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||21 episodes and 1 Pilot|
|Running time||44 minutes|
|Original channel||CTV (Canada)
syndicated (United States)
|Original run||March 18 – November 26, 1994|
RoboCop: The Series is a 1994 Canadian television series based on the RoboCop film series. 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 (1987) and its sequel RoboCop 2 (1990).
The series takes place between the original film and RoboCop 2. The RoboCop character 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, Ontario 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 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 in the character Diana, formerly a secretary to crooked Vice-President Chip Chayken, who is unwillingly turned in to the 'mind' of Metronet and OCP's city-running super-computer, NeuroBrain.
Many of the characters' names were altered from their movie counterparts due to rights issues.
- Richard Eden as Officer Alex Murphy/Robocop.
- Yvette Nipar as Officer/Detective Lisa Madigan, of the Metro South Police Station.
- Blu Mankuma as Sgt. Stanley Parks, Watch Commander of the Metro South Police Station.
- Andrea Roth as Diana Powers.
- David Gardner as OCP Chairman.
- Sarah Campbell as Gadget, a 9-year-old girl, who was adopted by Sgt. Stanley Parks following the events of "The Future of Law Enforcement". In episode 17, "Mothers Day", her birth name is revealed as "Gertrude Modesto", ("Gadget" was just the name assigned to her by Family Services), and that at the age of 3-weeks-old she was given up for adoption by her mother, Sally Modesto, who, as a numbers runner for Russian Mafia Crimeboss, Vlad "Stitch" Molotov, could not give her daughter the life she wanted to give her. She first became friends with Jimmy Murphy in episode no. 7, "Provision 22".
- Jennifer Griffin as Nancy Murphy, wife of the "late" Alex Murphy.
- Peter Costigan as James Daniel "Jimmy" Murphy, the 13-year-old son of the "late" Alex Murphy. He first became friends with Gadget in episode no. 7, "Provision 22".
- Jordan Hughes as young Jimmy Murphy.
- Ed Sahely as Charlie Lippencott, Robocop's technician.
- Dan Duran as Bo Harlan, newscaster.
- Erica Ehm as Rocky Crenshaw, newscaster.
- Patrick McKenna as Umberto Ortega, talk show host.
- Martin Milner as Russell Murphy, father of the "late" Alex Murphy, and a retired police captain.
- Nonnie Griffin as Dorothy Murphy, mother of the "late" Alex Murphy, and a retired teacher.
- James Kidnie as William Ray "Pudface" Morgan.
- Cliff De Young as Dr. Cray Z. Mollardo; a cyberneticist, and a paranoid, psychopathic prima donna.
- John Rubinstein as Chip Chayken.
- Wayne Robson as "Shorty", one of "Pudface" Morgan's two "trigger men".
- Donald Burda as Leo, one of "Pudface" Morgan's two "trigger men".
- Hrant Alianak as Vlad "Stitch" Molotov, so-called because of the scar on his face. He is the head of the Detroit branch of the Russian Mafia.
- Daniel Kash as Reggie Braga, Brazilian crime boss.
|0 (Pilot)||The Future of Law Enforcement||Robocop and Madigan uncover a conspiracy by an insane genius and an OCP executive to develop a computer linked to a human brain designed to run the entire city.|
|1||Prime Suspect||(First Suspect)||When a person is killed and the murder weapon is Robocop's gun, he is arrested and placed on trial.|
|2||Trouble in Delta City||(Delta City)||A new miracle drug gets rushed to the market by OCP, but more thorough testing reveals that it has powerful mind-altering properties.|
|3||Officer Missing||(Absence of Police)||Feeling like the Chairman has been enjoying the spoils of OCP for too long, Robocop decides to take him on a tour of the rundown part of Old Detroit.|
|4||What Money Can't Buy||A sickly boy who was rescued from the slums of Old Detroit desperately needs a lung transplant to stay alive.|
|5||Ghosts of War||A band of mercenaries begins terrorizing Delta City, and Robocop must put a stop to them before they carry out a terrorist attack.|
|6||Zone Five||OCP appoints a vigilante group as new neighborhood watch team in order to solve an ongoing drug problem.|
|7||Provision 22||Robocop is shocked when he learns his estranged wife and son are living on welfare.|
|8||Faces of Eve||A new miracle product from OCP offers consumers new identities via gene transplant therapy.|
|9||When Justice Fails||Robocop and Officer Madigan race to save the lives of four astronauts.|
|10||The Human Factor||Robocop teams-up with his unsuspecting father, a retired police captain, to stop an insane bomber from unleashing a campaign of terror against OCP.|
|11||Inside Crime||Pudface Morgan pulls in boffo ratings for OCP's new hit reality show which follows the exploits of criminals, but the maniac has plans to take on Robocop live on prime time.|
|12||Robocop vs Commander Cash||Children are rioting and stealing all over the city as RoboCop faces his most formidable opponent, a nut case who believes he's a real live version of OCP's super hero, Commander Cash.|
|13||Illusions||Robocop guards the Chairman of OCP against a mysterious assassin.|
|14||Tin Man||Armed ice cream trucks and lunch catering vans wage a gang war for control of illegal gambling and Gadget falls victim to Lotto-fever.|
|15||Sisters in Crime||When his sexist views anger feminists, the OCP Chairman is kidnapped by a band of shapely rebels and forced to do housework.|
|16||Heartbreakers||It's love at first "byte" when Lippencott enters Virtual Reality and falls for Diana Powers.|
|17||Mother's Day||Gadget's caught in a custody fight and leaves Sergeant Parks to be reunited with her real mother.|
|18||Nano||While arresting a thief, who is suddenly run down by a runaway bus, Detective Madigan is seriously injured and paralyzed.|
|19||Corporate Raiders||The city's rocked by anti-corporate violence as Robocop and Officer Madigan are assigned to bring in a charming ex-terrorist.|
|20||Midnight Minus One||Robocop and Officer Madigan race the clock to prove a killer is innocent before he's executed.|
|21||Public Enemies||Robocop must save the President and First Gentleman from an assassiantion plot.|
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.
|Robocop - The Series Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by various artists|
|Released||24 January 1995|
|Label||Rhino Entertainment / Wea|
A soundtrack entitled A Future to This Life: Robocop - The Series Soundtrack was released 24 January 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.
- "A Future to This Life (feat. Lita Ford) - Joe Walsh" (3:34)
- "Guilty of the Crime - Joe Walsh, Miller Hopkins" (3:24)
- "Fire & Brimstone - Joe Walsh (4:47)"
- "Chutes and Ladders - Dave Edmunds" (4:06)
- "Flannel Jacket - EJ Waters" (3:53)
- "We Gotta Get You A Woman - Todd Rundgren" (3:09)
- " I Only Have Eyes for You - The Flamingo" (3:23)
- "Stuff Ya Gotta Watch - The Band (2:50)
- "In A Gadda Da Vida - Iron Butterfly" (2:55)
- "Shake Your Booty - KC and The Sunshine Band" (3:04)
- "Overture Robocop - Delta City Orchestra" (1:49)
|Release name||No. of discs||Region 1
(Alliance Home Entertainment)
|Robocop the Complete Series||6||27 July 2010
|20 March 2006
22 January 2007
14 October 2013
|25 July 2006||Episode synopsis, actor profiles, from cinema to the small screen,
The history of Robocop, fun facts and info, weapons, the car, the suit.
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