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Manimal was a short lived television series shown on NBC. It was about a shape-shifting man who could turn himself into any animal.
Simon MacCorklndale plays Jonathan Chase, a professor of criminology and a specialist in animal behavior. He's also an adviser to the New York Police Department, although they don't know about the animal part.
They also don't know about this other special power he has, the ability to immobilize his prey with his eyes. Chase is assisted in his endeavors by a chauffeur, played in the pilot by Glynn Turman but replaced in future episodes by Michael D. Roberts. Over the course of the pilot episode, Chase also picks up a partner in Melody Anderson, playing a policewoman.

William Conrad summed up the story in the opening narration:

Opening narration

“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.”

Episode Info

Final: 1x08 -- Night of the Beast (Dec/17/1983)

Jonathan, Ty and Brooke go on a vacation to Birch Hollow but their car breaks down during the journey. They manage to get a lift from a couple who live nearby.

Maggie one of them, asks Jonathan where he had taken Jack. Jonathan realises that she has mistaken him to be part of a gang of robbers who had broken Into her

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 by chance in the crooks' nest, will try to nail the gangsters down. Chase, played by Simon MacCorkindale — love that name, turns himself into a big bear to scare some baddie trying to turn a hotel into a gambling resort.
Simon MacCorkindaleSimon MacCorkindale
As Jonathan Chase
Melody AndersonMelody Anderson
As Brooke Mackenzie
Glynn TurmanGlynn Turman
As Tyrone C. Earl (pilot)
Michael D. RobertsMichael D. Roberts
As Tyrone C. Earl
Reni SantoniReni Santoni
As Lt. Nick Rivera

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Creator: Glen A. Larson, Donald R. Boyle
Executive Producer: Glen A. Larson
Co-Executive Producer: Paul Mason (1)
Supervising Producer: Donald R. Boyle
Producer: Douglas Schwartz, Michael Berk, Paul Radin
Associate Producer: Randall Torno, Keith Pierce
Editor: Neil MacDonald

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Recurring Guests

Floyd Levine as Murdock (3 eps)
Lew Horn as Harold Trout (2 eps)
Wolf Roth as Slate (2 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Fridays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 30, 1983
Ended: December 17, 1983
• Ein Fall für Professor Chase (German title), (Used In Germany)
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