Here's the explanation/ origin story for TV's Automan.
When you think about all the work WB put into making Green Lantern's costume work in the movie, it all seems sort of silly. This looks just as good, really.
Here's the intro to a weekly episode.
I was never that into The Powers of Matthew Star, but it makes a strong argument for scale models versus CGI with that opening bit. Curiously, the show starred Louis Gossett Jr.
even more curiously, it's basically the same plot as the JJ Abrams script for a Superman movie.
However, I was into this show: The Phoenix, but I think it ran, like, two episodes. And it seems like Geoff Johns' Hawkman run may have lifted a bit from this show...
Streethawk was basically a guy with a really nice motorcycle and heavy synth backing music. The motorcycle wasn't equipped with a robot voice or anything. It was hard to see the point.
I know we have at least two Mistfits of Science fans in the audience.
And you don't do a rundown of intros to short-lived, hour-long 80's sci-fi dramas without showing Manimal.
And here's an extra bonus! MIGHTY ORBOTS!
You know, I'm suddenly very unimpressed that their decision was "The two girls? Just color them different. Girls are all the same, into hair and make-up or whatever. Guys are tough, wimpy or fat. So we'll do that for our guy robots."
Unlike, say, Lost, I like that its episodic. This was an era when they knew sometimes you just had something else to do, and you might miss an episode or two. Or, you might not catch the previous 14 episodes, so when you stumbled into the show, the opening told you everything you needed to know. Possibly in song.
But a lot of my aversion to recommended shows is that I know I have to watch every single episode, and once a show is, basically, more than four episodes in, you can count me out. I don't give up 15-22 hours to catch up with a show so I can watch the second season where it finally gets good.
Maybe this is why I find myself watching Monk. Now there's a show that I couldn't even tell you anybody's name but "Monk" and, maybe "Chief", but I always know what's going on.