"The Outer Limits" - a show which didn't quite live up to its potential.

by alexanderdavies-99382 | created - 5 months ago | updated - 5 months ago | Public

I do enjoy some of the original episodes of "The Outer Limits," especially the earlier ones. However, for me the quality began to decline and the show didn't fully recover. Also included, is the 1990s Canadian show.

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1. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

An anthology series of insightful science fiction tales.

Stars: Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, William Douglas, Robert Culp

Votes: 6,540

2. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Galaxy Being (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Adventurous radio station operator contacts a fellow experimenter in another galaxy. The operator locks in 3D communication, but a DJ who wants to impress his girlfriend with the station's ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Stevens | Stars: Lee Philips, Jacqueline Scott, Cliff Robertson, Burt Metcalfe

Votes: 659

3. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Hundred Days of the Dragon (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

During the presidential campaign in the United States, the candidate William Lyons Selby seems the probable winner. The Asian dictator Li-Chin Sung develops a technique to shape the face ... See full summary »

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Sidney Blackmer, Phillip Pine, Mark Roberts, Aki Aleong

Votes: 526

A marvellous episode.

4. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Architects of Fear (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A secret group of scientists decide to surgically alter one of their members into an 'alien', in order to convince the world that an alien invasion is imminent. They hope that such a threat... See full summary »

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Robert Culp, Leonard Stone, Martin Wolfson, Geraldine Brooks

Votes: 555

5. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Man with the Power (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Milquetoast college teacher Harold lacks tenure, and the ability to stand up to anyone, especially his shrewish wife. But after a brain operation so he can aid in a space project to mine ... See full summary »

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Priscilla Morrill, Fred Beir, Frank Maxwell

Votes: 416

A story which has a few decidedly unsympathetic characters.

6. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Sixth Finger (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist hires a miner to be the human subject in an experiment to speed-up evolution, which slowly turns the miner into a highly intelligent, alien-like being.

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: David McCallum, Jill Haworth, Edward Mulhare, Nora Marlowe

Votes: 535

7. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Man Who Was Never Born (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Earth awaits a terrible fate in the far future, so a 20th Century astronaut and a typically hideously malformed future Earthling go back in time hoping to change history. They target a ... See full summary »

Director: Leonard J. Horn | Stars: Martin Landau, Shirley Knight, John Considine, Maxine Stuart

Votes: 503

8. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: O.B.I.T. (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

While operating the Outer Band Individuated Teletracer, or O.B.I.T. machine, in a military base, Captain Harris is strangled. U.S. Senator Orville arrives at the base to investigate his ... See full summary »

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Peter Breck, Jeff Corey, Joanne Gilbert, Alan Baxter

Votes: 396

9. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Human Factor (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

At an isolated military installation in Greenland, Major Brothers has allowed one of his men to die after falling in a crevasse. Suffering from hallucinations, he goes to Dr. Hamilton. ... See full summary »

Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: Gary Merrill, Harry Guardino, Joe De Santis, Ivan Dixon

Votes: 332

10. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Corpus Earthling (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Parasitic advance guard from outer space strive to kill a physician, the only human who can hear them. Instead the physician believes he's gone insane, because he first heard the aliens ... See full summary »

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Robert Culp, Salome Jens, Barry Atwater, Ken Renard

Votes: 359

11. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Nightmare (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A stranded team of soldiers are captured and experimented on by demonic looking aliens.

Director: John Erman | Stars: James Shigeta, Ed Nelson, Martin Sheen, Bill Gunn

Votes: 408

Heavy-going and uneventful.

12. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: It Crawled Out of the Woodwork (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

An energy-being, created by accident, overruns an experimental power station. Personnel whom it has killed, are restored to life, with electronically-controlled pacemakers and are forced to... See full summary »

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Scott Marlowe, Kent Smith, BarBara Luna, Michael Forest

Votes: 386

13. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Borderland (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

After a scientist appears to invent a machine which can contact the afterlife, he convinces a rich man to finance his experiments with the possibility of contacting his benefactor's dead son.

Director: Leslie Stevens | Stars: Philip Abbott, Gladys Cooper, Nina Foch, Barry Jones

Votes: 327

14. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Tourist Attraction (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

The capture of a legendary, ancient monster in a Latin American lake obsesses a dilettante U.S. adventurer and the country's ego-maniacal military dictator. The adventurer wants glory & ... See full summary »

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Janet Blair, Henry Silva, Ralph Meeker, Jay Novello

Votes: 302

15. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Zanti Misfits (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Perfectionist aliens from the planet Zanti, with human aide, decides to make Earth a penal colony for their criminals- large ants with grotesque human-like faces; but a fleeing bank robber and his girlfriend threatens the agreement.

Director: Leonard J. Horn | Stars: Michael Tolan, Olive Deering, Robert F. Simon, Claude Woolman

Votes: 459

16. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Mice (1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

An advanced civilization contacts the U.S. to test both worlds' experimental teleportation systems, by exchanging citizens. Fearing the matter transport will fail, U.S. military select a ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Crosland Jr. | Stars: Henry Silva, Diana Sands, Michael Higgins, Ron Foster

Votes: 300

17. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Controlled Experiment (1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Two Martians, equipped with a device for controlling time, try to understand the human phenomenon of murder. They choose a crime of passion in the lobby of a shabby hotel. However, what seems like a simple assignment rapidly runs out of control.

Director: Leslie Stevens | Stars: Barry Morse, Carroll O'Connor, Grace Lee Whitney, Robert Fortier

Votes: 341

18. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Don't Open Till Doomsday (1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A tiny space creature, bent on destruction, is captured by the scientist Mordecai Spazman. His rival, professor Harvey Kry, convinces the media that Spazman's claims are bogus. The vengeful... See full summary »

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Miriam Hopkins, John Hoyt, Russell Collins, Buck Taylor

Votes: 310

19. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: ZZZZZ (1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

An entomologist is developing a machine to communicate with bees. Unknown to him, a queen bee has taken on human form in order to mate with him to advance her species.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Philip Abbott, Marsha Hunt, Joanna Frank, Booth Colman

Votes: 346

20. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Invisibles (1964)

TV-PG | 52 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Aliens plan to take over the U.S. by recruiting disaffected loners who are themselves "invisible" to normal society. The alien crab-like creatures attach themselves to human hosts and ... See full summary »

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Don Gordon, George Macready, Dee Hartford, Walter Burke

Votes: 308

21. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Bellero Shield (1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Richard Bellero, a dedicated scientist, is working on experiments involving sending laser beams into outer space. His father, Richard Bellero Sr., believes the scientist isn't strong enough... See full summary »

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Martin Landau, Sally Kellerman, Chita Rivera, John Hoyt

Votes: 347

22. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Children of Spider County (1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A government agent seizes young supermen, who are all originally from the same small county in Maryland. All are captured, except one; Ethan, who's facing trumped-up murder charges. Ethan's... See full summary »

Director: Leonard J. Horn | Stars: Lee Kinsolving, Kent Smith, John Milford, Crahan Denton

Votes: 265

23. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Specimen: Unknown (1964)

TV-PG | 52 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Astronauts on an orbiting space station discover a strange and deadly type of plant life. Higher ups are left to consider: should the craft be destroyed with the 4 men aboard, or allowed to land, knowing the plants could destroy all of mankind?

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Stephen McNally, Richard Jaeckel, Gail Kobe, John Kellogg

Votes: 263

24. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Second Chance (1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Carnival space ride becomes frighteningly real when an alien bird-man secretly rigs it with actual rockets. The ominous bird-man carefully picks his unknowing crew including the carny ride ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Stanley | Stars: Simon Oakland, Janet De Gore, Don Gordon, Yale Summers

Votes: 279

25. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Moonstone (1964)

TV-PG | 52 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A lunar exploration team from Earth encounters alien life, and must make a difficult decision.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Ruth Roman, Alex Nicol, Tim O'Connor, Curt Conway

Votes: 253

26. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Mutant (1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist visits an isolated expedition on a planet plagued by radioactive dust storms. He discovers that one of the team has been mutated by the dust and gained telepathic powers, which he is using to terrorise the rest of the colony.

Director: Alan Crosland Jr. | Stars: Larry Pennell, Warren Oates, Walter Burke, Robert Sampson

Votes: 243

27. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Guests (1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A drifter enters a lonely house, unaware that it is actually an alien creature in disguise. Soon he realizes that he is a prisoner, along with several other half-mad inhabitants, but he is determined to escape.

Director: Paul Stanley | Stars: Geoffrey Horne, Nellie Burt, Vaughn Taylor, Luana Anders

Votes: 296

28. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Fun and Games (1964)

TV-PG | 52 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A distant planet teleports a young man and woman from an apartment building to compete in a gladiatorial contest. For the aliens it's just an amusing game but if the humans fail, Earth will... See full summary »

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Nick Adams, Nancy Malone, Bill Hart, Ray Kellogg

Votes: 286

29. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Special One (1964)

TV-PG | 52 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

The parents of a child science prodigy are approached by a mysterious official called Mr. Xeno, who offers to give him special private tutoring. Unknown to them, Mr. Xeno is an alien who wants to use their son's talents for evil.

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Macdonald Carey, Richard Ney, Flip Mark, Marion Ross

Votes: 250

30. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: A Feasibility Study (1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

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.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Sam Wanamaker, Phyllis Love, Joyce Van Patten, David Opatoshu

Votes: 333

31. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Production and Decay of Strange Particles (1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

An accident at a nuclear research facility creates a dimensional doorway in which aliens need to widen to invade our world. A scientist races to discover a way to reverse the damage and close the doorway.

Director: Leslie Stevens | Stars: George Macready, Rudy Solari, Joseph Ruskin, Leonard Nimoy

Votes: 265

32. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Chameleon (1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

To save Earth from invasion, scientists alter a human into a replica of one of the aliens. The human subject Mace is a remorseless killer, who easily adapts to any personality required. ... See full summary »

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Robert Duvall, Howard Caine, Douglas Henderson, William O'Connell

Votes: 269

33. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Forms of Things Unknown (1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Two female friends poison a sadistic blackmailer, then while fleeing happen upon an isolated house containing a time machine. Kasha, his lover, and Leonora, the daughter of the blackmail ... See full summary »

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Vera Miles, Cedric Hardwicke, Scott Marlowe, David McCallum

Votes: 346

34. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Soldier (1964)

TV-14 | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A soldier from the far future is accidentally teleported back to 1964. The psychiatrist assigned to examine the soldier realizes that he has been bred purely as a killing machine, but he ... See full summary »

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Michael Ansara, Tim O'Connor, Ralph Hart

Votes: 409

35. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Cold Hands, Warm Heart (1964)

TV-14 | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Following a mission to Venus, an astronaut finds himself constantly cold and has strange dreams about encountering an alien outside his spacecraft.

Director: Charles F. Haas | Stars: William Shatner, Geraldine Brooks, Lloyd Gough, Malachi Throne

Votes: 293

36. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Behold Eck! (1964)

TV-14 | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A two-dimensional alien inadvertently causes havoc in Los Angeles. The alien is stranded in our three-dimensional world and only a mild-mannered optician and his secretary have to power to help.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Peter Lind Hayes, Joan Freeman, Parley Baer, Douglas Henderson

Votes: 272

37. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Expanding Human (1964)

TV-14 | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Trying to speed up man's evolution, a scientist recklessly experiments on himself. He does indeed gain super intelligence and new abilities, but at the cost of his morality and humanity.

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Skip Homeier, Keith Andes, James Doohan, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 232

38. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Demon with a Glass Hand (1964)

TV-14 | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Days ago, Trent awoke with no memory of his past. Since then, sinister men have pursued him constantly. He manages to stay one step ahead of them by following the advice of his hand. Made ... See full summary »

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Robert Culp, Arlene Martel, Abraham Sofaer, Rex Holman

Votes: 631

39. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Cry of Silence (1964)

TV-14 | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A couple find themselves lost and in the middle of a deserted valley. Then, they come under attack by a series of rocks, tumbleweeds and animals. What could be causing this assault?

Director: Charles F. Haas | Stars: Eddie Albert, June Havoc, Arthur Hunnicutt

Votes: 267

40. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Invisible Enemy (1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

The first manned expedition to Mars finds itself being killed one by one by an alien predator.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Adam West, Rudy Solari, Joe Maross, Ted Knight

Votes: 268

41. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Wolf 359 (1964)

TV-14 | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

When a scientist recreates the environment of a distant planet, its accelerated rate of evolution suggests a shocking future for mankind.

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Patrick O'Neal, Sara Shane, Peter Haskell, Ben Wright

Votes: 226

42. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: I, Robot (1964)

TV-14 | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

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

Director: Leon Benson | Stars: Howard Da Silva, Ford Rainey, Marianna Hill, Leonard Nimoy

Votes: 306

43. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Inheritors: Part I (1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Four soldiers have been shot in the head by bullets made from the fragment of a meteorite. As a result, they have developed genius level IQs. Three of them have disappeared, one remains in ... See full summary »

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: Robert Duvall, Donald Harron, James Shigeta, Steve Ihnat

Votes: 351

44. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Inheritors: Part II (1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Four soldiers have been shot in the head by bullets made from the fragment of a meteorite. As a result, they have developed genius level IQs. Three of them have disappeared, one remains in ... See full summary »

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: Robert Duvall, Donald Harron, Steve Ihnat, Ivan Dixon

Votes: 330

45. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Keeper of the Purple Twilight (1964)

TV-14 | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A driven scientist is approached by an unearthly being who offers to exchange his alien intelligence in return for the experience of human emotions. Their experiment however has unforeseen ... See full summary »

Director: Charles F. Haas | Stars: Robert Webber, Warren Stevens, Gail Kobe, Curt Conway

Votes: 226

46. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Duplicate Man (1964)

TV-14 | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

When a dangerous alien creature called a Megasoid escapes, the scientist who smuggled him to Earth creates an illegal clone of himself to hunt it down. But his plan is complicated when his ... See full summary »

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Ron Randell, Constance Towers, Mike Lane, Steven Geray

Votes: 207

47. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: Counterweight (1964)

TV-14 | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Six men and two women volunteer to be locked into a mock spacecraft and undergo a simulated space mission to a distant planet. However a series of strange events lead to paranoia and suspicion growing between them.

Director: Paul Stanley | Stars: Michael Constantine, Jacqueline Scott, Charles H. Radilak, Larry Ward

Votes: 194

48. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Brain of Colonel Barham (1965)

TV-14 | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi