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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2021-10-10 13:10 Pi in the Sky
Here are a number of TV appearances for the Raspberry Pi: the "Shakespeare & Hathaway" episode Beware the Ides of March, the "CSI: Cyber" episode CMND:Crash, the "Lost in Space" episode Danger, Will Robinson, the "Person of Interest" episode Liberty and the "Sense8" episode Just Turn the Wheel and the Future Changes.
2021-09-26 23:22 A Collection of Laptops
The Compaq Contura 4/25cx appears in Erin Brockovich and The American President, along with an Apple Powerbook 540c. There are more Apples with the Powerbook G4 in Role Models, the Macbook Air in Solitary Man and the Macbook in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, along with a Panasonic Toughbook. The "30 Rock" episode Into the Crevasse has some shots of a Lenovo ThinkPad W500 and the second episode of Bugs has a Zenith Supersport.
2021-09-12 16:03 An Aussie collection
Here is a collection on appearances from Australian television. The Stake-out episode of "The Girl from Tomorrow" has an Amstrad PPC 640. Infinity Limited has an Atari 400 in Compute the Loops and an Atari 800 in most episodes. There is an Apple Powerbook G4 in Episode 5 and a Macintosh Classic in Episode 8 of the first season of "Snobs". "Parallax" has an Apple eMac in The Artful Dodger. Making its Starring-the-Computer debut, the Toshiba T4900CT appears in several episodes of the first season of Water Rats, and an Apple Powerbook 540c appears in episode 7.
2021-09-05 16:55 80s Means Business
Here is a collection of appearances of 1980s business-oriented computers. We start with machine making its Starring-the-Computer debut - the IBM System/23 Datamaster appears in an episode of Blindspot. Then there is a collection of DEC Rainbow 100s in the "Pose" episode Giving and Receiving, a pair of Olivetti M20s appear in the "Tales from the Crypt" episode My Brother's Keeper and an Apple III appears in many episodes of Matt Houston.
2021-08-29 16:44 A Commodore 64 Trio
There is a Commodore 64 in Tank Girl and in the Bill's Wedding episode of "The Goldbergs" and a Commodore 64C makes a brief appearance in The Princess Bride.
2021-08-08 18:04 A Cassiopeia and some Apples
Ghost World features the Apple iMac G3, Power Macintosh 8100, Powerbook G3 and, making its Starring-the-Computer debut, the Casio Cassiopeia E11. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed has a small part for an Apple Macintosh and a Powerbook Duo plays an important role in A Knight in Camelot. There are also Apple computers of several episodes of "Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction": the Apple Powerbook 1400 appears in The Diary and Blood Donor, there's an Apple Macintosh Quadra 630 in Email II and a Macintosh Classic makes an appearance in Precious.
2021-08-01 15:45 Alex Rider Laptops
There are a number of laptops in season one of "Alex Rider". Episode 1 has an Apple Macbook Air and a Macbook Pro and episode 3 has a Macbook. Also, there is a Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 in episode 5.
2021-07-18 16:37 ST times two
The Atari ST appears in Martial Law, and there is an Atari Mega ST in If Looks Could Kill.
2021-06-28 18:25 Netting some late 90s computers
The television series The Net (based on the movie of the name name) is certainly not the best ever, but it does offer some entries for the site. Angela's primary laptop varies through the season, starting with a Toshiba Libretto 50CT/70CT and later using a Sony Vaio 700 series - both of which make their debut appearance. There are then brief appearances of an Apple Power Macintosh in Deleted, a Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh in Y2K: Total System Failure and an IBM Thinkpad 760 in Harvest.
2021-06-20 13:30 Deadlier than the Olivetti
The Olivetti GE-115 makes its debut appearance in the 1967 film Deadlier Than the Male.