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The Outer Limits can be defined as both a dramatic show and one which incorporates elements of science fiction. Each episode is formatted as a short story with one or two central characters. A story usually opens with a small narrative provided to give a short synopsis about the main characters and their ordinary lives. As the story continues the characters will encounter situations, places or people who do not fit in with the way they perceive their world. The unusual and unexpected developments are designed to keep the viewer guessing as well.

The elements of science fiction incorporated into the show are designed to question what people accept as being reality. The unusual situations can revolve around parallel worlds, alien beings or alternate dimensions. Some episodes take a familiar experience and put a new and unexpected twist on it. A show involving time travel could take an astronaut and place him in a future time or in an alternate universe where the outcome to world events as he knows them have been changed. He could now find himself in a world with superpowers that didn't exist in his original time.

In addition to using elements of the paranormal the shows also reflect the human element by following the decision making process of the main characters. When faced with an unusual situation which has paranormal aspects people often make choices that are not in keeping with their usual behavior. The stories are designed to show how different people react under different circumstances. When faced with creatures from alien worlds or unexplained events, people can act differently in groups than they would separately.

While the show is classified as science fiction it also uses suspense to keep viewers interested. The explanation or end result of an event is never revealed until the very end of the show. With the exception of one or two episodes, the stories are presented in a serious manner to reflect how important the decision making process is to the outcome of what is happening. The show examines the way most people choose to look at their world and what they consider to be of value or importance.

ABC
7 Seasons, 162 Episodes - Canceled
September 19, 1963
Science Fiction, Drama
8.2/10
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  • A man creates a childlike robot to replace his deceased son. In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series

  • Tent revivalist finds faith as he battles an evil alient masquerading In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series as divine power.

  • An invisible alien race that inhabits the energy systems of a deserted In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series spaceship causes a salvage team to go mad.

  • A young boy suspects a houseguest of being an alien. In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series

  • A UFO enthusiast who believes that she has found a piece of actual In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series alien technology gets caught up in a cycle of murder and intrigue at UFO convention.

  • A man investigating his brother's murder learns a computer controls In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series the town.

  • An alien supplies a strange gun that morphs onto the body of the user In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series to recruit soldiers for an alien war.

  • Part one of a two part episode. Amanda Plummer reprises her role as In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series Dr. Theresa Givens from 'STITCH IN TIME.' Dr. Givens is put on trial for using technology (her time machine) in the f

  • A woman discovers that she has a conjoined twin living inside her. In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series

  • Bioengineering of corn seed leads to deadly consequences in a small In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series Mid-Western town.

  • Due to dwindling resources in the future, the world consists of In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series 'Alphas' and 'Betas' that are alternately put in stasis for 72 hour periods.

  • Part two of a two part episode. Amanda Plummer reprises her role as In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series Dr. Theresa Givens from 'STITCH IN TIME.' Dr. Givens is put on trial for using technology (her time machine) in the f

  • A device that allows people to change their appearance helps a nerdy In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series guy become a hunk.

  • Scientists in the Arctic discover an undiscovered species of Polar In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series Mites that infest humans and cause them to become psychotic.

  • The crew of a space salvage ship finds a tyrant in stasis who was In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series banished from Earth for crimes against humanity.

  • A man discovers that he is actually a robot. In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series

  • Set in the future, an anarchist threatens to blow up the central In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series computers that control the world.

  • Two Civil War reenactors travel back in time to actual Civil War In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series battle at Gettysburg.

  • A convicted murderer is turned loose to be hunted by the sister of his In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series victim as part of a futuristic TV show that features the live chase and execution.

  • Presidential candidate is visited by time traveler to tell him that In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series he needs to escape impending death that will change the course of history.

  • A man travels forward in time by three days and sees that his wife has In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series been murdered -- possibly by his own hand. He then goes back to the present time to try and change the future.

  • Part one of a two part episode. Amanda Plummer reprises her role as Dr. Theresa Givens from 'STITCH IN TIME.' Dr. Givens is put on trial for using technology (her time machine) in the f

  • Scientists in the Arctic discover an undiscovered species of Polar Mites that infest humans and cause them to become psychotic.

  • Set in the future, an anarchist threatens to blow up the central computers that control the world.

  • A young boy suspects a houseguest of being an alien.

  • Two Civil War reenactors travel back in time to actual Civil War battle at Gettysburg.

  • Tent revivalist finds faith as he battles an evil alient masquerading as divine power.

  • A man investigating his brother's murder learns a computer controls the town.

  • The crew of a space salvage ship finds a tyrant in stasis who was banished from Earth for crimes against humanity.

  • Presidential candidate is visited by time traveler to tell him that he needs to escape impending death that will change the course of history.

  • A man discovers that he is actually a robot.

  • A woman discovers that she has a conjoined twin living inside her.

  • A UFO enthusiast who believes that she has found a piece of actual alien technology gets caught up in a cycle of murder and intrigue at UFO convention.

  • Due to dwindling resources in the future, the world consists of 'Alphas' and 'Betas' that are alternately put in stasis for 72 hour periods.

  • A man creates a childlike robot to replace his deceased son.

  • Bioengineering of corn seed leads to deadly consequences in a small Mid-Western town.

  • A man travels forward in time by three days and sees that his wife has been murdered -- possibly by his own hand. He then goes back to the present time to try and change the future.

  • An invisible alien race that inhabits the energy systems of a deserted spaceship causes a salvage team to go mad.

  • A device that allows people to change their appearance helps a nerdy guy become a hunk.

  • An alien supplies a strange gun that morphs onto the body of the user to recruit soldiers for an alien war.

  • A convicted murderer is turned loose to be hunted by the sister of his victim as part of a futuristic TV show that features the live chase and execution.

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