Show Type: Sci-Fi Anthology
First Telecast: September 16, 1963
Last Telecast: January 16, 1965
Creator/Executive Producer: Leslie Stevens
At the opening of each episode, the picture on the TV screen started to do funny things and the deep, unemotional "control voice" told us:
"There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can change the focus to a soft blur - or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... THE OUTER LIMITS."
The special effects were good, the alien costumes interesting and the plots innovative - often leaving the viewing audience with a sense of unease that was usually explained away by the control voice at the end of each show just before returning control of your television set to you.
Among the actors starring in episodes of The Outer Limits were: Bruce Dern, Robert Culp, Sally Kellerman, Martin Sheen, Martin Landau, William Shatner, Cliff Robertson and Lloyd Nolan. In the episode that William Shatner appeared in, he played an astronaut on a fly-by mission to the planet Venus. The mission was called Project Vulcan. Did Spock think this was a coincidence!?
Thirty years later, after the original Outer Limits left the air, a new weekly version was produced for the Showtime cable network. After airing on Showtime, the programs were packaged for syndication to local stations.
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