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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2018-09-16 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.
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.