Tektronix equipment has been used in movies and shows.  This clip with a Tektronix 545 oscilloscope and a C plug-in is from the 1959 movie The Angry Red Planet.

This clip featuring another Tektronix 545 oscilloscope with a C or CA plug-in is from the 1964 Time Travelers.  It is nice to know Tektronix scopes are still being used in 2071.

The Tektronix P600X (P6006, P6007, P6008, or P6009) probe is used to check out the AE-35 unit in the 1968 film A Space Odyssey.  This clip appears at 59:26 in the movie.

The museum has a P6006 Probe on display.

This partial shot of a Tektronix Type 536 oscilloscope which was introduced in 1957.  It appeared in the 1969 film Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun apparently as some type of EKG monitor.

A Type 422 scope in this console appears in this fram.

A 536 (bottom left), two 422s (top) and a 545B (bottom right) appear in this frame.  We think the 545B plug-in is a D.

The 1977 film Star Wars features a Grass Valley Group Model 1600 Switcher as the firing control on the Death Star.  The video trailer for this particular scene is on the Grass Valley Products page.


In 1978 a number of Tektronix products including oscilloscopes, TM500 instruments, and 4051 computer graphic systems were used on the bridge of Battlestar Galactica.

There are more photographs of Battlestar Galactica on the Starring The Computer web site.  This image shows the 4051s along with numerous TM500 instruments.

The June 2, 1978 Tekweek featured more information the show. Click on the image to view the PDF.


The 1979 film Escape From Alcatraz, featuring Clint Eastwood, shows a Tektronix T932 oscilloscope as part of a walk through detector.  This film is about the 1962 escape which precedes the introduction of the T932 by some 14 years.  Apparently that Time Travelers move had some validity.

The logo on the T932 has been replaced with one that looks like "Vectrex".

The Tektronix 4051 also appeared in the 1984 movie Seksmisja as featured on the Starring The Computer web site.

The Tektronix 4051 also appeared in the 1985 movie D.A.R.Y.L as featured on the Starring The Computer web site.

This image also shows a Tektronix oscilloscope, TM500 and TM5000 instruments.

A TLA704 Logic Analyzer and TDS784 oscilloscope appeared in the 1997 science fiction action film Face/Off staring John Travolta and Nicholas Cage.  In addition, the film was edited on a Tektronix Lightworks non-linear editing system.  Its editors were Christian Wagner and Steven Kemper, both of whom have lengthy lists of film credits.  Two other just released films utilizing Lightworks editing systems are ConAir and Batman & Robin. This July 11, 1997 Tekweek describes the film and these products.

A Tektronix scope was featured in the 2005 Lost episode "The Hatch"

A 2400 series oscilloscope appeared in season 12 episode 4 of the British television detective drama Midsomer Murders "The Glitch" in 2009.

Tektronix scopes appear in the 2016 film Ghostbusters

A 500 series oscilloscope and cart appear in the 2016 movie Hidden Figures about the early days of NASA.  A 500 series oscilloscope would be correct for this time era.  We believe this to be a Type 545B with a G plug-in.  This scene appear at about 59 minutes in the movie showing the oscilloscope in the computer room.

This scene shows a cable connected to the External Trigger input which was a typical setup when viewing computer data or address lines.


If you know of any other shows or movies featuring Tektronix products let us know!