BEST TV AND MOVIE ROBOTS
Rosie the Robot (“The Jetsons,” ABC, 1962-63) Incorporating many traits of an old-fashioned housekeeper, Rosie actually wasn’t seen much on the original incarnation of this animated classic, yet enough to keep her an indelible image associated with the show. Robot (“Lost in Space,” CBS, 196568) “Danger, Will Robinson!” Though there have been more sophisticated incarnations of the mechanical sidekick in later versions, the original (voiced by veteran announcer Dick Tufeld) remains the most beloved.
R2-D2 and C-3PO (“Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,” 1977) Well, of course. Legendary for their beeps and wisecracks respectively, this Laurel-and-Hardy-like duo (Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels inside the costumes) made – and kept – Droids cool. RoboCop (“RoboCop,” 1987) OK ... technically, extensively reconstructed police officer Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) was only part-robot, but it was to such an extensive degree and with such obvious cyber-enhancements that we feel he qualifies for this list handily.
Data (“Star Trek: The Next Generation, syndication, 198794) An outsider to the human crew much like Spock was on the original ”Star Trek,“this android (played by Brent Spiner) still was invaluable in what he knew about the starship Enterprise-D and its operations.
Geoff Peterson (“The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson,” CBS, 2010-14) Having a skeleton robot (voiced by Josh Robert Thompson, who also controlled its movements) as a talk-show sidekick was one of Ferguson’s ridiculously hilarious conceits that gave his program a cult following even in the wee hours.
Rosie the Robot R2-D2 and C-3PO Data