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The Outer Limits (TV Series 1963–1965) Poster

(1963–1965)

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Followed by 

The Outer Limits (1995) (TV Series)

Remade as 

Edited from 

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Effects shot tilting up past moon lifted from opening scenes of "It's a Wonderful Life" later used in Season 1, Episode 23: Second Chance.

Referenced in 

The Munsters: If a Martian Answers, Hang Up (1965) (TV Episode)
The Helosian from 'O.B.I.T.' appears
The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Glowing Corpse (1965) (TV Episode)
The first "creature" prop that West encounters in the House of Horrors is a prop alien also used in several episodes of "The Outer Limits".
Invasion of the Love Drones (1977)
The narrator mentions the phrase "the outer limits' in the opening narration.
The Brain Leeches (1978)
Referenced by title.
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Albert Brooks' character (incorrectly) thinks the episode about a stopwatch that freezes time was from this anthology series.
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Samantha Baker says: "Everybody in this family has just gone totally Outer Limits"
My Science Project (1985)
Vinnie says "No Outer Limits I ever saw had this stuff"
The Real Ghost Busters: The Hole in the Wall Gang (1987) (TV Episode)
Verbal reference by Raymond Stantz.
The Real Ghost Busters: Station Identification (1987) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Winston.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Cosmic Princess (1989) (TV Episode)
'They're getting Outer Limits'
Night Court: The Trouble Is Not in Your Set (1989) (TV Episode)
Title is catch phrase from show
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds: Part 2 (1990) (TV Episode)
The Outer Limits Season 2 Episode 8 title is "Wolf 359". The battle with the Borg takes place at "Wolf 359".
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time of the Apes (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Do not attempt to adjust your TV sets..."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: It Conquered the World (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: "We control the executive producer."
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Emissary (1993) (TV Episode)
Sisko's wife was killed in the battle with the Borg at Wolf 359. Season 2 Episode 8 of the Outer Limits is titled "Wolf 359".
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Monster A-Go-Go (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Hey, 'Outer Limits' is startin'!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Now it's 'The Outer Limits.'"
The Red Green Show: Magnetic Lake (1993) (TV Episode)
Red: "Please don't adjust your set." Harold: "Especially your channel knobs."
Hackers (1995)
Future Fantastic: Alien (1996) (TV Episode)
Show mentioned.
The Red Green Show: Sedgwick the Tenant (1996) (TV Episode)
Harold mentions the worst thing of Sedgwick and son being together by "writing an episode of 'The Outer Limits'", to which Red remarks that Harold is an episode of the show
Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998) (TV Movie)
The Banishing of the Evil Spirit of Snix (1998) (Short)
Snix - "There is nothing wrong with your TV set, we are in control of it"
Molly (1999)
Jane White Is Sick & Twisted (2002)
mentioned in dialogue
Gilmore Girls: It Should've Been Lorelai (2002) (TV Episode)
Luke says that "The Outer Limits" deserves as much fanfare as "The Twilight Zone."
Fanalysis (2002)
Ted Raimi tells a story about writing a fan letter to an Outer Limits actor.
Tru Calling: Rear Window (2004) (TV Episode)
Davis says he's going to watch an Outer Limits marathon on TV.
The Terminal (2004)
Stanley Tucci's charachter discussed a show which he thought it to be Twilight Zone but then he's been corrected that Outer Limits is the right show.
Guy X (2005)
mentioned in newspaper film review
Homestarrunner.com: Everything Else, Volume 3 (2007) (Video)
In "Field Day Intro", Strong Bad's "Do not attempt to adjust..." line, as well as the static effects at the opening are both references to this show
Concerto Macabre: The Films of John Brahm (2007) (Video)
The title appears in a montage.
Leverage: The Three Days of the Hunter Job (2009) (TV Episode)
Hardison references the opening narration of The Outer Limits, "We will control the horizontal, we will control the vertical."
Elvira's Movie Macabre: A Bucket of Blood (2011) (TV Episode)
Elvira references the show during an improv beatnik poetry recital.
80's Dan: Halloween III: Season of the Witch (2011) (TV Episode)
Dan refers to Halloween III as "a rejected 'Outer Limits' episode about masks."

Featured in 

Science Fiction: A Journey Into the Unknown (1994) (TV Movie)
clips from this show are in this special
Hackers (1995)
shown on a TV screen
Stargate: Atlantis: Home (2004) (TV Episode)
Rodney watches a "very strange" episode of the series.
Watchmen (2009)
Opening credits sequence seen on TV
Watchmen: A Stronger Loving World (2009) (TV Episode)
The series theme mantra plays on the old lady's television.

Spoofed in 

Saturday Night Live: Madonna/Simple Minds (1985) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as 'The Limits of the Imagination'
Eternity (1990)
Adult Movie using idea of title sequence of cult sci-fi series.
Eternity (1991) (Video)
Series premise.
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror V (1994) (TV Episode)
The opening with just audio.
Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Outer Limits (1998) (TV Episode)
Charlie does an impression of Rod Serling as the Narrator of the Twilight Zone, but his opening lines copy those of The Outer Limits.
Teen Titans: Episode 257-494 (2005) (TV Episode)
Control Freak repeats a paraphrased version of the famous "control voice" opening, including an on screen white dot and vertical line.
Nostalgia Critic: Rise of the Commercials (2014) (TV Episode)
The prologue spoofs this show

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