th episode of The Green Hornet has Burroughs B205 tape drives.
2018-10-04 15:47 Undercover Arduino
Undercover Grandpa sees the first Starring-the-Computer appearance for an Arduino Duemilanove and an Alienware 15 as well as a fleeting appearance from a Commodore PET.
2018-09-16 15:13 Some more SAGE
A few more appearances of possibly the most frequent visitor to the small and silver screens, the IBM AN/FSQ-7. It appears in Kolchak: The Night Stalker "The Energy Eater", The Greatest American Hero "Train of Thought" and the pilot of Gemini Man.
2018-09-01 13:08 Films in other languages
The German film Go Trabi Go and the Norwegian film Døden på Oslo S both have small roles for a Commodore Amiga 2000. The Polish film Ucieczka z kina "Wolnosc" gives Starring the Computer its first Atari 65/130 XE, and another Polish film Pan Kleks w kosmosie also has that Atari plus an ST and another debutante, the Mazovia 1016.
2018-08-25 20:56 Three different PCs
Three 1980s PC compatibles: Prime Evil has the IBM PC AT, Perfect Profile has a Compaq Portable and, a computer I missed from the There for the Picking episode of Bergerac, the Commodore PC 10-III makes its Starring the Computer debut.
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.