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Ridiculous Moments in Television

Manimal!

From Wikipedia:

By modern standards the show’s special effects, though plentiful, are relatively low-quality (not surprising given the time period and other constraints). While Jonathan was meant to have the ability to change himself into any animal, in practice most of his onscreen transformations were into either a hawk or a black panther, with the exact same backdrops each time, presumably to save on the budget. The general format of the show saw Jonathan change into a hawk and a panther in each episode, and in some episodes also one other animal such as a horse, a dolphin or a bull. But the transformation into the third animal usually took place offscreen thus not requiring an additional special effects scene (though in one episode he was shown becoming a snake).

And it gets worse.

NOTE: In this episode, Walter Nebicher from Automan can be seen walking outside a Chinese restaurant. Both Manimal and Automan were filmed back-to-back with the same scene, at a different angle, appearing in an episode of Automan.

I’ll have to deal with Automan in a different “Ridiculous Moments in Television” post.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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