The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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I, Robot 

A cynical lawyer is hired by a young woman to prove that her uncle was not killed by his invention - a sophisticated robot.


Leon Benson


Robert C. Dennis (teleplay by), Otto Binder (story by) (as Eando Binder)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Howard Da Silva ... Thurman Cutler (as Howard da Silva)
Ford Rainey ... D.A. Thomas Coyle
Marianna Hill ... Nina Link
Leonard Nimoy ... Judson Ellis
John Hoyt ... Professor Hebbel
Robert Sorrells Robert Sorrells ... Fred
Hugh Sanders ... Sheriff Barclay
Mary Jackson ... Mrs. McCrae
Peter Brocco ... Dr. Charles Link
Ken Drake Ken Drake ... The Judge
Christine Matchett Christine Matchett ... Evie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Read Morgan Read Morgan ... Adam


A cynical lawyer is hired by a young woman to prove that her uncle was not killed by his invention - a sophisticated robot.

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14 November 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode is based on Isaac Asimov's 1950 short story, "I, Robot". The later, 2004 movie, I, Robot (2004), is also based on this story, but adds more elements of Asimov's "Cage of Steel". In relationship to this story, Asimov is famous for creating the three laws of robotics (later four) which basically don't allow a robot to harm a human being (the fourth law adds humanity) by commission or omission. The three laws of robotics were first published in Asimov's 1942 short story, "Runaround". See more »


When "Tin Man" is hit by the "wagon", car on the cross street in the background is moving backwards indicating that the scene was shot with "Tin Man" standing up in front of the car so that it looks like he is falling when played backwards. See more »


[opening lines]
Narrator: God looked upon His world and called it good, but Man was not content. He looked for ways to make it better, and built machines to do the work. But in vain we build the world, unless the builder also grows.
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Of Robots and Men
16 March 2016 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Howard Da Silva stars as a cynical lawyer named Thurman Cutler who is contacted by an equally cynical newspaperman named Judson Ellis(played by Leonard Nimoy) on behalf of a young woman(played by Mariana Hill) whose inventor uncle was killed in his laboratory, and the blame has fallen on a robot he created named Adam who has been captured, and is due for destruction. Cutler gets the robot a trial, but a guilty verdict seems like a foregone conclusion in the unscientific community it occurred in. Can Adam be saved, or at least redeemed? Interesting story about robotic rights vs. human fears works reasonably well, with a fittingly ironic end.

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