The Outer Limits

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  • TV-PG
  • 1963
  • 7 Seasons
  • 8.2  (7,432)

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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Human Trials, The
22. Human Trials, The
January 18, 2002
A man creates a childlike robot to replace his deceased son. In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series
Human Factor, The
21. Human Factor, The
January 11, 2002
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.
Dark Child, The
20. Dark Child, The
January 4, 2002
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.
Tipping Point, The
19. Tipping Point, The
September 15, 2001
A young boy suspects a houseguest of being an alien. In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series
Lion's Den, The
18. Lion's Den, The
September 8, 2001
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.
Rule of Law, The
17. Rule of Law, The
August 25, 2001
A man investigating his brother's murder learns a computer controls In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series the town.
Abduction, The
16. Abduction, The
August 18, 2001
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.
Time to Time, The
15. Time to Time, The
August 11, 2001
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
Mindreacher, The
14. Mindreacher, The
August 4, 2001
A woman discovers that she has a conjoined twin living inside her. In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series
Free Spirit, The
13. Free Spirit, The
July 28, 2001
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.
Flower Child, The
12. Flower Child, The
July 21, 2001
A blind man regains his sight only to be used by the government for In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series his unique ability to see a beautiful alien woman from another dimension.
In the Blood, The
11. In the Blood, The
July 6, 2001
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.
Worlds Within, The
10. Worlds Within, The
June 29, 2001
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
Alien Shop, The
9. Alien Shop, The
June 22, 2001
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.
Think Like a Dinosaur, The
8. Think Like a Dinosaur, The
June 15, 2001
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.
Replica, The
7. Replica, The
April 27, 2001
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.
Mona Lisa, The
6. Mona Lisa, The
April 20, 2001
A man discovers that he is actually a robot. In the tradition of the classic anthology series, the new series
Vessel, The
5. Vessel, The
April 13, 2001
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.
Surrogate, The
4. Surrogate, The
April 6, 2001
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 New Life, A
3. A New Life, A
March 30, 2001
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.
Patient Zero, The
2. Patient Zero, The
March 23, 2001
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.
Family Values, The
1. Family Values, The
March 16, 2001
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.
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits

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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.

The Outer Limits is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (162 episodes). The series first aired on September 16, 1963.

Where to Watch The Outer Limits

The Outer Limits is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Outer Limits on demand at Amazon and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 16, 1963
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (7,432)