Episode 1

The Max Headroom ShowMax Headroom introduces himself and states the purpose of his show, rails against corporate sponsorship and takes someone’s take-away Chinese food order before revealing that they’ve dialed the wrong number. Sting drops in to discuss his hatred of golf, shoe color, and his new solo album The Dream Of The Blue Turtles. When the subject of Sting’s politically-charged lyrics is brought up, Max wonders what happens when those lyrics are sung in countries that don’t speak the same language (such as, Max suggests, America). Max tries to steer the conversation back to golf and shoes; a spat over spats ensues.

The Max Headroom Showwritten by Paul Owen & David Hansen and Tim John
directed by Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel

Cast: Matt Frewer (Max Headroom), Sting (himself)

Videos: “Zoolok” (Jean-Michel Jarre), “Destination Zululand” (King Kurt), “Visions Of China” (Japan), “Sensoria” (Cabaret Voltaire), “(If You Love Somebody) Set Them Free” (Sting)

Note: The lead singer of UK band King Kurt used the stage name of “Smeg“. The song “Kinky Boots” is bizarrely intercut with the shoe discussion, and was actually a 1964 single performed by – of all people – Honor Blackman and Patrick Macnee – as a tie-in to The Avengers (presumably because of Blackman’s jackbooted costumes on that series).

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Episode 2

The Max Headroom ShowMax puts out an APB for a missing cowboy and bemoans the lack of truly useful inventions. After sharing a little information about how much the British government spends per week on missiles, Max contemplates how so many people are like windows (in other words, glazed-over and eventually getting smashed).

written by Paul Owen & David Hansen and Tim John
directed by Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel

The Max Headroom ShowCast: Matt Frewer (Max Headroom)

Videos: “Cannonball” (Supertramp), “Love Loaded” *(Waysted), “Rats On A Budget” (Heat N Serve), “Ziggy Stardust” (Bauhaus), “Into The Fire” (Hit List), “King In A Catholic Style” (China Crisis), “Germans” (Udo Lindenberg)

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Episode 3

The Max Headroom ShowMax starts warming up early for his next celebrity interview with two members of Duran Duran, though he seems more fixated on such topics as golf shoes and favorite major cities to ask them about Duran Duran (which is just as well, as they’re there to promote a side project called Arcadia instead). Max promises to share valuable tips on how to interview celebrities, shortly before his monitor is switched off by Simon Le Bon.

The Max Headroom Showwritten by Paul Owen & David Hansen and Tim John
directed by Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel

Cast: Matt Frewer (Max Headroom), Simon Le Bon (himself), Nick Rhodes (himself)

Videos: “Steamhammer Sam” (Intaferon), “Heaven” (Bryan Adams), “Over The Sea” (Jesse Rae), “Goodbye Tonsils” (Severed Heads), “Election Day” (Arcadia), “Loving The Alien” (David Bowie)

Notes: Arcadia was a very short-lived side dish featuring three members of Duran Duran, collaborating during a lengthy break between album sessions and tours for their better-known project. It was at roughly the same time that the rest of Duran Duran, with a few other musicians, formed The Power Station. Both extracurricular projects disbanded in 1985 as Duran Duran reformed for another album.

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Episode 4

The Max Headroom ShowMax contemplates the possibility that the good luck charms drivers hang from their rear view mirrors may end up distracting them (and making them less safe behind the wheel). After insulting moths everywhere and listening to the London talking clock, Max interrogates The Who’s Roger Daltrey about his budding acting career and his post-Who solo projects. And, of course, Max can’t resist bringing up the topic of golf.

The Max Headroom Showwritten by Paul Owen & David Hansen
directed by Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel

Cast: Matt Frewer (Max Headroom), Roger Daltrey (himself)

Videos: “Love’s Great Adventure” (Ultravox), “Driving In My Car” (Madness), “Let Me Go” (Heaven 17), “Call Me” (Go West), “Jeans Not Happening” (Pale Fountains), “After The Fire” (Roger Daltrey), “Act Of War” (Elton John and Millie Jackson)

Note: Roger Daltrey’s name is misspelled “Daltry” during his interview. Despite the faint derision (and bad spelling) with which Max addresses Daltrey’s acting career, the Who vocalist would later find himself in demand for guest shots on such series as Highlander, Sliders and Witchblade.

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Episode 5

The Max Headroom ShowMax’s golf fixation continues unabated, and he bemoans the fact that his producers can’t land him an interview with pro golfer Seve Ballesteros. After a brief, meandering meditation on the art of showing off machismo, Max continues obsessing over golf, even to the point of interrupting the videos, at least until he realizes that he doesn’t have legs.

written by Paul Owen & David Hansen
directed by Rocky Morton and Annabel The Max Headroom ShowJankel

Cast: Matt Frewer (Max Headroom)

Videos: “She Sells Sanctuary” (The Cult), “Shock The Monkey” (Peter Gabriel), “Coronation Street” (Izzy Royale), “Come Dancing” (The Kinks), “Love Is A Battlefield” (Pat Benatar), “Ich Will Dich Essen” (Ledernacken)

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Episode 6

The Max Headroom ShowMax contemplates America’s insistence on naming a defense system after Star Wars, and questions whether or not Kramer vs. Kramer would’ve been more appropriate. Max then interviews Boy George about the upcoming Culture Club album, and is shocked when the singer claims to have better things to do with his balls than play golf. Max presents George with a gift, an demands in no uncertain terms that the singer should not thank him for it. In time-honored showbiz style, Max ends the season on a song.

The Max Headroom Showwritten by Paul Owen & David Hansen
directed by Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel

Cast: Matt Frewer (Max Headroom), Boy George (himself)

Videos:Synchronicity II” (The Police), “Imagination” (Bellouis Some), “19” (Paul Hardcastle), “Agadoo” (Black Lace), “Victims” (Culture Club), “I’m The Urban Spaceman” (Bonzo Dog Doo Da Band)

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