Masters of Science Fiction

Season 1 Episode 3

Jerry Was a Man

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Aug 18, 2007 on ABC
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  • In 2077, an anthropoid, a Mine Sweeper Joe, scheduled for termination, is saved temporarily by the seventh richest woman in the world, to be a pet for her and her husband.

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    'Jerry Was a Man' tells the story of the enlightenment of dull beings. And the 'Joe' named Jerry learned a little, as well. In the future, science, law, and the folly of the sickeningly rich will know no bounds. For those who grew up with Robert Heinlein's future history stories, this is classic Heinlein. For newer fans the story fits well into today's self indulgent style of spoiled heirs that populate TV and movies. But in the end, it has nothing to do with the grand intellect that created Jerry, nor the grandiose ego that saved him. It comes down to the definition of 'human'. The legal proof offered may be a surprise to some, but not those familiar with Heinlein, one of the true Masters of SciFi.
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