Automan was a
short-lived (1983-1984) sci-fi ABC series about a police
department computer nerd who creates a computerized
detective named Automan. The show was influenced
by the movie Tron, which was released the previous year.
The series starred Desi Arnaz, Jr. as Walter Nebicher
and Chuck Wagner as Otto J. Mann (Automan).
The show followed the
adventures of police officer and computer programmer
Walter Nebicher (Arnaz), who created an artificially
intelligent computer program that featured a holographic
character called the Automan (Wagner). Walter had
the ability to mentally merge with Automan and control
his actions, while at the same time making use of his
invulnerability. And don't forget about the
little polyhedron droid called "cursor," that would artificially
create, on command, any and all tools necessary for Automan to save the day
(including the Auto Car).