the Max Headroom chronicles
The main reason this site came
into being in mid-2005 was because there wasn't a first-rate Max
site on the web.
There were, and are, scads of rather rough and
sparse sites, and scads more pages with a
paragraph or two of interest. Google has gotten very fast at updating site information, but even then many of its hits will
turn up all-but-dead.
My intention here is to try and list all
the other sites that contain some Max info of value
and seem to have some longevity. To find others, use your
favorite search engine. Here's a one-click Google
link for your convenience:
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General Max-Related Sites
The oldest and (other than this one)
the most complete Max site left on the net. Has a
number of unique items, including a detailed synopsis
of the unproduced episode "Theora's Tale."
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
IMDb is extensively linked from this
site. Here are the main pages for the four shows:
IMDb: Max Headroom (UK telefilm, 1985)
IMDb: The Max Headroom Show (UK, 1985)
IMDb: The Max Headroom Show - Max Headroom's Giant Christmas Turkey (1986)
IMDb: Max Headroom (US series, 1987)
IMDb: The Original Max Talking Headroom Show (US, 1987)
Be warned, though, that IMDb's listings
are uncharacteristically short and incomplete, and not without
errors. (Among other things, actor Ron Perlman and writer
William Gibson are erroneously credited for participation.) One
goal of this project is to update and correct
IMDb's Max-related entries - after we get it all straightened out here first.
Max in Newsweek, 20 April 1987
This appears to be the complete text
and pictures (including the cover) of Max's Newsweek
The Max Headroom Pirate Attack
A short article, with a postage-stamp
video clip, of the infamous "Max Headroom" video hacker
attack on Chicago's WTTW PBS station. (See also the video collection on the YouTube page.)
The Other Max Headroom Shows: Audio
A large collection of MP3 audio
clips from some of the other Max Headroom shows.
Did Max "Jump the Shark"?
Long collated discussion of whether
Max Headroom ever "jumped the shark" (that is, committed
self-destruction through stupid plot or story changes).
Consensus: no. Reading: very interesting.
Max Headroom: Discussions
A collection of short, reasonably
current discussions of Max. Some very nice stuff here.
John Humphreys: Max's Sculptor
The site of the UK sculptor who created
Max's look, with a number of great photos of Matt Frewer
being transformed into Max. A must-see! (See "Projects"
under the main page.)
(Thanks to BlankMike for bringing this site to my
notice, as it doesn't show up on any Google search!
Rod Lord: Max's Graphics Designer
The site of the UK 'graphimator' who drew the computer graphics screens for both Max and the original BBC Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. A must-see! (Click on the Hitchhiker's/Max group of pictures under the "Pictures" menu.)
I cop to having not figured out exactly what's going on here, but inquiries are under way.
Max Terminology in Vulcan
Was there something about this you didn't understand? Join the club.
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