Technology has never been so lovely as with this romance between a lonely man and his seductive smart device?
As Samantha, Scarlett Johansson captivates Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) with her smoky voice in Spike Jonze’s acclaimed sci-fi romance Her. Though Johansson was taken out of contention for a Golden Globe nomination, her performance has earned raves.
You can’t accuse this woman of babying her former live-in son — the only conversations she has with the Mechanical Engineer are through closed doors…and at full screeching volume.
Despite the fact that The Big Bang Theory‘s Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) caused his mother (hilariously voiced by Carol Ann Susi) to pass out when he announced he’d proposed to girlfriend Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), Howard goes through with the wedding. Needless to say, they frequently returned in their honeymoon phase.
Na-Nu Na-Nu! What a funny greeting for such a humorless interstellar supervisor?
Throughout Mork & Mindy‘s run, Mork (Robin Williams) reported his findings about Earth to Orson (Ralph James), who remained on the no-humor-allowed planet Ork.
In this dystopian epic, one wily computer outsmarts the humans aboard a spaceship and takes control.
Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey saw HAL 9000 (which stands for Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer) seize control from the astronauts. Douglas Rain provided the eerily calm voice of the mechanical mutinist.
Via a speakerphone, this guy sure had a way with women — three pose-prone private eyes in particular.
It’s a shame the appropriately dashing John Forsythe never got to show his face either during the nearly five years Charlie’s Angels ran on ABC or in two movies produced in the early 2000s. Ditto Victor Garber, who voiced in the short-lived 2011 TV series, which was filmed after Forsythe’s passing in 2010.
Freudian psychology heavily influenced this tale of an unhealthily close mother-son bond that extends beyond her death — and sends pretty young things to watery graves.
Is there a more famous movie mother than Psycho‘s Norma Bates? Thanks in no small part to unforgettable voice work by Virginia Gregg, Paul Jasmin, and Jeanette Nolan (whose voices were mixed together to create Mrs. Bates’ timbre). Fun fact: Some say Howard’s relationship with Mrs. Wolowitz on Big Bang was loosely inspired by Norma and Norman’s dynamic.
Just a love story between a man and his talking car?
For any child of the ’80s, the Knight Industries Two Thousand (a.k.a. KITT) was the raddest invention ever. Children of the ’90s might recognize his voice across the fence and in school hallways on Boy Meets World. William Daniels played both KITT and Mr. Feeny.
Would this billionaire-slash-superhero ever abandon his British-accented computerized assistant? The prospects are Stark!
J.A.R.V.I.S. (short for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System) is Tony’s constant companion, both at home and in his Iron Man suits, in the Marvel Comics-based film franchise.
Which unseen presence has been known to cause blog-based mayhem on the Upper East Side? We’ll never tell?
Oh, okay, we’ll totally tell. It was Gossip Girl! Kristen Bell provided GG’s voice for six seasons, if only because using the voice of actual Gossip Girl perpetrator Dan (Penn Badgley) would be a dead giveaway.
Did you know Charles Foster Kane himself played this Hawaii-based novelist with a penchant for Porsches?
That’s right. Orson Welles provided the voice of Robin Masters on Magnum P.I. He probably also provided plenty of Paul Masson.