Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 30, 1983
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
NBC TV Network

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Manimal

“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.

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01x08 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 …

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Canceled/Ended
The show had 1 season and 8 episodes air in 1983.

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  • In 2002, "TV Guide" ranked this show #15 on its list of the 50 worst TV shows of all time.
  • Whenever the script called for an animal transition, the production designer, director, set decorator, stunt supervisor, animal wrangler, and actor had to carefully coordinate every move.…
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    Whenever the script called for an animal transition, the production designer, director, set decorator, stunt supervisor, animal wrangler, and actor had to carefully coordinate every move. Shooting on a soundstage allowed more animal control; location shoots were very difficult. When one script required a cobra, the entire set's perimeter floor and walls had to be sealed to prevent the cobra from escaping. A low wall was placed at the open end of the set to seal the stage. To set up filming action scenes with the snake, the camera crew had to lift their equipment into walled-off stage area. The snake wrangler supervised the animal's movements.
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  • Creator Glen A. Larson briefly resurrected the Jonathan Chase character for a crossover with his series "Night Man" (1997). Manimal's traditional practical-effects transformation was…
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    Creator Glen A. Larson briefly resurrected the Jonathan Chase character for a crossover with his series "Night Man" (1997). Manimal's traditional practical-effects transformation was abandoned in favor of a CGI sequence.
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