There is nothing wrong with your television set.

A Message from House M –

Having never viewed TV shows only in black and white, those born after 1964 may be dismayed at the content herein. (In 1965 prime time network programs began broadcasting in color.) Do not be alarmed, however, for the lack of colorization did not hinder our enjoyment of such shows as…

The Outer Limits was broadcast from 1963 to 1965, and was one of many shows my Dad and I enjoyed watching together. Most of the episodes starred well-known actors and actresses:

  • Cliff Robertson (Charly, won an Oscar as the title character)
  • Sidney Blackmer (Rosemary’s Baby)
  • Robert Culp (co-starred with Bill Cosby on I Spy)
  • Donald Pleasence (Dr. Samuel Loomis in the Halloween film franchise)
  • David McCallum (Illya Kuryakin in the TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.)
  • Martin Landau (Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, for which he won an Oscar)
  • Shirley Knight (As Good As It Gets)
  • Peter Breck (Nick Barkley on The Big Valley)
  • Harry Guardino (Lt. Bressler in both Dirty Harry and The Enforcer)
  • Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now)
  • Ed Nelson (Dr. Rossi on the TV drama Peyton Place)
  • James Shigeta (Die Hard)
  • Ed Asner (Lou Grant, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series Lou Grant)
  • Nina Foch (1944’s Cry of the Werewolf and a personal favorite of mine, Nomads)
  • Character actor Henry Silva (1960’s Ocean’s 11 and its remake, Ocean’s Eleven)
  • Henry Darrow (Manolito on The High Chaparral)
  • Bruce Dern (Silent Running)
  • Dabney Coleman (9 to 5, Tootsie)
  • Barry Morse (starred with David Janssen on the TV drama The Fugitive)
  • Carroll O’Connor (Archie Bunker on All in the Family and its spinoff Archie Bunker’s Place)
  • Richard Dawson (Newkirk on the TV series Hogan’s Heroes, original host of Family Feud)
  • Sally Kellerman (“Hot Lips” Houlihan in the movie M*A*S*H)
  • Character actor Richard Jaeckel (Come Back, Little Sheba)
  • Russell Johnson (“The Professor” on Gilligan’s Island)
  • Simon Oakland (Vincenzo on The Night Stalker)
  • Warren Oates (Yellowstone Kelly, Two-Lane Blacktop)
  • Character actress Luana Anders (Reform School Girl, Easy Rider, The Last Detail)
  • Nick Adams (Johnny Yuma on the TV Western series The Rebel)
  • Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham on Happy Days)
  • Sam Wanamaker (Private Benjamin and Baby Boom)
  • Leonard Nimoy (Spock on the Star Trek franchise)
  • Three-time Oscar-winner Robert Duvall (Lt. Col. Kilgore in Apocalypse Now, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.”)
  • Vera Miles (1960’s Psycho)
  • Barbara Rush (Marsha Russell on the TV drama Peyton Place)
  • Character actor Michael Ansara (It’s Alive, TV mini-series Centennial)
  • William Shatner (Captain Kirk on the Star Trek franchise, TV series T.J. Hooker, The Practice, and Boston Legal)
  • James Sikking (Lt. Hunter on Hill Street Blues)
  • James Doohan (“Scotty” on the TV and film series of Star Trek)
  • Eddie Albert (Oliver Douglas on the TV sitcom Green Acres)
  • Adam West (Bruce Wayne/Batman on the TV series Batman)
  • Ted Knight (Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • Patrick O’Neal (The Way We Were, 1975’s The Stepford Wives)
  • Character actor Michael Constantine (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Principal Kaufman on the TV series Room 222)
  • Grant Williams (the title character in The Incredible Shrinking Man)
  • – and Oscar-winning (Original Screenplay for Chinatown) Robert Towne who wrote the screenplay for “The Chameleon” (Season 1, Episode 31)

Although pedestrian (and more than a tad cheesy) by today’s standards, The Outer Limits produced some truly unique offerings for its time – some of which have stayed with me all these years:

“Corpus Earthling”

“The Zanti Misfits”
(In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #98 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.)

“Z”

As I re-watched this episode yesterday, I found myself remembering something from my childhood. I was a kid at the time so I don’t recall the details, but my parents and I stayed for a short time with a woman who lived in a huge house in San Jose. I think she was a member of our church, but I don’t know why we had to stay with her. Anyway, I remember watching the episode “Z” on a black and white TV in our room there and thinking that her garden was kind of like the garden in the episode.

It’s curious how we link seemingly dissimilar things together in our minds and memories.

“The Architects of Fear”

…the pattern is always the same. Whenever a bacteria invasion strikes or a fire rages or a wild beast roams the streets, then and only then do men stop fighting each other and work together to save themselves.

“…the monstrously-altered Allen Leighton, was judged by some of ABC’s local affiliate stations to be so frightening that they broadcast a black screen during the Thetan’s appearances, effectively censoring most of the show’s last act. In other parts of the United States, the Thetan footage was tape delayed until after the 11pm/10c news.” link

My Life in the Glow of the Outer Limits
Episode Spotlight: “The Architects of Fear” (9/30/1963)

Grab some popcorn and shelter-in-place with The Outer Limits
– included with both Amazon Prime and Hulu memberships.

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