The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 29

A Feasibility Study (13 Apr. 1964)

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The inhabitants of a typical suburban street find that they've been abducted by a diseased alien race, which wants to discover if humans will make suitable slaves for them.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Simon Holm
Phyllis Love ...
Andrea Holm
Rhea Cashman
David Opatoshu ...
Ralph Cashman
Frank Puglia ...
Ben Wright ...
Elder of Luminos
Glenn Cannon ...
Teenage Luminos (as Glenn Gannon)


The inhabitants of a typical suburban street find that they've been abducted by a diseased alien race, which wants to discover if humans will make suitable slaves for them.

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13 April 1964 (USA)  »

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This is Robert H. Justman's only appearance as an actor. He was best known as co-producer of Star Trek TOS. See more »


After Mr. Cashman stops his car, a Luminoid gets onto the roof and puts its hand on the windshield. The Luminoid is gone when Mr. Cashman tumbles from the driver's door a moment later. See more »


Teenage Luminos: Don't come in! I'll go away if you will.
Dr. Simon Holm: You need help? Is it Mr. Cashman? Ralph?
Teenage Luminos: No. Please go away.
Dr. Simon Holm: [Waves Mrs. Cashman back] Stay there! I'm a doctor. Are you hurt?
Teenage Luminos: No... yes, being afraid hurts.
Dr. Simon Holm: What are you afraid of?
Teenage Luminos: I came through the shield. I'll be punished if I spoil the experiment. Stay out!
Dr. Simon Holm: Can't I come in and just talk to you? I'd like to hear about that experiment.
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Remade as The Outer Limits: Feasibility Study (1997) See more »

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This one has it all...
6 March 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of the better episodes of "The Outer Limits" and it seems to have it all--excellent writing, lots of originality and some exceptional guest actors. In particular, Sam Wanamaker, David Opatashu and Joyce Van Patten help to make this one better since they all are very good actors.

The show begins with an alien species kidnapping a group of humans by literally chopping part of a town out of the Earth and bringing it to their planet. At first, the humans don't realize what has happened but they soon come to realize many BAD things--that they are not on Earth, the aliens are infected with a horrible virus and this is all part of a study to see if ALL the people of Earth can be enslaved to serve these brilliant but evil aliens. How the humans handle all this makes this one great--and very, very poignant. The ending, in particular, is one that might just make you shed a tear or two! Really. This is just exceptional throughout and I won't say more, as I don't want to spoil it.

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