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.
Number of episodes: 16
Length: 30 mins