Manimal (1983)
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Jonathan is helping the police apprehend the man behind a smuggling ring. But they discover that the man is a diplomat with diplomatic immunity. Jonathan follow him and sees him talking to ... See full summary »


Daniel Haller


Glen A. Larson (created by), Donald R. Boyle (created by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Simon MacCorkindale ... Jonathan Chase
Melody Anderson ... Brooke McKenzie
Michael D. Roberts ... Tyrone C. Earl
Reni Santoni ... Lt. Rivera
Christopher Stone ... Ross
Jonathan Goldsmith ... Felix Manning
Peter Fox ... Harris
David Hess ... William
Richard Lynch ... Zoltan Gregory
Christie Claridge Christie Claridge ... Jessica Devere
Patrick Gorman ... Billy's Father
Alan Koss Alan Koss ... The Man
Maureen O'Connor Maureen O'Connor ... Secretary
Robert Jayne ... Billy (as Bobby Jacoby)
Talbot Perry Simons ... Cab Driver (as Talbot Simons)


Jonathan is helping the police apprehend the man behind a smuggling ring. But they discover that the man is a diplomat with diplomatic immunity. Jonathan follow him and sees him talking to a magician. Later the magician appears to have been killed by the leopard he uses is in his act. His partner says that his partner always went near the leopard and nothing happened. Rivera says that the leopard by law has to be put down. Jonathan doesn't think the leopard killed the magician. They try to find out what the connection between the diplomat and the magician is. Written by

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Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi







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14 October 1983 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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One of the bad guys is played by the actor who will later become none other than "The Most Interesting Man in the World" from Dos Equis commercials fame, Jonathan Goldsmith. See more »

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Bulgarian Wild Cat Mystery
7 December 2011 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Evil Bulgarian diplomat Zoltan Gregory (Richard Lynch) is an enemy of the state who sidelines as a dealer in sinful smuggled goods i.e. fur coats made from endangered species attempts to force magicians Harris & Ross who employ fierce cats in their act to work for him.

One of the magicians looking to back out of the scheme is killed by his pet tiger but police consultant Professor Jonathan Chase (Simon MacCorkindale) suspects murder. He and his police liaison Detective Brooke Mckenzie (Melody Anderson) investigate the demented Bulgarian knowing that he likes to hide behind his diplomatic immunity status.

Chase can use his power to turn himself into various forms of wildlife to help fight crime. In this episode he becomes a hawk a couple of times and then a black panther near the end. Ultimately in a number of different instances it is apparent that Chase would be much more effective if he stayed human and just learned to use a gun.

But the premise is what it is in spite of the fact that various episodes appear to have been clumsily adapted teleplays from the scrap-pile of hit detective shows that don't really fit the situation and character here. In the case of this episode the script should have been left to line the bottom of a cat box.

The guest stars which include the great Richard Lynch and Christopher Stone go largely wasted in one-dimensional roles.

You'll notice Glynn Turman from the pilot episode was replaced by Michael D.Roberts as Tyrone Earl - Chase's buddy from Vietnam who helps him on cases. Not sure why Turman didn't go on to reprise his role after the pilot episode.

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