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Manimal was one of several So Bad It's Good series on NBC that seemed to rule the television schedule back in The Eighties. Each of them had an aggressively silly science fiction / fantasy premise as the setup for its story arc. In this case, there's this man named Dr. Jonathan Chase (Simon MacCorkindale) who is implicitly (according to the opening credits; it doesn't look like they ever elaborated on this) the latest in a long line of people able to turn into animals. He teams up with two average detectives as They Fight Crime.

Today, the series is mostly remembered for being the most notorious of NBC's infamous "No-Hitter" year of 1983 (not a one of the shows that premiered on the Peacock Network that year lasted a full season), for frequently appearing in the form of all-day marathons on the Sci Fi Channel some years ago, and for -of course- that hilarious title. On the other hand, it was also an early job for special makeup effects guru Rick Baker.

The series had examples of the following tropes:

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