‘Almost Human’ Robromance Trailer: Karl Urban & Michael Ealy are Futuristic Buddy Cops

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The year is 2048. John Kennex (Karl Urban) is a cop who finds himself partnered up with an android and quickly murders his new colleague, to the mild annoyance of his superiors. But is John’s deep-seated technophobia really just a projection of his negative feelings about his own synthetic leg? We’ll soon found out, as John is partnered with Dorian (Michael Ealy), an android who was previously kept locked away in storage for having too much of a personality.

A review of the pilot episode, which aired at Comic-Con this year, described Almost Human as a “ro-bromance” and it seems that Fox was pretty pleased with the label since the network has used it as the title for this new trailer. An earlier trailer for the show revealed that John’s resentment towards synthetic officers stems from a previous situation where one of them left his friend to die because it was the “logical” thing to do. The I, Robot vibe is strong with this one.

Karl Urban and Michael Ealy in Almost Human Almost Human Robromance Trailer: Karl Urban & Michael Ealy are Futuristic Buddy Cops

So, could Almost Human become the Due South of the sci-fi genre? It certainly has a lot going for it in terms of the casting, with Urban’s brash abrasiveness playing off well against Ealy’s more cool and collected character, and supporting roles filled by Lili Taylor and Mackenzie Crook. J.J. Abrams has an executive producer credit, which could mean anything from him being actively involved to just occasionally waving a thumbs-up in the direction of the show, but the actual creator and showrunner is Fringe writer J.H. Whyman.

The response from critics and audience members who saw the pilot was generally pretty positive. Though Almost Human didn’t get a swathe of rave reviews, IGN collected together some fairly positive feedback from sci-fi fans, and Blastr described it as having “a lot of potential.” Quite a few shows have had rocky or average pilots and later picked up in quality once the writers found their feet, so it would be nice to see that happen for Almost Human and some fresh material brought to a topic that’s already been skillfully examined in both sci-fi literature and movies.

When we polled Screen Rant readers earlier this year, Almost Human came out on top as the show that people were most looking forward to out of Fox’s fall schedule. Urban’s recent performance as Judge Dredd in Dredd will no doubt bring some extra attention, since he’s playing a similarly technologically-enhanced cop in the show. This is also a pretty strong trailer with a few funny moments and the introduction of an interesting premise.

Tell us in the comments if you’re planning to tune in for the Almost Human pilot, and what you think the show needs in order to succeed beyond a first season.


Almost Human will premiere on Fox on Monday November 17th, 2013.

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  1. This is my most anticipated show of the season. By a long shot. The premise is familiar but awesome and I love Karl Urban so I’m in!!!

    • It’s got a little bit of “Alien Nation” in there as well as “I Robot”.

      Looks like it might be good fun.

    • I’ll watch it because Karl Urban is in it! But overall it looks promising.

    • KARL F$%#ING URBAN!!

  2. Sounds a lot like Caves of Steel or the other Isaac Asimov robot/detective novels. Could be a fun dynamic. It’s always interesting to ponder whether the “logical” or utilitarian-type choice is best and it sounds like the show will weigh totally “rational” options against more human decisions.

    • That’s what I thought re: Isamov robot stuff as well. That was probably the inspiration for it.

      • Elijah Bayley and Daneel Olivaw mixed in with the “I, Robot” movie.

  3. Looks pretty sweet. Some decent effects there + karl urban!

  4. Looks like it might be mildly entertaining. I will give this a watch.

  5. I’ll watch it, looks pretty good.

  6. cant wait, though i think the trailer said it premieres November 17th, not the 4th.

    • Right you are. They decided to push it back yesterday.

      • God, I hope so. Dish Network and the regional Fox station are butting heads so I don’t have it on Dish and there’s no free DTV signal strong enough to pick up here. Argh!

        • Hopefully they’ll have their issues sorted out before it premiers I forgot to say.

        • Did you ever get FOX on your Dish, my mom has DISH
          and she gets it, so idk I just got DN and I don’t have it either, so I guess I’m gonna have to call them cos I gotta have my AH!!

  7. Hmm. But it is a ‘Hmm’ that trails off high rather than low.

  8. Very excited to have both this and Sleepy Hollow on the same night! Mad though that they pushed it back two weeks :(

    • What’s up with that? Need my Sleepy Hollow every week ’til the end!

      • Thank goodness you can always jump to the station websites when you have time and watch missed shows there. I rely on that alot, because often I work when the good shows are on, so I have to fit them into my schedule. Luckily, I don’t mind watching them at times I can pack around a busy life-schedule.

  9. Wow, so Almost Human now Almost Airing on November 4th?

    • You forgot to add “no pun intended” there lol

  10. A must see, definitily.

  11. A long time ago Harlen Ellison wrote a tv series pilot called Brillo. It was about a robot cop. A number of people tried to rip off the idea and got sued by Ellison. I guess since Ellison is old and in poor health it was okay to give it another try.

    • @Thandrale

      So, nobody will ever be able to make anything about a robot cop ever without it being a copy of that??? Do you realize just how generic the concept of a robot cop is??? I think I’ve seen that in like 20 movies at least. Heck, that movie Elysium had robot cops just to give you one example that was in theaters recently…

      • Not according to Ellison. You have to give him some moolah first. You can do killer robots from the furure. He lost his lawsuit against James Cameron for similarities to one of his stories in Terminator. I think he lost the one against Robocop as well so I guess you can do the Robot cop one too.

  12. WOOT!!!

    Mann and machine is coming back to TV after 20 years!!! sigh, yeah I will watch at least the first episode.

  13. Why not just call it “Caves of Steel”? It’s obviously a rip off…

    • Doesn’t look like it’s as futuristic as Asimovs story. I think that was 3o millenia in the future and they had interstellar travel and such.

  14. I’ve been waiting for this. It looks good and interesting. But why move it back 2-weeks?

  15. I have very much been looking forward to it. When I first heard they were postponing the premiere I was concerned – until I found out they were putting it after football to give it an extra push.

    What can they do to make it go past 1 season? I don’t know. It’s always with the writing isn’t it? And I have faith in Whyman

  16. Everything lloks good except for the guy playing the robot, he doesnt seem like a robot at all. It’d be more interesting for the robot cop to be more interesting in his quirks or mannerisms for exmaple Data on Star Trek. Some unique character attribute that makes him more interesting. This guy just comes off as suave whos only indication he’s a robot is we’re told he’s not human (and some special effects).

    • This is the best show out there right now you can’t cancel it!