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"Starcops"

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Another PBS Exclusive in America, Starcops (1987) only lasted 9 episodes, which is actually typical for England (each Miss Marple season only lasted 3 episodes).

The series followed Nathan Spring, a Police Detective who reluctantly fell into the job of Commanding Officer in the "Starcops" (police in space), a label once pegged by a journalist and stuck in the media. Set in the near future and done realistically based on modern day space technology, as each of the 9 episodes played along, more main characters were introduced from around the world in this multi-cultural police force as they tried to solve complicated crimes more difficult than the usual Earth based crimes were.

While Episode One showed Nathan Spring going from Earth to the space station, an episode later had him in command of the police on Moonbase. With the human race expanding further out than this, Episode Nine saw him get transferred to Mars, which is where the possibly written but never filmed Episode Ten would have placed him. And as his last line in Episode Nine implied he would have took at least some of his crew with him ("Anyone for Mars?"), the series would have kept expanding bigger and bigger had it continued (and as more castmembers were being introduced), as the focus shifted back and forth from Earth, Moon, Mars, and various space stations.

Starcops featured an opening theme that you either really loved or really hated.



SCIENCE-FICTION ON PBS:
Doctor Who
Blake's 7
Red Dwarf
Starcops
The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Man from UNCLE
Star Trek
Japanese Animation
The Invisible Man
2001: A Space Odyssey
Space Island One
Godzilla
Lost in Space, Land of the Giants, The Time Tunnel
The Tripods
Neverwhere
The Prisoner
Overdrawn at the Memory Bank
Slaughterhouse Five
The Lathe of Heaven

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