Monday, June 01, 2015
Cult-TV Theme Watch: Robin Hood
The hero who robs from the rich and gives to the poor -- all while living in Sherwood Forest -- has had quite the illustrious history on television.
In fact, the great and heroic Robin Hood has appeared on TV in virtually every decade from the 1950s to the present.
Before playing the second incarnation of the Time Lord, for example, Patrick Troughton played Robin Hood on a BBC series in 1953.
In the 1970s, an all-animal cast represented Robin, his Merry Men, and Marian in Hanna Barbera's The Adventures of Robin Hoodnik (1972).
A second comical variation on the tale came from Mel Brooks in the same decade. He created When Things Were Rotten (1975), a series starring Richard Gautier as Robin.
From 1984 to 1986, TV history saw one of its most popular incarnations of the Robin Hood myth. Robin of Sherwood starred Michael Praed, and later Jason Connery, and was honored by fans as a more realistic and gritty version of the tale.
Robin Hood and his Merry Men have frequently appeared as "guest" characters on other TV series as well. He was the subject of the Voyagers! episode "An Arrow Points East" in 1982, and in an episode of the animated ALF Tales.
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 - 1994), similarly, featured a fourth season tale called "Q-Pid" in which the command crew of the Enterprise D took on the characters of the myth. Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) was Robin Hood, and his would-be lover, Vash (Jennifer Hetrick) was Maid Marian.