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The Max Headroom Show

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The Max Headroom Show
"Hi, this is Max-Max Headroom on Network 23, brought-brought-brought to you by... ah... oh, no no no no no no-no-no. I'm sorry, but sorry, but if they think I'm endorsing car accessories, they've got another dipstick-stick coming!"
Genre: Music
Running Time: 30 minutes
Country: United Kingdom
Release Date: April 6, 1985 - March 10, 1987
Network(s): Channel 4
Created by: George Stone
Rocky Morton
Annabel Jankel
Starring: Matt Frewer
Seasons: 3
Episodes: 30
Previous show: Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future (1985)
Next show: Max Headroom (1987 - 1988)

The Max Headroom Show is a television series that debuted in the UK in 1985. It was produced by Carlton TV and aired on Channel 4, with an initial series of 13 shows. It featured actor Matt Frewer playing the role of pseudo-computer-generated talk-show host Max Headroom. It returned in 1986 for a second series of six episodes plus a Christmas Special. The final series aired in 1987.


Max Headroom, the stylish, charming and egotistical artificial intelligence program with a speech impediment, gets to host his own talk show. Done in the same style as Late Night and The Tonight Show, Max Hedroom's show includes guest interviews, musical numbers, and short comedy skits.

Why It Rocks

  1. Matt Frewer was placed with prosthetic make-up with special contact lenses and a fiberglass suit to be Max Headroom, Which is pretty neat.
  2. It has cool and neat backgrounds.
  3. Has an '1980s and technology feel.
  4. Makes fun of pop culture in a good way.
  5. Very funny moments, especially by Max Headroom.
  6. Had great interviews with celebrities including Tracey Ullman, Tina Turner, and even Robin Williams.
  7. It had a Coke commercial telling about the Cola wars.
  8. It was so popular that it spawned a sequel on Cimemax, science-fiction sequel, television hijack (it's not good though), and some pop culture references.

Bad Qualities

  1. He seems very strange to some people.
  2. This show might be a bit confusing since the movie was science-fiction and this show is a talkshow.


  • Back to the Future Part II also featured a Max Headroom inspired Reagan, and computer-generated versions of Michael Jackson and the Ayatollah Khomeini as waiters at the fictitious Cafe '80s.
  • Eminem's 2013 "Rap God" video features himself portrayed as Max Headroom.
  • In 2015, Max Headroom appeared in the film Pixels in a cameo as the ominous alien liaison just before the final showdown between the Arcaders and the leader of the invading aliens, who have been posing as 1980s video game characters and celebrities. Matt Frewer reprised his role, but unlike Max Headroom's other appearances, in the film Max was generated via CGI from a facial capture of the performance, which led to the visual effects team needing to manually reduce the accuracy to mimick the immobility of the facial prosthetics.
  • In 1986, Quicksilva released a Max Headroom video game, created by developers Binary Design, originally for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and ported to the Commodore 64, Amstrad, and Amiga.