It might have only been a pilot or a made for TV movie, but I remember a male time traveller who was for some reason in 90s US from a semi-distant future. He had in his possession a super-computer disguised as a regular credit card, which could hack things and I think spoke to him in a female voice.

Note: Not Quantum Leap - the time traveller and "credit card computer" might be keywords that people would hit upon, but 'Ziggy' the computer in QL was non-speaking, operated by a hologram and did not resemble a credit card - this one had its own voice and was disguised as a CC.

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This is Time Trax.

He [Darien Lambert] is assisted by the Specified Encapsulated Limitless Memory Archive, or SELMA, an extremely small but very powerful computer (described as equivalent to a mainframe) disguised for the mission as a credit card; SELMA communicates through a holographic interface which takes the visual form of a prim young woman.

"Short lived" is a bit harsh. It ran for two seasons.

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    Great series. The OP asked if it might have been the pilot for a movie. Time Trax first aired in 1993, and a year later the movie 'Timecop' was released with a very similar premise, although it was based on a 1992 comic which may have also been the inspiration for Time Trax. Both the series and the movie starred Mia Sara.
    – Astralbee
    Commented May 26, 2020 at 8:48
  • Definitely Time Trax. I loved that series! It's available on DVD (I own both seasons).
    – Matthew
    Commented May 26, 2020 at 15:38
  • "A lawman who must pursue into the past"? Interesting, that's not how I remember that narrative. In youtube.com/watch?v=Kj0CJ9m1ZHk, it's "a lawman with a mission".
    – Matthew
    Commented May 26, 2020 at 15:46
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    Was there some TV rule that the protagonist of the "Hidden AI sidekick" SF genre had to be played by an actor whose name ended in two "F"s?
    – T.E.D.
    Commented May 26, 2020 at 21:51

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