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Genre Science fiction
Created by Sam Raimi
Sam Hamm
Developed by Bryce Zabel
Directed by David Nutter
Starring Carl Lumbly
Roger Rees
Christopher Gartin
Galyn Görg
Composer(s) Randy Miller
Christopher Franke
Edgar Rothermich
Joseph Conlan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Executive producer(s) Sam Hamm
Sam Raimi
Robert G. Tapert
Coleman Luck
Producer(s) David Roesell
Paris Qualles
Cinematography Rodney Charters
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s) Wilbur Force Productions
Renaissance Pictures
Universal Television
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network Fox
Original release August 26, 1994 (1994-08-26) – March 3, 1995 (1995-03-03)

M.A.N.T.I.S. is an American science fiction television series that aired for one season on the Fox Network between August 26, 1994 and March 3, 1995.

The original two-hour pilot was produced by Sam Raimi and developed by Sam Hamm.


The wealthy, mild-mannered doctor Hawkins is shot in the spine during a riot, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

After losing a lawsuit against a police officer he holds responsible, he uses his company's resources to invent a powered exoskeleton that not only enables him to walk but gives him superhuman abilities.

Using a vast array of technology, including a large underwater lab and a hovercraft called the Crysalid to fly around the city, he assumes the persona of the vigilante "M.A.N.T.I.S." (Mechanically Augmented Neuro Transmitter Interception System).

There were a number of differences between the pilot and the series. For example, in the pilot, Hawkins wore a suit over the exo-skeleton, it lacked a skullcap, and the headpiece was larger. The setting was changed from Oceania City to Port Columbia, and all of the characters, with Hawkins being an exception, were changed.

The pilot featured Gina Torres as pathologist Dr. Amy Ellis, Bobby Hosea as reporter Yuri Barnes, and Wendy Raquel Robinson and Christopher M. Brown as a pair of African students studying under Hawkins.

In the series, the supporting cast was changed to John Stonebrake, Taylor Savage and Lt. Maxwell, with the plot being completely rebooted.[1]

The bulk of the series' run depicted the M.A.N.T.I.S. operating in a vigilante role, frequently pursued by police, and battling industrialist Solomon Box (Brion James / Andrew J. Robinson).[2]

Poor ratings led to an extensive retooling of the concept. Midway through the show's run, minor characters were jettisoned, and more fantasy adventure elements were incorporated into the premise, including parallel universes, time travel, super-villains, and monsters. In one particular episode, the M.A.N.T.I.S. is accidentally thrown 32 years into the future, where he finds that his own technology has been exploited to create a supercomputer that is being used to enslave the Port Columbia population. He destroys it and sets the human population free before returning to his own time.

In the series' final installment, Miles Hawkins and Lt. Maxwell are killed disposing of an invisible prehistoric dinosaur. John Stonebrake seals off the records and technology that had created the M.A.N.T.I.S., thus averting an apocalyptic future. While the title character's death was given a sense of finality, the story was left open in one respect: when Miles Hawkins returned to 1994 from the year 2026 (a 32-year difference), he did so precisely 32 seconds after his vehicle sent him forward in time, thus altering the computer-controlled future that his disappearance had led to. As such, Miles Hawkins, while dying in the reality that he returned to, was also sent forward in time to an unknown future.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
1 "First Steps" David Nutter Bryce Zabel August 26, 1994 (1994-08-26) 69601
In the series opener, Miles puts his exoskeleton to use to foil the plans of Solomon Box.
2 "Tango Blue" Joe Napolitano Paris Qualles September 2, 1994 (1994-09-02) 69602
3 "Days of Rage" Les Landau Story by : Bryce Zabel & John M. Collins
Teleplay by : Bryce Zabel & Brad Markowitz
September 9, 1994 (1994-09-09) 69603
4 "Cease Fire" Rob Bowman Mark Lisson September 16, 1994 (1994-09-16) 69604
A group of teenagers addicted to an intelligence enhancing drug kidnap the head of the company....and Taylor, whose friend is part of the group, end up hooked while looking into it.
5 "Soldier of Misfortune" Kim Manners Story by : Jackie Zabel
Teleplay by : James Kramer
September 23, 1994 (1994-09-23) 69606
6 "Gloves Off" Michael Caffey Story by : Coleman Luck & Brad Markowitz
Teleplay by : Bryce Zabel & Mark Lisson
September 30, 1994 (1994-09-30) 69608
7 "The Black Dragon" Mario Azzopardi Story by : Nick Corea & David Ransil
Teleplay by : David Ransil
October 7, 1994 (1994-10-07) 69607
8 "To Prey in Darkness" Cliff Bole Story by : Brad Markowitz & Marc Scott Zicree
Teleplay by : Marc Scott Zicree
October 14, 1994 (1994-10-14) 69605
9 "Fire in the Heart" Rob Bowman Paris Qualles October 21, 1994 (1994-10-21) 69609
A slumlord uses a teenager with pyrokinetic abilities to commit arson acts.
10 "Thou Shalt Not Kill" Michael Caffey Bryce Zabel & Brad Markowitz November 4, 1994 (1994-11-04) 69610
11 "Revelation" David Grossman Bryce Zabel & Brad Markowitz November 11, 1994 (1994-11-11) 69611
12 "Through the Dark Circle" Kim Manners Coleman Luck & Carel Gage Luck November 18, 1994 (1994-11-18) 69612
13 "The Eyes Beyond" Richard Compton Coleman Luck & Carel Gage Luck December 9, 1994 (1994-12-09) 69616
M.A.N.T.I.S. is accidentally hurled into a future where Port Columbia is ruled by an evil super computer.
14 "Faces in the Mask" Neill Fearnley Story by : Scott Curtis & Coleman Luck
Teleplay by : Coleman Luck
December 16, 1994 (1994-12-16) 69614
A masked madman seeks revenge on his former business partners.
15 "The Sea Wasp" John Nicolella Paris Qualles January 6, 1995 (1995-01-06) 69618
Miles becomes the target of a scientist who has genetically altered herself to create a new amphibious race.
16 "Progenitor" Mario Azzopardi Bryce Zabel January 20, 1995 (1995-01-20) 69619
The clone of an old associate of Miles (Vincent Schiavelli) kidnaps Miles and replaces him with a clone in order to start up a long dead project.
17 "Switches" Neill Fearnley Coleman Luck & Carel Gage Luck January 27, 1995 (1995-01-27) 69621
The mind of a mad scientist exacts revenge on those responsible for his death via electricity.
18 "The Delusionist" Tucker Gates Coleman Luck III February 10, 1995 (1995-02-10) 69617
A deranged magician uses a hypotic device to brainwash the teenagers of Port Columbia, among them Taylor and Leora's sister.
19 "Fast Forward" Cliff Bole David Kemper February 17, 1995 (1995-02-17) 69620
A criminal with super speed (Curtis Armstrong) plagues Port Columbia. How can M.A.N.T.I.S. stop a villain who moves faster than the human eye?
20 "Spider in the Tower" Kim Manners Coleman Luck & Coleman Luck III March 3, 1995 (1995-03-03) 69623
21 "Ancestral Evil" Cliff Bole Paris Qualles & Brad Markowitz September 7, 1997 (1997-09-07) 69624
22 "Ghost of the Ice" Kim Manners David Kemper September 14, 1997 (1997-09-14) 69625


The series was produced in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Many Vancouver landmarks, such as the dome of Science World, appear. It took three years to film due to Carl Lumbly being busy filming NightJohn.

DVD release[edit]

The series was released on Amazon's Digital Download service Unbox on April 2, 2008. A DVD release of the series was released on January 27, 2009.[3]


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