A virtual character and sci-fi television series both ahead of their time, MAX HEADROOM‘s relevance lasted much longer than twenty minutes into the future. Though the ABC series ran only 14 episodes on American airwaves beginning in 1987, Max and his Network 23 cohorts inspired a loyal cult following who have waited years for Max to get programmed onto DVD.
On August 10th Max is ba-ba-back and remains surprisingly relevant in prognosticating today’s multi-network proliferation, glut of reality shows and news journalism’s descent into TV infotainment. Don’t be fooled by the series’ late-80s visual style and synth soundtrack, because sly and daring social satire still lurks underneath the futurist comedy veneer. Some of the technology displayed may be anachronistic, but the spirit of this bold series and Max himself continue to entertain and tweak the nose of our media-obsessed culture.
Read FilmEdge’s review of MAX HEADROOM: The Complete Series deluxe 5-disc DVD box set including all 14 uncut episodes and over two hours of bonus interviews with the creators, cast and crew who put Max on screen far ahead of his time.