A police scientist/HollywoodNerd (Desi Arnaz Jr) creates an artificially intelligent, [[ProjectedMan holographic partner]], dubbed the "Automan" (short for "Automatic Man"), to help [[TheyFightCrime fight crime]]. Think "''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' [[JustForFun/XMeetsY Meets]] ''Film/{{Tron}}''". Twelve episodes of the series aired in 1983-84.

The Automan had a RobotBuddy (actually, a Pixel Buddy) by the name of Cursor, who could become virtually any object Automan needed. This ability manifested itself most often when Cursor would "draw" Automan's car/copter/plane or provide Automan with normal clothing.


* CharacterAsHimself: Cursor even gets the "AndStarring" billing.
* CoolCar: Which also happens to be a FlyingCar.
* 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.).
* 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.
* 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]].
* 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]].
* 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.