M.A.N.T.I.S.

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  • TV-G
  • 1994
  • 1 Season
  • 6.1  (806)

M.A.N.T.I.S. is a science fiction television series that aired on NBC from 1994 to 1995. The series follows the story of Dr. Miles Hawkins, portrayed by Carl Lumbly, a brilliant scientist who becomes a superhero after an accident in his lab leaves him paralyzed. With the help of his former lab assistant, John Stonebrake, played by Roger Rees, and a young computer genius, Taylor Savage, portrayed by Chris Gartin, Dr. Hawkins creates a high-tech exoskeleton and becomes the M.A.N.T.I.S. - the Metahuman Apparatus for Neuro-Transmitter Interception and Sensory System.

The show is set in a near-future version of Port Columbia, a fictional city in California, and focuses on how Dr. Hawkins uses his powers to fight crime and injustice in his community. The character of Dr. Hawkins is an African-American, which is unusual for a lead character in a science fiction show at that time. M.A.N.T.I.S. was groundbreaking in featuring an African-American superhero in a prime-time TV series, and it paved the way for other shows with diverse casts and characters.

The show deals with various social issues, such as poverty, racism, and environmentalism, and each episode sees Dr. Hawkins taking on a new villain while also trying to make a difference in the world. Some of the villains he faces include corrupt businessmen, drug dealers, and even a rogue artificial intelligence. M.A.N.T.I.S. also explores the personal struggles of Dr. Hawkins, who must balance his superhero persona with his scientific work and his personal life.

Another unique aspect of M.A.N.T.I.S. is its use of technology. The series features advanced gadgets and futuristic designs, such as the M.A.N.T.I.S. exoskeleton, which allows Dr. Hawkins to walk and gives him superhuman strength and agility. The show also introduces other high-tech gadgets, such as flying cars, robotic surveillance devices, and holographic displays. The show presents a hopeful vision of the future, where technology is used for the betterment of humanity.

The acting in M.A.N.T.I.S. is solid, with Carl Lumbly giving a nuanced performance as the intelligent and driven Dr. Miles Hawkins. Roger Rees provides excellent support as the loyal and dependable John Stonebrake, while Chris Gartin brings a youthful energy to the role of Taylor Savage. The chemistry between the three leads is one of the show's strengths, with each character bringing their unique perspective and skills to the table.

The show received positive reviews for its groundbreaking representation and its use of technology in storytelling. However, M.A.N.T.I.S. struggled with low ratings and was canceled after one season, leaving several storylines unfinished. Despite its short run, the show has earned a cult following and has been praised for its representation and its progressive themes.

Overall, M.A.N.T.I.S. is a science fiction show that combines action, drama, and social commentary in a unique and thought-provoking way. The show's diverse cast and its use of technology make it stand out, and its groundbreaking representation has had a lasting impact on television. Despite its short run, M.A.N.T.I.S. is a show that is worth watching for its compelling characters, its interesting storylines, and its hopeful vision of the future.

M.A.N.T.I.S. is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (24 episodes). The series first aired on January 24, 1994.

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Ghost of the Ice
24. Ghost of the Ice
September 15, 1997
MANTIS and his friends encounter a ravenous Tyrannosaurus.
First Steps
23. First Steps
August 26, 1994
MANTIS must stop an evil crime lord who has stolen a deadly virus.
Ghost of the Ice
22. Ghost of the Ice
September 14, 1997
MANTIS and his friends encounter a ravenous Tyrannosaurus.
Ancestral Evil
21. Ancestral Evil
September 7, 1997
Stonebrake needs help from the MANTIS when he brings to life an ancestor who goes on a killing spree.
Spider in the Tower
20. Spider in the Tower
March 3, 1995
MANTIS strikes back when Ruell the Spider is positioned to attack Port Columbia.
Fast Forward
19. Fast Forward
February 17, 1995
MANTIS faces a criminal who has the ability to move so fast he is invisible.
The Delusionist
18. The Delusionist
February 10, 1995
MANTIS must stop a traveling magician that uses a mind control machine.
Switches
17. Switches
January 27, 1995
MANTIS must stop a mysterious presence that is living in the electronic wiring of Port Columbia.
Progenitor
16. Progenitor
January 20, 1995
A crazy scientist kidnaps Miles and replaces him with a clone.
The Sea Wasp
15. The Sea Wasp
January 6, 1995
Hawkins needs the MANTIS to save him after he falls under the spell of the notorious Dr. Marisa Savoy.
Faces in the Mask
14. Faces in the Mask
December 16, 1994
MANTIS tries to track down a killer after many founding members of the Micropower Corporation die.
The Eyes Beyond
13. The Eyes Beyond
December 9, 1994
MANTIS is mysteriously thrown into the future and finds Port Columbia governed by a computer.
Through the Dark Circle
12. Through the Dark Circle
November 18, 1994
MANTIS must rescue Port Columbia when "The Men in Black'' plan to take over the city.
Revelation (2)
11. Revelation (2)
November 11, 1994
The police force continues its attempt to hunt down the MANTIS.
Thou Shalt Not Kill (1)
10. Thou Shalt Not Kill (1)
November 4, 1994
Hawkins tries to control his rage against those who permanently disabled him.
Fire in the Heart
9. Fire in the Heart
October 21, 1994
MANTIS searches for an arsonist after several local businesses mysteriously burn.
To Prey in Darkness
8. To Prey in Darkness
October 14, 1994
MANTIS becomes the prime target of a sophisticated group of criminals.
The Black Dragon
7. The Black Dragon
October 7, 1994
MANTIS must use his high-tech superpowers against the dangerous warriors of the Yakuza.
Gloves Off
6. Gloves Off
September 30, 1994
MANTIS uncovers an organization which runs underground, to-the-death bloodsport matches.
Soldier of Misfortune
5. Soldier of Misfortune
September 23, 1994
A virtual reality soldier is on the hunt for MANTIS.
Cease Fire
4. Cease Fire
September 16, 1994
MANTIS discovers his ex-girlfriend is the target of an international assassin.
Days of Rage
3. Days of Rage
September 9, 1994
MANTIS must stop a group of young students from continuing in an experimental drug program.
Tango Blue
2. Tango Blue
September 2, 1994
MANTIS starts a weapons turn-in program, only to have the weapons stolen by a band of pirates.
Pilot
1. Pilot
January 24, 1994
In the first of two parts; a brilliant; wheelchair-bound scientist; Dr. Miles Hawkins (Carl Lumbly); invents a form of exo-skeleton called the Mechanically Augmented Neuro Transmitter System (M.A.N.T.I.S.) that turns him into a superhero and gives him the ability to fight the crime wave that is engulfing his city.
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M.A.N.T.I.S. is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch M.A.N.T.I.S. on demand at Amazon and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 24, 1994
  • IMDB Rating
    6.1  (806)