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eyoungren
Oct 14, 2012, 09:45 PM
This is more of an informational post, not a question. I've got two kids, one 9 and one 4 so invariably the show iCarly is on during the day or weekend.

I bring this up because you may not know it, but the producer, Dan Schneider is an Apple fan. Because of copyright, all the computers you see in his shows are "Pear" computers. Really, it's just a skin placed over most of what seem to be MacBooks. In one episode, one of the characters got a job at the Pear store, there is mention of a Pear phone, etc. It's all pretty obvious that it's Apple.

Attached is a picture of the bedroom of one of the characters in the show. The character loves computers and particularly the Pear computers that are in the show. Sorry for the quality but if you look you can see no less than four iMacs, a G4 MDD and what is either a Mac Pro or a G5. On small shelfs above are four laptops. I've paused this when the episode was on so I know that there are a couple of G4 PowerBooks and an iBook. Don't know what the other was.

I just thought it was pretty cool to see all these Macs in one spot on TV.



Jessica Lares
Oct 14, 2012, 10:25 PM
Wow, I know they use Apples on that show (my brother watches it), but I never noticed just how many!

PowerMacFan
Oct 14, 2012, 10:37 PM
This is more of an informational post, not a question. I've got two kids, one 9 and one 4 so invariably the show iCarly is on during the day or weekend.

I bring this up because you may not know it, but the producer, Dan Schneider is an Apple fan. Because of copyright, all the computers you see in his shows are "Pear" computers. Really, it's just a skin placed over most of what seem to be MacBooks. In one episode, one of the characters got a job at the Pear store, there is mention of a Pear phone, etc. It's all pretty obvious that it's Apple.

Attached is a picture of the bedroom of one of the characters in the show. The character loves computers and particularly the Pear computers that are in the show. Sorry for the quality but if you look you can see no less than four iMacs, a G4 MDD and what is either a Mac Pro or a G5. On small shelfs above are four laptops. I've paused this when the episode was on so I know that there are a couple of G4 PowerBooks and an iBook. Don't know what the other was.

I just thought it was pretty cool to see all these Macs in one spot on TV.

I do believe under the desk on the far left is a eMac and the one next to that is a G5 as Mac Pros have two optical Drive bays but i am not sure what one is next to the MDD on the far right.

P.S i think the one next to the MDD is either a iMac G5 or 1st gen Intel iMac.

BTW i do watch iCarly infact the final season is on now. Can you tell me what episode this is as i never recalled seeing this and i have seen every episode. Maybe i turn my head for a second when this was shown or perhaps i even missed this episode as it is no on consistantly.

Hrududu
Oct 14, 2012, 10:46 PM
Wow, thats a good collection right there! With a name like iCarly, I would have hoped a Mac or two would make the set, but thats going above and beyond in a good way.

eyoungren
Oct 14, 2012, 10:50 PM
Yeah, you're right on the eMac. Should have looked a bit closer.

This is Season 3, episode 9 (or 10, there seems to be some discrepency). "iSaved Your Life."

It's actually two scenes between Carly and Freddie that happen here. In getting the screen cap I was trying to find a scene that didn't have the actors in the frame or in front of the Macs. The Macs are only on screen for a few seconds in each cut so if you are turning away for a moment you will indeed miss them.

I'm always on the lookout for Macs in TV shows so I was able to catch it.

rjcalifornia
Oct 14, 2012, 10:57 PM
Wow! Cool! He is a 'collector' himself :D

skateny
Oct 14, 2012, 10:59 PM
I'm always on the lookout for Macs in TV shows so I was able to catch it.

I remember seeing the Cube positioned in on particular TV show, months after it came out, but I can't recall what show it was. I remember seeing it here and there in other TV shows as well.

There was a popular British comedy, Absolutely Fabulous, in which the main character had a Cube in her kitchen and an iMac at work. The characters in the show are hysterical, not at all stodgy British humor. Two 40-something women who get drunk and stoned and even do blow most of their waking hours.

eyoungren
Oct 14, 2012, 11:03 PM
I remember seeing the Cube positioned in on particular TV show, months after it came out, but I can't recall what show it was. I remember seeing it here and there in other TV shows as well.

There was a popular British comedy, Absolutely Fabulous, in which the main character had a Cube in her kitchen and an iMac at work. The characters in the show are hysterical, not at all stodgy British humor. Two 40-something women who get drunk and stoned and even do blow most of their waking hours.
Cool, thanks! We see AbFab from time to time so I'll keep an eye out the next time we catch it.

PowerMacFan
Oct 14, 2012, 11:09 PM
Yeah, you're right on the eMac. Should have looked a bit closer.

This is Season 3, episode 9 (or 10, there seems to be some discrepency). "iSaved Your Life."

It's actually two scenes between Carly and Freddie that happen here. In getting the screen cap I was trying to find a scene that didn't have the actors in the frame or in front of the Macs. The Macs are only on screen for a few seconds in each cut so if you are turning away for a moment you will indeed miss them.

I'm always on the lookout for Macs in TV shows so I was able to catch it.

"Victorious" also uses macs although it only appears to be MacBook or iBooks used (Maybe PowerBook G4s) in one episode there is a iMac.

Also the show "Drake & Josh" used Macs when they used them varied sometimes it was a iMac other times it was Mac laptops i am assuming it was either iBooks or PowerBooks used as the series ended before the Intel switch.

Also on the sitcom George Lopez durning early seasons they used a iMac G3 and latter it was a iMac g4.

What i dont get is why some shows like iCarly, Victorious, Zoey 101 and Drake & Josh either called them or have a symbol of a Pair. Why would they not seek apples permission to use their name in fact you would think it would promote them in fact the more shows and movies i see the more it is Apple computer of some sort being used.

eyoungren
Oct 14, 2012, 11:16 PM
iCarly, Victorius, Drake and Josh and Zoey 101 are all produced by Dan Schneider. I have no idea why they would not seek a licensing thing with Apple but I assume that Apple probably wanted too much, either in money, screen time, placement or control of product presentation.

There was that one episode with Sam and Freddie being employed at the Pear store. I can't imagine how much Apple might have wanted for that.

Haven't watched George Lopez in some time. I don't think when it started I was an Apple convert so I wouldn't have noticed I think. But that's cool.

PowerMacFan
Oct 14, 2012, 11:37 PM
iCarly, Victorius, Drake and Josh and Zoey 101 are all produced by Dan Schneider. I have no idea why they would not seek a licensing thing with Apple but I assume that Apple probably wanted too much, either in money, screen time, placement or control of product presentation.

There was that one episode with Sam and Freddie being employed at the Pear store. I can't imagine how much Apple might have wanted for that.

Haven't watched George Lopez in some time. I don't think when it started I was an Apple convert so I wouldn't have noticed I think. But that's cool.

Men In Black also used a iMac G3 in part two which i never noticed until a few months ago im not a mac convert or fanboy by any means but my 1st true mac was a iMac G3 Tray load i bought it at a garage sale in high school as my school used Macs and i used Windows i thought getting a iMac was a good idea because i could use all the same programs and not worry about compatibility issues. i have 2 macs a eMac currently unused as i have no place to use it at and a MDD which is in my room at my desk replacing a AMD Socket AM2 system i use Windows as my seconday machine which is also my gaming computer. so i am not a fanboy but i do love macs they are built like tanks the PPC ones are anyways im sure in 2020 that most of the PPC Macs used now will still be usable then allthough im sure by 2020 that all possibility of using a PPC mac will be pretty much non existant and ill have to break down and buy a Intel Mac Pro

skateny
Oct 14, 2012, 11:47 PM
Cool, thanks! We see AbFab from time to time so I'll keep an eye out the next time we catch it.

I'm pretty sure the Cube and the blue and white Dalmatian iMac first appeared in season 4, episode 1. The thing is, season 3 appeared to end in 1995, and the Cube wasn't available until sometime in 2000. So there was a five-year downtime for the show, unless the producers were playing around with the dates in season 3. Go figure.

eyoungren
Oct 15, 2012, 12:23 AM
Thanks guys!

My first Mac was a TiBook/400. It's still in pieces out in the garage, except for the screen which I swapped to my son's Titanium 1Ghz DVI.

I was the third owner of the TiBook and it died once in late 2009. My daughter killed the second logic board. :)

I've got a Mac IIci, a PowerMac 7300, 6500 and two 17" PowerBook G4s. My wife has a 12" PowerBook G4 and my daughter has a iBook G3.

I converted to Mac in 2002 I think. My PC died and since the hard drive had an overlay there was no way I could recover it. I lost all my data. Since most of my jobs have used Macs though I knew that you could cripple a Mac, but still get the work out. You can't say the same about a PC. Those two things combined to convert me to Mac. I once went several months with a bad ram stick and a corrupted B tree disk catalogue on my work G5 until I had the time to fix it. Still got the work out every week.

My 1Ghz 17" PB G4 is still running fine three years after I bought it with a failed external cache. I'm told that that is a logicboard issue. The seller declared the machine on it's last legs. Several parts and a screen replacement later this is still my everyday Mac.

I am by no means a fanboy either, but the Mac has earned my respect simply by performing when I needed it to even when not working right.

PowerMacFan
Oct 15, 2012, 02:40 PM
Thanks guys!

My first Mac was a TiBook/400. It's still in pieces out in the garage, except for the screen which I swapped to my son's Titanium 1Ghz DVI.

I was the third owner of the TiBook and it died once in late 2009. My daughter killed the second logic board. :)

I've got a Mac IIci, a PowerMac 7300, 6500 and two 17" PowerBook G4s. My wife has a 12" PowerBook G4 and my daughter has a iBook G3.

I converted to Mac in 2002 I think. My PC died and since the hard drive had an overlay there was no way I could recover it. I lost all my data. Since most of my jobs have used Macs though I knew that you could cripple a Mac, but still get the work out. You can't say the same about a PC. Those two things combined to convert me to Mac. I once went several months with a bad ram stick and a corrupted B tree disk catalogue on my work G5 until I had the time to fix it. Still got the work out every week.

My 1Ghz 17" PB G4 is still running fine three years after I bought it with a failed external cache. I'm told that that is a logicboard issue. The seller declared the machine on it's last legs. Several parts and a screen replacement later this is still my everyday Mac.

I am by no means a fanboy either, but the Mac has earned my respect simply by performing when I needed it to even when not working right.

interesting story ive had two system 7 powermacs both died but i knew nothing on macs then and couldnt do anything with them with no usb or eathernet they were useless one powermac i remember i could take the entire motherboard out of the case and slide it back in i think it had a 380mb scsi hdd it had clarisworks 4 i believe and came with a printer which i still have and it still works but with no serial port i cant use it. i got it for the fact it had a printer i did my homework on it in middle school. i think my 1st mac was a powerpc 7000 not sure but it only had a 500mb ide hdd and 8 megs of ram

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Yeah, you're right on the eMac. Should have looked a bit closer.


i wonder if the eMac was mentionwed in the show would it be a ePear?

Jessica Lares
Oct 15, 2012, 02:49 PM
In children's TV, they tend to rename things, put different logos, etc. As they don't want to endorse specific products as kids can easily identify with them and it causes problems. Like, if you see someone eating McDonald's on a show, you're most likely to buy there, etc. Otherwise thy'd have lawsuits. :rolleyes:

They do this on the radio too, "generic smartphone", "generic MP3 player".

eyoungren
Oct 15, 2012, 09:06 PM
ePear. That's funny! :D

The wiki page I read for Dan Schneider states that the manufacturer of the Pear computers (when referred to on any given show produced by Dan Schneider) is Schneider. :)

FrozenMacUser
Oct 16, 2012, 09:29 PM
Another cool show that features lots of PPC Apple tech was Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the early seasons the Apple logo was always covered up by a strategically placed sticker but later on I guess they got a placement deal with apple and prominently displayed their computers on the show. Also something else of note that I am not sure if it was deliberate or not but the "good guys" always seemed to have Apple gear and the villains used PCs. There were exceptions to that of course (the Trio was decked out with Apple G4 Power Macs and Adam used a Power Mac G3 B&W.

PowerMacFan
Oct 16, 2012, 10:25 PM
Another cool show that features lots of PPC Apple tech was Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the early seasons the Apple logo was always covered up by a strategically placed sticker but later on I guess they got a placement deal with apple and prominently displayed their computers on the show. Also something else of note that I am not sure if it was deliberate or not but the "good guys" always seemed to have Apple gear and the villains used PCs. There were exceptions to that of course (the Trio was decked out with Apple G4 Power Macs and Adam used a Power Mac G3 B&W.

i never liked that show.

jruschme
Oct 18, 2012, 06:45 AM
One of the strangest Mac sightings that I've see is the movie "Spy Kids: All the Time In the World". The OSS headquarters is literally littered with PowerPC Macs. Although the move was made well into the Intel era and then-current displays and iMacs are visible, G4 Desktops all the way back to the Sawtooth appear in the background of scenes. In at least one case, a G4 is just sitting on top of a table in a hallway.

MonkeySee....
Oct 18, 2012, 06:52 AM
If you want to see Mac's in a TV Show watch 30 Rock.

There is a disclaimer at the end credits "Furnished by Apple" :D

J.Appleseed
Oct 20, 2012, 09:56 AM
If you want to see Mac's in a TV Show watch 30 Rock.

There is a disclaimer at the end credits "Furnished by Apple" :D

I noticed that, too, but I really thought Apple had said they didn't sponsor anything in TV-shows. Pretty odd.

The Big Bang Theory also uses loads of Macs (although Sheldon and Leonard seem to enjoy teasing Genius's) and True Blood and The Mentalist are starting to use them a lot as well.

Funny to see that other people are also looking for Macs in movies :P

kthnxshwn
Oct 20, 2012, 09:58 AM
I just wanna drop it and say it's totally weird how the PearPad is like 64 inches big and the PearPhone is shaped like an actual pear. That is all.

eyoungren
Oct 20, 2012, 11:51 AM
I just wanna drop it and say it's totally weird how the PearPad is like 64 inches big and the PearPhone is shaped like an actual pear. That is all.
LOL!!!

I forgot about the Big Bang Theory. Although there, I see mostly newer Intel Macs. First time I've seen a Mac Classic in these caps here.

It's cool about the other shows mentioned too. I'll mention another.

If you watch the Food Channel, there's Iron Chef America. They have a bunch of iMacs on that show. The camera usually shows the back and there is an Iron Chef sticker placed prominently over the Apple logo.

J.Appleseed
Oct 20, 2012, 03:51 PM
LOL!!!

I forgot about the Big Bang Theory. Although there, I see mostly newer Intel Macs. First time I've seen a Mac Classic in these caps here.

It's cool about the other shows mentioned too. I'll mention another.

If you watch the Food Channel, there's Iron Chef America. They have a bunch of iMacs on that show. The camera usually shows the back and there is an Iron Chef sticker placed prominently over the Apple logo.

Yeah, they're newer Macs for the most part. Although I also remember an episode where Sheldon meets Steve Wozniak and he goes home to get his Apple II or Apple Macintosh (don't recall which one) - the episode where he is too scared to go outside.

Link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K1uj9VmCzo)

eyoungren
Oct 20, 2012, 04:20 PM
I saw that episode. In his rush to meet Woz he ends up fumbling the computer and sending it down the stairs where it breaks into pieces.

Very funny (as most Big Bang episodes are)!

J.Appleseed
Oct 20, 2012, 04:34 PM
I saw that episode. In his rush to meet Woz he ends up fumbling the computer and sending it down the stairs where it breaks into pieces.

Very funny (as most Big Bang episodes are)!

Yes, what a shame (if it were real, that is) :p

The Big Bang Theory is a great show indeed :)

faroZ06
Oct 20, 2012, 06:06 PM
All of the Nickelodeon shows that have PCs in them use Macs. Drake & Josh, NDSSG, iCarly, and the new shows that are probably terrible all have them.

eyoungren
Feb 15, 2014, 10:20 PM
Just a note here regarding Dan Schneider. I discovered last week that one of his jobs before acting (he was a cast regular in "Head of the Class" in the 80-90s) was as a repair technician at an Apple service/repair store.

I'm guessing that's where his interest/love for Macs comes from.

Also, something else to note (no screen caps), both Seinfeld and Frasier also has Classic Macs in the background of some of their scenes.

jrsx
Feb 15, 2014, 10:58 PM
Someone mentioned something about watching for Macs in movies, and I caught some. In the 1st National Treasure, there are no Macs, but Mac OSs. On two HP computers in the Movie, Mac OS 10.1 or 10.2 is running. This is impossible, since they are i386 and Puma and Jaguar required PPC!
I would post a screenshot, but for some reason Leopard won't let me until I quit DVD player, probably for copyright reasons.

eyoungren
Feb 15, 2014, 11:38 PM
Someone mentioned something about watching for Macs in movies, and I caught some. In the 1st National Treasure, there are no Macs, but Mac OSs. On two HP computers in the Movie, Mac OS 10.1 or 10.2 is running. This is impossible, since they are i386 and Puma and Jaguar required PPC!
I would post a screenshot, but for some reason Leopard won't let me until I quit DVD player, probably for copyright reasons.
Yeah, what happens in cases like that is that the actors do the scene and later on the special effects get added. In this case it was whatever was intended to be on the screen. Since the Mac is dominant in the arts industries and no one is caring about the details you end up with OS X on a PC!

gavinstubbs09
Feb 16, 2014, 12:27 AM
If for some reason I'm ever a Producer or own my own TV show, I want to have PowerPC macs in it! G4 MDD, Power Mac G5, Cube <3

Jessica Lares
Feb 16, 2014, 04:09 AM
Filming a computer screen directly isn't very nice. You see all the pixels. Hence they do a lot of green screen instead. But it works a lot better when you have to film a lot of hands on. They can put a lot of focus on making the details on the screen those few seconds more prominent right there and then without having to shoehorn stuff afterwards or even redoing takes.

That's interesting that he used to repair Macs.

xtempo
Feb 16, 2014, 07:34 AM
I can't believe I some how missed seeing Macs will have to look next time I watched these shows. :D

Shift Option K
Feb 16, 2014, 04:58 PM
Apple is very prominent in The Simpsons, but for copyright reasons and parody reasons, it has been renamed Mapple and the Apple has 2 bites. Steve Jobs is also parodied. Most Mapple products are named similarly to Apple, but instead of using an i they use a my i.e. myPad, myPhone, myMac, etc. The only case they used a real Apple name was a Lisa.

tampasteve
Feb 17, 2014, 09:43 AM
Apple is very prominent in The Simpsons, but for copyright reasons and parody reasons, it has been renamed Mapple

Pfft. I know a genuine Panaphonics when I see it. And look, there's Magnetbox and Sorny

repentix
Feb 17, 2014, 12:20 PM
In icarly there is also a scene where this one guy buys a "pearpod" for someone. When he tells the kids about the pear pod, they ask where bought the music from, he answers that he downloaded because the pearpod store was too expensive. A short while later into the episode the FBI comes in and arrests him for downloading. The kids told the police about him downloading the music.....

oh and another movie were macs are prominently presented is "meet the fockers". In the scene where Jack Byrnes is showing the baby Greg and in the background of his little studio there are 4 iMac g4s surrounding him with an isight camera on.

here the link to the video (sorry I couldn't find a better one)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJDXZCU4H1U

iamMacPerson
Feb 17, 2014, 01:20 PM
If anyone here has watched the Goodwife, you will know that that show is littered with Macs. They all look like newer MacBook Pros except one that was an early MBP/PBG4 model. It also looks like the daughter uses an iMac and the son (who is later refered to as a geek) uses a Mac Pro.

Interestingly enough, they cover up the Apple logo on the back (and in the case of the iMac, front) on the computer but when the zoom in on the screen, you will sometimes notice the familiar Apple menu in the top left (with an Apple logo) and the Finder in the bottom left of the dock. Although in a later episode (season 3), Alicia (the mother) has her son send files to her work computer from her home computer (both unibody MBPs) which we later find out crashed the computer the p*ssed off IT. But when you look closely, its a BSOD and not a KP or other Mac error. When the son fixes it, it again shows the familiar Snow Leopard era Macintosh desktop.

Should also point out that one of the Exec Producers is Ridely Scott. Most older Mac users and/or collectors will know the name as he directed the very famous "1984" commercial for Apple.