Bask in the glory of man's metallic monstrosities! Sing the body electromagnetic! Feel the magnificence of network android denizens from Japan's cartoon contraptions to limey British borgs! These are television's most iconic artificial citizens, and you must watch them now!
1950's - 1960's
Robby the Robot
Created for the 1956 Sci Fi film The Forbidden Planet, Robby didn't make it to the small screen until two years after he won over his audience. Robby is still working today, and hasn't had a decade go by without showing his "face" on both big and small screens the world over.
The world of Anime may now be so full of robots one wouldn't even be able to start listing them... but once upon a time that wasn't the case. Probably the most enduring Japanimated robot character from television is the lovable Astroboy.
These Doctor Who villains are still an intergal part of the Dr. Who series more than 45 years later. In some circles (primarily British) they are considered the greatest villains of pop culture past and present.
It may have only lasted one season, but My Living Doll gave us a trope that won't ever go away. We will most likely always live in a world in which chauvinistic guys would love to date a hot, programmable robot girl.
As a television franchise, Lost in Space isn't necessarily lighting up the airwaves... especially since the atrocious 80 million dollar dud dirtied the concept beyond repair. However neglected the classic series might be, there is still a demand for the series' robot character. You can actually purchase a working replica of B9 if you happen to be an incredibly rich nerd.
If you love puppets on television then you're no doubt familiar with the Thunderbirds, a show most notable nowadays for being parodied in Trey Parker and Matt Stone's film, Team America: World Police. The show featured a robot named Braman. Who doesn't love a good robot puppet?
1970's - 1980's
Sure they were the main villains of the Austin Powers films, but did you know that fembots were making crime pay way before Mike Meyers started speaking in swinging Londonese? The Bionic Woman never had a foe so sexy as the fembots!
Marvin the Paranoid Android
Who is the most important character from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? Well — Radiohead wrote a song about him, and eventually Alan Rickman would portray him in a film, but in 1981 Marvin made a name for himself on the boob toob. Never before had such a clinically depressed robot hit the airwaves. This is another metallic member of TV Land we can thank Britannia for.
This still profitable robo-franchise was more than meets the eye. If you want proof of their quality here's a fun fact: the last role the writer, director, and star of Citizen Kane performed was that of, you guessed it, a transformer.
He wasn't programmed with emotions, but that doesn't stop Levar Burton from constantly trying to bromance him in the holodeck. As far as Star Trek robots go, none are as classy as Data from The Next Generation.
Phil Hartman, Robot Repair
Phil Hartman was a God, (with a capital G... the man is literally worshiped in some parts of the world), and his robot character didn't have quite the gusto of his caveman-lawyer, but it was good enough to pop up on at least the VHS version of "The Best of Phil Hartman," The best $5.95 you ever spent.
Kevin the Robot
Only appearing in year one of Saved by the Bell, Dustin Diamond's giant novelty robot becomes even creepier with age... wait no, Dustin Diamond is the one that gets creepier with age.
1990's and Beyond
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