Exactly when the story is meant to be set is an open question. However in _Max Headroom (1985) (TV), it is stated that Bryce is 18 years old and his records indicate that he was born on October 7, 1988, meaning the story takes place in 2005/2006.
After the show was initially canceled in the second season (after drawing minimal ratings after being moved to Friday nights, against Dallas (1978) and Miami Vice (1984)), Max Headroom made a final announcement, paraphrasing (and imitating) Winston Churchill: "We will fight them on the streets of Dallas... We will fight them on the streets of Miami... Vice... and if the ratings book lasts for a thousand years, they will say this is Max Headroom's finest hour."
According to the first episode, the name "Max Headroom" came about when Edison Carter was fleeing from security guards on a motorcycle, and he ran into a parking garage exit gate labeled MAX HEADROOM. While he was in a coma his memory was downloaded into a computer by Bryce Lynch and the computer-generated personality chose this to be its new name.
Mr. Belvedere (1985) was picked to replace Max Headroom (1987) after it was canceled and Mr. Belvedere (1985) was planned to be short lived also. 88 episodes were added to its original cancellation date was postponed.
The image of Max was not computer generated but Matt in a complicated makeup prosthesis then superimposed using blue screen technology. The ticks were created by repeating a singe frame a few times occasionally.
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.