Max Headroom (1987–1988)

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In the near future, an intrepid investigative TV reporter does his job with the help of his colleagues and a computerized version of himself.

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1988   1987  
Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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 Edison Carter / ... (14 episodes, 1987-1988)
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 Theora Jones (14 episodes, 1987-1988)
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 Bryce Lynch (14 episodes, 1987-1988)
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 Murray (14 episodes, 1987-1988)
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 Ben Cheviot (14 episodes, 1987-1988)
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 Edwards (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
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 Ashwell / ... (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
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 Blank Reg (7 episodes, 1987-1988)
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 Blank Dominique (7 episodes, 1987-1988)
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 Lauren (7 episodes, 1987-1988)
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20 minutes into the future, the world has become imbued network-television. It's illegal to turn off your TV, and televisions are given to the needy. In this world, Network 23 has a highly-rated news program with a roving reporter named Edison Carter. But Carter uncovers a plot to cover up lethal "blipverts" and is almost killed. In the process his mind is copied into a computer and the computer-generated personality "Max Headroom" is born. Together, Max and Edison, along with Edison's controller (Theora), their boss (Murray), their boss' boss (Ben Cheviot), and Network 23's boy-genius (Bryce) combat crime, placate sponsors, defeat rival networks, and turn in stories. 14 episodes. Written by Kathy Li

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31 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Max Headroom: 20 Minutes Into the Future  »

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Trivia

All of the PCs at Network 23 were Commodore 128's (That's 128 *Kilobytes*. The average dishwasher now has more computing power than Theora's then-top-of-the-line PC.) See more »

Quotes

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Max Headroom: As, 'tis Max Headroom here, and I quote from the bard, Shakespeare, a writer: "The quality of TV is not strained, it dropeth as the gentle ratings dropeth to a very tiny percentage share and, lo, 'tis gone." Of course, Shakespeare would have loved your rating system. Twelfth Night would have been lucky to have lasted *one*!
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Referenced in Batman & Robin (1997) See more »

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Jesus and the Airlock
Words and Music by Michael Bramon
Performed by Matt Frewer and Michael Bramon
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Ahead of Its Time, Natch
12 January 1999 | by (Tyngsborough, MA) – See all my reviews

Everyone seems to remember Max Headroom, the character and Coke pitchman, but a lot of people forget about the series Max was in. The other thing a lot of people forget is that Max in the TV screen was _not_ cgi; Max was pre-cgi, and Matt Frewer did incredibly good acting as Max. Besides that, Matt also was the lead in the series and did a lot of work as Edison Carter as well as Max.

The series didn't last nearly long enough for me; the original title, "Twenty Minutes Into the Future" is very accurate-- technologically, stylistically, and in terms of content and post-production, "Max Headroom" was ahead of its time. It was a mid-season replacement and never found its audience; the database lists the tv-movie, the series (14 or 15 eps), and the original talk show which started the whole thing. I'm still amazed at the wisdom (or lack thereof) of television execs who can cancel a series halfway through a season. Then again, "Max Headroom" was about television, making some eerily accurate predictions (CNN, tabloid talk shows), and television execs are nothing if not chickens.

Still, it would be too, too cool to see Max pop up to comment about the millennium...


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