Police procedural television programs have become a standard in television programming.
Out of all of the live-action shows of the 80’s, this was possibly my favorite. Automan may technically be a rip-off of Tron, but it was different enough to stand out. It’s the story of nerdy Walter Nebicher who invents the first “automatic man.” Essentially, Automan is a holographic program embued with the knowledge and skills of the most successful people in the world. Automan and Walter, along with Cursor (playing himself) go out and fight crime. For it’s time, the special effects were a sight to see! Even Automan’s glowing blue “suit” was extremely different from the other science-fiction programs out that time!
I don’t think a “gritty” version of the show would work; Automan’s general naivety and Walter’s “niceness” should remain intact if they made a modern version. However, with all of the technological leaps we’ve had in special effects, this show would actually be extremely cheap to produce!
Now, Manimal was a concept that a kid could easily fall in love with. The show is about Dr. Jonathan Chase who has the power to turn into any animal he chooses; he usually turns into a black panther or a hawk in most episodes, though. Still, if I had the same power, I’d think I’d only turn into those two animals most of the time as well!
Okay, I have to confess that I never really watched an entire episode when I was a kid. I didn’t really care about the story. All I wanted to see was Manimal (I never did call him Dr. Chase or whatever his name was) go through the transformation sequences, which were kind of freaky looking and amazing at the same time! I’d love to see a gritty and serious reboot of Manimal with modern special effects!
Oh, and have him change into more animals… like a bear or something.
3) Sledge Hammer!
During the 70’s and 80’s, we were hit by a deluge of films about hard boiled loose cannon police officers. We got Marion “Cobra” Cobretti, Martin Riggs, Nicolo “Nico” Toscani and, of course, “Dirty” Harry Callahan. These were cops that loved to “shoot first and ask questions later”. But they don’t hold a candle to San Fransisco’s Inspector Sledge Hammer!
Sledge Hammer! was a great parody of the “cop on the edge” trope and I think it would work well in this day of age. This would an awesome comedy now! With practically every show being so serious these days, it would be nice to see a show like Sledge Hammer! poke fun at all of those humorless programs.
4) The Last Precinct
This is one of those comedy shows that I think I was the only one who watched since none of my friends even knew it existed. Which is kind of hard to believe since it has Batman himself, Adam West! Then again, I don’t think many people watched this during its original run as the program was cancelled only after 8 episodes. It’s a shame since the show had a lot of good ideas! I mean, it has an Elvis impersonator, a (very racist depiction of an) Indian and a hot, sexy transsexual as cops.
Did I mention it has Adam West?
I wouldn’t want Hollywood to make a new TV series with the same idea, though. Rather, I’d like to see a series of cheap direct-to-video films. Oh, and have Adam West star in it.
5) COPS (1988)
No, this isn’t the reality show. Rather, this is the short-lived animated program. COPS is actually an acronym for Central Organization of Police Specialists and they’re mission is to protect Empire City from Big Boss and his gang of CROOKS. I actually liked the futuristic setting as well as the gadgets the COPS and CROOKS both had. It’s a classic 80’s style animated cartoon (complete with Public Service Announcements) and, as a kid, I found the show really enjoyable!
I think that a remake would work well because, well, not many people seem to have fond memories of this cartoon. I mean, everyone remembers Transformers, GI Joe and Jem (yes, Jem!) but not many people remember COPS. It wouldn’t be very risky if they made an updated version of the show. They should keep the general designs of the characters but make the animation better.
What are some cop shows you’d like to see remade? Leave your ideas in the comments section below!