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Automata 

In an alternate 1930's Prohibition-era New York City, it's not liquor that is outlawed but the future production of highly sentient robots known as automatons. The surviving automatons are ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Basil Harris ...  Sam Regal 5 episodes, 2017-2018
Doug Jones ...  Carl Swangee 5 episodes, 2017-2018
Dylan Smith Dylan Smith ...  Carl Swangee (body) / ... 5 episodes, 2017-2018
Jen Taylor ...  Verna Southern 4 episodes, 2018
Brandon Marino ...  David 3 episodes, 2017-2018
Ted Rooney ...  Roscoe 2 episodes, 2017-2018
Richard Carmen ...  Tommy Egan 2 episodes, 2018
Jack Sneed ...  Leroy 2 episodes, 2018
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In an alternate 1930's Prohibition-era New York City, it's not liquor that is outlawed but the future production of highly sentient robots known as automatons. The surviving automatons are given basic civil rights, living among us as an underclass of social outcasts, the victims of human prejudice and strict laws governing their existence. Automata follows former NYPD detective turned private eye Sam Regal and his incredibly smart automaton partner, Carl Swangee. Together, they work to solve the case and understand each other in this dystopian America.

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12 June 2018 (USA) See more »

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Based on a comic strip created by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins of Penny Arcade. See more »

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I forgot I was watching a short film
14 June 2018 | by scaraduSee all my reviews

I only rated it an 8 as future episodes might not merit a 9 or 10 but episode 1 premise promises a really good story: Automata puts a SF twist on the classic noir detective drama, exploring a dystopian alternate version of Prohibition-era New York. Prohibition doesn't ban drinking, but the further production of sapient androids that have become prevalent by the 1920s. As a result, the existing androids, called automatons, are shunned by society, relegated to an untouchable caste of servants despite their near-human thought capability, and are frequently subjected to hatred and violence. It's in this oppressive setting that private detective Sam Regal and his automaton partner Carl Swangee work together to solve cases for both communities, learning to see humanity in one another while trying to prove that justice is still worth serving.


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