The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 1, Episode 4

Day of the Robot (8 Feb. 1974)

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Steve Austin's good buddy Major Fred Sloan has invented a microwave circuit card he calls the 'activator' and a separate ignition unit that when combined, power an anti-missile missile ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Major Frederick Sloan
Lloyd Bochner ...
Gavern Wilson
Charles Bateman ...
Master Sgt. Parnell (as Charles W. Bateman)
Noah Keen ...
General Tanhill
Robert Rothwell ...
Martin Speer ...
Buster Jones ...
Michael Alaimo ...
Bread Truck Driver


Steve Austin's good buddy Major Fred Sloan has invented a microwave circuit card he calls the 'activator' and a separate ignition unit that when combined, power an anti-missile missile device. Steve is assigned to protect his friend during the final testing phase. A criminal organization intend on getting their hands on the device kidnap Sloan and replace him with an identical robot build by professor Jeffrey Dolenz. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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8 February 1974 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Day of the Robot featured the first use of the iconic 'na-na-na-na' sound usually associated with bionic use, but it was not used for Steve Austin, it was used for the robot he was fighting. See more »


After Steve skewers the robot with the I-beam, the electrical sputtering is heard in a series of repeating sound clips, obviously the same sound effect being played over and over. See more »


Gavern Wilson: [watching on monitors of what the Robot picks up] The reception's quite good, considering the distance.
Dr. Dolenz: Naturally, we're bouncing off the satellite I leased.
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Edited into The Six Million Dollar Man: Run, Steve, Run (1974) See more »

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Day Of The Rip Off...Admiral Nelson Where Are You?
3 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

An old friend of Steve's is replaced by an identical robot (John Saxon), while the robot maker Dr (Henry Jones) looks on at the events with a TV screen. Steve soon suspects that all is not right.

It would seem the makers of this now dated series were fans of the now semi-timeless Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-68). Day Of The Robot is the shining light in a revolting first season of The Six Million Dollar Man (the 2nd season is better).

Firstly the story, it is taken from a 1965 Voyage/Sea episode called The Cyborg. The bit where the robot starts talking non-sense to Steve for a second was very like the bit in Voyage/Sea where the identical robot (of Nelson) can't remember a minor detail.

In Voyage/Sea, it is Victor Buono who is looking on via a TV screen.

Henry Jones? He never appeared in The Cyborg but did appear in three episodes of Voyage/Sea, twice as time traveller Mr Pem, and once as a Dr stuck in a "night of terror" on an island of giant monsters.

But this $6 Man episode is really rather good, and once we get past the Voyage/Sea rip offs, well, we really take in a rather clever and solid hour of comic strip adventure.

Loaded with bionic action, outstanding location filming in a field of grass, and the final frames probably rank as the best moments of the entire series (but I think the totally under-rated Shazam 1974-76 series leaves the bionic shows for dead!)

John Saxon is a standout and had been in Time Tunnel's Attack Of The Barbarians (1967).

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