Tektronix equipment has been used in many movies and shows. When we started this page, we had no idea there would be so many. As such we've had to divide it into multiple pages.
This page covers these 1953 through 1984 movies and shows:
The Magnetic Monster
The Future Is Now
The Angry Red Planet
2001: A Space Odyssey
Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun
Colossus: The Forbin Project
Diamonds Are Forever
The Andromeda Strain
Here's Lucy - Lucy's Replacement episode
Live And Let Die
The Beast Must Die
Children of the Stones
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
Columbo - How To Dial A Murder
Tales Of The Unexpected
Escape From Alcatraz
The Sheriff and the Satellite Kid
The Last Chase
Page 2 covers these 1985 through 2009 movies and shows:
Back To The Future
Spies Like Us
Honey I Shrunk The Kids
Red Dwarf Season 5 Episode 1 Holoship
Lost - The Hatch
Midsomer Murders - The Glitch
Warehouse 13 Season 1 Episode 7 Implosion
Page 3 covers these 2010 to present movies and shows:
Eurika - I'll Be Seeing You
13 Factors That Saved Apollo 13
The Big Bang Theory Season 9 Episode 10
Ghostbusters All Trailer and Clips
The Big Bang Theory Season 11 Episode 17
Wie Wird's Gemacht
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3 Episode 7
The Big Bang Theory Season 12 Episode 14
A Quiet Place
Nature - Sex, Lies and Butterflies
Endeavour - Striker
Young Sheldon Season 4 episode 10
Resident Alien Season 1 Episode 7
Formula 1: Drive to Survive - Back on Track
Murder Among The Mormans Season 1 Episode 2
Beforeigners Season 2 Episode 6
Dr Who - Legend of Sea Devils
Bares für Rares
The1953 The Magnetic Monster film features a 511 oscilloscope which is only shown briefly. This film was the first in Ivan Tors' "Office of Scientific Investigation" (OSI) trilogy and is the earliest film we know of which features a Tektronix product.
The Magnetic Monster was followed in Ivan Tors' Office of Scientific Investigation (OSI) trilogy by Riders to the Stars (1954) and Gog (1954). Gog features a 1952 Type 511A oscilloscope (based on the top louvers). A viewing of Riders to the Stars showed a couple of scenes with non-Tektronix oscilloscopes.
This 1955 RKO Pictures The Future Is Now highlights some of the research developments that may become products in the near future. This particular scene shows Type 524AD oscilloscope with a color video tape recorder that uses 1/2" magnetic tape operated at 10 fps (feet per second). Note that Ampex brought out the first commercial video tape recorder, the VRX-1000, in 1956. They abandoned this high speed linear approach and instead used 2" tape with a helical scan.
This scene with a Type 545 oscilloscope and a C plug-in is from the 1959 movie The Angry Red Planet.
This scene also features a Type 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.
A Tektronix P600X (P6006, P6007, P6008, or P6009) probe is used to check out the AE-35 unit in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. This scene appears at 59:26 in the movie.
The museum has a P6006 Probe on display.
This partial shot of a Type 536 oscilloscope appears in the 1969 film Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun apparently as some type of EKG monitor.
A Type 422 scope in the console appears in this scene from the same movie.
A 536 (bottom left), two 422s (top) and a 545B (bottom right) appear in this scene. We think the 545B plug-in is a D.
The 1970 movie Colossus: The Forbin Project featured two Tektronix products during the opening credits. The 230 Digital Unit appears first which is a digital readout system for the 568 Sampling Oscilloscope.
A later screen shot shows the 568 Sampling Oscilloscope with a S-311 and 3T4 plug-in above the 230 Digital Unit. The 568 and 230 were introduced in 1967 so are period correct for the movie.
The 1971 film THX-1138 has several scenes with Tektronix instruments. This scene shows a 555 dual beam oscilloscope with two 1A1 vertical plug-ins and a 21A and 22A horizontal plug-ins on the left. On the right is a 556 dual beam oscilloscope with a 1A1 vertical plug-in on the left, and a 1A4 vertical plug-in on the right.
This scene shows a 1969 or later RM529 waveform monitor.
This scene shows a 453 portable oscilloscope.
The 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever features both Tektronix oscilloscopes and a Telequipment oscilloscope. At about 90 minutes into the film they are seen in Blofeld's secret Laser Laboratories. This photo shows a Tektronix RM561A oscilloscope with a 3A72 and 3B3 time base to the left of a couple of Fairchild 766 series oscilloscopes.
This photo shows a closeup of the Telequipment S51A oscilloscope display.
The 1971 film The Andromeda Strain features a dark closeup of a 515A oscilloscope.
The 1972 film Silent Running features a Tektronix 491 spectrum analyzer. He uses this 491 to communicate with the home base.
The 1972 Here's Lucy - Lucy's Replacement episode features a Type RM35A rack mount oscilloscope with a Type A plug-in.
The 1973 film Live And Let Die features a Tektronix 453 oscilloscope. At about 40 minutes in the movie a secret panel is discovered on a fishing boat which houses equipment including the oscilloscope.
This scene clearly shows the 453 oscilloscope with five BNC cables attached: channel 1 input, channel 2 input, A triggering ext input, B triggering ext input, and cal out.
The 1974 British horror movie The Beast Must Die features a Telequipment S51B in two scenes.
The 1976 British series Children of the Stones features a Telequipment oscilloscope. Telequipment was a low cost oscilloscope manufacture located in Hoddesdon, UK, and their equipment was primarily aimed at the television and repair service industry. Tektronix purchased them in 1967 for a low cost entry and phased the brand out by the late 1970s. This D65 or D66 oscilloscope was introduced in the early 1970s and appears towards the end of episode 7.
The 1977 film Star Wars features a Grass Valley Group Model 1600 Switcher as the firing control on the Death Star.
This scene when the Death Star destroys Alderaan shows the Model 1600 Switcher in action.
In 1978 a number of Tektronix products including oscilloscopes, TM500 instruments, and 4051 computer graphic systems were used on the bridge of the television series Battlestar Galactica. This June 2, 1978 TekWeek featured information the show. Click on the image to view the PDF.
This June 16, 1978 TekWeek featured a letter to the editor regarding the 4081.
This photo shows the bridge with the large number of 4051 and TM500 instruments.
Here is a sketch of the set layout.
The 1978 Season 7 Episode 4 of the TV Series Columbo How To Dial A Murder featured a scene with these two Tektronix RM503 oscilloscopes.
The 1979 British television series Tales Of The Unexpected had a Tektronix oscilloscope appear in season 1 episode 3, William and Mary.
This quick closeup shot confirms it is a Type 535A oscilloscope. You can even almost read the serial number.
The 1979 film Escape From Alcatraz, featuring Clint Eastwood, shows a Tektronix T922 oscilloscope as part of a walk through detector. This film is about the 1962 escape which precedes the introduction of the T922 by some 14 years. Apparently that Time Travelers move had some validity.
The logo on the T922 has been replaced with one that looks like "Vectrex".
The 1979 Italian movie The Sheriff and the Satellite Kid features a 455 or 465M oscilloscope in this scene.
The 1981 movie The Last Chase features a pair of Tektronix 400 series portable oscilloscopes. Only one is visible in this scene. The other is just barely visible at the left edge.
The 1983 movie Brainstorm shows several Tektronix products at about 98 minutes. We think the mainframe might be a 7603. The two plug-ins in the Type 200 Scope-Mobile are a 1S1 (left) and a Type Q (right) which of course don't go with the mainframe.
The 1983 movie Wargames features two different Tektronix and one Sony/Tek oscilloscopes. This scene at just over 31 minutes shows what looks like a 466 storage oscilloscope.
This scene at just over 1:40 shows two T922 oscilloscopes.
This scene at just over 1:52 shows a Sony/Tek 335 oscilloscope.
A Tektronix 4051 appears in the 1984 movie Seksmisja as featured on the Starring The Computer web site.
The 1984 movie Ghostbusters features a 1959 Cadillac Ambulance as their ECTO-1 vehicle. Although we believe the interior was never shown in detail in the movie, it contains a Tektronix RM561A oscilloscope with a 3A74 and 3B3 plug-ins. Information and photos of this ambulance is on Ghostbusters Cool Car - (external website).
This scene from the 1984 Repo Man movie shows a Type 520 Vectorscope and a 1480R Waveform Monitor.
This scene shows a Type 526 Vectorscope.