Following the death of an old colleague who was found literally drained of life, Edison races to expose the deadly process of recording and broadcasting dreams. But is the audience's own demand for ...
Max Headroon, the stylish, charming and egotistical artificial intelligence program with a speech impediment, gets to host his own talk show. Done in the same style as Late Night and The ... See full summary »
Following the success of his sci-fi series "Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future," the original talk show of the famous disembodied stuttering head with an over-inflated ego was brought... See full summary »
In the year 1980 the Earth is threatened by an alien race who kidnap and kill humans and use them for body parts. A highly secret military organization is set up in the hope of defending ... See full summary »
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
On the 27th November 1987, US cable television station Channel 9 was infamously hijacked by a man wearing a Max Headroom mask. The man managed to hack into the station on two occasions during that night, firstly during a local news bulletin and secondly during a repeat of Dr Who two hours later. The man is shown staring into the camera with a menacing grin, and during the second interruption began addressing the camera before being spanked with a fly-swatter. As of 2016, he has never been traced. See more »
[reading a list of complaints from the network censor]
"I have noted three 'damns,' four 'hells,' sixteen cases of sexual innuendo, a reference to self-abuse, two veiled remarks about network presidents, and a joke about the Son of God." Doesn't say which god.
I'm sure it's the current one. It's probably the guy who's running the censor computer.
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I happened on the "Max Headroom: 20 minutes into the future" film on the cable channel Cinemax by accident in 1986 or so. The story, the setting, and the characters drew me in and I was blown away. Then I found out ABC would be doing a version with 3 of the main characters from the UK film - Matt Frewer, Amanda Pays, and William Morgan Sheppard as "Blank Reg".
While the ABC version was a good copy, like any copy, it just wasn't the same. The UK film, talk show, and ABC version spawned Max as a celebrity. He was everywhere including being a pitchman for Coke.
If you want the best "Max Headroom" experience, see the 1985 UK film. But if they ever broadcast the ABC series, see it.
What is ironic is that the motivation for the evil deeds of the corporate owners of Network 23 is what did in this series. It was put up against ratings giants "Dallas" and "Miami Vice" and canceled midway through their only season.
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