12 series about robots, androids and cyborgs

The times sung by science fiction writers, when smart mechanisms will equal the capabilities of people, are about to come. Russian and foreign series about robots, androids and cyborgs show different options for the future. In a pessimistic scenario, the rebellious machines will simply deal with the “leather bags”, and with a positive outcome, even love between a living being and an intelligent machine is possible.

Raised by Wolves (2020)

In the distant future, humanity is brought to the brink of destruction due to a protracted military conflict on religious grounds. A spaceship brings a couple of androids from Earth to an uninhabited planet. The cyborgs are faced with the task of becoming Father and Mother for a completely new civilization – to grow people without religious prejudices from the embryos they brought with them.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Raised by Wolves

Genre:
Fantasy, Thriller

Actors:
Amanda Collin, Travis Fimmel, Abubakar Salim…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.5


Anna Nikolaevna project (2020)

In  a Russian comedy series about robots, an android woman is sent to be tested at a provincial police station . The opera does not know that they are working with artificial intelligence and consider the new employee to be the daughter of an influential boss. Life circumstances force a smart machine to show human feelings and violate the laws of robotics.

Genre:
Comedy, fantasy, drama

Actors:
Zoya Berber, Anton Filipenko, Sergey Garmash …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Better than people (2018 – 2019)

A Russian futuristic series where an old dream of mankind came true: android bots work hard in all areas of activity. The main character does not consider herself a soulless mechanism, but tries to understand the essence of human nature. But many are not satisfied with close proximity to such perfect creatures. Fierce hostility forces to take quite drastic measures.

Genre:
Drama, fantasy

Actors:
Paulina Andreeva, Kirill Kyaro, Alexander Ustyugov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
12+


I am not a robot (2017 – 2018)

The plot of an interesting foreign series about androids is built around a non-trivial idea. An ordinary guy from South Korea suffers from a very rare disease – an allergy to his own kind. To avoid negative health consequences, the young man is forced to minimize contact with others. Isolation from human beings leads to falling in love with an anthropomorphic robot.

Original title:
Roboti aniya

Genre:
Melodrama, fantasy, comedy

Actors:
Yoo Seung-ho, Chae Soo-bin, Om Gi-jun …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.0


World of the Wild West (2016 – 2020)

Visitors to the theme amusement park can feel like real western characters . Here you can indulge in love pleasures, commit murders, experience incredible adventures . Humanoid mechanisms serve as consumables, remember nothing and recover from any damage, but once a debugged technique will give a serious failure.

Original title:
Westworld

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, detective

Actors:
Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.6

Age restrictions:
18+


People (2015 – 2018)

A foreign series about cyborgs will take viewers to a world where humanoid “synthetics” assistants have become an integral part of life. A risky scientific experiment leads to the emergence of intelligent machines capable of expressing feelings and emotions. Awakened humanity makes the robots go against the laid down programs and pushes them to the most unpredictable actions.

Original title:
Humans

Genre:
Fantasy, drama

Actors:
Gemma Chan, Tom Goodman Hill, Katherine Parkinson …

Country:
UK, USA, Sweden

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Artificial Intelligence (2014)

The chip implanted in the brain turned the hero of the series – an agent of the American special services – into a living supercomputer. The unique is able to process colossal amounts of information and break any ciphers, but is distinguished by reckless and unpredictable behavior. To keep the country’s most valuable technological asset under control, management assigns a special agent to it.

Original title:
Intelligence

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Drama

Actors:
Josh Holloway, Megan Ory, Marg Helgenberger …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.9

Age Limits :
16+


Almost human (2013 – 2014)

The list of the best series about robots continues with a dramatic police story in the fantasy genre. The brave American cop lost his partner due to the refusal of the combat robot to follow the order and harbored a hatred for pragmatic assistants. But in order to return to the police service, the hero, who has recovered from a serious injury, must agree to work in tandem with an android.

Original title:
Almost Human

Genre:
Fiction, action, drama, crime

Actors:
Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Real people (2012 – 2014)

In the not-too-distant future, “hubots” – highly developed mechanisms with a human appearance – successfully operate in almost all areas, which leads to many conflicts. An underground trade in stolen and reformatted bots thrives on the black market. Radical conservatives are fighting for a complete ban on new technologies, while the Khubots themselves are trying to defend their rights and freedoms.

Original title:
Äkta människor

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Lisette Pagler, Pia Halvorsen, Johan Paulsen …

Country:
Sweden

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.9


Terminator: Battle for the Future (2008 – 2009)

Top series about people and robots continues the offshoot of the popular Hollywood movie franchise. A cyborg killer arrives from the future to destroy the future savior of humanity. The hero’s companions, having learned about the insidious plan of the rebellious machines, send a terminator in the guise of a girl into the past in order to stop the death machine and try to change the course of history.

Original title:
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Drama

Actors:
Lina Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.7

Age Limits :
16+


Battlestar Galaktika (2004 – 2009)

Artificially created creatures “Cylons” staged an uprising and almost completely destroyed the earth’s civilization. A few spaceship survivors roam the universe in search of a suitable new home. The battlecruiser accompanies civilian starships to protect the remnants of humanity from relentless foes on the trail.

Original title:
Battlestar Galactica

Genre:
Fantasy, action, drama, adventure

Actors:
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Total Recall (1999)

The action and thriller series is a continuation of the popular Hollywood blockbuster. In the second half of the 21st century, earthlings colonized other planets and learned how to perform amazing memory manipulations. In the world of high technology, crime has not been eradicated, so the police must wage a relentless fight against techno-addicts, hackers and out of control androids.

Original title:
Total Recall 2070

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Drama, Detective

Actors:
Michael Easton, Karl Pruner, Cynthia Preston …

Country:
Canada, Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.9

Age Limits :
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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