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WAHEY-EFFECTS STYLE kiddery from Glen A Larson with limp computer-operating cop Walter (DESI ARNEZ JNR) creating super electronic crimefighter bloke by a patchily-explained process, along with comedy sidekick “Cursor”, who turns into a neon car, neon helicopter and neon tennis ball thing. Automan himself (CHUCK WAGNER!) was spangly leotearded but with normal head. Disappeared at night when people of the city turned on lights, electric toothbrushes etc., thereby draining his power (rather large drawback for a super-hero). Pretty much arse, really.



  1. Matty

    July 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I seem to remember that a regular occurrence in this series was Automan putting on a suit to make himself look “normal” but nonetheless always leaving a glowing blue line around his neck. It’s been over 25 years so my memory’s a bit fuzzy on that, mind.

    Also recall a few rubbish namedroppings of videogames like ‘Pac-Man’ (“he’s a good friend of mine”) and one episode where the Walter character was looking for Automan and eventually found him inside the screen of a coin-op arcade game leading to “I’m just chatting with my old friend Dig Dug” or some other such nonsense.

    It was great when you were about seven but then everything was, doubtless unwatchable now.

  2. paulus (Bangkok)

    July 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    i think it was only a couple of episodes that automan wore a suit. i remember a bad disco suit in a “casino” episode. Great at the time… shite now

  3. David Pascoe

    July 26, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Well the theme tune remains a keeper. Plus the opening credits have Automan in a suit.

  4. Palimpsest

    August 5, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Wasn’t Automan created by scanning in pages from the men’s clothing section of the John Noble catalogue.

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