Season 1 Summary
The original show was closer to other music video/VJ shows of the era on MTV, VH1 and similar cable channels, except that Max was allowed to get a little more bizarre than Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman and others on the more "sensible" shows. (Using the term loosely.)
Max Headroom clips from the first season.
This YouTube compilation is believed to be the only publicly-available (or otherwise known) video from Season 1 shows. It contains a number of Max quotes and skits mentioned elsewhere below.
The "latticework" background, which has several variations and uniformly changes colors across the spectrum, is believed to be unique to the first season, so any clip of Max with that background is presumed to be from the first season until proven otherwise. The better-known "bouncing colored box of lines" is from Season 2 and all subsequent shows.
We have a substantial collection of audio quotes from the Season 1 shows, from which selected examples will be posted here. Eventually.
The following Max quotes and quips are believed to be original from the first season, although some were reused as filler or re-performed in later shows.
- Max: "The Iran-Iraq War: Iran has issued a statement accusing Iraq over Iran's denial of Iraq's allegation that Iran has lied about Iraqi planes attacking Iran's positions on Iraqi territory claimed by Iran. Experts on both sides are studying the statement."
A classic, in the era of the the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) or any other time of Middle East strife... which is to say, a perennial classic. Season 1 show unknown; used as filler in the Cinemax Extended Telefilm.