The Outer Limits (Original Series)

The Outer Limits (1963-1965, Original Series) is a classic in science fiction lore like Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone, tending more toward the science side instead of fantasy. And as the TZ, it scared a whole generation of kids into studying the more fantastic facets of the world around us.

The following is a skit that was originally broadcast on May 4th, 1964, the final episode of the first season. There is supposedly an alternate skit to this called ‘The Unknown’, which was to be a pilot for a show of the same name.

The show also features a young David McCallum, who the following year starred as Ilya Kuriakin in Man From U.N.C.L.E.

This is for you frightened little kiddies who still jump at high pitched sounds and monotone voices…

‘Do not adjust your computer screens…’

The Form of Things UnKnown









3 responses

  1. Dad —

    How could I have not caught this until now?

    Some of these episodes were on par with the SF film mega-classics of the 1950s. Artistic, moody, thoughtful, frightening in a quiet way.

    (There were a bunch of turkeys, too, but that’s television.)

    Some of the greater moments: Robert Culp in “The Architects of Fear,” McCallum again in “The Sixth Finger,” Martin Sheen in “Nightmare,” Steve Inhat in the two-parter “The Inheritors.” And Robert Culp again in Ellison’s “Demon with a Glass Hand.” I could go on, and even some of the so-so episodes had memorable moments.

    Some fine writing there, groundbreaking special effects (their special makeup effects wizard went on to do the original Star Trek), and some excellent television, especially considering the budget limitations they were constantly fighting with.

    Great stuff.

  2. How could I have not caught this until now?

    LOL! You don’t visit enough Daniel!

    Saturday or Sunday is matinee time usually.

  3. Dad —

    Okay. You’re on my aggregator now. Promise.

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