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2021-04-17 12:16 Mr Robot
I'm sure there are some things I missed (please let me know if you can identify other computers), but here's the result of a recent Mr Robot marathon. From season 1, episode 5 has an important role for a Raspberry Pi and episode 9 has brief appearances for the IBM PS/2 Model 50/70 and two Starring-the-Computer debutantes - the Apple Power Macintosh 9500 and NEC PowerMate 433D. There's a Commodore 64 season 2, episode 11, and season 3, episode 19 has a Panasonic Toughbook. Then from season 4 there is an IBM PC in episode 3, an Apple Unibody iMac and, making their Starring-the-Computer debut, a number of Dell PowerEdge Rx2xs in episode 5. Episode 7 (and other episodes too, I think) has another debutante - the Razer Blade, episode 11 has an Apple IIe, and finally episode 12 has two Apples: the iMac G3 and Unibody iMac.
2021-04-04 14:57 Eight times 8-bit
Here are eight features including 8-bit computers: All the Money in the World and the "Young Sheldon" episode A House for Sale and Serious Woman Stuff both feature an Apple IIe, and Code of Silence has a IIc. Next, a couple of British computers in the form of a Sinclair ZX Spectrum in the second season opener of McDonald & Dodds and an Amstrad CPC 6128 in Commando Ninja. And finally there are the Commodores: a VIC-20 in Kuai can che, a Commodore 64 in Counterforce and also in Here We Go Again, Rubinot! along with a Olivetti M10 making its Starring-the-Computer debut.
2021-03-28 12:29 Challenged Viper
The pilot episode of Viper gives the SGI Challenge its Starring-the-Computer debut.
2021-03-21 15:23 Big Iron Bunch
Here's a collection of larger computers. Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate has a brief glimpse of an IBM System/360 and Giovannona Coscialunga disonorata con onore has more lingering shots of its successor, the System/370. A Wing and a Prayer has an IBM AN/FSQ-7, the "Sixth Sense" episode The Man Who Died at Three and Nine has a CDC 3800 and the TV series The Consultant is all about an ICL 2900.
2021-03-14 23:09 Amateur Burroughs
The Amateur has a couple of Burroughs machines. We've seen the B3900 before, but the B80 makes its debut appearance.
2021-03-06 17:22 A Portfolio of Portables
Fast & Furious starts us off with the diminutive OQO Model 2. Then there is a small collection of Apple laptops: a Powerbook 5300 in Grosse Pointe Blank, a Powerbook G4 in Wedding Crashers and a Macbook in Contract Killers. Finally there are a bunch of laptops making their Starring-the-Computer debut. The Incredible Hulk has a Dell Latitude XPi and a Getac A770, The Girl in the Spider's Web has a Getac V110 (and a sneaky Commodore PET in the background), Iron Man has the Toshiba Tecra 730CDT, Hacker has the Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme and 7424 Rugged Extreme, Colorless Green has the Compaq Presario C700 and HP Compaq dc7600 (along with the familiar Apple Macbook Pro), and the season 10 finale of Death in Paradise has a Samsung Galaxy Book.
2021-02-14 11:39 More Macs
Free Willy has a brief shot of a Macintosh, 101 Dalmatians has a role for a Macintosh Quadra 630, and Kill Your Friends has a Powerbook G3 along with a Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh. Final Destination 3 has a tiny glimpse of a Power Mac G5 and Little Fockers has a iMac G4 and a Macbook Pro.
2021-01-30 14:48 Crowning Computers
Season 4 of "The Crown" features a number of machines. Fairytale and Favourites have shots of a Commodore PET, 48:1 has a Commodore CBM-II, and Avalanche features the IBM PS/2 Model 30.
2021-01-16 16:39 A Deskpro XE and more laptops
Ri¢hie Ri¢h gives Starring the Computer its first Compaq Deskpro XE along with a Compaq Contura. Senseless also has a Compaq Contura along with a Toshiba Satellite Pro 400 and a Commodore 64. And more laptops - the Apple Powerbook 5300 in Anaconda, the Panasonic Toughbook in All Is Lost and an Apple Macbook Pro in Sinister.
2021-01-02 16:02 A Pair of Rugged Ultra-portables
We see in the new year with a pair of rugged ultra-portables making their Starring-the-Computer debut. RED 2 has the Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1, and San Andreas has the DAP 8640 (along with the familiar Apple Macbook Pro).
2020-12-24 15:10 Festive Apples
Here are a load more Apple appearances. The Vanishing has the Macintosh LC, Man Trouble has the Macintosh IIsi and the Macintosh SE, Prêt-à-Porter has the Powerbook 180, The Rules of Attraction the iBook G3, and Fled the Powerbook Duo. Sabrina has a prototype of the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh and the "Friends" episode The One with the Worst Best Man Ever also as a TAM along with a Apple Powerbook Duo. Finally, 4:44 Last Day on Earth has the Apple Macbook Pro.
2020-12-14 00:40 Some Amstrads
The A High Profile episode of "Hetty Wainthropp Investigates" has a small role for an Amstrad PCW 9512. And the "Press Gang" episode The Last Word: Part 2 sees the Amstrad PC 2086 making its debut, along with a PCW 9512 and an Apple Macintosh.
2020-12-06 11:50 Compute like Flint!
The 1960s spoof spy movies Our Man Flint and In Like Flint both feature computers including the Burroughs B205 and B220 along with the ubiquitous IBM AN/FSQ-7.
2020-11-29 18:11 The Art of Winbook
The Art of War features a couple of Starring-the-Computer debutantes: the Winbook XL and the NEC Versa LX, along with the more familiar Casio Cassiopeia E-100.
2020-11-22 10:48 SE and SE
There are two appearances of the Apple Macintosh SE in 'Til There Was You and Election (which also features the Power Macintosh 5000).
2020-11-08 15:01 A Flotilla of Commodores
There are Commodore PET 2001s and later PETs in episodes of Devs and Supertrain as well as the movies Trudeau and Eliminate: Archie Cookson (which also features an IBM PS/2 Model 30/55). Müllers Büro as a role for a Commodore 64. "My Secret Identity" has a Commodore Amiga 500 in its first episode and an Amiga 2000 in its second. Finally, The Real McCoy has an Commodore Amiga 1000, along with an IBM PS/2 Model 50/70 and, making its Starring-the-Computer debut, an NEC Ultralite 286F.
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