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Talking ''Headroom''

The short-lived 80s sitcom plays its series finale for the first and last time this week

Cyberpunks and '80s-aholics, take note: This is your last chance to catch Max Headroom on Bravo. ABC's trippy 1987 sci-fi show will end its summer run with ''Baby Grobags'' (Aug. 12 and 14), the series finale about test-tube babies, which ABC never aired.

For the benefit of the Max-impaired: The series is set in a grim video-age dystopia where TV networks have become so all-powerful that it's illegal for viewers to turn off their sets. Matt Frewer (Doctor, Doctor) plays both Edison Carter, intrepid investigative reporter for the top-rated Network 23, and Max, Carter's computer-generated, stuttering alter ego.

Despite an intense media blitz, ABC unplugged Max Headroom after only 14 episodes. But over the years a cult following has grown — Max even has his own web site on the Internet — and today the show's proto-cyber atmospherics couldn't seem fresher. ''The show spawned a look, with its white light through the smoke and bleak Orwellian future,'' says Frewer. ''We laid the groundwork for things to come.'' Perhaps now the world will catch up with Max.

Originally posted Aug 12, 1994 Published in issue #235 Aug 12, 1994 Order article reprints