The Maxx

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  • TV-14
  • 1995
  • 1 Season
  • 8.3  (4,027)

The Maxx is a surreal and visually stunning animated television series that aired on MTV from April 1995 to August 1995. Created by Sam Kieth and written by Kieth and William Messner-Loebs, The Maxx follows the adventures of a homeless man named Maxx (voiced by Barry Stigler) who believes himself to be a superhero. The only person who believes Maxx's claims is his social worker Julie Winters (voiced by Glynnis Talken Campbell), who is struggling with her own personal demons.

The Maxx is not your typical superhero. He's a giant, purple-clad warrior with razor-sharp claws, who inhabits what seems to be both a dystopian alternate reality and the mind of Julie. Maxx is a complex and multi-dimensional character whose backstory is slowly unveiled through a series of flashbacks and hallucinations throughout the series.

Julie, on the other hand, is a nuanced character who struggles to reconcile Maxx's bizarre claims with her own experiences of childhood trauma and domestic violence. Her past and present are inextricably linked, and her deep emotional wounds are slowly healed over the course of the series.

The Maxx is joined on his adventures by his ally "Gone" (voiced by Tony Fucile), a homeless man who is equally convinced of Maxx's superhero status, and villainous characters such as Mr. Gone (voiced by Amy Danles), a sadistic serial killer whose body is made entirely of purple smoke.

Throughout the show's 13 episodes, Maxx and his friends fight against the forces of evil that threaten to tear apart the fabric of reality. The Maxx's world is full of surprises, with dreamlike sequences and nonlinear storytelling that are ahead of their time. The animation is unique and innovative, blending traditional 2D animation with computer-generated imagery to create a visually stunning and immersive experience.

At its core, The Maxx is a thought-provoking exploration of trauma, the nature of reality, and the power of the human mind to cope with overwhelming circumstances. The show deals with mature themes such as abuse, mental illness, and identity in a way that is both sensitive and complex. Despite being an animated series, The Maxx is not meant for children, as it contains violence, profanity, and sexual content.

The Maxx was ground-breaking in its use of animation to tackle serious subject matter, and its influence can be seen in later shows such as Adult Swim's Rick and Morty and Netflix's BoJack Horseman. However, despite its critical acclaim and cult following, The Maxx was unfortunately cancelled after only one season due to low ratings and scheduling conflicts.

In conclusion, The Maxx is a visually stunning and emotionally powerful animated series that defies categorization. It is a must-watch for anyone interested in unconventional storytelling and mature themes, and its legacy lives on as a landmark work of animation.

The Maxx is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (14 episodes). The series first aired on April 8, 1995.

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Episode 14 (Mr. Gone's Recap)
14. Episode 14 (Mr. Gone's Recap)
June 19, 1995
Feel like you're missing something? Don't worry. Mr. Gone narrates the complicated story of The Maxx, from Episodes 1 through 10.
Episode 13
13. Episode 13
June 19, 1995
In the final episode of 'The Maxx,' Julie parts ways with Maxx, letting him go to discover his own Outback.
Episode 12
12. Episode 12
June 19, 1995
Mr. Gone makes known the graphic series of events that made Julie what she is today.
Episode 11
11. Episode 11
June 19, 1995
After Maxx tells Sara and some neighborhood kids an Outback story, Julie finds Mr. Gone's rotting head in her apartment.
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
May 8, 1995
Julie finds out some truths about Maxx and Mr. Gone.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
May 8, 1995
A growing and shrinking Maxx tries to protect Julie.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
May 1, 1995
Maxx battles Hammerhead.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
May 1, 1995
Maxx becomes a cartoon version of himself.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
April 24, 1995
Maxx and Julie do the best they can to talk Sara out of her gun-wielding confusion.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
April 24, 1995
We meet Sara, a struggling writer, who weaves a web of stories that link her to Maxx and Julie.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
April 17, 1995
Maxx uncovers Julie's backstory as he jumps between the real world and the Outback.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
April 17, 1995
Mr. Gone gets the upperhand against Maxx and Julie, but for how long?
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
April 8, 1995
Can Maxx stop Mr. Gone and his messengers from terrorizing the city?
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
April 8, 1995
In this series premiere episode we meet Maxx and Julie, and enter the gritty world they inhabit.
Where to Watch The Maxx
The Maxx is available for streaming on the MTV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Maxx on demand at Amazon and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 8, 1995
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (4,027)