Max Headroom

ABC (ended 1988)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 8

    Baby Grobags

    Aired 9/10/95

  • S 2 : Ep 7


    Aired 5/5/88

  • S 2 : Ep 6


    Aired 4/28/88

  • S 2 : Ep 5


    Aired 10/16/87

  • S 2 : Ep 4

    Dream Thieves

    Aired 10/9/87

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jeffrey Tambor


  • Matt Frewer

    Edison Carter/Max Headroom

  • George Coe

    Ben Cheviot

  • W. Morgan Sheppard

    Blank Reg

  • Amanda Pays

    Theora Jones

  • show Description
  • Max Headroom is a look into the future. Society is run-down and dominated by televisin and large corporations. Edison Carter is a reported intend on exposing corruption and greed. In the pilot episode, Edison is hunted down by his own employer. He is injured and his mind is digitized into a computer program. The resulting program takes on a life of its own. This is the creation of the eccentric and unpredictable character of Max Headroom. Max can move through computer and television networks at will. The series is about Edison Carter and Max Headroom in their combined fight to expose and eliminate the corruption in society.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (110)

    • Phone Ad Spokesman: Hello, there. Call this number and find out what an incredibly nice guy God is. He won't keep you waiting on the line, he won't hang up on you... *click*

    • End credits music, with Max: Parrots are only one rung above politicians, though. You'll always know when they're lying: their lips move.

    • Max: I had to spend a little time recently with a parrot. (It's true.) I won't tell you why, but what amazes me is why anybody would want to spend any time at all sitting at home teaching a bird to talk - I mean, what's wrong with the rest of the family, huh? And of course they teach it something really interesting like, 'Who's a pretty boy'

    • Max: Now, I understand why people prefer watching television to the radio. They've worked out how boring it is watching the radio.

    • Bryce: Soon I'll be able to reconstruct anybody on the screen - so accurately that even your own Mum would know it was you. Breugal: You might care to call it the Phoenix, Mr. Bryce. My word, you could have all your politicians in little boxes. It's very handy.

    • Max: This is Max Headroom on Big Time Television, and what I want to know is: don't Eskimos ever get bored with their weather forecast?

    • Max: If you're all watching me, who's watching Network 23 - a network with a great future behind it? As they say when you're buying suppositories, with friends like those, who needs enemas?

    • Max: Big Time Television: ratings, 1000... ratings, 1000. Dominique: Reg, this is incredible... over a thousand viewers. You might get paid this month.

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    Notes (38)

    • When Lorimar picked up the rights to continue the story as a series, they almost completely recast the show. Three characters are common to both versions: Matt Frewer, Amanda Pays, William Morgan Sheppard.

    • This telefilm was created to explain the origin and backstory of Max. Max was conceived as a talking-head host and VJ for a British Channel 4 music program host. In the end of the film Max in the hands of Blank Reg and Big Time Television. The ending of the US remake is different, to better provide more plot options for the series.

    • There are differences between the British and American versions of this pilot. The British version was twice as long. It included two characters that show up later in the series but are not presented in the pilot. This two characters are Dominique and Blank Reg of Bigtime TV. There are some changes in personalities with the character of Bryce. In the British version he was is evil and ends up going down with Grosman (Grossberg). In the American version he sees that what he has done is wrong and ends up on Carter’s side.

    • The episode won 3 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Art Direction for a Series, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series.

    • Max's image was actually actor Matt Frewer in latex and foam rubber prosthetic makeup with a fibreglass suit, superimposed over a moving geometric background.

    • Zik Zak is the corporate owner of Network 23. A corporate owner is responsible for most of the network's advertising. The network owner of each station has control of the revenue and uses the network for political purposes. It is a powerful position.

    • Tele-elections are how the politicians in the future are selected. Every network has a candidate. The person with the highest rating wins the political office.

    • Network 23 is the largest television network in the world. It is also the employer for Edison Carter and and Theora Jones.

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    Trivia (27)

    • Bryce Lynch's birthdate is given as October 7, 1988. If his age is 18 or thereabouts, this places the story in 2006.

    • Bryce's exit code is BZ2VH. His entry code is IJ2FI.

    • Carter's personal ident code is 74928BDG6629

    • Max Headroom was the first show filmed at 30 frames per second rather than 24. This reduces production costs.

    • In this episode subliminal messages were explored. It is ironic that this show actually used subliminal images on each episode. This episode gives Fred Raimondi and Cliff Ralke subliminal credits in the Zik-Zak montage. Their names superimposed over an Asian man's face. This happened after Max says, "two minds, but with one single memory".

    • In a day and age when we make computer images to look like humans. When Max Headroom was being produced, they had to make a human actor look like a computer image.

    • The character of Max Headroom appears in many Coca Cola commercials.

    • Bryce's exit code is: BZ22VH. This entry code is: IJ2FI. These are the same codes used in the telefilm. They had to be the same because the same matrix graphic was used.

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    Allusions (13)

    • While chasing Carter, Breugal quotes Hamlet. Breugal: Tis now the very witching time of night, when churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes contagion to this world. They are hunting Carter to kill him. The unspoken completion of the line is: Hamlet: now could I drink hot blood, and do such bitter business as the day would quake to look on.

    • Breugal and Mahler are a riff on the 19th century Scottish body snatching team of Burke and Hare. This team stoled newly buried bodies for physicians to use in anatomy lessons. The team later started making there own corpses. Burke was hanged after Hare turned King's evidence. Hare died some 25 years later, a pauper.

    • The President of Network 23 is named Ped Xing. It could be a Chinese name. It is also a common American traffic sign. It is the abbreviation for pedestrian crossing.

    • The character Max Headroom got his name because, in the original story, Edison Carter crashed into a traffic gate labelled "MAX HEADROOM 2.3m." When Edison's was knocked unconscious and his brain was digitized. The last image on his mind was the traffic gate labell. When Max was created his first words were Max Headroom.

    • Theora says: I know all about little boys. Carter turns this into an innuendo. Theora means something else that we found out about in episode two. She is referring to her younger brother.

    • Breugal and Mahler are named after the 19th century Scottish body snatching team of Burke and Hare. This two men started off their business with fresh buried bodies for potential physicians to use in their anatomy lessons. These two men graduated to delivering homeless persons that they decided would make good corpses for this purpose.

    • The nurse receptionist at the Nightingale's Body Bank name is Florence. This is an allusion to the famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.

    • Brief references in the pilot make reference to "The Rat Catchers" and "The Rat Killers". This becomes more understandable and visional in this episode as we are exposed to "The Fringe." This is a rough and grim environment with rats loose on the streets and hanging up on food carts.

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  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • M-M-Max Headroom!

    By SoylentYellow, Dec 27, 2006

  • Either ahead of it's time or behind in technology. Either way, an awesome series.

    By lilGrumpf, Sep 14, 2007

  • a totally new experience back when it was first broadcasted.

    By emma5000, Jun 03, 2006

  • A cool sci fi show.

    By sfviewer, Aug 21, 2006

  • Entertainment to the MAX !

    By rajkbose, Jul 30, 2006

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