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Holmes And Yoyo
USA, ABC (Universal), Sitcom, colour, 1976
Starring: Richard B Shull, John Schuck, Bruce Kirby

Alexander Holmes is a hapless cop whose partners tend to wind up in hospital while he remains unscathed. As an experiment, he is teamed with a top-secret new invention, an almost indestructible, human-looking, heavyweight android cop bearing the name of his scientist inventor Gregory Yoyonovich, 'Yoyo' for short. At first, Holmes believes that Yoyo is human, but when - succumbing to Holmes' apparent curse - the robot is shot on their very first case, he learns the truth and immediately sees the advantages of such a pairing. Holmes decides, wisely, to keep his partner's form a secret but this proves exceedingly difficult because, although impervious to the dangers of police work, Yoyo soon develops problems of his own: short-circuiting, malfunctioning and displaying a flawed understanding of the way humans work.

ABC had high hopes for this show and the actor John Schuck had previously scored as Sgt Enright, a comic foil in producer Leonard Stern's light-hearted mystery drama McMillan And Wife on NBC. But, despite lively performances, Holmes And Yoyo failed to capture the public's imagination. Another TV drama, Future Cop (1977), utilised a similar basic premise and also failed to make the grade, but RoboCop, a more violent spin on the theme, became a movie hit in three different films (1987-91) before being adapted for a moderately successful TV show (1994).

Some episodes of Holmes And Yoyo were directed by John Astin, best known as Gomez in The Addams Family

Researched and written by Mark Lewisohn.

Richard B Shull - Det Sgt Alexander Holmes
John Schuck - Det Sgt Gregory 'Yoyo' Yoyonovich
Bruce Kirby - Captain Harry Sedford
Andrea Howard - Officer Maxine Moon

Jack Sher - Creator / Writer
Lee Hewitt - Creator / Writer
Reza S Bidiyi - Director
John Astin - Director
Noam Pitlik - Director
Richard Kinon - Director
Leonard Stern - Director
Leonard Stern - Executive Producer
Arne Sultan - Producer
Transmission Details
Number of episodes: 16 Length: 30 mins
US dates: 25 Sep-11 Dec 1976 & 1 Aug 1977
UK dates: 29 Oct 1976-9 Feb 1977 (13 episodes) BBC1 Fri 7pm then Wed 6.45pm

The information in the Guide to Comedy is complied from 'The Radio Times Guide to Television Comedy' by Mark Lewisohn, published by BBC Books. More information about the book is available from the BBC Shop.
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