The Outer Limits: The Original Series

1963 TV-PG 2 seasons

The Outer Limits: The Original Series

1963 TV-PG 2 seasons
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"There is nothing wrong with your television set," says Control Voice (Vic Perrin) in the opening to this cult 1960s sci-fi anthology program produced by Leslie Stevens and Joseph Stefano, which propels viewers into portals of the unknown. Robert Duvall, Martin Landau and Howard Caine are among the stars appearing in episodes that touch on mind-control experiments, aliens, mutant insects and more. Some of the aliens later appeared in "Star Trek."
Vic Perrin, Martin Landau, Robert Duvall, William O'Connell, Howard Caine, Douglas Henderson, Henry Brandon
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  : Season 2

Summary of Season 1 (1963) - 8 discs

Created by Leslie Stevens, this 1960s sci-fi anthology program gained a rabid cult following and influenced myriad sci-fi shows to follow. With a different cast of characters in each episode and topics ranging from time travel to human evolution and more, this show also steps back and looks at the very nature of man.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that a major theme throughout this sci-fi anthology series is questioning -- and subverting -- authority. Though there's little violence, many episodes deal with both characters in power who are trying to manipulate others in order to retain control and those who are trying to convince others to reject the status quo. Though there's wisdom in teaching kids to ask critical questions about big issues, it's also important to help them realize that this is best done carefully and thoughtfully.

Sexual Content

Though there are often romantic encounters, there's no nudity or explicit sexuality.


Some episodes have fight scenes, ranging from fist fights to blaster battles to wartime combat, but the action is generally pretty tame.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Many episodes of this anthology series center on characters who must defy the authorities to achieve some important goal. Often this requires convincing another, sympathetic character that the authorities have made a major mistake or are involved in some big deception.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol


  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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