Max Headroom had a sci-fi show in the US:
It wasn't a cartoon.
In 1987, Max Headroom appeared on Sesame Street, reciting the alphabet in an insert.
The character was spoofed in the Spring 1987 issue of Muppet Magazine, with Link Hogthrob appearing as "Max Hogroom". The Winter 1989 issue featured an interview with series regular Chris Young.
In the Muppet Babies episode "This Little Piggy Went to Hollywood," Baby Gonzo does a Max Headroom impression and says that he's the weirdest guy on TV.
At the end of the mini-game "Beaker's Brain" on the 1996 CD-Rom game Muppets Inside, one of Bunsen's closing speeches turns into a digital jumble of Max Headroom-esque gobbledygook. Whether this "plunder" came up accidentally in some copies of the game or was just an intended parody (reminiscent of Andy Kaufman fiddling with the vertical hold in his TV specials) remains to be seen.
The comic strip Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau had a character fashioned after Max Headroom named Ron Headrest. He was to be a temporary replacement for a vacationing or napping Ronald Reagan.
Max Headroom has inspired many imitations and spoofs. In 1980s, Garry Trudeau created the character Ron Headrest for his political comic strip Doonesbury. The character combined the concepts of Max Headroom and then US President Ronald Reagan. Back to the Future Part II also featured a Max Headroom inspired Reagan, as well as computer generated versions of Michael Jackson and the Ayatollah Khomeini as waiters at the fictitious Cafe '80s. There is an homage to Max Headroom in the 1997 film Batman & Robin when Barbara encounters her uncle Alfred Pennyworth in the batcave. He has programmed his brain algorithms into the batcomputer and created a virtual simulation. He appears and speaks (stutteringly) like Max Headroom.