Bob (Bob Cummings) and Rhoda (Julie Newmar)My Living Doll
was a 1964 American TV series about a womanlike robot
and the man she was forced to live with.
Dr. Bob MacDonald (Bob Cummings) is a psychologist working for the U.S. Air Force. When a friend of his, who is working on an android named Rhoda (Julie Newmar) for the space program, is sent over to Pakistan, he leaves it under Bob's care, on the condition that no one must know its true nature. Hilarity Ensues
as Bob tries to teach Rhoda to pass for human.
The show suffered from low ratings, due to airing against shows such as Bonanza
. This caused Cummings to leave, explained in-universe as his also being reassigned to Pakistan, with his neighbor Peter [Jack Mullaney] taking over as Rhoda's guardian. The series was cancelled after one season, and today is remembered best for launching Newmar's acting career.
Not to be confused with the Living Toys
Tropes in My Living Doll:
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Subverted; Rhoda was totally obedient, but got easily confused by human behavior.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Bob often gets these, from women offended by things they think he's said or done (usually thanks to Rhoda.) Rhoda herself has slapped him, though because she thought she'd been told to do so.
- The Casanova: Both male leads are hinted to be this, but both have their love lives put on hold by Rhoda's presence.
- Catch Phrase: According to The Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, My Living Doll is the source of the science fiction phrase "Does not compute".
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Lots of innuendo, just not said straight out. Again, it was the 1960s. They even had Bob's sister move in with him and Rhoda so she could chaperone them.
- Meaningful Name: Rhoda's true name is "AF 709" a reference to an early model of IBM computers.
- Repeat After Me: Unintentional; Rhoda has a tendency to repeat things she's been told by others, usually at the most inconvenient moment.
- Old Maid: Bob brings in his older, single sister to live with them so his neighbors won't think he and Rhoda are "living together" by themselves. Later on Peter's housemaid fills in this role.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Rhoda is instantly deactivated if her eyes are covered or a button in her back is pressed.
- Also, the poetic metrics of Alice in Wonderland confused her own so much it gave her vertigo.