1 9 7 6 – 1 9 7 7 (USA)
13 x 60 minute episodes
As part of a secret LAPD project to make androids part of the police force, grizzled, crusty, veteran patrol officer Joe Cleaver (Ernest Borgnine) is assigned rookie John “Kid” Haven (Michael Shannon) – a super-strong computerised biosynthetic android that has been programmed to be the perfect cop – for testing in the field.
Joe’s human partner, Bill Bundy (John Amos), is not made aware of the fact that John is a robot, which causes a few complications.
Despite the show’s high concept, stories related their case assignments and the leads normally battled ordinary criminals like drug dealers and mobsters rather than super-villains.
Other regular characters included their superior, Captain Skaggs (Herbert Nelson); Haven’s creator Dr Tingley (Irene Tsu); Peggy, the waitress at Hennessey’s (the bar frequented by Bill and Joe); Bill’s wife Natalie (Tracy Reed) and his daughter, June (Kim Hamilton).
Officer John Haven
Officer Joe Cleaver
Officer Bill Bundy