RoboCop: The Series wa
a 1994 American cyberpunk 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 ( it killed the sereis ) 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.
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, Canada 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.
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 and deus ex machina in the
persona of Diana, formerly a secretary to crooked Vice-President Chip
Chayken, who becomes transmogrified through her death into the 'face'
and 'body' of Metronet and OCP's city-running super-computer,
Many of the characters' names were
altered from their movie counterparts due to rights issues.
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
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.
Variety Article from 1993 regarding
Robocop the series...
will receive a $ 500,000 cash infusion for the sale of worldwide TV
licensing rights for a “RoboCop” series to Canada’s Skyvision
Skyvision — a division of the $ 5
billion Toronto-based John Labatt Entertainment Group — will produce
22 hour-long episodes at $ 1.2 million to $ 1.5 million each, according
to Skyvision VP Kevin Gillis.
“RoboCop” will be delivered in
January ’94, several months after Orion releases the feature
“RoboCop 3.” Casting is under way and Skyvision is negotiating with
“RoboCop” star Peter Weller, says Gillis.
Orion has reportedly adopted a
hands-off attitude about production, but Orion gets an undisclosed
percentage of all foreign and U.S. sales.
||The Future of Law Enforcement
||Trouble in Delta City
||(Absence of Police)
||What Money Can't Buy
||Ghosts of War
||Faces of Eve
||When Justice Fails
||The Human Factor
||Robocop vs Commander Cash
||Sisters in Crime
||Midnight Minus One
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