The BEST Episodes of Max Headroom

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 4, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

It is the day after tomorrow, and television networks rule the planet. The TV sets themselves do not turn off, and the programming is designed to keep citizens in a state of complacency. Society is in a shambles, with poverty rampant. In the shadows of the Networks, untold millions live on the streets with only a TV to their names, and many can only make their living by selling dead bodies on the organ transplant black market. The one ray of hope is Edison Carter, investigative reporter for Network 23. Edison covers the stories that matter, and he is the voice of the people who have no other. Edison, of course, winds up on the wrong side of some very bad men who try their best to have him killed. An attempt to find out what he knows by reading his brain with a computer inadvertently creates a stuttering, manic computer simulation of Edison that calls itself Max.

Grossberg's Return

#1 - Grossberg's Return

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 2, 1987

Rival Network 66 attempts to defeat Network 23 in a ratings-based election by introducing a ""watch while you sleep"" device into its programming to cause people to leave their TV sets on all night.

star 9.74
34 votes
Directors: Janet Greek
Writers: Steve Roberts
Baby Grobags

#2 - Baby Grobags

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 12, 1988

Edison Carter is on the trail of some rather dark people who are stealing babies from the baby pods where they are grown while Bryce carefully considers working for Grossberg and channel 66.

star 9.70
33 votes
Directors: Janet Greek
Writers: Chris Ruppenthal

#3 - Lessons

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 5, 1988

Network 23 censors go a step too far when they try to shut own a secret school in the fringes, because it's using pirated Network 23 instructional programming.

star 9.53
34 votes
Writers: Adrian Hein, Steve Roberts

#4 - Neurostim

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 28, 1988

Zik-Zak introduces Neurostim, a device to directly stimulate the brain and bypass the need to use television for advertising.

star 9.49
35 votes
Writers: Arthur Sellers, Michael Cassutt

#5 - Deities

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 25, 1987

The Vu-Age Church is running a phony resurrection service, claiming to be able to store cortical scans of its members and keep them on-line for the day when cloning is perfected and their personalities can be placed in new bodies. Edison is reluctant to pursue the story because Vu- Age's leading televangelist, Vanna Smith, is an old flame.

star 9.46
37 votes
Writers: Michael Cassutt

#6 - Whackets

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 16, 1987

A video narcotic is causing people to leave their TVs tuned to Big Time Television twenty-four hours a day.

star 9.43
37 votes
Writers: Arthur Sellers
The Blanks

#7 - The Blanks

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 5, 1987

As the ""blanks"" -- undesirables with no computer records -- are rounded up and arrested, the networks face permanent cancellation by hackers who threaten to crash the city's entire computer system if their companions aren't released.

star 9.43
72 votes
Writers: Steve Roberts

#8 - Academy

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 18, 1987

Network 23 becomes the victim of signal zipping - illegal interruption of their satellite feed. When Bryce tracks the zipping to Big Time Television, Reg is arrested and sent for trial by gameshow on ""You the Jury"". Meanwhile Edison and Theora trace the real zippers to the Academy of Computer Sciences, and Bryce's old schoolfriends.

star 9.41
39 votes
Directors: Victor Lobl
Writers: David Brown
Security Systems

#9 - Security Systems

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 21, 1987

Carter is accused of credit fraud and becomes a fugitive after delving into the hostile takeover of Security Systems, the world's most powerful corporation.

star 9.20
44 votes
Writers: Michael Cassutt
Body Banks

#10 - Body Banks

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 14, 1987

Breughel and Mahler are stealing live bodies from the Fringes and selling them to Nightingales Body Bank. The wealthy Plantaganet wants pituitarys from the bodies for an operation which could save his aging mother. While Carter races to save a Fringer girl's life, Cheviot is more concerned that Max is offending Network 23's biggest sponsor, ZikZak, who have decided to buy him.

star 9.09
46 votes
Directors: Francis Delia
Writers: Steve Roberts

#11 - War

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 28, 1987

In the middle of a global ratings sweep programmer packager Frank Braddock tries to sell Network 23 a package covering the activities of a terrorist group, the White Brigade. Edison and Murray become suspicious when Breakthru TV, who have bought the package, start broadcasting terrorist bombings as soon as they occur.

star 8.71
73 votes
Writers: Martin Pasko, Michael Cassutt, Rebecca Parr, Steve Roberts
Dream Thieves

#12 - Dream Thieves

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 9, 1987

Some shady entrepreneurs are stealing people's dreams and selling them to the highest bidders. Edison goes undercover to expose their lethal business.

star 8.39
66 votes
Writers: Steve Roberts

#13 - Blipverts

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 31, 1987

In the near future, when TVs can't be shut off and ratings are all that matter, investigative reporter Edison Carter and his computer-generated alter ego Max Headroom battle to keep the "blank" generation informed. In the opener, Carter stumbles across his own network's cover-up of a sometimes deadly new form of TV advertising called "blipverts".

star 7.48
170 votes
Directors: Farhad Mann
Writers: Joe Gannon, Steve Roberts

#14 - Rakers

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 7, 1987

Theora goes AWOL when she learns her estranged brother is involved in the brutal and dangerous ""sport"" of raking, which the promoters are trying to have legalized and televised.

star 7.19
53 votes
Writers: James Crocker, Steve Roberts