Not Quite Human
Directed by Steven Hilliard Stern
Produced by Noel Resnick

Steven Hilliard Stern

Written by Alan Ormsby
Starring Jay Underwood

Alan Thicke

Robyn Lively

Music by Tom Scott
Release date(s) June 19, 1987
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Followed by Not Quite Human II
IMDb profile
Not Quite Human is a 1987 television film directed by Steven Hilliard Stern and starring Jay Underwood, Alan Thicke, and Robyn Lively. The story is based on the Not Quite Human book series by Seth McEvoy. It is the first of three films in a series. The filming locations were in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona.


Dr. Jonas Carson creates an android that looks just like a human 17-year-old boy, and he "adopts" him as his son and as an older brother to Becky, who names him Chip. After the Carsons move to a new town, Chip is enrolled in high school alongside Becky. Dr. Carson also goes to the high school, having filled a vacancy as a science teacher, which allows him close range to see how Chip interacts with others.

Chip's ways seem to have an annoying or amusing effect on students and teachers, depending on how it is viewed. Chip runs afoul of Coach Duckworth and strict teachers, but his literalist actions surprisingly make him some friends, as other teenagers see it as a way that he is bucking the system. Chip also gains the attention of Eri, a fellow student.

However, Dr. Carson and Chip are being stalked by Gordon Vogel, a former employer who is a defense contractor. A former colleague of Carson's, J.J. Derks, is enlisted to seek out Carson. When asked about Carson's son, Derks says Carson only has a daughter until he remembers that Carson in his younger years had confided in some friends about his idea to make a realistic android, which Derks and the others originally dismissed. Vogel tells Derks they will capture Chip, as Carson had failed to oblige an earlier contract. Since Chip was built with Vogel's resources and while Carson was supposed to honor the contract, Vogel claims he is entitled to ownership of Chip. When Derks questions what Vogel wants with Chip, Vogel replies he intends to reprogram Chip for military purposes. Chip must shake his pursuers whilst trying to present a "normal" life like a human.


Jay Underwood ... Chip Carson

Alan Thicke ... Dr. Jonas Carson

Robyn Lively ... Becky Carson

Joseph Bologna ... Gordon Vogel

Robert Harper ... J.J. Derks

Kristy Swanson ... Erin Jeffries

Lili Haydn ... Jenny Beckerman

Brandon Douglas ... Scott Barnes

Carey Scott ... Paul Fairgate

Brian Cole ... Jake Blocker

Sasha Mitchell ... Bryan Skelly

Judy Starr ... Dr. Sondra Stahl

Greg Monaghan ... Coach Duckworth