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The Outer Limits 

An anthology series of insightful science fiction tales.

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Leslie Stevens
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1965   1964   1963  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Bob Johnson Bob Johnson ...  Anthean / ... 11 episodes, 1963-1964
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Anthology type science fiction program with a different cast each week. Tending toward the hard science, space travel, time travel, and human evolution it tries to examine in each show some form of the question, "What is the nature of man?" Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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USA

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English

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16 September 1963 (USA) See more »

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4:3
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Five episodes (including a two-part story) were remade as episodes of The Outer Limits (1995): The Outer Limits: I, Robot (1964) was remade as The Outer Limits: I, Robot (1995), The Outer Limits: A Feasibility Study (1964) was remade as The Outer Limits: Feasibility Study (1997) and The Outer Limits: Nightmare (1963) was remade as The Outer Limits: Nightmare (1998) and The Outer Limits: The Inheritors: Part I (1964) and The Outer Limits: The Inheritors: Part II (1964) were remade as The Outer Limits: The Inheritors (1999). The Outer Limits: The Human Factor (1963) and The Outer Limits: The Human Factor (2002) have no connection beyond the title. See more »

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Dr. Paul Wayne: So what difference does it make, whether it's 20 minutes or 20 years, since neither amounts to the faintest echo of the tiniest whisper in the thunder of time.
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An original sci-fi show that has never lost its greatness
1 May 2003 | by bh-boclracaSee all my reviews

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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