RoboCop: The Series
|RoboCop: The Series|
|Created by||Stephen Downing|
|Ending theme||"Future to This Life" by Joe Walsh & Lita Ford|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Running time||44 minutes|
|Original channel||CTV, syndicated on FOX|
|Original run||March 18 – November 26, 1994|
RoboCop: The Series is a 1994 television series based on the film of the same name. It stars Richard Eden as the title character. Made to appeal primarily to children and young teenagers, it lacks the graphic violence that was the hallmark of RoboCop and RoboCop 2. RoboCop has several non-lethal alternatives to killing criminals, which ensures that certain villains can be recurring. The OCP Chairman and his corporation are treated as simply naïve and ignorant, in contrast to their malicious and immoral behavior from the second film onward.
While RoboCop was initially an American property, Orion Pictures received a $500,000 cash infusion for TV licensing rights to Canada's Skyvision Entertainment. This allowed access to co-production treaties and possible partnerships with other countries. The series was filmed in Toronto and Mississauga, Canada and originally planned for a January 1994 debut, several months after the unsuccessful release of RoboCop 3. Skyvision was also in negotiation with Peter Weller, the original RoboCop, but this did not come to fruition. Twenty-two episodes were made, but the series was not renewed for a second season. Expense played a significant part in this; according to Skyvision VP Kevin Gillis, episodes would be produced at $1.2 million to $1.5 million each.
Villains on the series include Boppo the Clown, Dr. Cray Z. Mallardo, OCP executive Chip Chayken, William Ray Morgan aka Pudface, Vlad Molotov.
The series gave writers more of an opportunity to develop the central characters and to extend the human interest aspect through the introduction of Gadget; the station mascot and the adopted, insightful daughter of station Sergeant Parks. Gadget, along with the presence of Jimmy Murphy did much to shift the focus from the adult to the youth target audience. The writers also introduced an element of virtual romance and deus ex machina in the persona of Diana, formerly a secretary to crooked Vice-President Chip Chayken, who becomes transmogrified through her death into the 'face' and 'body' of Metronet, OCP's city-running super-computer.
Many of the characters' names were altered from their movie counterparts due to rights issues.
|1 (Pilot)||The Future of Law Enforcement|
|2||Prime Suspect||(First Suspect)|
|3||Trouble in Delta City||(Delta City)|
|4||Officer Missing||(Absence of Police)|
|5||What Money Can't Buy|
|6||Ghosts of War|
|9||Faces of Eve|
|10||When Justice Fails|
|11||The Human Factor|
|13||Robocop vs Commander Cash|
|16||Sisters in Crime|
|21||Midnight Minus One|
Home videos and merchandise
An action figure collection for the series was produced by little-known Toy Island, a company that would continue making RoboCop figures in the future. The basic series includes RoboCop, Madigan, Stan Parks, Commander Cash (also released as "Commandant Cash"), and Pudface. It also features the OCP Interceptor, Tactical Field Vehicle, Tactical Field Ambulance, Mobile Armored Detention Vehicle, and Cyrochamber playset. In 1995, the Power Glow figure series was released. This includes RoboCop variations with illuminating armor such as a basic RoboCop (blue), Thermo Shield RoboCop (red), and Xicor Shield RoboCop (lime green). Each figure in the collection includes various accessories and several points of articulation.
A soundtrack entitled A Future to This Life was released January 24, 1995, on both CD and cassette by Pyramid Records. Aside from the show's theme writers, Joe Walsh & Lita Ford, it features classic rock songs from groups like The Band, The Flamingos, Iron Butterfly, and KC & the Sunshine Band.
In Region 2, the complete series was released by Stax Entertainment on DVD in the UK on March 20, 2006. The series was re-released with slimmer packaging on January 22, 2007.
- Ayscough, Suzan Orion signs 'RoboCop' series deal Variety (April 29, 1993). Retrieved January 25, 2008.
- Cook, Flynn A look back - RoboCop: The Series RoboCopArchive.com. Retrieved January 25, 2008.
- RoboCop: The Series at the Internet Movie Database
- RoboCop: The Series at TV.com
- RoboCop Archive - RoboCop: The Series