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[[caption-width-right:300:Walter and Automan.]]

'''Automan''' was a short-lived cop show that aired on ABC in TheEighties. Desi Arnaz Jr. played Walter Nebicher, a police scientist/HollywoodNerd who's stuck in the computer room when he'd rather be out on the street. In response, he creates Automan (short for "Automatic Man", played by Chuck Wagner), an artificially intelligent [[ProjectedMan holographic partner]]. Automan had the ability to do any action hes seen on video, and interface with any computer system. He was also was aided by Cursor, a [[RobotBuddy blinking ball of light]] who could become virtually any object Automan needed, such as various vehicles or civilian clothing.

Naturally, TheyFightCrime in a "''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' [[JustForFun/XMeetsY Meets]] ''Film/{{Tron}}''" pastiche. Twelve episodes of the series aired in 1983-84.

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!!''Automan'' demonstrated the following tropes:

* CharacterAsHimself: Cursor even gets the "AndStarring" billing.
* CoolCar: Which also happens to be a FlyingCar.
* DaChief: Capt. Boyd (Gerald O'Loughlin), an old-school captain who doesn't care for Walter's new-fangled computers.
* EnergyShield: Automan can be one, by "merging" yourself with him. Since he's made of light, you can just walk through him and stand where he stands (but since it's HardLight, it will subsequently stop bullets, etc.).
* ExtremeOmnisexual: For a glowing ball of energy, Cursor was very "interested" in any attractive females nearby.
* FakeBand: Sweet Kicks, an all-girl band who are targeted for death in the episode "Murder Creator/{{MTV}}".
* FollowTheLeader: Inspired by ''Film/{{Tron}}'', but also borrows heavily from ''Series/KnightRider'' (also from Glen A. Larson).
* FutureSpandex: It's easy to see that Automan is something different because he's dressed up in sparkly Future Spandex.
* HardLight: Automan, Cursor and all Automan's vehicles are made out of it.
* InertiaIsACruelMistress: Automan's CoolCar can ''hard turn at 90 degrees'', which is no problem for Automan, [[FunnyMoments but any human passengers...]]
* InternalAffairs: They investigate the death of Walter's partner in "Flashes and Ashes".
* MagicalComputer: This show didn't even ''pretend'' to be realistic about how computers work.
* NotWearingTights: Unless you count that Tron-like [[FutureSpandex glowy suit]].
* OpeningNarration: It takes up ''two whole minutes'' and features a long, slow InfoDump about Automan's abilities. This means that ''three minutes of show'' is taken up by a plodding opening.
* PowerCopying: Automan could copy any skill he sees performed at least once.
* ProjectedMan: As a result of [[TimTaylorTechnology adding more power]].
* RunningGag: Walter's last name is regularly mispronounced as "nebbish."
* SueDonym: Automan's usual alias outside the computer is Otto J. Mann.
* {{Short Runners}}: Only lasted 12 eps,with a 13th episode unaired (though all 13 aired in the UK and Mexico).
* ShoutOut: Many, as one of Automan's abilities was to duplicate skills he saw performed in movies or television. One notable incident involved duplicating the skills in ''Film/TheHustler'' -- right down to the missed final shot.
* TheyFightCrime
* TronLines: On every vehicle Cursor creates. Also Automan's holographic body; even when in plainclothes disguise, his glowing collar is always visible.
-->'''Woman:''' [[LampshadeHanging Does that collar require recharging?]]\\
'''Automan:''' No, but [[DoubleEntendre I do]].
* TheUnintelligible: Cursor only speaks in various beeps.
** TranslatorBuddy: Fortunately, Automan is there to translate for him.
* WeakenedByTheLight: Automan and Cursor's power needs meant that they could only be projected into the physical world during off-peak hours, i.e. nighttime. This also negated the need to have neon-themed objects in broad daylight.
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