Sabrina the Teenage Witch
, TV series (1996 - 2003): A situation comedy based on the comic book of the same title in which Sabrina, a teenage half-witch, and her full-witch aunts frequently use their magical PK powers. Related:
, Movie (2019/theatrical release Jan 2021): a female home-care nurse in the UK develops fanatical Christian religious beliefs involving self harm. While attempting to save the soul of a sick American dancer client named Amanda she begins experiencing telekinetic events, including levitation and manipulation of liquids. Stars Morfydd Clark in the title role and Jennifer Ehle as Amanda. Directed by Rose Clark.
Sapphire & Steel
, TV series (1979 - 1982): a British show about a pair of aliens and their associates who solved mysteries on Earth. Saphire, played by Joanna Lumley, had powers that included the manipulation of time within a limit of 24 hours. Steel, played by David McCallum, could perform various feats of PK and TK, among other abilities.
, Movie (1981): about people with deadly telepathic and telekinetic abilities. Sometimes it was hard to tell which they were using when attacking someone's brain or mind. Other incidents were clearly telekinetic based as bad guys were tossed in the air. It starred Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Michael Ironside, and Patrick McGoohan. Directed by David Cronenberg. There were numerous movie sequels and spin-offs:
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
, Movie (2010): the musician character Todd Ingram has telekinetic abilities that are powered by his vegan diet (plant eating). His eyes glow white and an ionic wind surrounds him when he activates his ability.
, Movie (2011): twin teenage boys Johnah and Seth, played by real-life twins Edmund Entin, Gary Entin use telekinetic / telepathic mind control to murder people.
The Secrets of Isis
, TV series (1975 - 1977 first run, 1978 syndication): a young science teacher (JoAnna Cameron) on an archeological expedition discovers an amulet that allows her to to transform into a modern-day version of the Egyptian goddess Isis with various PK-related superpowers, including flight and control of the elements, that she uses against weekly villains. The half-hour series aired on Saturday mornings in the U.S. During the first season its title was just "Isis" and was one half of the Shazam/Isis Hour on the CBS-TV network. Noteworthy as the first instance of a female superhero having her own TV series, predating Wonder Woman and The Bionic Woman.
The Secret World of Alex Mack
, TV series (1994 - 1998): teenage girl Alexandra "Alex" Mack gains telekinesis after being drenched in the chemical GC-161.
, Movie (2007): based on the children's fantasy book series The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper and about a boy, Will Stanton (Alexander Ludwig), whose superpowers to battle evil are awakening upon his fourteenth birthday as the seventh son of a seventh son. TK and time travel are among his powers.
, Movie (1982): a horror film about a young anonymous male patient named "John Doe" in a mental institution who has the power to project, or "send," his nightmarish intentions, including acts of telekinesis and telepathy, into reality and the minds of others at the facility. Starred Zeljko Ivanek as the patient and Kathryn Harold as a doctor.
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
, Movie (1958): fantasy movie set in the region around ancient Baghdad with stop-motion animation monsters, a magician with powers, and a genie in a magic lamp who could perform super-PK acts on command.
The Shape of Water
, Movie (2017): set in the 1960s, the U.S. Government captures an amphibious humanoid creature in a South American river and brings it back to a secret lab to study it, while a Soviet spy also has ideas for it. The creature has healing powers and is played by Doug Jones (in a special makeup effects suit). The cast also includes Sally Hawkins (creature's love interest who rescues it) and Michael Shannon as an American military colonel.
, Movie (1999): a family movie about a boy with magical shapeshifting powers who helps his ex-secret agent parents. Alternate video title: Shifter
, TV series (1974 - 1976): based on the comic book superhero Captain Marvel, also known as Shazam, that appeared in the Fawcett Comics line of comic books called Whiz Comics (now owned by DC Comics). It was about a boy named Billy Batson who could transform into the superhero by calling out "Shazam!" Among his powers were super strength and flight. The series aired in the United States originally on Saturday mornings as one half of the Shazam/Isis Hour on the CBS-TV network.
, Movie (2019): based on the DC Comics character about a boy named Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who can transform into a red-suited superhero (played by Zachary Levi) by saying "Shazam!" Among his powers is the ability to shoot a large electrical spark from his finger at targets. This theatrically released, live-action feature film version of the character has an intentional humorous element to the storyline.
, TV series (2000 - 2002): series about an orphaned American girl in the African jungle based on the comic book character. In this version, they gave her the paranormal shape-shifting power to transform into any animal. In a 1955 TV series starring Irish McCalla and a 1984 film starring Tanya Roberts, her power was limited to a telepathic connection to animals, similar to Tarzan. The 2000 series starred former Baywatch cast member Gena Lee Nolin as Sheena and John Allen Nelson.
, Movie (2005): a corporate computer tech guy named Norman (Perry Mucci), who is also a comic book fan, tries to train a co-worker, Victor (David Ingram), who has telekinesis, to become a superhero, which at first works, but then the TKer turns to the dark side.
, Music video (2017): the nine-member South Korean girl group TWICE performs this song about an encounter with a short-heighted, large-headed green alien in a dark suit. In the video, the girls display superpowers, including telekinesis. Duration: 4:18. The storyline appears to be inspired in part by the 1994 X-Files episode "Little Green Men," which was about receiving a signal from outer space and an encounter with an alien and also the Men in Black film series. One of the girls light flashes a Neuralyzer-type device in some scenes. Also spelled Signal.
, TV series (1989 - present): Animated half-hour comedy. At least four episodes include psychokinesis in some form (there are very likely others):
- Treehouse of Horror II (Oct 31, 1991), the second annual Halloween special (season 3, episode 7) has a segment titled "Lisa's Nightmare," which is a take on the story "The Monkey's Paw" about a severed monkey's hand that can grant four wishes. Following this, the second of the episode's three segments is "Bart's Nightmare" and is a parody of the live-action 1961 Twilight Zone PK-themed episode "It's a Good Life."
- Bart of Darkness (Sep 4, 1994), the season 6, episode 1 includes a brief Itchy and Scratchy cartoon titled "Planet of the Aches." In it, future mice with oversized brains use telekinesis at first to help and then against the cat Scratchy, who had been imprisoned behind a brick wall by the mouse Itchy 3,000 years earlier.
- The Serfsons (Oct 1, 2017), is a season 29, episode 1 parody of the medieval-styled fantasy TV series Game of Thrones. In it, Lisa reveals to her father Homer that she can control the powers of ancient magic. She demonstrates this by transmuting a lead nugget of his into gold so that they can sell it to buy a powerful healing amulet necklace for Marge's mother to keep her from turning into ice. The episode also has three adult wizards who teleport and kidnap Lisa to serve the King.
- Treehouse of Horror XXX (Oct 20, 2019), the thirtieth annual Halloween special (season 31, episode 4; episode 666 overall) features parodies of The Omen in the Opening Sequence with baby Maggie demonstrating TK powers and a spoof of the TV series Stranger Things with Lisa performing TK in a segment titled "Danger Things."
Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage
, Movie (2014): fantasy movie again featuring the Sinbad character, this time played by Shahin Sean Solimon, set in the region around ancient Baghdad. His mission this time is to rescue a kidnapped newborn princess from a sorcerer (Said Faraj) with magical powers who is known in the ancient language as The Deev. Like the 1958 film The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, the monster effects are done by stop-motion animation rather than CGI. Patrick Stewart narrates.
The Six Million Dollar Man
, TV series (1974 - 1978): Colonel Steve Austin, astronaut, a man barely alive. The adventures of the world's first bionic man, part human, part machine, as he goes on assignments for a U.S. government agency, the Office of Scientific Intelligence (OSI), headed by Oscar Goldman.
- "Burning Bright" (April 12, 1974), a first season episode guest starring William Shatner as astronaut Josh Lang, a friend of Steve's who acquires psychic powers after encountering an unusual electrical field during a spacewalk. He uses his mind powers to communicate with dolphins, read minds, and to attack the brains of Steve and others causing pain, pain and unconsciousness, or in one instance the psychic death of a police officer attempting to take him into custody, though the latter appears to have not been his intention. The electrical energy of his brain and delusions proves to be too much for his physiology to handle by episode's end.
- "Straight on 'Til Morning" (November 8, 1974), a second season episode in which Steve encounters a family of crashed and stranded scout ship aliens whom he tries to help with some initial resistance. Their touch is radioactive to humans, except not to Steve's bionic arm. When humans touch them, they develop sickness and eventually die and vanish into dust and ashes. Only the adult daughter, Minonee, played by Meg Foster, can speak. She communicates to her family telepathically and can read humans' minds close up or from an out-of-sight distance. The father alien has the psychic ability to create mass illusions, which might be PK assisted, as Steve has to try out various filters in his bionic eye to determine that it is not real. The mother does not have any powers except she is the one who knows the code signal to contact the mother ship stationed near Pluto. The adult son's role is to protect the group and he exhibits telekinetic powers throughout the episode, mainly causing rocks to fly, boulders to roll, and a tree to fall on Steve, as they initially consider him a threat. The entire family, except for the daughter who was never touched by a human, eventually dies on the run from a pursuing local sheriff and his search team in the wilderness. With Oscar Goldman's approval, Steve sneaks Minonee onboard a lunar spaceship test flight that crosses the far side of the moon and she is rescued by the mother ship, which is not seen.
, Movie (2005): a Disney comedy about a floating high school in the sky above the Earth where young people with super powers go to get an education. The plot involves Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano), the son of two famous superheroes (played by Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston) who attends as a freshman student. Adults in the cast as school employees include Lynda Carter (principal), Bruce Campbell (gym teacher), and Cloris Leachman (nurse).
, Movie (1992): based on the novel by Stephen King about the last two members of a shapeshifting vampire species, a mother (Alice Krige) and son (Brian Krause), who feed on human energy rather than blood. Their powers include TK and illusion.
, TV series (2001 - 2011): starred Tom Welling in stories about Superman's youth as Clark Kent in his childhood hometown on Earth.
- "Legion" (January 5, 2009), a season 8 episode that included Saturn Girl of the Legion of Superheroes from the future. She has TK powers.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
. There have been numerous adaptations of the 1797 poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe about an assistant to a wizard who uses magic to enchant a broom into carrying water buckets with disasterous flooding results:
- "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", Segment of the 1940 animated film Fantasia that featured Mickey Mouse as the apprentice, accompanied by the orchestral piece of the same title by composer Paul Dukas.
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Movie (2002): a South African-produced live-action version, set in England, that stars Robert Davi and Kelly LeBrock.
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Movie (2010): a Walt Disney-distributed film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It features Nicolas Cage as an ancient apprentice to Merlin who in present day has to find and train Merlin's descendant Dave Stutler (Jake Cherry, 10-year-old; Jay Baruchel, 20s) in the use of magical powers, including energy plasma balls, in order to defeat the evil sorceress Morgana, who has also survived into the future. Cage's character can also transmute matter.
The Source / aka The Surge
, Movie (2002): four teens go into a forest and find a magical rock. They discover that it gives them each different powers, including TK, healing, telepathy, and psychic suggestion. Released on DVD as The Surge.
, TV series (1994 - 1995): a British-produced TV series that had an episode featuring a non-human criminal alien who had telekinetic powers and was pursued by one of the officers on the show. In a chase scene, the alien used TK to move objects into the path of the officer, played by American actor Ted Shackelford.
, Movie (1977): a high school girl played by Susan Myers who is bullied because of her being overweight (but not obese) gets revenge against her classmates by using her supernatural telekinetic powers, which her mother, played by Lelia Goldoni, also has, but not, it turns out, as powerful. Once the daughter learns from her mother that she has powers, she enjoys being special and does not want to obey her mother and join others like her. First shown on TV in the U.S. as a made-for-TV movie and was another entry in the inspired-by-Carrie (1976) movies. The cast included Lee Grant (of Damien: Omen II fame), James Olsen, and a young Helen Hunt.
Spider-Man (in film)
, Movies (1967 - present; various): the Marvel Comics character has appeared in numerous animated and live-action movie projects since his first appearance onscreen in a U.S.-produced animated TV series and next in a live-action, made-for-TV movie, also in the United States. While Spider-Man himself does not possess any psychokinetic powers (he can, however, sense danger and has super physical abilities, such as balance and agility), some characters in the universe do have forms of PK, such as the shapeshifting character Sandman in Spider-Man 3 (2007) and the power generating Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).
, TV series (2004 - 2005): produced in the Philippines, a show about eight children who learn they have special powers. The group's leader, a boy named Red develops telekinesis when exposed to a mysterious light from an alien source.
, Movie (1979): a Russian sc-fi film, at the end of which, the Stalker's young daughter is shown moving drinking glasses one by one across a table by telekinesis, with the third one crashing to the floor.
, TV series (1997 - 2007): a team of U.S. military personnel and aliens travel across the universe though stargates exploring and dealing with problems created by unfriendly aliens. Elements of the series that involved psychokinesis include the following: (Note: if you are a Stargate expert, please consider compiling and submitting a list of definite PK-related episode titles.)
- List of Stargate SG-1 episodes
- The Ori Priors have psychokinetic abilities that are strong enough to lift a man, or to hurl him several kilometers. Their abilities can be neutralized by specific sound frequencies which interrupt the function of highly evolved sections of their brain.
- The DNA resequencer can give any human or Ancient telekinesis in addition to other powers. Several characters in the show obtained telekinesis this way, including Khalek (who was given his abilities by Anubis), and several unnamed villagers (who were given their abilities by Nirrti).
- Ascended beings can influence the physical world.
, TV series (2020 - present): based on the DC Comics character with actress Brec Bassinger in the title role, about a high-school girl who becomes a superhero after finding a powerful staff. The character Brain Wave is a recurring character and one of his powers is telekinesis.
, Movie (1984): an alien visitor in the body of a human who had the PK ability to heal, resurrect (a deer that had been killed by a hunter), and move objects, using small handheld special spheres. It starred Jeff Bridges in the title role, Karen Allen, and Richard Jaeckel as a U.S. government agent named George Fox in pursuit. Directed by John Carpenter (Halloween, 1978). Bridges was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. The theme music in both the film and subsequent TV series is excellent.
- Starman, (TV series) (1986 - 1987): a spin-off of the theatrical film that starred Robert Hays as the alien and Christopher Daniel Barnes as his half-human son. It depicted their adventures of searching for the boy's mother Jenny Hayden, played by Erin Gray. Pursuing them was a hostile U.S. Government agent of the Federal Security Agency named George Fox (actor Michael Cavanaugh). In the series, he used his glowing sphere to help him perform various PK effects, but in episode 10, "Fever," he demonstrated telekinesis without the sphere by pointing his finger to turn a televison set off and to open and close a hospital bed curtain. His son, Scott, also has a sphere, but he has yet to full master its use. The series ran for one season with 22 episodes and had a good musical score.
, TV series (1966 - 1969): episodes which featured TK/PK: from the original series, in chronological order:
- "The Cage" (1965): unaired pilot, scenes from which were used for the two-part epside "The Menagerie."
- "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (Sep 22, 1966): second pilot featuring the Gary Mitchell storyline about a bridge member who acquires god-level PK powers. Guest starred Gary Lockwood and Sally Kellerman.
- "Charlie X" (Sep 15, 1966): a young man raised by aliens who gave him PK powers comes aboard the Enterprise.
- "The Menagerie" (Nov 17,24, 1966): parts 1 and 2, using footage from "The Cage".
- "Errand of Mercy" (Mar 23, 1967): at the end of the episode, the aliens in human form tranform themselves into blinding bright lights and then disappear.
- "Who Mourns for Adonis" (Sep 22, 1967): an encounter on a planet with the last of the ancient Greek gods, Apollo).
- "The Gamesters of Triskelion" (Jan 5, 1968): psychic pain-collar activation by prison supervisor, the alien Galt.
- "Return to Tomorrow" (Feb 9, 1968): three aliens in energy form with PK powers temporarily take over the bodies, with their permission, of Kirk, Spock, and Dr. Ann Mulhall (Diana Muldaur). The female alien, Thalassa (Muldaur), inflicts pain on McCoy when he later refuses to cooperate further and says the memorable line "I could destroy you with a single thought."
- "And the Children Shall Lead" (Oct 11, 1968): an alien called Gorgan played by famous attorney Melvin Belli is able to induce psychic power in orphaned children aboard the Enterprise by getting them to chant "As you believe, so shall you do, so shall you do. As you believe, so shall you do, so shall you do." The storyline is more about telepathic mind control, but is included here because the psychic power chant is similar to that spoken by the lead character George McWhirter Fotheringay in the 1936 H. G. Wells classic filmThe Man Who Could Work Miracles: "As I want it, so it will be!"
- "Day of the Dove" (Nov 1, 1968): an alien light entity heals injured crew members and Klingons as it instigates them to fight.
- "Plato's Stepchildren" (Nov 22, 1968): aliens acquire telekinesis and force Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and Nurse Chapel to perform for their amusement. Kirk acquires TK himself and defeats their leader. Includes the famous telekinetic-forced kiss between white Kirk and black Uhura.
- "The Empath" (Dec 6, 1968): a mute alien female heals the wounds of the crew, then herself in a test by two aliens to see if her planet's race is worthy of being saved from an impending catastrophe.
- "Whom Gods Destroy" (Jan 3, 1969): starred actor Steve Ihnat as a mentally ill former starfleet captain, now calling himself Garth of Izar, who can re-arrange his molecules at will (shapeshift).
- "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" (Jan 10, 1969): featured actor Frank Gorshin (the Riddler on the 1960s Batman TV series) as a half black, half white alien who used mind power to take control of the Enterprise's command computer while on the bridge in order to force the ship to take him to his home planet.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
, TV series (1987 - 1994): notably, the character "Q" played by John de Lancie had god-level PK and was featured in numerous storylines, including the series pilot and finale. Episodes with Q and episodes with the Traveler, an alien with powerful mental abilities, including the ability to control space and time are listed separately further below:
- "Unnatural Selection" (Jan 30, 1989): about the genetically engineered children of Darwin Station, who possess telekinesis;
- "The Survivors" (Oct 9, 1989): starred veteran character actor John Anderson as an alien who recreated his wife and home on a destroyed planet and who used god-level PK to make an entire species of aggressive aliens, the Husnock, disappear throughout the universe.
- "Transfigurations" (June 17, 1990): showed an alien played by Mark La Mura on the verge of an evolutionary leap who could heal others with his mind and resist physical attacks.
- "True Q" (Nov 1, 1992): the word "telekinesis" is also specifically used by Q in the episode guest starring Olivia d'Abo as a young female Q.
The Traveler episodes:
- "Where No One Has Gone Before" (Oct 26 1987): young male shipboard member Wesley is the first to observe the Traveler's powers during a propulsion experiment that sends the Enterprise across the universe.
- Remember Me" (Oct 22, 1990): young Wesley creates a warp bubble during an experiment that traps his mother, who believes she is on the Enterprise and everyone is disappearing one by one. The Traveler arrives at the end to save the day. This episode is an example of Wesley causing trouble that led to many viewers disliking the character.
- Journey's End" (Mar 28, 1994): Wesley leaves with the Traveler at the end of the episode to explore the universe.
Star Trek: Deep Space 9
, TV series (1993 - 1999): The character Odo was a series regular and a shapeshifter who changed himself into a liquid and "slept" in a bucket. The god-like character Q made one appearance:
Star Trek: Voyager
, TV series (1995 - 2001): There were at least six episodes that had PK in their storylines:
- "Cold Fire," (Nov 13, 1995): Kes (Jennifer Lien), the female alien character, learns she has psychic powers, including telekinesis, and tries to develop them.
- "Death Wish," (Feb 19, 1996): the first appearance of Q (John de Lancie) on the series. The plot involves another member of the Q Continuum named Quinn.
- "The Q and the Grey" (Nov 27, 1996).
- "The Gift," (Sep 10, 1997): Kes saves Seven of Nine's life, but her developing PK powers become too dangerous and she leaves the ship.
- "Fury," (May 3, 2000): Kes (again played by Jennifer Lien) returns after three years. This episode also involves time travel and is the final appearance of the character Kes on the series.
- "Q2" (Apr 11, 2001): Q brings his mischievous teenage son aboard Voyager. In one scene, he makes the clothes Seven of Nine is wearing disappear, hoping to get a reaction out of her. It doesn't work and he restores her clothes and walks away. He also summons three Borg ships against Voyager to see how the crew responds.
, Movies and television series (1977 - present): numerous characters, such as the Jedi, have the ability to control the movement of objects using "the Force." In the book Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide it is described this way: "Although such ability is commonly known as a Jedi's 'object movement' power, it is more accurately described as a manipulation of the Force — the energy field that surrounds and binds everything — to control the direction of objects through space. Jedi utilize this talent not only to push, pull, and lift objects, but also to redirect projectiles and guide their starships through combat." The Sith, followers of the Dark Side of the Force, also have telekinetic abilities.
, TV series (2000 - 2004): in this animated cartoon, the character Madelyn Spaulding develops telekinesis after Static sends a surge of electricity through her brain.
, Movie (2017): a young abandoned girl named Stephanie (Shree Crooks) is discovered to be just one of many children all over the world being taken over by a destructive mysterious force that uses invisible tentacles to perform evil acts of telekinesis.
, TV series (2016 - present): an online Netflix series set in the early 1980s in the state of Indiana, USA, about the search for a young boy who disappears after encountering a creature that escaped from a US Department of Energy laboratory. The cast of characters includes a strange young girl with PK powers.
, Movie (2016): based on the DC Comics team of supervillians who agree to dangerous government assignments in exchange for getting out of prison. One of the characters is able to pyrokinetically shoot flames from his hands. The cast includes Will Smith, Jared Leto, and Margot Robbie as team members.
, Movie (1999): a comedy about superheroes in training. The cast included Samuel Lloyd as Herman Brainard (TKer), Ryan McPartlin as Will Powers, and Danielle Harris as Felicia Freeze (emitted cryogenic power beams from her hands). TV legends Adam West and June Lockhart had small roles.
, Movie (1984): starred Helen Slater as Superman's cousin from Argo City, a fragment of the destroyed planet Krypton. Supergirl could fly and had heat vision.
, TV series (2015 - present): based on the DC Comics character and starring Melissa Benoist in the title role.
- "City of Lost Children" (May 8, 2017): an alien mother (Dominique Toney) and her son Marcus (Lonnie Chavis), who are members of the telekinetic Phorian race, visit Central City.
- "Legion of Superheroes" (January 15, 2018): a third season episode in which Saturn Girl/Imra Ardeen (Amy Jackson) uses her telekinetic powers to lift weights in a prison workout yard during a battle scene.
, Various media (1941 - present; various): The DC Comics character has appeared in numerous animated and live-action movies, TV series, and early radio shows. Two of his most prominent superpowers are flight and heat vision. Other characters in the Superman universe(s) also possess various forms of PK.
, TV series (2005 - present): two brothers who investigate and fight the evil side of the paranormal. The two lead characters, brothers Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) have been shown to possess telekinetic powers under the right storyline conditions in certain episodes. In general, telekinesis and other forms of PK exhibited by characters are a frequent feature of the series.