One of my favourite shows of all time, and thusfar seemingly lost to the ages. If it ever makes its way to DVD I'll snap it up. Not the British version, but the American version.
I've heard many people rant and rave about how the British version was much better, and often I'm inclined to prefer non-American versions of movies, shows, etc, but I saw the British Pilot for the show and it was slow, lame, lifeless, and not a patch on the American series.
Now I'll admit that in many ways the show was entirely lame, cheesy, and over-the-top. But if the right balance is struck this can give a show charm. And some of the issues that the show dealt with (corporate power, media manipulation, the perils of having our lives, money and identity "on file") are still as relevant as ever.
Incidentally I read that the character of Max Headroom was not actually made with a computer, but was Matthew Frewer with clay (or something like that) stuck on his face. Kind of Ironic that the first computer-generated character on T.V. (at least that I know of) wasn't computer generated, and these days real actors are almost obsolete in the age of computer generating everything.
Do I hear a collective cheer for this glorious show, or a groan from the people who only remember the ridiculous commercials featuring "Max Headroom"?
A friend of mine taped the entire series off of Tech TV a while back. But I don't know if they're still airing or not.
I haven't seen any of it...his tapes, that is. I did watch it as a kid so I only have those memories to draw an opinion from. But based on all the other things I liked as a kid that I've seen again recently, I'm sure it won't live up to the memory.
Actually didn't the Max Headroom character appear on TV in "some form" of commercial or something?
Then he was in the Paranormia video by Art oF Noize..which, back when MTV would play stuff like this in the DAYTIME and in reasonable ROTATION, gained enough popularity to then wind up with its own show?
I'm trying to remember how Max got into the public consciousness......was it a TV commercial, was he in a movie....I'm still scratching my head, its been too long to remember. I'll have to google it
He appeared in a movie that the TV Show was based on, yes. The one where Edison Carter gets knocked off his motorcycle and slams into the "MAX HEADROOM" gate in some car-park garage.....thats where the name came from.
Funny how close to reality that show predicted the future would be
I've heard that Max Headroom was originally a VJay in the UK. It was after that he was used in a huge marketing campaign by Coca Cola. I remember when I was little, MH was the coolest thing around and everyone was imitating him. It was soon after that the show started up and it was pretty much overkill at that point.
I have a few VHS tapes with bits and pieces of Max Headroom episodes on them, and I still enjoy seeing even bits and pieces to this day. But I think I'm more resistant to the whole "boy, I remember it being much better..." syndrome than most people.
I think I read somewhere ages ago that the original Max Headroom character was featured on some show or something, from which they were inspired to do the show. A bit like a lot of Saturday Night Live sketches become shows, movies, etc. But I'm not sure; I might be thinking of something else. The history of the show is if little importance to me. All that matters is that I get to watch all of the episodes again sometime before I die.
I remember back in 4th or 5th grade, there was a kid in class that always bragged about how he could magically "program" Max Headroom on a home computer. Most of us just ignored him. But he kept going on and on and on...until the teacher got fed up with it one afternoon. He stormed out of the room and 10 minutes later, wheeled in an Apple II on a cart. "Show the class...".