Manimal is an American action — adventure television series created by Glen A. Larson and Donald R. The show centers on the character Dr. Jonathan Chase Simon MacCorkindale , a shape-shifting man who can turn himself into any animal he chooses. He uses this ability to help the police solve crimes. For every episode except the pilot, actor William Conrad recites the opening narration that tells of Chase's wealthy present life and his early days in Africa with his missionary father:.
Dr Jonathan Chase A man with the brightest of futures. A man with the darkest of pasts. From Africa's deepest recesses, to the rarefied peaks of Tibet , heir to his father's legacy and the world's darkest mysteries. Jonathan Chase, master of the secrets that divide man from animal, animal from man Manimal premiered as a minute pilot that aired on September 30, The series featured the story of Dr.
Jonathan Chase, a shape-shifter who could turn himself into any animal he chose, and used this ability to fight crime. Jonathan and Ty would assist Brooke with a case she was working on, with Jonathan transforming himself into an animal when it became useful. While Jonathan had the ability to change himself into any animal, he would transform into a hawk and a black panther in nearly every episode. In some episodes, he would transform into a third animal, such as a horse , dolphin , bear , or bull , with the transformation taking place offscreen, though once he was shown becoming a snake.
Another aspect of the transformations that added to the show's camp factor involved Dr. Chase's clothing during a transformation: He was depicted generally wearing a three-piece suit and tie, and the viewer would see it rip off him as he shape-shifted into an animal, though once the transformation was complete there would be no sign of his discarded clothing.
A bit later, he would transform back into human form with all of his clothing perfectly restored upon his person, even if he was unconscious. In one episode, he was shown to be able to assume the aspect of various animals simultaneously, rather than adopt their forms, such as the agility and speed of a panther or the suppleness and fast strikes of a snake. She teams up with Dr. Jonathan Chase, a man that knows the secrets that divide man and animal and who is trained in an African technique that allows him to transform into different animals.
A Bulgarian ambassador hides behind his immunity status to smuggle illegal goods into the country. While being interrogated by Russian agents about the location of a list, a man dies from a truth serum drug. Jonathan, Brooke and Ty must protect Terry while trying to locate the list before the Russian agents do. After a girl is found living with wolves in the forests of Sultanpur , India, she is the topic of discussion at a local university where she is being held.
When an attempt is made on her life, Jonathan takes her into his care and protection. Her identity must be found in order to discover who it is that is trying to kill her. When a horse trainer recognizes her stolen horse in a race, Jonathan helps her try to recover it. While at the beach, Jonathan and the others discover a scrimshaw walrus tusk with carvings on it in the clutches of a skeleton. They begin investigating at a local bar where they encounter someone who has been looking for it for their whole life.
This episode includes a new transformation sequence, in which Jonathan turns into a snake. Jonathan, Brooke and Ty must stop a criminal who extorts money from businesses in China Town while posing as a superstitious icon known as The Dragon. While on a well-deserved vacation, Jonathan, Ty and Brooke get involved to thwart an attempt by a syndicate boss to illegally take over the town of Birch Hollow in order legalize gambling and build a large casino.
Special features includes a near minute interview with series creator Glen A. Larson, production notes, biographies, galleries, Automan TV series trailer and episode guide booklet. On November 10, , Shout! Factory released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time. In , a Manimal Annual was released in the UK - a book containing stories, comics and games based on the show.
Manimal was scheduled opposite CBS 's popular soap opera Dallas. The minute pilot aired on September 30, and the one-hour series began airing two weeks later. Manimal was placed on hiatus after only four regular episodes had aired, and production on the show ceased at that time. The show returned to the NBC schedule a month later, burning off the three remaining produced episodes before the show was officially canceled because of low ratings.
Manimal is not well regarded by many TV reviewers. In , readers of the British trade weekly Broadcast voted Manimal as one of the worst television shows ever exported by the U. Manimal was the subject of much sarcastic ribbing on fellow NBC show Late Night with David Letterman , including a nearly nine-minute segment called Manimal: Show At The Crossroads that aired November 8, , after it was announced Manimal would be put on hiatus. After a detailed recounting of the show's plots, and a call to NBC headquarters to determine if the show would be brought back, a psychic was brought in to predict Manimal' s future: the verdict was "nope, not on another network, not in syndication, not on home cassettes The series creator and producer, Glen A.
Larson , was once again attached as a producer. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American television series - For the band, see Manimal band. Glen A. Larson Donald R. Schuiten Douglas Schwartz. Martinson Russ Mayberry. Paul Chihara pilot Alan Silvestri all other episodes. Larson Productions 20th Century Fox Television. Back Stage Books. ISBN New York: Harmony Books, ISBN p. Retrieved 10 October The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy.
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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. September 30 — December 17, The Yellow Rose. Donald R. September 30, October 14, October 21, October 28, Guest star: Michael McGuire as Stanford Langly This episode has an almost identical storyline to a episode of The Wizard titled "Endangered Species", as well as a episode of the same name in Thunder in Paradise.
All three episodes were written by Michael Berk and Douglas Schwartz. November 4, Guest star: David Sheiner as Sheldon Greentree. December 3, Leslie H.
December 10, Automan was another TV series created by Glen A. Both Manimal and Automan were being filmed around the same time. December 17, November 9, Night Man allies with Dr.
Jonathan Chase, a man who knows how to transform into different animals.