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

2017-02-12 22:51 64s in th '70s
Two TV episodes both set in the 1970s show a Commodore 64 that belongs firmly in the 1980s: DC's Legends of Tomorrow Blood Ties and That '70s Show Leaving Home Ain't Easy.
2017-02-03 23:11 A Couple of Classics
A couple of appearances of the Apple Macintosh Classic in TV shows Extant (Season 2, Episode 10) and Frasier (Season 1, Episode 23).
2017-01-28 18:14 Spectre of a Clevo
Spectre gives Starring the Computer its first machine from Clevo, the snappily named P151SM1.
2017-01-23 00:31 Small Wonders
Two episodes of the TV series Small Wonder have computers. Season 1, Episode 1 has a Tandy TRS-80 Model III and Season 4, Episode 6 has a Apple IIe both in important roles.
2017-01-14 12:24 Apple of Interest
A Macintosh IIsi plays an important role in the Bad Code episode of Person of Interest.
2017-01-06 00:08 Have An Ace New Year!
Two of the Aces Go Places series (also known as Mad Mission) feature computers. Aces Go Places 2 has a Atari 800, and Aces Go Places 3 has a Apple IIe.
2016-12-11 22:01 Down and Olivetti in Beverly Hills
There's a couple of brief glimpsed of an Olivetti M20 in the film Down and Out in Beverly Hills.
2016-11-06 18:13 Creepy Computers
A little late for Halloween, but there's a Commodore CBM-II in the mockumentary Ghostwatch and an HP 150 II in The Canterville Ghost.
2016-10-08 01:19 A Deluge of Debutantes
All of the following machines are making their first appearance on this site. Barb Wire has a Mattel Entertainment Computer System and a Casio Z-7000, Paul has a Getac B300, Real Life has a fleeting glimpse of a DEC PDP-11/45, and the third episode of Deutschland 83 has a Robotron A 5120 and a IBM Portable Personal Computer.
2016-09-17 23:51 Last Apples of Summer
Furry Vengeance has an Apple Macbook Pro, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has a Macbook and an iMac, The Core has a Powerbook G3, Terminator Genisys has a Mac Plus and an Apple II and the Full House episode A House Divided has a Macintosh Classic.