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"The Outer Limits" (1963) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1963-1965

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The Outer Limits: Season 2: Episode 17 -- The inhabitants of an airplane that crashed in the eye of a hurricane find a floating alien laboratory.
The Outer Limits: Season 2: Episode 16 -- A test pilot (Dewey Martin) and his wife are trapped in limbo after his plane exceeds previously known speeds.
The Outer Limits: Season 2: Episode 15 -- A brilliant, dying space explorer (Anthony Eisley) agrees to have his brain put into a robot body.
The Outer Limits: Season 2: Episode 14 -- Six future astronauts are put through a simulation of a long space flight.
The Outer Limits: Season 2: Episode 13 -- A 21st-century scientist duplicates himself so the double can search for an escaped alien.

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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
16 September 1963 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
There is nothing wrong with your television. Do not attempt to adjust the picture.
Plot:
An anthology series of insightful science fiction tales. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
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An original sci-fi show that has never lost its greatness See more (61 total) »

Cast

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Vic Perrin ... Control Voice / ... (28 episodes, 1963-1965)
Bob Johnson ... Anthean / ... (11 episodes, 1963-1964)
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Series Directed by
Gerd Oswald (14 episodes, 1963-1965)
Byron Haskin (6 episodes, 1963-1964)
Leslie Stevens (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
Charles F. Haas (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Laslo Benedek (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
James Goldstone (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Leonard Horn (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Paul Stanley (3 episodes, 1964)
John Brahm (2 episodes, 1964)
Alan Crosland Jr. (2 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Writing credits
Joseph Stefano (12 episodes, 1963-1964)
Lou Morheim (5 episodes, 1964)
Leslie Stevens (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
Robert C. Dennis (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Seeleg Lester (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Meyer Dolinsky (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Sam Neuman (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
Allan Balter (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Louis Charbonneau (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Anthony Lawrence (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Robert Mintz (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Ed Adamson (2 episodes, 1964)
Harlan Ellison (2 episodes, 1964)
Milton Krims (2 episodes, 1964)
Stephen Lord (2 episodes, 1964)
Jerry Sohl (2 episodes, 1964)

Series Produced by
Leslie Stevens .... executive producer (49 episodes, 1963-1965)
Joseph Stefano .... producer (32 episodes, 1963-1964)
Leon Chooluck .... associate producer (19 episodes, 1963-1964)
Ben Brady .... producer (17 episodes, 1964-1965)
Sam White .... associate producer (17 episodes, 1964-1965)
Lou Morheim .... associate producer (12 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Original Music by
Dominic Frontiere (31 episodes, 1963-1964)
Harry Lubin (17 episodes, 1964-1965)
Robert Van Eps (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
 
Series Cinematography by
Kenneth Peach (25 episodes, 1964-1965)
Conrad L. Hall (15 episodes, 1963-1964)
John M. Nickolaus Jr. (9 episodes, 1963-1964)
 
Series Film Editing by
Anthony DiMarco (18 episodes, 1963-1965)
Fred Baratta (12 episodes, 1963-1964)
 
Series Casting by
Meryl O'Loughlin (11 episodes, 1964)
Harvey Clermont (3 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Art Direction by
Jack Poplin (49 episodes, 1963-1965)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Chester Bayhi (49 episodes, 1963-1965)
 
Series Makeup Department
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup supervision (49 episodes, 1963-1965)
 
Series Production Management
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... production manager (22 episodes, 1963-1964)
Claude Binyon Jr. .... production manager (17 episodes, 1964-1965)
Robert H. Justman .... production manager (9 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert H. Justman .... assistant director (20 episodes, 1963-1965)
Lee H. Katzin .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1963-1964)
Claude Binyon Jr. .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1963-1964)
William P. Owens .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1964)
Phil Rawlins .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1964)
Gregg Peters .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
 
Series Art Department
Richard M. Rubin .... properties (48 episodes, 1963-1965)
 
Series Sound Department
Arthur Cornell .... sound effects editor (49 episodes, 1963-1965)
Jay Ashworth .... sound mixer (45 episodes, 1963-1965)
Ralph Butler .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Special Effects by
Thol Simonson .... special effects (16 episodes, 1963-1964)
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (15 episodes, 1963-1964)
Pat Dinga .... special effects (11 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Jim Danforth .... special photographic effects: Project Unlimited, Inc. (24 episodes, 1963-1964)
Paul LeBaron .... special photographic effects: Project Unlimited, Inc. (24 episodes, 1963-1964)
Ralph Rodine .... special photographic effects: Project Unlimited, Inc. (24 episodes, 1963-1964)
M.B. Paul .... optical effects unit (16 episodes, 1963-1964)
 
Series Stunts
George Robotham .... stunt double: Paul Lukather / stunt double: Sean McClory (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Henry Maak .... key grip (45 episodes, 1963-1965)
Norman C. McClay .... chief set electrician (27 episodes, 1963-1965)
Lloyd Garnell .... chief set electrician (21 episodes, 1963-1964)
Jack Boyd .... key grip (3 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Casting Department
Meryl O'Loughlin .... casting consultant (12 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Forrest T. Butler .... costumer (48 episodes, 1963-1965)
Sabine Manela .... costumer (48 episodes, 1963-1965)
 
Series Editorial Department
Richard K. Brockway .... supervising film editor / supervising editor (49 episodes, 1963-1965)
 
Series Music Department
John Elizalde .... music supervisor (32 episodes, 1963-1964)
Roger A. Farris .... music coordinator (32 episodes, 1963-1964)
John Caper Jr. .... music supervisor (17 episodes, 1964-1965)
Dominic Frontiere .... composer: "Outer Limits" theme / composer: theme (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
 
Series Other crew
Elaine Michea .... production coordinator (49 episodes, 1963-1965)
Hope McLachlin .... script supervisor (40 episodes, 1963-1964)
Dominic Frontiere .... production executive (31 episodes, 1963-1964)
Lou Morheim .... story consultant (31 episodes, 1963-1964)
John Erman .... production associate / assistant to producer (19 episodes, 1963-1964)
Seeleg Lester .... associate / story consultant (17 episodes, 1964-1965)
B. Ritchie Payne .... assistant to producer (17 episodes, 1964-1965)
Calvin Ward .... coordinator (13 episodes, 1964-1965)
Tom Selden .... assistant to producer (12 episodes, 1964)
George Rutter .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Helen Gailey .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1963)
Robert Gary .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1964)
 

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Trivia:
The original title for "The Outer Limits" was "Please Stand By". But, America was facing the Cuban Missile Crisis and the executives thought it might make people fearful of an air raid. This is why, in the new series when the show would cut to a commercial, the Control Voice said, "Please stand by." A tip-of-the-hat to the original series title.See more »
Quotes:
The Control Voice:It is said that if you move a single pebble on the beach, you set up a different pattern, and everything in the world is changed. It can also be said that love can change the future, if it is deep enough, true enough, and selfless enough. It can prevent a war, prohibit a plague, keep the whole world... whole.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Watchmen (2009)See more »

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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
An original sci-fi show that has never lost its greatness, 1 May 2003
Author: bh-boclraca from Philadelphia, PA USA

I was nine years old when this classic series debuted. The episodes that scared me the most and the reasons why were: "Nightmare" (the sadistic powers of the Ebonite control rod), "It Crawled Out of the Woodwork" (a swirling cloud-monster frightening people to death), "The Guests" (being dragged upstairs for interrogation by a gelatinous brain), "Don't Open Till Doomsday" (being seized and drawn into a box inhabited by a one-eyed alien blob), "A Feasibility Study" (having your neighborhood kidnapped and taken to an alien world while you sleep), and "The Production and Decay of Strange Particles" (radiation suits taken over by energy beings whose face masks glow with lightning bolts). Episodes I really enjoy now are "Demon With A Glass Hand" (great location in the darkened, dilapidated office building, total suspense), "Architects of Fear" (Robert Culp's superb portrayal of a man being transformed into an alien and losing his sanity), "O.B.I.T" (an early commentary about the dangers of electronic spying and loss of privacy), "ZZZZZ" (insects turn the tables on humankind and send one of their own to our world), "The Bellero Shield" (Sally Kellerman's excellent portrayal of a "murderous wife"), "The Invisible Enemy" (sea serpent-like beasts dragging their victims underneath the sand) and "The Mice" (who could forget the grinding claws and constant stalking behavior of this grotesque monster alien?). I do favor the first season more than the second season, because the episodes and story plots are harsher and darker with very chilling music.

In general, series creator Joe Stefano's suspicion of government and scientific research institutions and their motives is truly admirable. Also, he does not always make the aliens the bad guys, as shown in "Nightmare" when the Ebonite wants to put a stop to Earth-government sanctioned torture of POW's. "Outer Limits" on DVD brings an even richer, louder and penetrating quality to this outstanding series. Also, "The Outer Limits: The Official Companion" is a great book for information about the show's production and episodes.

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