Max Headroom

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  • 9.9

    M-M-Max Headroom!

    By SoylentYellow, Nov 25, 2010

    This series had a surreal feel to it. It was a combination of "Roller Ball"(the original, not the awful remake) and "Blade Runner".



    Max was a bright shining star that burned out far too quickly. He even appeared as a guest on David Letterman!



    This is one series that begs to be remade. Frewer is still alive, give him a call! I heard hes currently on "Eureka!" So maybe hes ready for a big 2 series come back. If they do bring it back they need to keep the same look and feel of the originals. The atmosphere of the sets is a large part of its appeal.



    This would be good series for the SCI-FI Channel to take on.moreless

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  • 9.0

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

    By lilGrumpf, Sep 14, 2007

    When i first watched Max Headroom as a teenager i pretty much believed it. Many people stated that "a world like shown in the series Max Headroom will not happen nor will we see anything like those shows they show on TV there".

    Well we are still not there but the path gets clearer. Meaning that from todays point of view, knowing the development of TV of another decade, the stuff they show in the series seem so much more possible. Doubt the series would be much of a success if aired again. The outdated equipment like monitors and cameras and the overwhelming 80s look is too much a contrast to work as a view 20 minutes into the future when it's 20 years into the past. I wish they would redo the series or at least make it a nice movie tho it might destroy some of the charm the series has.

    If they would film Max Headroom today the stuff would be much more brutal and inhuman than the original as the stuff they showed then wouldn't shock anyone anymore.moreless

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  • 10

    a totally new experience back when it was first broadcasted.

    By emma5000, Sep 26, 2006

    this show is one of my all time favourites. i just loved all of it: the dark. almost apocalyptic atmosphere reminding of "blade runner". the great acting of matt frewer playing both edison carter and max headroom. the social issues being brought up. the eccentric humour added by ma-ma-ma-max. the seemingly old fashioned computer equipment (back in 1987 mine looked most definitely more modern than this) in a story that was taking place in the future. the music. the thrilling storys. the sympathy added to weird characters like blank reg. the sometimes almost anarchistic criticism against a world that seems to have been made up in the mind of george orwell. for me all of this has made this show cult.



    even though it dates back almost 20 years now, it still remains up to date in a very prophetical way.moreless

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  • 10

    A cool sci fi show.

    By sfviewer, Aug 21, 2006

    A look at a distant future, we may be there by now. The news media today controls how people think. With the advent of satellite television, people around the world can view the same news programs simultaneously 24 hours a day. This have both good and bad implications. News media companies who have agendas other than informing the public on current events are so real today. Max headroom was a prediction of what might happen to the world if news companies look to influence how the public thinks and create chaos to a society. This is a cool show that explores that very real possibilities happening now in the 21st century.moreless

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  • 10

    Entertainment to the MAX !

    By rajkbose, Jul 30, 2006

    When all the media is being controlled by a few "greedy" bigwigs, whose sole motive is to control the entire population's mind using unethical subliminal techniques in their advertisements and other messages, it seems the world is doomed. However, one reported discovers this outrageous plan and is determined to expose it. Alas, the bigwigs come to know of his plans and try to catch him. In a fast and furious car chase, he has an accident in an underground parking lot and dies with the memory of the last thing he saw: a caution sign indicating the Maximum Headroom in the parking area. The bigwigs take his memory and digitize it into their computers and a new personality is born: Max Headroom. Max uses his knowledge and the computer access and the help of a few human friends to expose the corrupt businesses who were responsible for his death and for controlling the mids and bodies of milllions of consumers. Entertainment with a moral message. What more can one ask for ?moreless

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  • 10

    Edgy sci-fi classic about a future world controlled by technology and television.

    By Lokar, Jul 29, 2006

    Reporter Edison Carter is a normal man. He works hard and dreams of breaking a big story.



    One day, he gets his chance. Does he ever.



    A television conglomerate secretly places vast numbers of super-compressed subliminal ads called 'blipverts' into breaks between shows. They are so quick that it's impossible for people to turn the channel. The advertiser has a captive audience-- literally.



    Until one day, the plan takes a turn for the worse: some viewers cannot stand the pressure, and their brains fry.



    Carter wants to do the report, but the t.v. bosses are not so eager to let him do this. The man gets into a chase for his life, pursued by company thugs. A producer rescues him after network bigwigs have picked his brains. The brass siphoned out the computerized personality named for the traffic sign that was the last thing Carter saw:



    Max Headroom.



    Edison must bring the story to the public and save the lives of himself, his friends and everyone else fighting to get out from under the nightmare hegemony. Exciting, well-acted and written, and with visuals far above standard for prime time shows.



    A great series, far too short.moreless

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  • 10

    If you want a look at an unusual science fiction show that was insightful and realistic, try Max Headroom.

    By awerlwas, Jan 29, 2006

    I feel that if Max Headroom were produced today, it would have been better received. It was a cutting edge science fiction show. The show has no super heroes or super powers. The only exploration of out of the ordinary is that there is a computer sentient personality, Max Headroom. The show shows much technology that has been developed and we use daily today. It showed a post-apocalyptic future that was dark in both resources and society. Society was being ruled by computers, television, and technology. Everything and everyone is tracked and followed unless you live outside of society as a blank. It shows a frightening future with hope. The hope is that morality is still alive and there are still people that will fight for what is right. If you want a look at an unusual science fiction show that was insightful and realistic, try Max Headroom.moreless

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  • 9.1

    One of my all time favourites. . .

    By G-san-UK, Dec 21, 2005

    So why the heck isn't it on DVD yet?!!! There's loads of TV drek coming out all the time, some really obscure shows, some of them - mainly from the BBC. . . perhaps the TV Tax doesn't earn them enough - but such a quantum leap, insightful and truly entertaining show, with such a fantastic ensemble cast and fascinating - and sometimes downright scary - stories such as this stays in some video vault somewhere?! Disgraceful! I'm sure there are many who'd appreciate a digital disc incarnation, so sales can't be too much of a consideration, so unless tapes of the series simply don't exist anywhere on the planet, I simply don't see why Max isn't sitting alongside my boxset of Sledge Hammer and my Red Dwarf collection.moreless

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  • 9.6

    Sometimes people hate the messenger more than wondering about the message they bring. This is the case with Max Headroom.

    By sebastian8flyte, Dec 04, 2005

    This show was, literally, ahead of it's time. There's this problem we seem to have, at least here in the United States. When bad news comes upon us, we'd rather not know. So much of what this show covered has come to pass...subliminal messages, the media 'faking' news...the lot of it. I really believe that the demise of the show was based on two factors: Americans hate bad news and the show was biting the hand that fed it. The chances of lasting a long time when you're a tv show taking on media is pretty small. Max Headroom was giving away trade (media) secrets...it had to go. Max Headroom was a science fiction show for those people who don't like science fiction. When the show was pulled off the airwaves there was a big to do by it's fans...thousands of protest letters were sent to ABC etc. but to no avail. At least the shows are being shown still...on places like the SciFi Channel and on video. Nicely written with a heeping helping of food for thought.moreless

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  • 9.0

    In a post-apocalyptic future, a television network rules society through television. Investigative reporter Edison Carter is the only one looking for the truth in this new, completely mediated age. Anyone who dosen't give this show a chance because of the

    By Tiberius86, Oct 09, 2005

    A show that would still be ahead of its time if it were on TV today. Max Headroom starred Matt Frewer as investigative reporter Edison Carter, a hero of principle in a dark future where truth is obfuscated by the media. The only thing holding this show back was the unfortunate association with the computer-generated character Max Headroom. Yes, the show is named after him, but he appears so infrequently and provides so little to the plot that its almost easy to forget him, if he weren't so annoying. Nevertheless, the show was well written with an impressive cast that included Jeffrey Tambor and Charles Rocket (as a sinister network executive). A rare attempt at true media criticism (thinly veiled in the sci-fi backdrop), it shows how the media can engender public acquiescience through obfuscation of the truth. The evil entity in this future is a network corporation (Channel 21) that controls the public (often literally) through television.moreless

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