Max: Shows & Episodes

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Max Headroom has appeared in several different television productions, all of which are loosely linked and part of the same general continuity.

In chronological order, they are:

The origin telefilm, shown on the UK's Channel Four on 4 April 1985 (4/4, get it?) Later shown on Cinemax in an extended version.
The original purpose for which Max was created, to serve as a bizarre, attention-getting host and "talking head" for a talk/video show on the then-new Channel Four.
Known under the shorter title for its first six-show season, then as the longer one for its second season of ten shows.
A full-length Christmas special in the UK tradition. Sometimes listed as episode 11 of the second season.
The talk/video/interview show as ported to Cinemax in the US.
The most famous and widely known appearance of Max, in an ABC series that ran for 14 episodes, most of which were actually shown at the time.

This list does not include any of Max's many television appearances in advertising or interviews as a guest.

Episode List

Max Headroom: 20 Minutes Into the Future
The 57-minute origin telefilm.
Episode Title Air Date Notes
CH4.0.1 "Twenty Minutes Into the Future" 4 April 1985
The origin telefilm with 26 minutes of added videos and scenes.
Episode Title Air Date Notes
CMX.0.1 "Twenty Minutes Into the Future"  ? ? 1986
The Max Headroom Show
The first season of the UK talk show on Channel Four.
Episode Guests Air Date Notes
CH4.1.1 Sting  ? Apr 1985 Shown on Cinemax 30 Oct 1985
CH4.1.2 (No guests)  ? ? 1985
CH4.1.3 Simon LeBon and Nick Rhodes  ? ? 1985 LeBon & Rhodes of Duran Duran were appearing to promote music from their follow-up band, Arcadia.
CH4.1.4 Roger Daltrey  ? ? 1985
CH4.1.5 (No guests)  ? ? 1985
CH4.1.6 Boy George  ? ? 1985
The Max Talking Headroom Show
The second season of the UK talk show on Channel Four. Six of these shows, possibly edited together from multiple episodes, were shown on Cinemax beginning in August 1986. This has spawned some confusion about multiple seasons on the US channel, but there was only one re-run series followed by six original episodes.
Episode Guests Air Date Notes
CH4.2.1 Michael Caine 1 Aug 1986
CH4.2.2 Vidal Sassoon  ? ? 1986
CH4.2.3 Oliver Reed  ? ? 1986
CH4.2.4 Tracey Ullman  ? ? 1986
CH4.2.5 Rutger Hauer  ? ? 1986
CH4.2.6 David Byrne  ? ? 1986
CH4.2.7 Howie Mandel  ? ? 1986
CH4.2.8 Jack Lemmon  ? ? 1986
CH4.2.9 Jackson Browne 1986
CH4.2.10 Jackie Collins  ? ? 1986
Max Headroom's Giant Christmas Turkey
The full-length Christmas special.
Episode Guests Air Date Notes
CH4.2.11 Tina Turner, Robin Williams, Bob Geldof, Dave Edmunds  ? ? 1985 Luis Cardenas may have been a guest as well.
The Original Max Talking Headroom Show
The talk/video/interview show as ported to Cinemax in the US, one season of original shows that followed a "season" of six re-run shows from Channel Four.
Episode Guests Air Date Notes
CMX.1.1 Jerry Hall, Penn & Teller 23 Jul 1987
CMX.1.2 Mary Tyler Moore, Robin Leach 6 Aug 1987 Date not verified
CMX.1.3 Ron Reagan Jr, Paul Shaffer 20 Aug 1987 Date not verified
CMX.1.4 Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Bobby McFerrin 3 Sep 1987 Date not verified
CMX.1.5 Don King, Emo Philips, Madeline Kahn 17 Sep 1987 Date (and Kahn) not verified
CMX.1.6 William Shatner, Grace Jones, Gilbert Gottfried 1 Oct 1987 Jones not verified
Max Headroom
The ABC series.
Episode Title Air Date Notes
ABC.1.1 "Blipverts" 31 Mar 1987 An almost shot-for-shot remake of the original telefilm, but with some surprising differences to accommodate the story line to a new setting.
ABC.1.2 "Rakers" 7 Apr 1987 Production number 1.3. Easily the weakest of the ABC episodes.
ABC.1.3 "Body Banks" 14 Apr 1987 Production number 1.2 and perhaps best watched in that order.
ABC.1.4 "Security Systems" 21 Apr 1987 Production number 1.6
ABC.1.5 "War" 28 Apr 1987 Production number 1.4
ABC.1.6 "Blanks" 5 May 1987 Production number 1.5
ABC.2.1 "Academy" 18 Sep 1987 Production number 2.3
ABC.2.2 "Deities" 25 Sep 1987
ABC.2.3 "Grossberg's Return" 2 Oct 1987 Production number 2.1
ABC.2.4 "Dream Thieves" 9 Oct 1987
ABC.2.5 "Whacketts" 16 Oct 1987 The last episode shown in the original run.
ABC.2.6 "Neurostim" 28 Apr 1988 Shown as late-season filler.
ABC.2.7 "Lessons" 5 May 1988 aka "Lost Tapes"; Shown as late-season filler.
ABC.2.8 "Baby Grobags" 10 Sep 1995 Never shown on ABC. Premiered on TechTV/G4. Date not verified.