Max Headroom is the name of a fictional British artificial intelligence, known for his surreal wit and stuttering, distorted, electronically sampled voice. The character was created by George Stone, Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton and portrayed by Matt Frewer. Max Headroom was featured in a music video program, a feature film, a dramatic television series, and television commercials (particularly those for Coca-Cola) between 1986 and 1988.
The video waiters at the Cafe 80's in 2015 had behavior patterns similar to those of Max Headroom. Marty McFly, who was visiting from 1985, would not have recognized the pop cultural reference, which was first seen in the United States in the music video for the song "Paranoimia" by Art of Noise, shown on MTV in April 1986.
Behind the scenes
- In commentary on the DVD for Part II, Bob Gale described the "video waiter" scene as follows: "This is a riff on Max Headroom, which was a popular show in the 1980s. We actually filmed that Michael Jackson with an actor in makeup, and the woman that supervised that, Larina Adamson, had been one of the producers or video directors on Max Headroom, so we definitely got it right."