Actor Simon MacCorkindale, who starred in the 1983 TV series “Manimal,” died on Thursday. That sad news got us thinking about the show -- for the first time in a long time. Raise your hand – er, paw? – if you remember this short-lived NBC gem.
MacCorkindale’s Dr. Jonathan Chase fought crime by turning into an animal – what’s not to like? Heck, it was like he was Jayna from the SuperFriends, without the lame brother who turned into a bucket of water. Really, the entire premise was spelled out in the name of the show. You could pretty much figure out that every week he’d turn into a panther, a hawk or a donkey, just from the title. (The show has extra nerd cache because it also starred Melody Anderson, who was Dale Arden in the so-terrible-it-was-awesome 1980 version of “Flash Gordon.”)
Here’s a look at the opening credits. Growl!