The New Outer Limits

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  • TV-PG
  • 1996
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.7  (13,571)

The New Outer Limits is a science-fiction anthology television series that aired from 1995 to 2002, produced by MGM and based on the original 1963 series of the same name. The show explores the possibilities of a range of technologies, from artificial intelligence and virtual reality to time travel and alternate dimensions. It also delves into philosophical and ethical questions such as the limits of scientific experimentation and the consequences of playing god.

The series is hosted by Kevin Conway, who introduces each episode with a brief monologue that sets the tone for the underlying themes of the hour-long show. Each episode presents a new story with a unique cast of characters and a different premise, ranging from the fantastical to the mundane. Some episodes take place in the present day, while others are set in the distant future or alternate realities.

The New Outer Limits has been praised for its high production values, innovative storytelling, and impressive visual effects. The show's rich sound design and haunting musical score add to its otherworldly atmosphere. The performances of its ensemble cast are also noteworthy, with Joe Pascual as a recurring character throughout the series.

One of the most memorable episodes of the series is "The Light Brigade," which follows a group of soldiers who are sent on a mission to fight an alien race known as the Ceruleans. However, the soldiers soon realize that they are not fighting the way they were trained to and that their weapons have been replaced with "light guns" that disintegrate their enemies. As the battle continues, the soldiers begin to question whether they are the heroes or the villains in this conflict.

Another standout episode is "The Architects of Fear," in which a group of scientists band together to create a fake alien invasion in order to unite humanity against a common enemy. However, the plan goes awry when one of the scientists begins to have second thoughts about the morality of their actions.

Despite its impressive run, The New Outer Limits was ultimately canceled due to low ratings. However, it has continued to have a cult following and has been cited as a major influence on modern science-fiction shows like Black Mirror.

Overall, The New Outer Limits is a must-see for science-fiction fans who appreciate thought-provoking storytelling and breathtaking visuals. Its exploration of the unknown and the limits of humanity's capabilities will leave viewers pondering their own place in the universe.

The New Outer Limits is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (36 episodes). The series first aired on January 26, 1996.

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Living Hell
12. Living Hell
May 12, 1995
Shot in the head by an armed robber, 35 year old Ben Kohler's (Sam Robards) only chance of survival, according to Dr. Jennifer Martinez (Elizabeth Pena), is an experimental cerebral chip (CC12). The earlier generations of this chip have killed 25% of the humans it was tested on, but Martinez convinces the medical chief to authorize the surgery in order to save Ben's life. As the surgery is proceeding, in another part of town, a man with a long crescent shaped scar on his head is coming out of the shower, and suddenly throws his hands to his head and collapses in pain. Ben is released from the hospital one month later after a complete recovery. Back in his own small apartment, Ben has a realistic and horrifying vision. Peering out of someone else's eyes, he is chasing a woman through the woods, and sees a hand reach out to attack her. Later Ben has a second vision where he sees the woman again, but this time she is dead. Along with the visions Ben hears a strange haunting voice calling out to him. Ben phones police detective Wilson who confirms that there has been a real homicide such as Ben described, but police hadn't yet given the story to the press. Wilson suspects Ben is the killer, and traces the call to Ben's apartment. Afraid of the police, Ben turns to Jennifer for help. He witnesses another woman's murder, and again the killer speaks to Ben, taunting him. Ben and Jennifer realize the chip receives and broadcasts signals, so the killer must be one of Jennifer's for...
Zig Zag
11. Zig Zag
August 11, 2000
The bombs are in place, ready to destroy the super-computers at the Department of Information Technology. Inside, the members of the Syndrome, the anti-technology group that planted the bombs, lay dead or dying. All of them, that is, except Cliff Unger - or as he calls himself now, Zig Fowler. Unger has his finger on the detonator as he negotiates with Pete Yastremski, the head of the department and, as the two men talk and FBI agents prepare to storm the building, we move back in time, through the hours, days and years leading up to the attack . We see how Unger, once a rabidly pro-technology cyber-columnist, led the attack, using a plan devised by Fowler, a mysterious cyber-terrorist who was hunted by Yastremski down several years earlier. We see the tension between Unger and Syndrome stalwarts like Dell Tinker and Roy Chance, who don't trust him, and his blossoming romance wit Weatherman, the group's only female members. And we see how Unger was driven to join the group after his identity chip, which all citizens in this society have implanted in the palm of their hands, apparently malfunctioned and began to identify him as Zig Fowler.
Free Spirit
10. Free Spirit
July 28, 2001
Dr. Rachel Harris (DINA MEYER) was working on a military experiment separating minds from bodies when she and her co-workers were forced to pull the plug and kill their subjects. Four years later, a schoolteacher goes on a murderous rampage and kills an ER doctor ? one of Rachel's co-workers from her military-experiment days. In the sanitarium where Rachel and another former military co-worker, Kate (BARBARA TYSON), now work, there's a power outage and previously harmless patients suddenly take on murderous tendencies. Rachel recognizes the trademarks of the one experiment victim she had worried about at the time ? the one whose consciousness was not connected with his body at the time of death. But as the violence within the hospital walls escalates, she is unable to convince Kate or her boyfriend David (COLIN FERGUSON) that the events have any connection with her past. Only hospital orderly Carl (RON SELMOUR) recognizes what he calls 'the Kalfu' ? the dark spirit running amok within the sanitarium's walls. As the spirit jumps from person to person and the body count rises, even Rachel can't imagine what price it will finally exact for the cost of meddling with human souls.
Patient Zero
9. Patient Zero
March 23, 2001
The time portal is disengaged, and Beckett (MICHAEL ROOKER) steps out of the machine only to discover that his visit to the past has not changed the present. Many millions of people are still dying of a mysterious plague and his mission, to kill the carrier and stop the epidemic before it ever gets started, has failed. With the very survival of the human race at stake, Beckett agrees to travel back into the past again, this time one week earlier than before, to remove the person scientists now believe to be Patient Zero, a woman named Amy Barrett (TANYA ALLEN). But a twist of fate will alter Beckett's resolve. Instead of eliminating Amy to arrest the plague, he believes he knows a way to save the humanity of the future without harming Amy in the present. Can the fate of mankind hinge on a single act? Or are we helpless to change our destiny?
Flower Child
8. Flower Child
July 21, 2001
An alien plant species takes the form of a seductive woman, challenging a young couple's ideas of commitment and monogamy. When a meteor enters Earth's atmosphere, a single piece survives and buries itself in the rich soil of a community garden. Within hours, the piece has grown into a lovely but deadly plant. It takes the life of the garden's owner and transforms itself into a beautiful and equally deadly woman named Violet (JUD TYLOR), with a scent few men are able to resist. Down the hall, newly engaged Chris (JEREMY LONDON) and Mia (REBECCA REICHERT) are struggling with pre-marriage jitters and the overwhelming concept of lifelong monogamy. Not helping matters is Mia's co-worker at the forensics lab, Tom (KEN TREMBLETT), who wants to be more than just a professional colleague. When Chris runs into the seductive Violet he feels vulnerable, but steels himself to resist her. Ultimately, despite his commitment to Mia, Chris finds his flesh is weak next to her primal pull. Other men, unable to resist her, pay with their lives. Violet is a deadly force of nature with an alien agenda based on the survival of her plant world rather than human life.
7. Revival
July 21, 2000
Ezra Burnham and his daughter Sarah are old hands at the business of faith healing. Ezra, a preacher who lost his faith when his wife died, is the front man, the one who lays his hands on the deaf and lame. But Sarah is the key to act, working backstage and communicating with Ezra through a tiny earphone about the plants she's scattered through the audience. It's all going well until one day a strange young man in a wheelchair approaches Ezra near the end of a revival meeting. Luke is not a plant, but when Ezra lays his hands on him, he not only rises from his wheelchair, but he begins to float six inches off the ground. After the meeting, Luke and his mother Serena approach Ezra with a proposition. If Ezra will teach Luke the secret of the revival circuit, Luke will continue to work his mysterious magic at Ezra's side. But Luke and Serena are no ordinary true believers. They are aliens who can devour a human being in seconds and who have come to colonize Earth using religion as a tool. Soon, the police are asking Ezra about the connection between his revival show and the disappearance of a number of young women. Meanwhile, Luke's gifts have caught the attention of Reverend Sam Garland, the head of the Evangelical Television Network, who offers Ezra and Luke an hour slot. As he grows more suspicious - and a little jealous - of his protege, Ezra tries to shut him down. But can the faith of an unbeliever and the wiles of a religious con-man triumph against the power of an extra...
The Light Brigade
6. The Light Brigade
June 23, 1996
Actor ROBERT PATRICK returns for this first-ever THE OUTER LIMITS sequel, a follow-up to last year's 'Quality of Mercy.' On a desperate mission, a young Cadet (WIL WHEATON) learns the difference between heroic ideals and the bitter realities of war. The only survivors on a crippled battle cruiser - Earth's last hope for victory and survivors - are the Cadet, the weapons Chief (GRAHAM GREENE) and Major John Skokes (PATRICK), a repatriated prisoner of war. Exposed to fatal doses of radiation when their fleet was wiped out by the aliens, they fight illness and death to launch a preemptive strike. As the awesome responsibility for success descends on him, the Cadet learns that fear is not his only enemy.
D?j? Vu
5. D?j? Vu
July 9, 1999
Dr. Mark Crest (Kevin Nealon) has built a teleportation device that uses tactical nuclear weapons to open a wormhole in the space-time continuum. The device is intended to transport some animals eight miles across the desert, but during a test, the wormhole grows out of control and Mark finds himself hurled back in time, to the day before the test took place. It happens again, but when Mark warns his colleagu, Dr. Cleo Lazar, (Terri Hawkes), and the project's military overseer Lt. Col Lester Glade (Ronny Cox) about the time loop, they think he's crazy. The time loop continues, each time returning Mark to a point in time closer to the test, and Mark figures out that someone has sabotaged the device. At first he suspects Julie (Jennifer Copping), a young woman who seduced him on the night before the test. And, he's right - Julie is an eco-terrorist opposed to Mark tampering with nature - but she's not the only saboteur. Glade has his own plans for the device and it may be beyond Mark's power to stop him - no matter how many chances he gets.
Family Values
4. Family Values
March 16, 2001
Jerry Miller (TOM ARNOLD) is a manager in a large corporation, who?s demanding life is in chaos. His wife, Brooke (CATHERINE MARY STEWART), resentful of her husband?s lack of attention to the family, takes the occasional sip of vodka. The kids? (KIMBERLY WARNAT, GIACOMO BAESSATO) behavior is unruly and their grades poor. One night, Jerry sees an infomercial about the Gideon 4000 from Gideon Robotics, the latest in modern home conveniences. Both caretaker and caregiver, Gideon (GERARD PLUNKET) is programmed to help out in hundreds of different ways, and converse on any number of subjects. Jerry sees an end to his problems at home and orders the robot on a thirty day free trial. Upon delivery, Gideon quickly proves his worth. He cooks gourmet meals, keeps the house spotless, helps the kids with their homework and can throw a baseball too. Life is great until Jerry begins to realize Gideon's full influence on his family. Worried he?s being replaced, Jerry tries to get rid of the robot, but he is the only one who wants Gideon gone. What are the consequences for the misplaced devotions of a workaholic family man?
3. Glitch
May 5, 2000
Tom and Wendy seem like the perfect couple, happy together and very much in love. But at night when Wendy sleeps, Tom has terrible memory flashes about being stuck in a burning building with a crying baby. The nightmares, however, aren't real and neither is Tom. He's an android created by the late Joe Walker. Walker had originally created Tom to save humans from fires and other dangerous situations. The images that come to him are bits of memory from previous rescue simulations, but Tom, not knowing that he's an android, thinks he's going insane. Walker, anticipating that his colleague, Dr. Edward Normandy, might try to militarize the android and use him as a cyber-soldier-spy, planted bugs in Tom's programming so that Normandy would have to upgrade Tom so that the android could think for itself. Now that it has reached that point, Walker appears in a hologram to urge Tom to escape the lab and, with the help of Wendy, he does. Normandy and his security team are soon on their trail, eager to recapture their billion dollar man, but Normandy must match wits with the ghost of his late colleague and not one but two of Joe Walker's greatest inventions.
2. Decompression
June 30, 2000
Senator Wyndom Brody has just won the New Hampshire primary, upsetting a heavily favored opponent, and he's flying to South Carolina to press his campaign for the Presidency. He's joined on the plane by his campaign manager Jon Tarkman, his deputy campaign manager (and lover) Catherine Walsh, his newly appointed Secret Service agent Frank McKenna and journalist Will Sunderland. As the plane flies south, it's hit by lightning. The plane and its passengers appear unaffected, but a mysterious woman appears in Brody's private quarters warning him that the strike has damaged the airplane. She also tells him that the plane will crash on landing, killing him and six others. She explains that she is a projection from the future, a virtual time-traveler sent here to save him because his presidency is the key to preventing an apocalyptic future. If he is to live, he must shoot out the emergency exit and allow himself be sucked out of the plane by decompression, whereupon he will be saved by The Stranger's sophisticated technology. As his staff tries to mask his increasingly bizarre behavior from journalist Sunderland, Brody wrestles with a dilemma. Must he save himself - and the future - even if it means killing everyone elseaboard. Or has his success, now suddenly within reach, simply driven his mad?
1. Replica
April 27, 2001
Pioneers in biogenetic research, Nora Griffiths (SHERILYN FENN) and her husband Zach (PETER OUTERBRIDGE) have successfully created the world's first perfectly cloned organs. But Nora wants to take the ultimate step and also replicate the synaptic array of the human brain. This would conceivably allow the full cloning of a human, an illegal procedure veamently opposed by their business partner Peter Chandler (GARWIN SANFORD). She convinces Zach to apply her discovery and download her own thought and brain patterns, but when the process is complete, she is left in a deep coma. One year later, with no hope that his wife will ever regain conciousness, Zach is driven by despair to make a clone of Nora using the technology he has since perfected. The clandestine procedure is a complete success. Nora's mind and body seem to have been duplicated in every way and Nora II is born. With his wife back, everything in Zach's world is perfect once more, until the real thing wakes up...
Where to Watch The New Outer Limits
The New Outer Limits is available for streaming on the MGM website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The New Outer Limits on demand at Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    January 26, 1996
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (13,571)