Concept: A human policeman is partnered with a sophisticated female android policeman in Los Angeles of the "near future." Yes, it's like Holmes and Yoyo and a few other shows, except that the robot is female and the tone is more serious!
Total Episodes: 9
Original Network: NBC
Sgt. Eve Edison (Yancy Butler): The female police officer who is also an android (although they called her a "gynoid," as the prefix "andr-" is Greek for man, so a "gynoid" would be an artificial female). She is capable of learning and emotion.
Detective Bobby Mann (David Andrews): Sgt. Edison's human partner, who holds disdain for robots.
Capt. Clagnorn (S. Epatha Merkerson): Mann and Edison's superior officer.
Prior to co-creating Mann and Machine, Robert De Laurentiis was supervising producer on 40 episodes of the 1988-1989 Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He wrote six episodes of that series, and prior to that had written the story for Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman. By the way, his co-creator was Dick Wolf, best known for creating the Law & Order TV shows (he would use a lot of the cast and guest stars on his shows later).
Series star David Andrews had earlier played a foreman on A Nightmare on Elm Street, and later played Frank Borman on the TV miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. He also guest-starred in an episode of The Ghost Whisperer, an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, and played Robert Brewster in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. While co-star Yancy Butler didn't have prior geek credits, I have to mention that she played Detective Sara "Pez" Pezzini in Witchblade, as well as Angie D'Amico in Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2, as well as appearing in Lake Placid Vs. Anaconda. S. Epatha Merkerson had previously played Reba the Mail Woman on Pee-Wee's Playhouse and was Tarissa Dyson in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. She's best known these days for playing Lt. Anita Van Buren on the Law & Order franchise.
Geek Guests: Mann and Machine did not appear to have any guest stars with substantial geek credits.
DVD Release: No official DVD release has been made of this series, although bootleg sets exist.
Notes: I enjoyed this show for the short time it was on. What can I say? Back when there was a serious shortage of science fiction on TV, I'd go for whatever I could find! As I noted above, there were similarities to Holmes & Yoyo as well as Future Cop, with human cops paired up with android cops. Even earlier than those shows, there was Gene Roddenberry's pilot for The Questor Tapes, which had a human teamed with an android, and even back in the 60s, there was My Living Doll, that had a human male with a gorgeous female android (played by Julie Newmar), so the basic premise isn't really anything new, is it? Still, I liked the show.