The following are some of the notable adaptations of the Robin Hood story in film and television.
Robin Hood-themed films and TV series
- 1950: Rogues of Sherwood Forest, a film starring John Derek as Robin Hood.
- 1951: Tales of Robin Hood
- 1952: The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men, a feature from the Disney Studios, starring Richard Todd, Joan Rice and Peter Finch.
- 1952: Ivanhoe, a film featuring Harold Warrender as Locksley (Robin Hood).
- 1952: Miss Robin Hood, a British film starring Margaret Rutherford as a modern-day Robin Hood.
- 1953: Robin Hood a television series on BBC Television, featured Patrick Troughton, in the first representation of Robin Hood on television.
- 1954: The Men of Sherwood Forest, first colour production by Hammer Films starring Don Taylor as Robin.
- 1955–1960: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a long-running British series starring Richard Greene that is also remembered for its catchy theme tune.
- 1956: Robin Hood's Greatest Adventures (also starring Donald Pleasence as Prince John).
- 1958: Robin Hood, the Movie
- 1958: Robin Hood: The Quest for the Crown
- 1958-1959: Ivanhoe (1958 TV series), starring Roger Moore as Ivanhoe. Features Emerton Court as "Sir Robert" in the episode "Arms and the Women".
- 1959: The Son of Robin Hood
- 1970 : L'Arciere di Sherwood (known under the English-language titles Long live Robin Hood and The Scalawag Bunch), an Italian film starring Giuliano Gemma as Robin Hood.
- 1971: Up the Chastity Belt, starring Frankie Howerd, with Hugh Paddick as Robin Hood.
- 1973: Walt Disney's Robin Hood, perhaps the most famous animated version of the legend, which had the various characters depicted as anthropomorphic animal characters, including Robin Hood and Maid Marian as foxes.
- 1975: The Legend of Robin Hood, a six-episode BBC miniseries starring Martin Potter in the title role, Paul Darrow as the Sheriff of Nottingham and Diane Keen as Lady Marion. The adaptation was aired on public television in the USA later in the 1970s.
- 1975: When Things Were Rotten, a comedy TV series produced by Mel Brooks and starring Richard Gautier (as an imbecilic Robin Hood), Bernie Kopell and Misty Rowe.
- 1975: The Arrows of Robin Hood (Strely Robin Guda, Стрелы Робин Гуда), a Soviet adaptation in Russian by Sergey Tarasov, starring Boris Khmelnitsky as Robin Hood, with songs of Vladimir Vysotsky.
- 1975: Robin Hood Junior, starring Keith Chegwin as a young Robin.
- 1976: Robin and Marian, a film with a revisionist version of the story starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn as a married couple at the end of their lives.
- 1981: Time Bandits, starring John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall; written and directed by Terry Gilliam had a short spoof of the Robin Hood legend, with Robin (played by Cleese) being portrayed as an upper class twit and as a parody of Charles, Prince of Wales.
- 1982: Ivanhoe TV movie with Robin Hood played by David Robb.
- 1983: The Ballad of the Valiant Knight Ivanhoe (Ballada O Doblestnom Rytsare Ayvengo, Баллада о доблестном рыцаре Айвенго), a Russian adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe by Sergey Tarasov, with songs of Vladimir Vysotsky, starring Boris Khmelnitsky as Robin Hood, who helps Ivanhoe to restore Richard's kingdom.
- 1984: The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood, a made-for-TV spoof starring George Segal (Robin), Morgan Fairchild (Marian) and Roddy McDowall (Prince John).
- 1984–1986: Robin of Sherwood, a fantasy-style British television series starring Michael Praed and later Jason Connery as Robin. The series set the template for many of the adaptations that followed, most notably the introduction of a Saracen (Muslim) outlaw and the move to a grittier tone.
- 1986: Ivanhoe Animated TV movie with Robert Coleby providing the voice of Robin Hood.
- 1988: Storybook Classics: Robin Hood. Animated
- 1989–1994: Maid Marian and her Merry Men, a British children's TV show, rewrote the legend somewhat, with Marian as the dynamic leader of the resistance against Prince John, Robin as her thick-headed, cowardly, buffoonish figurehead, and Nottingham as John's put-upon, sarcastic enforcer.
- 1990–1992: Robin Hood no Daibōken (Japanese: ロビンフッドの大冒険), a Japanese animated series developed by Tatsunoko Productions, tells a version of the story in which Robin and his men (and women), as well as Maid Marian, are — in majority — children. This version also incorporates several fantasy elements, mainly expressed in mystic powers of the nature and a powerful treasure protected by the forest Sherwood itself. The whole series contains strong environmental messages.
- 1991: Young Robin Hood, an animated series developed by Cinar and Hanna-Barbera, tells a version of the story in which Robin and his men, as well as Maid Marian, are teenagers. This version also incorporates several fantasy elements. For example, Robin is sometimes assisted by a forest-dwelling old woman who knows magic.
- 1991: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Alan Rickman, with Sean Connery appearing as King Richard in the finale.
- 1991: Robin Hood, starring Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman, is a reinvention of the story pitting Robin Hood against different antagonists.
- 1993: Mel Brooks's Robin Hood: Men in Tights spoofs both the 1938 and the 1991 films and recycles bits from his short-lived late-1975 Robin Hood TV sitcom When Things Were Rotten. Cary Elwes plays Robin in the movie, and Patrick Stewart appears in the ending, spoofing Sean Connery's take on King Richard.
- 1996: Robin of Locksley was a made for TV movie starring Devon Sawa as a modern teenage Robin attending a prep school with the snobbish John Prince, played by Joshua Jackson.
- 1997–1998: The New Adventures of Robin Hood, a France–U.S. TV series, starred Matthew Porretta as a black-leather-clad Robin in the first two seasons and John Bradley taking over the lead role in the final two seasons. The tone of the series resembled its contemporaries Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. Porretta had appeared as Will Scarlet O'Hara in Men in Tights.
- 1997: Ivanhoe, a TV mini-series featuring Aden Gillett as Robin of Locksley.
- 1999: The children's series Back to Sherwood featured a teenage descendant of Robin ("Robyn Hood") who discovers she has the power to travel back in time, and joins with the children of her ancestor's band (Joan Little, Phil Scarlet, etc.).
- 1999: The adult pantomime Boobs in the Wood.
- 2001: Princess of Thieves, a Disney-produced American made-for-TV movie, starred Keira Knightley as Robin Hood's (Stuart Wilson) heroic adolescent daughter, Gwyn, who takes over her father's role and comes to his rescue.
- 2004: Nottingham 2051. Year 2051. Robin Hood and Little John want to deliver "essential pharmacies" in the third world. Robin Hood is played by Tiziano Scrocca.
- 2006–2009: Robin Hood, a BBC One television series, produced by Tiger Aspect. It was first broadcast as thirteen-episode series in the UK from October to December 2006, with a second series following in 2007, and third in 2009. Jonas Armstrong stars in the title role.
- 2007: Splitting the Arrow. Sometime in the 12th Century, a Documentary Crew entered Sherwood Forest in search of a legend. This is what followed. Calvert Tooley plays Robin Hood.
- 2007: Robin Hood: Quest for the King. Animated Robin Hood tale
- 2008: Robin Hood: Prince of Sherwood starring Jason Braly as Robin Hood.
- 2009: Beyond Sherwood Forest, a TV movie starring Robin Dunne as Robin Hood and Erica Durance as Maid Marian.
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Robin Hood-themed episodes of other series
Since Robin Hood is a character in the public domain, there is no restriction on his use. Thus, he has often appeared in other series that do not necessarily revolve around the legend, particularly in cartoons or a science fiction and fantasy setting.
- A 1970s Muppet skit from Sesame Street featured Ernie as Robin Hood, auditioning new recruits for his Merry Men.
- The Muppet Show did their version of Robin Hood for one episode with Kermit the Frog as the titular character, Fozzie Bear as Little John, Gonzo the Great as the Sheriff of Nottingham with guest star Lynn Redgrave as Maid Marion. The show takes an unusual twist mid-way when Miss Piggy, jealous that Redgrave is the leading lady instead of her (gets a consolation role as "Sister Tuck" as opposed to Friar Tuck); kidnaps her, locks her up in her dressing room and unsuccessfully takes her place during the rescue scene, to which Kermit and his Merry Men end up saving Redgrave.
- 1982: Voyagers! (TV series) (Episode 10 "An Arrow Pointing East" aired 12 December 1982) Voyagers Jon-Erik Hexum (Phineas Bogg) and Meeno Peluce (Jeffrey Jones) help Robin Hood played by Dan Hamilton sneak into an archery competition to rescue Maid Marian.
- 1982: In The Smurfs cartoon series, there was a second season episode titled "The Adventures of Robin Smurf", where Vanity Smurf took the role of Robin Hood and Smurfette was Maid Marian.
- 1984: The UK kids' cartoon series DangerMouse launched their sixth season of the show with a spoof titled "Once Upon A Timeslip", in which the narrator discovered his voice controlled the on-screen antics, and who then put DangerMouse and his assistant Penfold through a comic adventure as Robin Hood and Little John.
- 1988: ALF Tales, has an episode called "Robin Hood", where the cast fights for the right to promote their swing band, Ye Merry Men.
- 1989: Robin Hood was parodied in an episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! as Hooded Robin, an Albatoss who can imitate anyone's voice, and helped the young Mushroom Peoples of Sharewood Village against the Sheriff of Koopingham.
- 1990: A Garfield and Friends episode was called "Robin Hog", a U.S. Acres where Orson fantasizes himself as Robin Hog.
- 1990: The Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Weirdest Story Ever Told" featured a segment titled "Robin Hare". This version featured Buster as the title character and Montana Max as the "Sheriff of Naughty Ham". A book loosely based on the episode was also released, possibly as "Buster Hood".
- 1991: Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Q-pid" features the crew being forced to play out a real-Robin Hood tale (Captain Picard, played by Patrick Stewart, as Robin Hood) when Q recreates it.
- 1991: The episode of Captain N: The Game Master "Misadventures in Robin Hood Woods" had the heroes from the show aid Robin in defeating Prince John and rescuing Maid Marian.
- 1993: The Ren and Stimpy Show short Robin Höek had Ren Höek and Stimpy recreate the story of Robin Hood with Ren as Robin Hood and Stimpy as everyone else. Though it was a story Stimpy read, it ended as a nightmare for Ren.
- 1994: Keroppi The Sanrio anime Keroppi (Kero Kero Keroppi) has a Robin Hood episode, in which the cast reenacts the legend.
- 1996: Wishbone plays Robin Hood in the episode "Paw Prints of Thieves", to portray Joe's fight to give leftover food to a homeless shelter, even if it's against regulations.
- 1997: In an episode of Cutey Honey Flash, one of the forms Honey takes in that episode is Robin Hood Honey.
- 1999: The Blackadder Millennium Special Back & Forth featured Robin Hood much like the recurring character Lord Flashheart, with similar boisterous personas and the same actor (Rik Mayall), with Kate Moss as Maid Marian. In his role, he proclaims his Merry Men have "strong muscle tone and are not gay!" though his Merry Men later betray and kill him after Blackadder convinced them that their purpose of Stealing from the Rich and Giving to the Poor is ultimately pathetic.
- 2001: Robin Hood (credited as "Monsieur Hood" and voiced by Vincent Cassel) and the Merry Men make a brief appearance as unwelcome rescuers in the movie version of William Steig's Shrek. Here, they speak with French accents, partake in Irish step-dancing, and are defeated by Princess Fiona. The Latin American dub depicts Robin Hood commanding the Musketeers.
- 2005: Charmed episode 7.14, "Carpe Demon", an ex-demon named Drake uses his powers to turn himself and the sisters into Robin Hood, Maid Marion, and Robin's merry men. A sorcerer casts a spell on Drake making him believe that he is Robin Hood and that Phoebe is Maid Marion.
- 2008: Iljimae, a South Korean television drama series, based on a Chinese folklore from the Ming dynasty about a masked Robin Hood-esque character during the Joseon era.
- 2009: The Return of Iljimae, a South Korean television drama series, based on comic strip Iljimae, published between 1975 and 1977, by Ko Woo-yung which was based on a Chinese folklore from the Ming dynasty about a masked Robin Hood-esque character during the Joseon era.
- 2007: Leverage follows a team of thieves, hackers and con artists who act as modern-day Robin Hoods, standing up for the little guy who has been victimized by the rich and powerful.
- 2012: Arrow is a CW television show following the story of Green Arrow, a DC comic character with traits and character parallel to Robin Hood, portrayed by Stephen Amell.
- 2013: Robin Hood appears in an episode of Once Upon a Time where he is played by Tom Ellis.