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.

 

 

     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, 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, NeuroBrain.

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

 

 

   

   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.

 

 

Variety Article from 1993 regarding Robocop the series... 

     Orion Pictures will receive a $ 500,000 cash infusion for the sale of worldwide TV licensing rights for a “RoboCop” series to Canada’s Skyvision Entertainment.

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.

 

 

EPISODES

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

 

 

 

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