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Hull High (1990) – Ahead of its time

After looking through prime time schedules of TV’s past searching for shows that didn’t quite make the cut, this little gem caught my eye. I had never heard of it, so I was already off to a good start.

Picture this: A high school. But not just any high school. A cool, modern high school where the ups and downs of teenage lives unfold… wait for it… THROUGH SONG. And! Not only do the kids sing -THEY RAP. Because it’s the 90’s and everyone raps! Even when they shouldn’t.

What a formula for success. Or so they had hoped for 1990’s Hull High.

Let’s look a little closer, shall we?
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Mann & Machine (1992) – Déjà vu in the making

Picture this:
A Dick Wolf crime drama (of course) set in the not too distant future. Hot shot Detective Mann has been partnered with an android much to his dismay. You know, one of those “I don’t need no stinkin’ machine” types. One day said machine is destroyed (hooray!) and the detective is in need of a new partner, preferably human.

In cartwheels (yes, that’s right) the interestingly named Eve – Mann’s new partner. But there’s something strange about her; she seems a little off. It’s not long before we learn she, too, is a robot. She’s a special one though. An upgrade! An advancement in artificial intelligence with the ability to learn emotions therefore making her… almost human.

Boom! There you have it. Mann & Machine from 1992. NBC let this run 9 episodes before it hit the chopping block.

Sounds like a solid concept. So solid it showed up again 21 years later in the 2013 FOX series Almost Human (which I quite liked), but that didn’t last long either. Only 13 episodes and it was gone. How long before we give this story another go?

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