Future Cop is an ABC network crime drama series created by Anthony Wilson and Allen S. Epstein. It was based on the 1977 TV movie of the same name.
The show aired from March 5 to April 30, 1977, lasting for one season and 5 episodes.
It was produced by The Culzean Corporation, Tovern Productions and Paramount Television.
The series centered on a veteran police officer who gets an experimental android that has been programmed by the police lab for his new partner.
- Ernest Borgnine as Officer Joe Cleaver
- Michael J. Shannon as Officer John Haven
- John Amos as Officer Bill Bundy
Writers Harlan Ellison and Ben Bova filed a lawsuit against Paramount Television, ex-Paramount executive Terry Keegan, and ABC-TV, alleging that "Future Cop" was plagiarized from their own pitch for a TV series, which was based on their 1970 short story "Brillo."
The lawsuit was settled in 1980, awarding Ellison and Bova $182,500 in compensatory damages and $154,500 in punitive damages.