Manimal: Will There Ever Be a Show This Awesome Again?

A British dude who fights crime by shapeshifting into different animals? How was 1983's Manimal not as popular as Dallas? Oh, yeah, because it kinda sucked.


Still, since when does quality bear any impact on what stays on television? Let's not forget: According to Jim was on ABC for, like, 32 years. Can you imagine a world in which the continuing adventures of Dr. Jonathan Chase (Simon MacCorkindale), who learned the secret of transbeastification in deepest Africa, and his crimebusting team — made up of a blonde (Flash Gordon's Melody Anderson) and a black guy (Michael D. Roberts) — would get canceled after just one season?

Well, this is that world.


Josh Wimmer

(1) Jesus, that transformation sequence took FOREVER.

(2) I like how his hand/paw started to glow for a little while there.

(3) The expression on the wild cats' faces is exactly how my cat looks at me, all the time, even when I'm not transforming into anything.