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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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.
2019-07-06 16:52 A Slice of Pi
The Raspberry Pi makes is debut on the site with appearances in Point Break, and episodes of Black Mirror and Continuum.
2019-06-23 12:53 All the Apples
I've added another big bunch of Apple appearances to the database. Good Advice has a Clamshell iBook G3 and a Macintosh II/IIx. Prom Night II has a MACINTOSH Plus. Goremet, Zombie Chef from Hell and Aces Go Places 5: The Terracotta Hit have Apple IIs. Desperate Hours has an Apple IIGS. There are Apple IIcs in Beyond - Season 1, Episode 4, "The Man in the Yellow Jacket", Tales from the Crypt - Season 2, Episode 7, "The Sacrifice" and Miami Vice - Season 1, Episode 19, "The Home Invaders" (along with a Tandy TRS-80 Model 4). I Still Dream of Jeannie and The Rainmaker have Macintosh SEs. 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain has a Macintosh Quadra 610 and a Powerbook 190. Rogue Trader has a Powerbook 140, along with a Toshiba Satellite 100cs. Home Improvement - Season 6, Episode 5, "Al's Video" has a Powerbook Duo. Don't Think Twice has an iMac G4, a Macbook, and a Unibody iMac. Finally, Oldboy has a Macbook Air and a Macbook Pro.
2019-06-02 22:43 The First Fujitsu Is Always The Hardest
The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest gives Starring the Computer its first Fujitsu fmV-Biblo MF3/45.
2019-05-12 18:48 Scratching the Surface
Two Microsoft Surface machine make their Starring-the-Computer debut. The Surface 3 appears in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (along with a Panasonic Toughbook and another debutante, the Dell XPS 15). The Surface Book appears in the Timeless episode Mrs. Sherlock Holmes (along with a Tandy TRS-80 Model 4).
2019-04-27 19:10 Many Old Iron
Number One has a IBM System/360, as does DeepStar Six along with a Honeywell 6000, an episode of The Muppet Show has a ICT 1301, the Monstrous episode of Teen Wolf has Burroughs B205 tape drives, the My Three Sons episode Steve and the Computer has a Univac 422 and, make its Starring the Computer debut, an HP 9100 appears in The Andromeda Strain.
2019-04-14 17:20 April Assortment
Here's a somewhat random collection of small home and business computers. The Soldier has a Commodore PET 4000 series and, making its Starring-the-Computer debut, a Vector Graphic Vector 3. The Mean Season has a bunch of Televideo TS-803s and a second Starring-the-Computer debutante - a Televideo TPC-1. The Kidnapping of the President has a Commodore PET 2001. The Magnum, PI episode On the Fly, has a IMSAI 8080, a IBM PC XT and a MITS Altair 8800. Razorback has a Atari 800. North Dallas Forty has a Tandy TRS-80 Model I. Where Evil Lives has a Apple IIc and The Protector has IIes. And finally, the Fringe episode Subject 13 has a Apple Macintosh SE and a Commodore PET 2001.
2019-04-04 16:32 Pavilion Girls
Episode 11 from both Season 5 and Season 6 of Gilmore Girls both feature HP Pavilion laptops making their Starring-the-Computer debut: the ZE4300 and DV1000 respectively.
2019-03-29 16:35 Still Lost in Space
More computers in Lost in Space episodes: IBM AN/FSQ-7 panels make two appearances in The Phantom Family and Space Destructors (which also features the Burroughs B205).
2019-03-05 20:16 A couple of GRiDs and a couple of others
Perfect has a GRiD Compass in a fairly important role. Never Too Young to Die has an HP 150 but also a couple of newcomers: a Seiko UC-2000 and our second GRiD machine - a GRiDcase 2.