Starring the Computer is a website dedicated to the use of computers in film and television. Each appearance is catalogued and rated on its importance (ie. how important it is to the plot), realism (how close its appearance and capabilities are to the real thing) and visibility (how good a look does one get of it). Fictional computers don't count (unless they are built out of bits of real computer), so no HAL9000 - sorry.

Please let me know if you spot any mistakes, or have any tips about films not mentioned here that feature computers.

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2021-12-05 11:21 An Acorn Cornucopia
Here's another little batch of Acorn machines. There's a BBC Micro in the "Dempsey and Makepeace" episode Silver Dollar and Out of This World, Episode 5 (which also has a glimpse of the Amstrad PC 1512). There's an Acorn Archimedes in the "Minder" episode How to Succeed in Business Without Really Retiring and finally the Gameboys episode of "A Mind to Kill" sees the Acorn A5000 making its Starring-the-Computer debut.
2021-11-28 11:08 GE of Terror
Panels from the GE 635 appear in Forbidden World and Galaxy of Terror.
2021-11-21 15:46 A Pair of Pets
The Commodore PET 2001 make two TV appearances: in the "Knight Rider" episode Junk Yard Dog and "The Fast Show" episode Oh.
2021-11-14 15:41 The Billion SGI code
Maybe not a billion machines, but The Billion Dollar Code is a festival of SGI appearances including the Indigo2, Indy, O2, Onyx and Origin 2000. It also as space for a couple of Apple machines: the Macbook Pro and Powerbook G3. And finally, I missed a couple of SGI machines in Breach: the Challenge and Origin 2000.
2021-11-07 17:06 A Trio of Newcomers
All of these machines are making their first Starring-the-Computer appearance. The CTC Datapoint 2200 plays in important role in Things To Come, the Wang 600 appears in Used Cars and there is a DEC PDP-8/A in the "Elementary" episode Give Me the Finger (along with an Apple Macintosh SE and a couple of Tandy TRS-80 Model 4s).
2021-10-30 17:58 Spooky sightings
Here's a spooky collection for Halloween. Vampire's Kiss gives us our first Minolta PCW-1. I missed a IBM Displaywriter in From Beyond, and there's a Coleco Adam keyboard in Nightmare Weekend. Wes Craven's New Nightmare has a IBM PS/2 Model 30/55 and then there are a couple of Apples: the Macbook Pro in Vampire Acadamy and the Macintosh II/IIx in Grave Secrets.
2021-10-10 13:10 Pi in the Sky
Here are a number of TV appearances for the Raspberry Pi: the "Shakespeare & Hathaway" episode Beware the Ides of March, the "CSI: Cyber" episode CMND:Crash, the "Lost in Space" episode Danger, Will Robinson, the "Person of Interest" episode Liberty and the "Sense8" episode Just Turn the Wheel and the Future Changes.
2021-09-26 23:22 A Collection of Laptops
The Compaq Contura 4/25cx appears in Erin Brockovich and The American President, along with an Apple Powerbook 540c. There are more Apples with the Powerbook G4 in Role Models, the Macbook Air in Solitary Man and the Macbook in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, along with a Panasonic Toughbook. The "30 Rock" episode Into the Crevasse has some shots of a Lenovo ThinkPad W500 and the second episode of Bugs has a Zenith Supersport.
2021-09-12 16:03 An Aussie collection
Here is a collection on appearances from Australian television. The Stake-out episode of "The Girl from Tomorrow" has an Amstrad PPC 640. Infinity Limited has an Atari 400 in Compute the Loops and an Atari 800 in most episodes. There is an Apple Powerbook G4 in Episode 5 and a Macintosh Classic in Episode 8 of the first season of "Snobs". "Parallax" has an Apple eMac in The Artful Dodger. Making its Starring-the-Computer debut, the Toshiba T4900CT appears in several episodes of the first season of Water Rats, and an Apple Powerbook 540c appears in episode 7.
2021-09-05 16:55 80s Means Business
Here is a collection of appearances of 1980s business-oriented computers. We start with machine making its Starring-the-Computer debut - the IBM System/23 Datamaster appears in an episode of Blindspot. Then there is a collection of DEC Rainbow 100s in the "Pose" episode Giving and Receiving, a pair of Olivetti M20s appear in the "Tales from the Crypt" episode My Brother's Keeper and an Apple III appears in many episodes of Matt Houston.