Max Headroom: Season 1, Episode 1

Blipverts (31 Mar. 1987)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy | Sci-Fi
8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 28 users  
Reviews: 2 user

Top TV reporter Max Edison discovers Network 23 is experimenting with advertising that is lethal to some viewers. His boss tries to kill him and copy his mind to a controllable simulation. Instead Edison survives - and Max Headroom is born.

Director:

Writers:

(teleplay), (based on the British screenplay by), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Related Items

Search for "Blipverts" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Blipverts (31 Mar 1987)

Blipverts (31 Mar 1987) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Max Headroom.
1 of 14 Episodes | Next Episode »
Edit

Cast

Episode credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Rick Ducommun ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Florence
John Davey
Hank Garrett ...
Ricardo Gutiérrez ...
Martinez
Heath Jobes
Virginia Kiser ...
Irene Olga López
Skip O'Brien
Edit

Storyline

Top TV reporter Max Edison discovers Network 23 is experimenting with advertising that is lethal to some viewers. His boss tries to kill him and copy his mind to a controllable simulation. Instead Edison survives - and Max Headroom is born.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Edit

Details

Language:

Release Date:

31 March 1987 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

'W. Morgan Sheppard' actually ate from the pot of Spaghetti-o's the videocassette fell inside, previously. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Theora uses the computer to infiltrate the executive washroom, a crew member is reflected on the computer screen standing behind Matt Frewer's shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Bryce Lynch: I only invent the bomb, I don't drop it.
See more »

Connections

Remake of Max Headroom (1985) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Excellent pilot for the sadly short-lived TV series
14 September 2010 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Brave and dedicated star reporter Edison Carter (a fine and engaging portrayal by Matt Frewer) discovers that the all powerful Network 23 is experimenting with subliminal advertising known as blipverts that is lethal to some viewers. His bosses try to kill him and copy his mind to a controllable simulation. But Edison survives and his sarcastic and stuttering id-run-amok computer generated alter ego Max Headroom is born. Director Farhad Mann, working from a wickedly clever and absorbing script by Joe Gannon and Steve Roberts, relates the arresting story at a nonstop zippy pace and does an ace job of creating and sustaining a supremely edgy and paranoid tone throughout. Moreover, this premiere episode introduces the program's colorful array of major characters: the lovely Amanda Pays as Edison's sultry and resourceful controller assistant Theora Jones, Chris Young as precious kid computer whiz Bryce Lynch, Jeffrey Tambor as Edison's harried superior Murray, and George Coe as pragmatic network executive Ben Chevoit. Charles Rocket contributes a deliciously despicable performance as slimy and amoral network president Grossberg while Rick Ducommun and Jere Burns make memorably creepy appearances as brutish thug Mahler and his equally vicious partner Breughel. Robert M. Stevens' agile and dynamic cinematography gives the show a fabulously funky'n'punky rundown quasi-futuristic urban wasteland look. Cory Lerios' shuddery and spirited score likewise does the rockin' trick. But it's the show's fiercely barbed and no-holds-barred satirizing of television which in turn provides an extra tasty and provocative quality, with this initial outing delivering plenty of spot-on stinging commentary on the potentially lethal side effects of sensory overload and television executives placing more value on ratings over viewers' well being.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Max Headroom Predictions lennon62
Airwaves hacked with Max Headroom prank Thorpe89
Which is your favorite episode? ajguillory
i used to be afraid of max headroom. cokemycola
'the movie' LegoMovieMan
max headroom in new tv adverts for channel 4 darthmike-1
Discuss Blipverts (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?