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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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...  Edison Carter / ... 14 episodes, 1987-1988
...  Theora Jones 14 episodes, 1987-1988
...  Bryce Lynch 14 episodes, 1987-1988
...  Murray 14 episodes, 1987-1988
...  Ben Cheviot 14 episodes, 1987-1988
...  Edwards 13 episodes, 1987-1988
...  Ashwell / ... 12 episodes, 1987-1988
...  Blank Reg 7 episodes, 1987-1988
...  Blank Dominique 7 episodes, 1987-1988
...  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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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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Max Headroom: How can you tell a network executive is lying? His lips move!
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Spoofed in Sledge Hammer!: A Clockwork Hammer (1987) 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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The "future" of media that has now become real
15 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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