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)




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 ... 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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[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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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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The Trial of Adam Link
2 July 2019 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

I, Robot is directed by Leon Benson and adapted to screenplay by Robert C. Dennis from the story written by Eando Binder. It stars Howard da Silva, Ford Rainey, Marianna Hill and Leonard Nimoy. Music is by Harry Lubin and cinematography by Kenneth Peach.

Season 2 - Episode 9

Originally a very short story in Amazing Stories, it would influence Isaac Asimov and in turn see a big screen blockbuster released in 2004. Plot sees a robot named Adam Link on trial for the murder of his creator. Defence attorney Thurman Cutler (da Silva) comes out of retirement to not only try and prove Link is innocent, but to put on trial the workings of a machine in a human world, and that of the human condition of acceptance, growing and learning one self.

A super episode, one of the better entries in series 2, the messages it gives remain pertinent as ever, the court case with its legal wrangling's holds strong interest, and the finale is socko - with the closing narration striking a mighty chord. 9/10

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14 November 1964 (USA) See more »

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