Poster for “Max Headroom: 20 Minutes Into the Future” (1987)

Alright, 80’s pop culture historians, the chronology for the various “Max Headroom” movie and television shows can be a little confusing.  I think I’ve got it down …

The original “Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future” was a 1985 TV movie for Britain’s Channel 4; it was two years later that ABC made it the pilot for an American show that would last for two seasons.  (A sanitized version of the British movie served as the pilot for the series.)

There were also a couple of versions of a “Max Headroom Show” that ran in either Britain or the United States more or less concurrently.  But these simply had the eponymous digital personality hosting … a talk show?  With music videos?  And, at any rate, a  lot of people remember Matt Frewer’s iconic character only from his famous Coca-Cola commercial.


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