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Why You Should Be Watching “Almost Human”

It has robots, Star Trek’s Bones, and Minka Kelly. What more do you need???

Fox’s latest sci-fi series is set in the year 2048. In a decaying urban landscape, crime has gotten so out of control that human cops are partnered with androids.

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Despite being from the creators of Fringe, there isn’t a lot of complicated mythology so far. It’s basically Blade Runner meets Robocop meets Hot Fuzz.

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It reminds us of the fun sci-fi shows of the ’80s and ’90s. Like Alien Nation. Remember that one?

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Michael Ealy is seriously great as Dorian, an android whose “synthetic soul” programming causes him to have some wild mood swings.

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Dorian is partnered with Kennex (Karl Urban from Star Trek and Dredd), a gruff cop with a robotic leg. In high school, his teammates called him “The White Cheetah.”

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Together, they have quite possibly the best bromance on TV right now. (Or should that be “robromance”?)

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Seriously, they’re the best human/robot pairing since Short Circuit 2.

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These guys cannot get enough of each other.

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Their buddy cop banter is on point.

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They’re like Briscoe and Green from Law & Order, except one of them is basically a walking smartphone.

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The other androids on the police force are rather lacking in emotion. Also, they’re built like Ken dolls.

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But Dorian is all man. He even whips it out for Kennex in the car.

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Not surprisingly, there are already Dorian/Kennex ‘shippers. Google it, if you dare. Lots of graphic fan art.

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Oh, right, there are other characters on the show too. Like tech geek Rudy, played by Mackenzie Crook, aka Gareth from The Office.

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One time he wore a fedora while undercover. It was awesome.

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He also operated on a sexbot.

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Minka Kelly plays a criminal behavior specialist who also shoots stuff.

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There’s some fan speculation that her character might be a robot. Though that could be because of her acting. Zing!

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Lili Taylor, the acclaimed actress from I Shot Andy Warhol and The Conjuring, plays the Captain. She gets to deliver lines like “Her DNA was found on the sexbot” with a straight face.

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Also, she yells at Kennex a lot because he’s a cop who refuses to play by the rules.

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But, really, Dorian is the best part of the show. Because sometimes his emotions get the best of him.

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One time there were two Dorians…

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And it was pretty funny and moving.

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Only a few episodes in and Ealy and Urban already have great chemistry. Also, lots of sexual tension.

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Hmm, maybe the ‘shippers are on to something. Could Kennex and Dorian be TV’s first robot/human couple?

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