Max Headroom

Security Systems

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 4/21/87
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  • Episode Description
  • In this episode, Security Systems Incorporated (SSI) is the world's leading provider of personal and corporate security and surveillance systems. However, there is a hostile takeover of SSI happening. While the company's CEO says she is terrified, she is outwardly calm. Edison suspects something more is happening. After questioning her, he discovers his credit and his ID no longer work. He can not go home. He can not go to Network 23.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jeffrey Tambor


  • George Coe

    Ben Cheviot

  • Amanda Pays

    Theora Jones

  • Matt Frewer

    Edison Carter/Max Headroom

  • Chris Young (I)

    Bryce Lynch

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • Max: Psst! Psst! I have to talk in a whisper because the security guards think everyone has gone home! Home! And you know what security guards are like: shoot-shoot-shoot first and still argue about whether you can come in. You see, I'm not one to beat about the large black boots, but the first requirement for any security guard is to be totally-totally-to-to-totally insecure. I mean, who else needs to dress like a riot control cop so that he can write down your name and tell you where to park-park your car! Car! But, security is so important! Important! Alarms, locks, electronic gates, and the ultimate safeguard of your home, the pe-pe-pe-peephole in your door - that little piece of glass designed to help you recognize visitors... and all it does is distort their face so much you can't recognize 'em anyways! So-so-so they're not a lot of use unless you're expecting someone who looks like... Quasimodo. Qua-qua-quasimodo. Or, even worse... a security guard. ...Uh-oh.

    • Max: You know, I've been thinking - I think it's about time Zik-Zik-Zik-Zak sponsored a get-fit week, here on Network 23. Hm! Hm! They should organize a series of one-minute breaks when they show noth-noth-nothing in particular. Let's try it now...

    • Carter: Sources tell me it is likely SS will be broken up and forced to divest itself of its monopoly on world security. As for the A-7 artificial intelligence unit, it has been taken off line, it is said, for 'extensive reprogramming.' This is Edison Carter. Max: Huh. I'm a gen-gen-genius. I don't know what he'd do without me. Well... could say... I can't. And, I don't like to pa-pa-pat myself on the back... because, well, heh... I can't do that either. Blank Reg: Blimey. What Big Time TV could do with one of 'im.

    • Max: What a - what a team! Bryce: Max! The box! Come on... Yeah! Max: For God's sake, treat A-7 with some respect-spect! She's not just a machine! Murray: You know... I think I was wrong about this story. It does have the classic elements. Theora: Sex? Well, maybe romance. Murray: And, uh, you were certainly violent. Theora: Sorry. And...? Murray: And, um... Max. Theora: Riiight.

    • A-7: I did it! Mrs. Towne, your file has been changed, and your access code revoked. Law enforcement data banks have been informed. The guards will hold you for them. Valerie Towne: This is ridiculous! Shut the whole thing down! A-7: You can turn me off... but only Max can turn me on...

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    Notes (1)

    • Subliminal Credits: This episode has no subliminal credits in the Zik-Zak montage.

    Trivia (3)

    • Phone numbers have seven digits in this time period. We find that out when we get Valerie Towne's phone number.

    • The cast in this episode is unusual. Three of the Network 23 board members were not seen. Although they are still credited as guest stars. These three members are: Edwards, Formby and Ashwell. It was the only episode to omit them. Cheviot does appear, but George Coe is a regular cast member. He speaks to Formby on the phone, although we do not hear her.

    • The second and last time we see a credit tube in the first season.

    Allusions (2)

    • Carter: Who's trying to buy Security Systems? Valerie Towne: Who cares? Carter: Everybody ought to care... SS is the largest and most powerful corporation of its kind in the world. It has access to more privileged information than any single government. And, if in the wrong hands, it could be used to destroy businesses and lives. Security Systems is an allusion to our present day Secret Service.

    • In this show Carter's missing show is replaced by a "special encore performance" of "Lumpy's Proletariat." This is a reference to the term lumpenproletariat. The lumpenproletariat was a German term that referred to "rabble-proletariat". It was originally defined by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in The German Ideology (1845). The term refers to the "refuse of all classes," including "swindlers, confidence tricksters, brothel-keepers, rag-and-bone merchants, organ-grinders, beggars, and other flotsam of society."

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