It is that show! All this time chuckeling at the Manimal banter, I didn't realise it was that show! I loved it as a child. My brother and I would 'play' it. He'd be Manimal and morph into a pantha and jump through the serving hatch between the kitchen and dinning room, and I'd either be a baddie or- didn't he have a side-kick/chumb? A black guy who knew his secret? I'd be him. Marvelous.
Manimal had a few animals that he'd regularly morph into didn't he? Was it a pantha/jaguar, a hawk, and what else? He could become any animal though, couldn't he? What an original show!
Yeah they liked the hawk and the jaguar, he became a snake and a horse and a few other things during the 8 epic episodes.