Timecop (TV series)

Timecop is an American science fiction television series. The show was broadcast on the ABC network and first aired in 1997.[2] The series is based on the successful Jean-Claude Van Damme film, Timecop (1994) from Universal Studios, which was in turn inspired by the Dark Horse comic of the same name.[2] Thirteen episodes of the series were ordered,[3] but only nine episodes aired.

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GenreScience fiction
Created byMark Verheiden
Based on
Directed byPeter Hyams
Allan Arkush[1]
Jim Charleston[1]
StarringTed King
Don Stark
Kurt Fuller
Cristi Conaway
Theme music composerBrad Fiedel
Composer(s)Ross Levinson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Lawrence Gordon Productions
December 3rd Productions
Dark Horse Entertainment
Universal Television
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 22, 1997 (1997-09-22) –
July 18, 1998 (1998-07-18)
Preceded byTimecop


In 1996, the Los Angeles Times reported that ABC ordered a new prime-time series based on the 1994 science-fiction movie Time Cop. The pilot was written by Mark Verheiden.[2]

The show was broadcast on the ABC network and first aired in 1997.[2] The series featured an all-new cast and characters. The show focused on TEC agent Jack Logan who hunts down rogue time travelers and brings them to justice before they can alter the past.



Guest starsEdit

The series featured a number of fictionalized historical figures:


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"A Rip in Time"Allan ArkushAlfred Gough, Miles MillarSeptember 22, 1997 (1997-09-22)
2"The Heist"David GrossmanMark VerheidenSeptember 29, 1997 (1997-09-29)
3"Stalker"Philip SgricciaElliot SternOctober 6, 1997 (1997-10-06)
4"Public Enemy"Chris LongAlfred Gough, Miles MillarOctober 13, 1997 (1997-10-13)
5"Rocket Science"Robert SingerMark VerheidenOctober 20, 1997 (1997-10-20)
6"Alternate World"Martha MitchellAlfred Gough, Miles MillarJune 20, 1998 (1998-06-20)
7"Lost Voyage"Jim CharlestonMark VerheidenJune 27, 1998 (1998-06-27)
8"D.O.A"Philip SgricciaLinda McGibneyJuly 11, 1998 (1998-07-11)
9"The Future, Jack, the Future"Oz ScottArt MonterastelliJuly 18, 1998 (1998-07-18)


Due to low ratings and poor advertising, the series was cut short after less than a season, and only nine out of the thirteen episodes were aired.[4]

“ In 20/20 hindsight, I wish the show had been darker and grittier both in terms of the storytelling and stylistically. But we were trying to deliver an 8:00 pm show. That meant doing something 'suitable for children,' so gritty wasn't going to happen. We were just getting our sea-legs, story-wise, with our last episode, which was a sweet story about Don Stark's character Matuzek trying to reconnect with his teenage son. But we were canceled as that episode was wrapping production, and that, as they say, was that."

— Mark Verheiden, about the cancellation of Timecop.[4]


Daniel Parkinson was hired to write an adventure spin-off trilogy based on the series that continues the adventures of TEC agent Jack Logan as he hunts down rogue travelers and brings them to justice before they can alter the past.[4] The trilogy consisted of The Scavenger (August 1998), Viper's Spawn (September 1998) and Blood Ties (March 1999). It was published by Del Rey Books.


  1. ^ a b "Timecop - TV Series - Cast, Credits and Awards - NYTimes.com". Tv.nytimes.com. 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
  2. ^ a b c d "One Step Forward, One Step Back in TV's Crime Fight". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
  3. ^ Allstetter, Rob (August 1997). "'Lois & Clark' Meets Kryptonite". Wizard (72). p. 119.
  4. ^ a b c Garcia, Frank (April 20, 2017). Science Fiction Television Series, 1990-2004: Histories, Casts and Credits for 58 Shows. McFarland.

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