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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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Complete series cast summary:
Matt Frewer ...  Edison Carter / ... 14 episodes, 1987-1988
Amanda Pays ...  Theora Jones 14 episodes, 1987-1988
Chris Young ...  Bryce Lynch 14 episodes, 1987-1988
Jeffrey Tambor ...  Murray 14 episodes, 1987-1988
George Coe ...  Ben Cheviot 14 episodes, 1987-1988
Lee Wilkof ...  Edwards 13 episodes, 1987-1988
Hank Garrett ...  Ashwell / ... 12 episodes, 1987-1988
William Morgan Sheppard ...  Blank Reg 7 episodes, 1987-1988
Concetta Tomei ...  Blank Dominique 7 episodes, 1987-1988
Sharon Barr ...  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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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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USA

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English

Release Date:

31 March 1987 (USA) See more »

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Max Headroom: 20 Minutes Into the Future See more »

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(14 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color (Metrocolor)

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1.33 : 1
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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: Have you any idea how successful censorship is on TV? Don't know the answer? Hmm. Successful, isn't it?
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Golf
Words and Music by Michael Bramon
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Not Mindless Pap
12 November 2004 | by DarguzSee all my reviews

Which is, unfortunately, mostly what succeeds on TV these days. Shows such as Max Headroom are just too intelligent, and go over the head of Average Joe TV Viewer (or Average Joe TV Executive). With all the proliferation and specialization of TV channels these days, maybe some day we can have an "Intelligent TV Channel" where shows like these can flourish and those too dim to "get it" can just remove it from their channel rotation.

Max Headroom was brilliant. One of the most spot-on and funny pieces of satire ever produced. The fact that it was satirizing the very medium that produced it probably had something to do with its short life, as well. I mean, when you're satirizing stupidity, obviously stupidity is going to react, just by definition.

Any TV producers out there reading this -- there's an idea for you. Create an "Intelligent TV Channel", and give us shows like this, or Key West, Brimstone, Cupid, etc. You could even call it that, as a dig at the mindless drivel that pours off the screen most of the time.


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