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TV Shows - Outer Limits, The (1963-1965)

The Outer Limits originally was broadcast from 1963 to 1965 on the U.S. television broadcasting network ABC; in total, 49 episodes. It was one of many series influenced by The Twilight Zone and Science Fiction Theatre, though it ultimately proved influential in its own right. In the un-aired pilot, the series was titled Please Stand By, but ABC rejected it. Series creator Leslie Stevens retitled it The Outer Limits. With a few changes, the pilot aired as the premiere episode, "The Galaxy Being". Writers for The Outer Limits included creator Stevens and Joseph Stefano (screenwriter of Hitchcock's Psycho), who was the series' first-season producer and creative guiding force. Stefano wrote more episodes than any other writer for the show. Two especially notable second-season episodes "Demon With a Glass Hand" and "Soldier" were written by Harlan Ellison. The first season combined science-fiction and horror, while the second season was more focused on "hard" science-fiction stories, dropping the recurring scary monster motif of the first season. Each show in the first season was to have a monster or creature as a critical part of the story line. First-season writer and producer Joseph Stefano believed that this element was necessary to provide fear, suspense, or at least a center for plot development. This kind of story element became known as "the bear". This device was, however, dropped in the second season when Stefano left. (First-season episodes without a "bear" are Forms of Things Unknown and Controlled Experiment both of which were produced as pilots for other never-realized series and then re-edited as Outer Limits episodes; and the early episode The Hundred Days of the Dragon made before the "bear" convention was established. Two second season episodes with a "bear" are Keeper of the Purple Twilight and The Duplicate Man.) The show had distinctive music by Dominic Frontiere, who doubled as Production Executive; the second season featured music by Harry Lubin with his Fear theme for One Step Beyond being heard over the end titles.

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Outer_Limits_(1963_TV_series)
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1 This show had fantastic writers and directors! Watch all the episodes on Hulu Plus! Some people criticize the series for having really crappy special effects, which they did. I learned in my media history class that ABC bought the series for pennies and refused to pay to for things like expensive special effects. Most of the actors worked for union scale even the established stars. The stories are all compelling and they get the science right! Who cares if the special effects are on the crappy side? It's about the story, not the flash! Hands down, the two best episodes were written by the great Harlan Ellison: Soldier, and Demon With A Glass Hand. -- Submitted By: (spacer) on January 12, 2015, 2:54 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
2 I agree, best intro and outro music, ever! For Christmas a few years ago I got the entire original series boxed set on DVD and watched every single episode. The writing was phenomenal and never insulted serious science fiction fans. Alternate dimensions, alien civilizations, time warps, wormholes, all were featured on various episodes and had cutting edge theories in physics. This was NOT a dumbed down show that had an obligatory monster-of-the-week. The actors were some of the best in Hollywood at the time and I imagine it became a cool show to work. Martin Landau, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Culp, Robert Duvall, Sally Kellerman, Geraldine Brooks, Dabney Coleman and many more made this a first class production. Unlike The Twilight Zone, which had its share of bad episodes, schlock and camp, The Outer Limits stuck to its principles. They never produced a cute or funny episode, just excellent TV and story telling! -- Submitted By: (jmac9909) on July 15, 2013, 12:50 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Not only a great intro but great theme music. Very atmospheric and creepy episodes, even half a century later. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 7, 2011, 2:26 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
4 ...We Control what you SEE and HEAR.... one of the greatest TV Show intros of all time. This show holds up extremely well- shows like Lost and Battlestar Galactica should have taken some notes to show how to do something wierd and fantastic the RIGHT way!! -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on March 24, 2009, 3:17 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote

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