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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2017-03-24 22:34 MITS for CHiPs
The Day of the Robot episode from the sixth season of CHiPs has a large role for a Commodore 64 as part of the titular robot, but also has shots of a MITS Altair 8800.
2017-03-20 00:17 Chuck a Tandy in the Swamp
Chuck Versus the First Fight has a important role for a Tandy TRS-80 Model 4 and Swamp Thing has a Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer and several Tandy TRS-80 Model IIIs.
2017-03-09 22:58 A Sharp Theory
The Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything has an IBM PC and a Commodore PET, but also has a Sharp MZ-80K which makes its Starring the Computer debut.
2017-03-04 15:16 The Computer Guy
The Spring Break episode of the Fall Guy has a number of computers. There are Apple IIes, Tandy TRS-80 Model 4s and a GRiD Compass.
2017-02-25 16:38 Robie's From The Darkside
The first episode of the second season of Tales from the Darkside sees a Kaypro Robie communicating with an alien!
2017-02-24 19:55 Steve Jobs
Today would have been Steve Jobs 62nd birthday, so it's an appropriate time to add the film Steve Jobs which, unsurprisingly, is festooned with Apple and NeXT computers including the Macintosh, the Lisa,the iMac, the Powerbook G3, the Newton MessagePad and the NeXTcube.
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.