“Dr. Jonathan Chase is a wealthy, young, and handsome man with the brightest of futures with a very dark past. From Africa’s deepest recesses, to the rarest peaks of Tibet, heir to his father’s legacy, and the world’s darkest mysteries is Jonathan Chase, master of the secrets that divide man from animal, animal from man, Manimal.” He can change into any animal to help solve crimes.
Last Episode01x08 Night of the Beast Aired: Dec. 17, 1983
A gangster's syndicate wants to do a gambling paradise out of the provincial small town Birch Hollow. Jonathan, Brooke and Ty, who have arrived …
Series Fun Facts
- Creator Glen Larson briefly resurrected the Jonathan Chase character for a crossover with his 1990 series "Night Man". In that episode, 'Manimal's' traditional practical-effects…
[show]Creator Glen Larson briefly resurrected the Jonathan Chase character for a crossover with his 1990 series "Night Man". In that episode, 'Manimal's' traditional practical-effects transformation was abandoned in favor of CGI sequence.
- Glenn Larson's concept of the lead character's ability to manifest into the body of an animal stalker posed creative solutions to the production team. Using a "really alive black panther…
[show]Glenn Larson's concept of the lead character's ability to manifest into the body of an animal stalker posed creative solutions to the production team. Using a "really alive black panther cat", or a "bird", or a "snake", for the actor's transition, was a study in discipline for cast and crew. The production designer was required to coordinate, with the director, set decorator, stunt supervisor, the cat's wrangler, and with the actor, every instance the script's action motivation occurred using any of the animal(s) involved. Location filming was most difficult, whereas within the stage environment, this allowed a more controlled environment to use the beasties! When a cobra snake was required in one script, the entire set's perimeter floor and wall had to be sealed preventing the cobra's escape. A barricade low (2'-0") wall placed in the open end of the set in order to seal the entire stage set environment to secure the staging area. The camera crew lifting their equipment into the interior of the setting to just set up to film the action with the snake. The snake's trainer, "wrangler", supervising the required snake's movement and directed motivation within the reach of control.
- TV Guide ranked "Manimal" number 15 on their list of 50 worst TV shows of all time in 2002.