There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat, there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... The Outer Limits.
So goes the opening introduction to the Outer Limits, the 1960's Sci-Fi television show. The show has a similar feel to that of the Twilight Zone but is slanted more in the direction of "hard science" than fantasy. The "Twilight Zone" tends to consist of parables, usually with a moral lesson as its conclusion. The "outer limits", on the other hand, are usually more dark in their execution, told with a straight storyline.
There were originally 49 Outer Limits episodes of approximately 50 minutes in length. The series was resurrected in the 1990's running into more than 100 episodes.
One of the main writers for the Outer Limits was Joseph Stefano, who also wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
For the first season, Stefano established what has become known as the "bear" convention. Each story was to have a creature or monster around which the plot was centred. This convention was dropped for most of the second series when Stefano left.
Despite only running for two seasons, the Outer Limits has had a cult following in recent years.
To see the full list of Outer Limits episodes use the right menu.
The best episodes of the series are found here - Best Outer Limits Episodes
The Twilight Zone was another classic show of the 60s - TwilightZoneEpisodesGuide.com
For some classic sci-fi films from the 50s and 60s - Classic-SciFi-Movies.com
Classic SciFi Movies - SciFi-Movies.com
Classic science fiction series from the 60s - Star-Trek-Episodes.com
Interesting UK Tv series from the 70s - Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected