Outer Limits, The (1963-65)


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The Outer Limits is an American television series that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1965. Similar in style to the earlier The Twilight Zone with more science fiction than fantasy stories, The Outer Limits is an anthology of discrete story episodes, sometimes with a plot twist at the end. The series was revived in 1995, airing on Showtime from 1995–1999, then on Sci-Fi Channel from 1999 until its cancellation in 2002. Introduction Each show would begin with either a cold open or a preview clip, followed by narration by someone identifying himself as the Control Voice, which was played over visuals of an oscilloscope. The earlier and longer version of the narration ran as follows. “ 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. — Opening narration – The Control Voice – 1960s

Created by Leslie Stevens

Narrated by Vic Perrin (Control Voice)

Opening theme Dominic Frontiere (1963-64) Harry Lubin (1964-65)

Composer(s) Dominic Frontiere (1963-64) Harry Lubin (1964-65)

Country of origin United States

No. of seasons 2

No. of episodes 49 (List of episodes)

Production

Executive producer Leslie Stevens

Producer(s)

Joseph Stefano (1963-64)

Ben Brady (1964-65)

Cinematography Conrad Hall, John M. Nickolaus, Kenneth Peach

Running time 51 min. Production company(s) Daystar

Productions Villa DiStefano United Artists Television

Broadcast

Original channel ABC Picture format Black-and-white 4:3

Original run September 16, 1963 – January 16, 1965

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