RoboCop: The Series

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RoboCop: The Series
RoboCop The Series.jpg
Genre Action/Adventure
cyberpunk
Mystery
Created by Stephen Downing
Starring Richard Eden
Ending theme "Future to This Life" by Joe Walsh & Lita Ford
Country of origin Canada
No. of episodes 21 episodes and 1 Pilot
Production
Producer(s) Jay Firestone
Running time 44 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CTV (Canada)
syndicated (United States)
Original run March 18 – November 26, 1994

RoboCop: The Series is a 1994 Canadian-American 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.

Background[edit]

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.[1]

The pilot episode runs two hours. It was adapted from a discarded RoboCop 2 script, Corporate Wars, by the writers of the original RoboCop, Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner.

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.[2]

Many of the characters' names were altered from their movie counterparts due to rights issues.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Richard Eden: Officer Alex Murphy/RoboCop.
  • Yvette Nipar: Officer/Detective Lisa Madigan, of the Metro South Police Station.
  • Blu Mankuma: Sgt. Stanley Parks, Watch Commander of the Metro South Police Station.
  • Andrea Roth: Diana Powers.
  • David Gardner: OCP Chairman.
  • Sarah Campbell: Gadget, a 9-year-old girl, who was adopted by Sgt. Stanley Parks following the events of "The Future of Law Enforcement". In ep. 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 ep. #7, "Provision 22".
  • Jennifer Griffin: Nancy Murphy, wife of the 'late' Alex Murphy.
  • Peter Costigan: James Daniel "Jimmy" Murphy, the 13-year-old son of the 'late' Alex Murphy. He first became friends with Gadget in ep. #7, "Provision 22".
    • Jordan Hughes: Young Jimmy Murphy.

Reccurring Cast[edit]

Villians[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Episode Name Alternate Titles
0 (Pilot) The Future of Law Enforcement
1 Prime Suspect (First Suspect)
2 Trouble in Delta City (Delta City)
3 Officer Missing (Absence of Police)
4 What Money Can't Buy
5 Ghosts of War
6 Zone Five
7 Provision 22
8 Faces of Eve
9 When Justice Fails
10 The Human Factor
11 Inside Crime
12 Robocop vs Commander Cash
13 Illusions
14 Tin Man
15 Sisters in Crime
16 Heartbreakers
17 Mothers Day
18 Nano
19 Corporate Raiders
20 Midnight Minus One
21 Public Enemies


Distribution[edit]

Home videos and merchandise[edit]

The first five episodes were released on VHS in 1995. Episodes of the series were also released in a Japanese laserdisc set. They include "First Suspect," "Delta City," and "Absence of Police."

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.

Soundtrack[edit]

Robocop - The Series Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released 24 January 1995
Genre Punk rock
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.


  1. "A Future to This Life (feat. Lita Ford) - Joe Walsh" (3:34)
  2. "Guilty of the Crime - Joe Walsh, Miller Hopkins" (3:24)
  3. "Fire & Brimstone - Joe Walsh (4:47)"
  4. "Chutes and Ladders - Dave Edmunds" (4:06)
  5. "Flannel Jacket - EJ Waters" (3:53)
  6. "We Gotta Get You A Woman - Todd Rundgren" (3:09)
  7. " I Only Have Eyes for You - The Flamingo" (3:23)
  8. "Stuff Ya Gotta Watch - The Band (2:50)
  9. "In A Gadda Da Vida - Iron Butterfly" (2:55)
  10. "Shake Your Booty - KC and The Sunshine Band" (3:04)
  11. "Overture Robocop - Delta City Orchestra" (1:49)

DVD[edit]

Release name No. of discs Region 1
(Alliance Home Entertainment)
Region 2
(Stax Entertainment)
Region 4
(Madman Entertainment)
Notes
Robocop the Complete Series 6 27 July 2010[3]
(Canada only)
20 March 2006[4]

Re-release
22 January 2007[5]
14 October 2013.[6]
25 July 2006.[7] Episode synopsis, actor profiles, from cinema to the small screen,
The history of Robocop, fun facts and info, weapons, the car, the suit.

Digital[edit]

The complete series including the pilot episode is available on Amazon Instant Video (UK only).[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ayscough, Suzan Orion signs 'RoboCop' series deal Variety (April 29, 1993). Retrieved January 25, 2008.
  2. ^ Cook, Flynn A look back - RoboCop: The Series RoboCopArchive.com. Retrieved January 25, 2008.
  3. ^ "Robocop Complete Series". amazon.ca. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Robocop - The Series". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Robocop - the Complete TV Series DVD". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Robocop - The Complete TV Series (6 Disc Set) DVD". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Robocop: The Series (5 Disc Set) (DVD)". ezydvd.com.au. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "RoboCop The Series 1 Season 1994". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 

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