[[caption-width-right:200:[-Dr. Chase and Police Detective Brooke Mackenzie.-] ]]

'''''Manimal''''' is one of several SoBadItsGood series on Creator/{{NBC}} that seemed to rule the television schedule back in TheEighties. Each of them had an aggressively silly science fiction / fantasy premise as the setup for its story arc. In this case, there's this man named Dr. Jonathan Chase (Simon [=MacCorkindale=]) who is implicitly (according to the opening credits; it doesn't look like they ever elaborated on this) the latest in a long line of [[VoluntaryShapeshifting people able to turn into animals]]. He teams up with two average detectives as TheyFightCrime.

Today, the series is mostly remembered for being the most notorious of NBC's infamous "No-Hitter" year of 1983 (none of the shows that premiered on the Peacock Network that year lasted a full season), for frequently appearing in the form of all-day marathons on the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] some years ago, and for -- of course -- that [[NarmCharm hilarious title]]. On the other hand, it was also an early job for special make-up effects guru Creator/RickBaker and the transformation sequences were done by Creator/StanWinston.

[[http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=94875 In 2012, it was announced that Sony Animation plans to make a live action/CGI film of the series.]]
!!''Manimal'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: A rare live-action example of the ''All Animal Abilities'' type.
* {{Animorphism}}: Into whatever the trainers happened to have handy that could also be fit into the plot.
* {{Crossover}}: A strange one-scene one with fellow Larson-made '80s series ''Series/{{Automan}}'', as well as a full-episode one over a decade later with ''Series/NightMan''.
* EightiesHair
* FauxActionGirl: Brooke. She's supposed to be a cop, but acts like a SatelliteLoveInterest most of the time.
* FullyAbsorbedFinale: Dr. Chase would appear again in a {{crossover}} episode of ''Series/NightMan'', almost 15 years after his show's cancellation. In the years since the end of the series, Chase married his old partner Brooke, who later died after giving birth to Chase's daughter.
* HotTeacher: Jonathan himself.
* MagicPants: Used to an enormous degree -- Dr. Chase's transformation sequences clearly show him ripping out of his clothes, only for him to be wearing a fully-intact suit the instant he turns back.
* MysteriousAnimalSenses
* NotWearingTights
* {{Portmantitle}}: Man + Animal
* PowerTrio: Dr. Chase, Brooke Mackenzie and Ty.
* ShortRunner: Lasted only seven episodes.
* TransformationSequence: There were only two of these (hawk and black panther) shown with any regularity and a third (snake) that was used only once.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl
-->''Rawr!'' Manimal!