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Amateur Barbarian
03-18-2015, 12:28 PM
Yes, f-folks, it's been thirty years since Max Headroom was loosed on an unsuspecting world 20 minutes into the future. The television movie that established his creation ran on the UK's Channel Four on April 4, 1985 (that's four/four on Four, if you weren't paying attention). Two seasons of an utterly bizarre talk/video show followed, which reappeared on the US Cinemax channel in dribs and drabs, culminated by a short run of new talk/interview shows there - at about the same time as the ABC series most people are familar with.

And then he was g-gone, P-word and all.

Thirty years. Wow.

spifflog
03-18-2015, 12:47 PM
Ohh I thought this was about Max Hardcore.

Nevermind.

Sicks Ate
03-18-2015, 12:47 PM
I had a sweet Max Headroom t-shirt in 7th grade.

And that' my contribution to this thread.

Hypno-Toad
03-18-2015, 12:48 PM
Wow. The same year that Marty McFly got into his Delorean and traveled to now.

mage-girl
03-18-2015, 01:23 PM
Max Headroom was awesome! God, I'd love to watch it again. If only it was on streaming.

I had a huge crush on the geek, Bryce, back in the day. :o

Amateur Barbarian
03-18-2015, 01:36 PM
I had a huge crush on the geek, Bryce, back in the day.
Have you seen pictures of him a little later, around 30? Even as a thoroughly het male, I kinda said, "Whoa..."

Just Asking Questions
03-18-2015, 01:54 PM
Ah, M-M-M-Max...HEADroom!

I'll never forgive him for New Coke....

I have the original movie. On VHS! I see the series is available on DVD now. I didn't like it as much as the movie, but maybe I'll have to give it another go.

Every time I see a commercial that is nothing but brief cuts, I scream BLIPVERT! It seems the future is now. But, without exploding viewers.

Do you remember the Art of Noise song Paranoimia, featuring Max? Don't know what caused them to make that song, but I like it.

Freddy the Pig
03-18-2015, 02:07 PM
Wow. I haven't seen or even thought about Max Headroom in, like . . . 28 years.

The Hamster King
03-18-2015, 02:20 PM
Blipverts.

ShadowFacts
03-18-2015, 02:29 PM
I was a Max headroom junkie 30 years ago. I remember seeing the original movie on VHS at my cousin's house. I enjoyed the American series as well, though not nearly as much as the British original. I wish I could find the Max headroom Christmas special somewhere where ha talks about "bestriding the world like a huge colostomy." (No idea how or why I remember that so clearly...)

Intergalactic Gladiator
03-18-2015, 03:08 PM
I was 13 and I loved the ABC show but I hadn't had access to the BBC stuff so all I knew him from previously was the Coke commercials. That show definitely had a different feeling than the Coke commercials and I really liked its dark edge and steammpunkish dabblings. I don't think many people around me watched it either which made it even more "punk rock" for me.

Somebody should look into making the shows available streaming. Netflix hello? Are you listening?

Amateur Barbarian
03-18-2015, 03:18 PM
Somebody should look into making the shows available streaming. Netflix hello? Are you listening?
The rights are horribly messed up. That they finally appeared on Shout Factory release is close to a miracle. It's very unlikely that they'll ever be clear enough for streaming release.

Most of the BBC stuff is available here and there (YouTube, some other streaming sites, and the bootleg world), but a number of the shows are considered "lost." Even the ABC series DVDs were made from broadcast masters, as the original film masters are gone. (Or, more likely, buried in some enormous warehouse of Lorimar/WB leftovers.)

River Hippie
03-18-2015, 03:58 PM
I didn't watch it when it first ran but my dad was a big fan. He always talked about it so when it came out on DVD (after dad died) I bought it.
I don't think it aged very well. I watched about half the DVD set, never finished it. I'll have to get back to it one of these days.
Amanda Pays was very attractive!

ftg
03-18-2015, 04:43 PM
Yeah, shame about the streaming thing. When I got my Amazon FireTV Stick I checked to see if it was available on Prime. Nope. Had a trial NetFlix sub. Nope.:(

I still miss Blank Reg.

How can you tell when a network executive is lying?

BrainGlutton
03-18-2015, 04:44 PM
Wow. The same year that Marty McFly got into his Delorean and traveled to now.

Say, where's my Mister Fusion?!

BrainGlutton
03-18-2015, 04:45 PM
How can you tell when a network executive is lying?

He's making sense.

pulykamell
03-18-2015, 05:02 PM
Whenever I think of Max Headroom, the first thing I think of is the bizarre Max Headroom airwaves pirating incident (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZwrD2HJXIs&list=PLzP4iAtqHHc78ssXhQGEk8F2mFAh-wr-u) that happened here in Chicago on WTTW (our main PBS station) in 1987.

Satchmo
03-18-2015, 05:25 PM
How can you tell when a network executive is lying?

His lips move. :p

TBG
03-18-2015, 06:56 PM
Every time I see Matt Frewer in anything, I still have the initial reaction of "Oh hey, Max Headroom!" :D

kopek
03-18-2015, 07:05 PM
Loved that show. Not as much as "Space - Above and Beyond" but I never missed an episode.

JohnGalt
03-18-2015, 07:24 PM
I dedicated a VHS tape to recording Max Headroom episodes (back when tapes were expensive) so now I can watch it whenever I want to.

Hmmm, where can I find a VCR?

I remembered Matt Frewer appearing as Max Headroom on David Letterman (do I have that right?) I was amazed with the technology that made a robot respond to Letterman's questions; it took me a while to figure out that he was on camera back stage and it was just video special effects.

Hail Ants
03-18-2015, 09:11 PM
Like almost all Americans I first saw him on the infamous 'new' Coke commercials. Then the Art of Noise video Paranomia (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPVsTcdydPI)which got huge rotation on 80s MTV (still like that song!) Didn't have Showtime so I only ever saw one of his talk shows (wish I'd seen more). Watched some of the ABC show, liked it overall but just never got into it before it was gone. Have never seen any of the original UK shows.

Loved his appearance on Letterman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaHCjfvPViA). Loved even more their later parody, Larry Bud Headroom! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MNkfTkH5eQ&feature=player_detailpage#t=49)

foolsguinea
03-18-2015, 11:41 PM
I liked New Coke, and Amanda Pays.

I was kind of a big nerd for the ABC series, even if it was a little weaker than the movie.

Enright3
03-19-2015, 10:03 AM
I didn't watch it when it first ran but my dad was a big fan. He always talked about it so when it came out on DVD (after dad died) I bought it.
I don't think it aged very well. I watched about half the DVD set, never finished it. I'll have to get back to it one of these days.
Amanda Pays was very attractive!
I'm happy you brought it up, but saddened it took until post 13 for Amanda Pays' name to me be mentioned. To me she was at a "I-wouldn't-be-able-to-talk-to-you" level of hotness. I loved both the movie and the series.

Every time I see Matt Frewer in anything, I still have the initial reaction of "Oh hey, Max Headroom!" :D
I don't remember the last time I saw Matt Frewer in anything. The last thing I remember was after MH ended and he played a dr. in the appropriately named Doctor Doctor.

Just Asking Questions
03-19-2015, 11:04 AM
I don't remember the last time I saw Matt Frewer in anything. The last thing I remember was after MH ended and he played a dr. in the appropriately named Doctor Doctor.

I wish they'd put that out on DVD. I remember liking it a lot, and would love to see it.

It seems to be the only show where all the leads were above 6 feet tall.

MacTech
03-19-2015, 12:05 PM
"An 'Off' switch..... She'll get *years* for that..."

Just a throwaway line that has always stuck with me for some reason, and in the modern Internet-enabled world of tracking cookies, spyware, targeted advertising and governmental surveillance of citizens, it takes on new meaning...

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to eat a Zik-Zak snak-pak and watch some blipverts

N9IWP
03-19-2015, 12:15 PM
I have the DVD set. It was good but not as good as I remembered.
Matt Frewer is/was in The Librarians

Amanda Pays has shown up on Flash (playing a character with the same name*, but not the same person as she played on the earlier Flash)


Brian

*Tina McGee

Intergalactic Gladiator
03-19-2015, 12:15 PM
I don't remember the last time I saw Matt Frewer in anything. The last thing I remember was after MH ended and he played a dr. in the appropriately named Doctor Doctor.

He's been working pretty steadily since then. He was in the first Honey I Shrunk the Kids movie, the Generation X TV movie (which isn't very good but it does have him in it kind of ripping off Jim Carrey's Riddler), he's done some voice work (Incredible Hulk, Gargoyles, etc.), and I last saw him in Orphan Black.

If you haven't seen Orphan Black, I recommend it.

Amateur Barbarian
03-19-2015, 01:39 PM
"An 'Off' switch..... She'll get *years* for that..."

Just a throwaway line that has always stuck with me for some reason...
Every episode is littered with those. Many have lost their shock value by virtue of having come true, or even passť.

"Hackers have broken into our satellite feed! Nothing will be safe! Our credit histories, our medical records..."
"...our ratings!"

ftg
03-19-2015, 01:42 PM
Double down on Orphan Black. Not just Frewer, but thematically it should appeal to many Max Headroom fans.

Lukeinva
03-19-2015, 02:04 PM
Funny thing is, cable connections s-s-still d-d-do th-th-that...

mage-girl
03-19-2015, 05:08 PM
Have you seen pictures of him a little later, around 30? Even as a thoroughly het male, I kinda said, "Whoa..."

I think they mentioned those on IMDB, and the couple I saw... Yeah. :D

TBG
03-19-2015, 10:02 PM
I don't remember the last time I saw Matt Frewer in anything. The last thing I remember was after MH ended and he played a dr. in the appropriately named Doctor Doctor.

You may remember him from such shows as Eureka, Orphan Black, and the Librarians.

Well, if you've watched any of those.

Hail Ants
03-19-2015, 11:08 PM
I liked New Coke, and Amanda Pays.

I was kind of a big nerd for the ABC series, even if it was a little weaker than the movie.Yeah, Amanda Pays. What a hottie! Even today I still confuse her with similar 80s hottie Rachel Ward. One was married to the LA Law guy, the other to the FX movie guy...

Amateur Barbarian
03-25-2015, 09:08 AM
I found a completely new Max reference last night, and in the most unexpected place. Since I can't find any mention of it or discussion in places where it should be, I assume I am the first to overlap in this tiny sliver of the Venn diagram intersection.

So I'm wasting an evening hour in Borderlands 2, and I'm on to the second DLC (Torgue's Campaign), and I go to find the returning NPC character Tiny Tina (a psychotic 13yo bomb expert, since you ask). In the main game, she lived in a cave. In this DLC, she lives in...

...a big pink bus with TV and satellite antennas on top.

I haven't laughed so hard in a long time - the dogs and kids had to come down to see if I was okay.

I've queried Gearbox Software to see if anyone on the design team will 'fess up. As I said, there's no prior mention of this in the extensive game wiki or discussions. Takes a weirdo to catch a weirdo, I guess.

[10 Days and Counting, now.]

Amateur Barbarian
04-03-2015, 09:01 AM
And for those interested, TheVerge.com has run a really interesting "oral history" piece (http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/2/8285139/max-headroom-oral-history-80s-cyberpunk-interview) that ties together a lot of half-known stories from the original cast and creative team into a very clear and interesting narrative.

I expect to see a lot of the entertainment rags and blags to run much more recycled material in the next month/year. Verge set the bar pretty high, though.

ShadowFacts
04-03-2015, 07:53 PM
And for those interested, TheVerge.com has run a really interesting "oral history" piece (http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/2/8285139/max-headroom-oral-history-80s-cyberpunk-interview) that ties together a lot of half-known stories from the original cast and creative team into a very clear and interesting narrative.

I expect to see a lot of the entertainment rags and blags to run much more recycled material in the next month/year. Verge set the bar pretty high, though.

Thanks for posting that - very interesting stuff. You can definitely still feel some ice cold rancor from some of the players who got cut out of the money bandwagon. Very cool.

Amateur Barbarian
04-04-2015, 10:38 AM
Hap-Happy 30th Birthday, Max!

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