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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 series.

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 maternal feelings.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

MANN & MACHINE 

EPISODE SYNOPSIS 

1."Prototype" Mann is teamed with a cyborg cop named Eve. Eve THEN finds evidence that implicates another cop, who happens to be Mann's childhood friend, in the murders of international steel brokers.

2. "Dating Game" Eve has her first date - with the top suspect in the serial murders of women linked by the same dating service.

3. "No Pain, No Gain" Eve revives an ex-cop, who wants to die, by getting him to join an investigation of murders committed for body parts.

4. "Water, Water, Everywhere" Mann's food-reporter neighbor investigates the murder of a another reporter who broke the story about a contaminated reservoir.

5. "Torch Song" Eve's capacity for emotion expands when she makes friends with a singer who thinks she's being tormented by a music exec she suspects killed her sister.

6. "Mann's Fate" Mann moves in with Eve after his home is destroyed by a psychotic bomber seeking the person who busted him.

7. "Truth or Consequences" Eve learns more about the human condition while guarding a young girl and her mother, who's decided to testify against her accountant husband's mobster employers.

8. "Billion Dollar Baby" A genetically engineered bundle of joy is worth a bundle to baby brokers who will kill for the child. The babies presence prompts parental passion in Eve.

9. "Cold, Cold Heart" Mann plays Eve's dying brother to investigate the death of a doctor who was the only hope for a terminally ill cryonics scientist.

NOTE: If your a fan of... 'David Andrews', then you can catch him in 'Cherry 2000' and Terminator 3. Yancy Butler fans can catch her in the TNT series, 'Witchblade', which aired in Sept. of 2k and at a drug rehab center near you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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