The Outer Limits (1963 TV series)

Anthology series without fixed occupation

The Outer Limits is an American science fiction and mystery television series. The series started in 1963 with the U.S. network ABC with 32 episodes, the second season in 1964 ended after 17 episodes, after the series was placed again on unfavorable transmission times in the program.

From the year 1995, a new edition of The Outer Limits was produced in Canada, entitled Outer Limits in German - got The unknown dimension.


The series is how its model Twilight Zone, an anthology of individual episodes. Each episode is thus a self-contained story. However, The Outer Limits is different from Twilight Zone by a larger share of science-fiction elements.

Most episodes thematize a particular scientific concept, such as Time travel, teleportation, wormholes, or virtual reality, and treat its effects on humanity.

An interesting concept of this series is that you rarely know in advance how an episode comes to an end; sometimes the protagonist dies at the end, sometimes the rest of humanity - and sometimes picks up the story a happy ending.


Since each episode tells a self-contained story, get in each episode to other actors. Over the entire term of the series makes it from a goodly number of names by which, for example, Robert Culp, Bruce Dern, James Doohan, Robert Duvall, Jill Haworth, Sally Kellerman, Arlene Martel, David McCallum, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Martin Sheen, Adam West and Grace Lee Whitney are.


  • The title of the album "The Outer Limits " by Canadian band Voivod is a tribute to this television series.
  • Some of the monsters were later reused in Star Trek.
  • Gene Roddenberry was often in the Outer Limits studios and asked a few people, such as Robert Justman and Wah Chang and for the production of Star Trek.