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>


News

2019-09-15 18:07 A Ton of Tandys
First up some TRS-80s: Mindhunter - Season 2, Episode 3 has a Model 4 and the season 5 finale of Dallas has a Model III. Then there is the Young Sheldon episode A Computer, a Plastic Pony, and a Case of Beer which has a Tandy 1000HX and then two debutantes: the Tandy 1000SL/TL and the Tandy 1400. Finally, The Magical World of Disney episode The B.R.A.T. Patrol has Tandy TRS-80 Model 100s and sneaks in a Sperry Univac 90/80.
2019-09-01 15:25 Brits on TV
Three British TV shows have appearances from British computers, with three debutantes. First up, the Girls on Top episode Who's Ya Uncle Shelley? has Acorn Electrons and Amstrad PCW 8256s. Next, the Inspector Morse episode Greeks Bearing Gifts also has a Amstrad PCW 8256, plus two newcomers: the Amstrad ALT-286/386SX and the Psion Organiser. Finally, the Grange Hill episode Nasty Girls has another machine new to the site, the Research Machines Nimbus.
2019-08-11 14:12 Stranger and Strangers
The Stranger Things episode Chapter Four: The Sauna Test has a brief glimpse of an IBM PC XT and Strangers in Paradise has an Epson HX-20 and Kaypro 10s.
2019-08-04 23:06 A pack of Commodores and the Tandon PAC
Molly i världen has a Commodore SX64, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency has a Commodore 64 in season 2 and Prince of Darkness has a Commodore Amiga 1000 and, making its Starring-the-Computer debut, the Tandon PAC 286.
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.