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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 <>


2024-07-08 00:29 Some Tandys
Here's a small collection of Tandy TRS-80 appearances. The TRS-80 Model I appears in an episode of Fridays and a few episodes of I'm a Big Girl Now. Air has the TRS-80 Model III and TRS-80 Model 4 as well as an Apple II and a Macintosh.
2024-06-23 11:47 Fortresses
Here are some computer appearances in the film Fortress and its sequel Fortress: Sniper's Eye. The first film has an Apple Macbook Pro and some Unibody iMacs. Those iMacs also appear in the second film, along with a Panasonic Toughbook.
2024-06-16 15:14 80s Assortment
Here's a collection of features from the 1980s. Silent Madness has an important role for a Vector Graphic Vector 4. Switching Channels has a Compaq Portable II, Compaq Portable III/386 and a Toshiba T3200. There is a GE 635 panel in The Return of the Living Dead. The second episode of Damon and Debbie has a couple of Amstrads - a CPC 6128 and a PCW 8256. Finally, Big Trouble in Little China sees the Xerox Star 8010 make its Starring-the-Computer debut.
2024-05-26 14:15 Random bits
Here's a collection of appearances with no particular theme. An Apple MACINTOSH Plus appears in The Genie from Down Under. The first episode of Andor has a heavily modified Tandy TRS-80 Model III. Race the Sun has a very brief glimpse of an Apple Macintosh Quadra 630 and the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" episode I, Robot... You, Jane has a bunch of Compaq Deskpro XEs and a Toshiba T1000.
2024-04-29 00:07 Three times G3.
Here are three appearances of the Apple iMac G3. There are fleeting glimpses in Training Day and I Still Believe, but the ninth episode of The Midnight Club has the main character in Spencer's story using one.
2024-04-07 16:56 PCs and Laptops
Here's an assortment of PCs and laptops. Jamon Jamon has an Amstrad PC 1512 and an IBM PS/2 Model 30/55. There's a Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme in Uncharted. Hider in the House has a Toshiba T1000 and a Starring-the-Computer debutante - the Zenith EaZy pc. There's also a Toshiba in Leviathan (a Toshiba T1200) along with a brief glimpse of a Commodore Amiga 500. Finally we have a couple of appearances in TV shows: a IBM PS/2 Model 50/70 in the "Due South" episode Diefenbaker's Day Off and an Alienware 13 R2 in the first episode of A Murder at the End of the World.
2024-03-17 11:54 Three films revisited
Here are three films where I missed something the first time. Aliens used some Apricot Xis as set dressing. Jurassic Park has a fleeting glimpse of an Apple Powerbook 100 and what appears to be a pre-production version of a (new to Starring the Computer) Motorola Envoy. Finally, Charlie's Angels has some shots of the guts of a Apple Power Macintosh G3 and two more debutantes: the Handspring Visor and the Roda RC586.
2024-02-25 16:48 A load of Apples and an Acorn
The first episode of Smiley's People has an Apple II and there is a IIGS in The Laughing Dead. The "Young Sheldon" episode The Grand Chancellor and a Den of Sin has a Macintosh, a Macintosh SE and a Macintosh XL. The "American Gods" episode The Greatest Story Ever Told has a Macintosh Classic and The Killer has an iBook G4 and a iMac G3. Finally, Matt's Millions has a Power Macintosh 7100 and our single Acorn - the BBC Micro.
2024-02-18 11:06 Veteran Machines
Here are some appearances of 1950s and 1960s computers. The short-lived series Turn-On had a crucial role for an IBM 1620. The "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." episode Alien Commies from the Future! has panels from the ever-popular IBM AN/FSQ-7. Finally, the "Doctor Who" episode Meglos has some old British machines: the ICT 1301 and, making its Starring-the-Computer debut, the Elliott 405.
2024-02-04 22:33 Yet More Commodores
Here are a few more Commodore appearances. The "Inspector Morse" episode Happy Families has an Amiga 2000 in the police station. Then there are Commodore 64s in the "GLOW" episode The Good Twin, "The Mandalorian" episode The Pirate and "The Hardy Boys" episode A Disappearance (along with Apple Macintosh Classics and Tandy TRS-80 Color Computers).