A Cartoon Network
series created by Cow and Chicken
storyboard artist Greg Miller, Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?
is a mix of affectionate homage and witty parody of late 1970s
and early 1980s
Set in an alternate history where robots have become a major part of society, the world's most technologically advanced robot (named "Robot Jones" obviously) is given the task to attend a human junior high school to understand humanity. Along the way he befriends a trio of outcasts named Socks, Mitch, and Cubey. He also develops a crush on a nerd named Shannon, due to her Braces of Orthodontic Overkill
and rather robotic-looking prosthetic leg. However, lurking in a secret base in the school air ducts, there are the Yogman Twins, two evil brothers that wish to steal Robot's brain and use it to control the minds of everyone in the school.
The show had little network support
and no commercial appeal. Aired from 2002 to 2003, with only 13 episodes. It should be noted it was one of the finalists in the the "Big Pick" event in 2002 where viewers were allowed to pick the next show. It lost out to The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
(back when it was paired with the Evil Con Carne
cartoons and referred to as Grim and Evil
), which got picked and lasted longer than this show.
Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? provides examples of: