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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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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Matt Frewer, Amanda Pays and William Morgan Sheppard were the only actors held over from the original UK version. See more »

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Grossberg: I want you to form a team of the most brilliant minds in network television.
Bryce Lynch: Isn't that a contradiction in terms?
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Referenced in Wild Palms (1993) 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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Welcome To Network 23
19 October 2017 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Set "20 minutes into the future" - Max Headroom is a short-run, 1987, TV series that posed the possibility (as far-fetched as it sounded) of actually translating people into computer data.

Yes. Today - 30 years later - That potentiality does convert into old news. But, back then - It really sparked the interest of many-a-viewer who religiously tuned into this program like total fiends.

With its episodes rarely ever being shot in natural light - Max Headroom's vision of the future was, indeed, a decidedly cold and callous one where cynicism and corruption prevailed on every street corner.

Injecting elements of both punk and new wave into its 1-hour episodes - This surprisingly short-lived series certainly had its fair share of good points, as well as its not-so-good points, too.


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