Future Cop (TV series)

Future Cop is an American crime drama television series which starred Ernest Borgnine and Michael J. Shannon. It was based on the TV movie of the same name and predated RoboCop by ten years. The series was aired on ABC in 1977 and was re-piloted as "Cops and Robin" on NBC in 1978.[1] A veteran street cop gets an experimental android that has been programmed by the police lab for his new partner.

Future Cop
GenreScience fiction
Created byAnthony Wilson
Allen S. Epstein
Composer(s)J.J. Johnson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Anthony Wilson
Gary Damsker
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Original releaseMay 1, 1976 –
March 28, 1978



TV Movie (1976)

Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"Future Cop"Jud TaylorAnthony WilsonMay 1, 1976

Season 1

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Fighting O'Haven"Robert DouglasMann RubinMarch 5, 1977
2"The Mad Mad Bomber"Ted PostTeleplay by: Ken Kolb & Harold Livingston
Story by: Ken Kolb
March 25, 1977
3"The Girl on the Ledge"Earl BellamyMann RubinApril 7, 1977
4"The Carlisle Girl"Vincent McEveetyHarold LivingstonApril 22, 1977
5"The Kansas City Kid"Robert DouglasHarold LivingstonApril 30, 1977

List of Cops and Robin episodes with airdates

  1. "Cops and Robin" (March 28, 1978)

Plagiarism lawsuit

Writers Harlan Ellison and Ben Bova filed a lawsuit against Paramount Television, ex-Paramount exec Terry Keegan, and ABC-TV, alleging that Future Cop was plagiarized from their own pitch for a TV series, which was based on their 1970 short story "Brillo." The lawsuit was settled in 1980, awarding Ellison and Bova $182,500 in compensatory damages and $154,500 in punitive damages. [2]

DVD release

On March 1, 2016, Mill Creek Entertainment released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 for the first time.[3]

See also

To date, there have been four other short-lived American TV series with identical premises:


  1. ^ "A Review of the Nearly Forgotten TV Show, "Future Cop" on DVD". Retroist. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  2. ^ Plagiarism--the Sincerest Form of Flattery
  3. ^ 'The Complete Series' of the Mid-'70s Show Pre-Dating 'RoboCop' Archived 2015-12-18 at the Wayback Machine

External links

Future Cop

Future Cop may refer to:

Future Cop: LAPD, a 1998 third-person shooter published and developed by Electronic Arts

Future Cop (TV series), an American science fiction television series

Future Cops, a 1993 Hong Kong action-comedy film loosely based on the Street Fighter video game franchise.

Irene Tsu

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She speaks English and three different varieties of Chinese.

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