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• 1 Season
1988 •
12 Epds. •

Robocop: The Animated Series

It’s hard to believe that TV executives watched “RoboCop” and thought that the film would make a great kids show, but that’s exactly what happened in 1988. What’s incredible about “RoboCop: The Animated Series” is just how much of the film makes its way into the cartoon. The show begins, not with a catchy rock song, but with a 30-second recap of the film, complete with explaining to young children how Alex Murphy is “mortally wounded” by a group of criminals. The series doesn’t show the gruesome murder, but the intro does show the criminals open fire on Murphy. Heavy stuff for kids!

Some minor changes were made to make the series appeal to a younger crowd. Instead of bullets, the guns fire lasers. In the film, RoboCop moves slowly and with “weight,” but in the show, he’s faster and more nimble. The final major change in the world of the show is that robots are much more common, so RoboCop isn’t just mowing down human criminals. Much like the movie, however, the show delved into some political commentary, such as with racial issues, environmental issues, and peace in the Middle East. Unsurprisingly, the series only lasted 12 episodes.