I seem to remember being quite unsettled by the original Max Headroom film. I think it was a Channel 4 project, set "20 minutes into the future", and was actually rather a sharp satire on consumerism and broadcast media. In a bid to retain viewers and sell maximum advertising space TV execs develop "blipverts", intensely concentrated subliminal adverts that cause some viewers to.. er.. explode. In a bid to uncover this to the public, a young reporter breaks into TV offices to gather evidence. While escaping he is knocked unconcious, the last thing he sees being a carpark sign with the words "Max Headroom".
On waking, he discovers the TV network have downloaded his personality and made a "virtual" presenter, named after his last recollection.
The TV series off the back of this, however, dispensed with most of this back story, instead becoming a glorified music video clip show, presented by the glitchy, stuttering "computer generated" host.
Of course, not a single pixel came anywhere near Max, the show makers instead encasing actor Matt Freuer's head with latex make-up and plonking him in front of a blue screen.