Automan (1983 – 1984)

Automan starred Desi Arnaz Jr. as police officer/computer programmer Walter Nebicher who created an artificially intelligent crime fighting program. The program generated a hologram (Chuck Wagner) that was capable of leaving the computer to fight crime. The hologram posed as a government agent, Otto J. Mann. Otto’s true identity was kept a secret from everyone else except Walter’s associate, Roxanne (Heather McNair). The cast also included Robert Lansing and Gerald S. O’Loughlin.

Automan debuted on ABC December 15, 1983 and ran for 12 episodes, concluding April 2, 1984. There was a 13th episode that never aired, entitled “Club Ten.” Years later, the episode was aired on the Sci-Fi channel and in the UK on BBC1 and Bravo. Automan has been internationally broadcast since its demise in 28 countries.