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Series Length:2 Seasons, 49 Episodes
Network: ABC
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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.

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Status: Ended
Rating: 8.6/10
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  • En route to Tokyo during a violent storm, a cargo plane crash lands in the ocean and four passengers miraculously escape from death. They drift on a safety raft and enter a spaceship that is used to analyze and study alien civilizations. The four people avoid a mutated and growing microbe, except one, and finally try to communicate with the distant alien race owing to a computer. After being disinfected and studied, they're released. By chance, a plane rescue them. On board, they see the spaceship which goes back to its home place and self-destroys in the atmosphere.

  • Test pilot Jim Darcy flies a NASA's experimental supersonic jet that crosses a time portal at Mach 6 and crashlands near his base. Out of his cockpit, he realizes the whole world is frozen into time and only his wife and he are desynchronized. The couple goes to the base to alert and find a solution. They witness the possible death of their little daughter because of a future truck accident. After observing immobile officials and technicians in their functions, they encounter a strange man stuck into this no man's land for so long that his physical appearance has changed radically and prevents them from the danger they risk if they remain in this in-between realm. Fortunately, they not only save their child with their car's safety belts but return to the present.

  • Colonel Barham is a bitter disabled man with a terminal illness and that moves on a wheelchair which is selected to go on Mars but only his brain under the envelop of a robot will be aboard the ship. More frustrated than ever, the bodyless brain turns out to be megalomaniac and rebels against the Officials to rule. Armed with a rifle, the General in charge of the project shoots down and makes the brain's room explode.

  • A group of six key persons are chosen to undergo an ordeal in a simulated space journey to the planet Antheon and to test their ability to cope with it. The unusual happens and the passengers meet a real alien being from outer space who obliges the greedy one of the group, Joe Dix, to push a special button to alert the authorities and put an end to the experiment.

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