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 <>


2016-02-07 17:39 A pair of Archimedes
Acorn Archimedes computers makes appearances in the children's TV show Watt on Earth and in the film Strapless, where a IBM PC AT also makes an appearance.
2016-01-29 00:52 The Bourne iPAQ
The final Starring-the-Computer debutante for the month of January is the HP iPAQ H5500 which makes a brief but important appearance in The Bourne Supremacy.
2016-01-23 21:51 More January Newbies
A Pig Too Far, an episode of St. Elsewhere, gives Starring the Computer its first Otrona Attache (also a Tandy TRS-80 Model), Alchemy has two new Dells for the site, a XPS Gen 2 and a Inspiron 510m, and Kung Fury as a very important and equally silly role for Starring-the-Computer debutante Applied Technologies MicroBee 32 (and also features a Sinclair Research ZX Spectrum and a Apple Macintosh SE).
2016-01-16 22:19 Newbies for January
Think I'm going to stick to Starring the Computer debutantes for January. Ice Princess has an important role for Dell Inspiron 5150 (and the oft-mentioned Apple Powerbook G4). In Your Wildest Dreams also kicks off a computer's Starring-the-Computer career with an important role, the DECsystem 5500.
2016-01-06 23:55 New Year, Old Computer
The CDC 3800 gives Starring the Computer a good start to the new year, making its debut appearance thanks to a crucial role in an episode of Columbo. Thanks to Chuck for letting me know about this one.
2015-12-24 09:55 Christmas Commodores
There are Commodore 64s in War Dog, Choose Me, Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince Goodbye Earth and Longmire Tell It Slant. 984: Prisoner of the Future has a number of Commodore PET 2001 systems and, finally for this festive round up, No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers has a number of Commodore Amiga 2000s.
2015-11-27 10:33 TI-99/4A
The Texas Instruments TI-99/4A feels like an obvious omission from the site, but that's now fixed thanks to an appearance in the Riptide episode The Orange Grove.
2015-11-26 17:33 A 370 and a 120
An IBM System/370 plays a pivotal role in the Partridge Family episode Forgive Us Our Debits (thanks to John for reporting this appearance). The HP 120 has a very fleeting appearance in The Lift, but it is its Starring-the-Computer debut.
2015-10-30 22:35 Congenially Bound
A few more Apples to report: Bound has a Powerbook 180, and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous has an iBook G4 and a brief glimpse of an iMac G4.
2015-10-13 00:18 Junior Apples
Gate 2: The Trespassers gives the IBM PCjr its Starring-the-Computer debut and the Apple Powerbook 140 also make its first appearance in Treehouse Hostage.