Mann & Machine
is a science fiction/policy series that aired for nine episodes
on NBC from April 5, 1992 to July 14, 1992.
Created by Dick Wolf and Robert De
Laurentis, the series starred Yancy Butler as Sgt. Eve Edison, a
beautiful police officer who is also a sophisticated gynoid robot
capable of learning and emotion. She is partnered with Det. Bobby Mann
(David Andrews), a human officer who holds disdain for robots.
Rounding out the regular cast was S. Epatha Merkerson as Capt.
Claghorn, Mann and Edison's superior—a role almost identical to that
which Merkerson would later play on Wolf's Law & Order
The series focused on Mann and
Edison's criminal investigations in a Los Angeles of the "near
future"—sometime around the beginning of the 21st century
though the exact year is never stated. An ongoing subplot of the
series focused on Eve's continuing education about what makes humans
tick, and her ever-growing capacity for emotion, highlighted by the
penultimate episode "Billion Dollar Baby" in which Eve is
placed in charge of caring for an infant, activating unexpected
Although Butler received good reviews
for her performance in one of her first major roles, the series was
criticized heavily, with many comparing it to a failed 1970s comedy
series with a similar premise, Holmes & Yo-Yo. The series
was pulled from NBC's schedule after only four episodes. The remaining
five were aired as summertime filler.
A year after the series was
cancelled, Yancy Butler starred in another Dick Wolf creation, the
action adventure series South Beach.