The BEST Episodes of The Outer Limits

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 4, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

Anthology type science fiction program with a different cast each week. Tending toward the hard science, space travel, time travel, and human evolution it tries to examine in each show some form of the question, "What is the nature of man?" Opening Narration: There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling the 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 can reduce the focus to a soft blur, or sharpen it to crystal clarity. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... The Outer Limits.

Demon with a Glass Hand

#1 - Demon with a Glass Hand

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 17, 1964

An amnesiac with a strange glass hand is pursued by alien assassins as he seeks the key to his true identity.

star 8.87
47 votes
Directors: Byron Haskin
Writers: Harlan Ellison
Second Chance

#2 - Second Chance

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 2, 1964

Believing that they're going on a mere carnival ride, a crew of discontented dreamers unknowingly boards a space ship bound to save the future of the human race.

star 8.05
41 votes
Directors: Paul Stanley
Writers: Lou Morheim, Sonya Roberts
ZZZZZ

#3 - ZZZZZ

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 27, 1964

A queen bee with sinister intentions assumes human form in order to seek out the perfect mate.

star 8.04
96 votes
Directors: John Brahm
Writers: Meyer Dolinsky
The Man Who Was Never Born

#4 - The Man Who Was Never Born

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 28, 1963

A horribly mutated man from Earth's bleak future travels back in time in an attempt to alter the past and save mankind from its hideous fate.

star 7.72
117 votes
Directors: Leonard Horn
Writers: Anthony Lawrence
The Probe

#5 - The Probe

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 16, 1965

After flying into a hurricane, the crew of a cargo plane bound for Tokyo is captured by an alien space probe.

star 7.67
6 votes
Directors: Felix Feist
Writers: Sam Neuman, Seeleg Lester
Specimen: Unknown

#6 - Specimen: Unknown

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 24, 1964

The crew aboard a space station investigates the death of a young lieutenant and uncovers a strange and deadly new life form.

star 7.52
99 votes
Directors: Gerd Oswald
Writers: Stephen Lord
The Bellero Shield

#7 - The Bellero Shield

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 10, 1964

An ambitious scientist, with hopes of taking over his father's corporation, creates a laser that inadvertently brings a gentle alien to earth.

star 7.50
101 votes
Directors: John Brahm
Writers: Arthur Leo Zagat, Joseph Stefano, Lou Morheim
I, Robot

#8 - I, Robot

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 14, 1964

A grotesque, but gentle, robot is put on trial for the murder of his creator.

star 7.49
68 votes
Directors: Leon Benson
Writers: Earl Binder, Otto Binder, Robert C. Dennis
The Children of Spider County

#9 - The Children of Spider County

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 17, 1964

A powerful alien from the planet Eros returns to Earth to rescue and claim his son who has been charged with murder.

star 7.39
127 votes
Directors: Leonard Horn
Writers: Anthony Lawrence
The Inheritors (2)

#10 - The Inheritors (2)

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 28, 1964

An investigation reveals a desperate plan involving the construction of a spaceship and a group of special children.

star 7.30
10 votes
Directors: James Goldstone
Writers: Ed Adamson, Sam Neuman, Seeleg Lester
Cold Hands, Warm Heart

#11 - Cold Hands, Warm Heart

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 26, 1964

After returning from a mission to Venus, an astronaut can't seem to stay warm enough and has strange dreams about encountering a wraith-like being outside his spaceship window.

star 7.21
97 votes
Directors: Charles Haas
Writers: Daniel B. Ullman, Milton Krims
Don't Open Till Doomsday

#12 - Don't Open Till Doomsday

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 20, 1964

A young couple's honeymoon is cut short by the horrifying contents of a mysterious box.

star 7.20
130 votes
Directors: Gerd Oswald
Writers: Joseph Stefano
Controlled Experiment

#13 - Controlled Experiment

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 13, 1964

Two Martians conduct an investigation at the scene of a murder to try to determine why humans kill one another.

star 7.17
100 votes
Directors: Leslie Stevens
Writers: Leslie Stevens
Soldier

#14 - Soldier

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 19, 1964

A soldier who knows nothing but killing and warfare struggles to adapt when he is transported back in time to a more peaceful era.

star 7.17
48 votes
Directors: Gerd Oswald
Writers: Harlan Ellison
The Invisibles

#15 - The Invisibles

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 3, 1964

A government agent infiltrates a secret criminal organization that uses repulsive alien parasites to control its members.

star 7.14
129 votes
Directors: Gerd Oswald
Writers: Joseph Stefano
The Brain of Colonel Barham

#16 - The Brain of Colonel Barham

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 2, 1965

A dying astronaut agrees to have his brain implanted into a robot body.

star 7.10
31 votes
Directors: Charles Haas
Writers: Robert C. Dennis, Sidney Ellis
The Man With the Power

#17 - The Man With the Power

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 7, 1963

An experimental brain surgery gives a mild-mannered professor telekinetic powers and unleashes the dark side of his unconscious mind.

star 7.10
42 votes
Directors: Laslo Benedek
Writers: Jerome Ross
Expanding Human

#18 - Expanding Human

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 10, 1964

A consciousness-expanding drug provides a professor with superhuman abilities and endangers the lives of his associates.

star 7.09
65 votes
Directors: Gerd Oswald
Writers: Francis Cockrell
The Galaxy Being

#19 - The Galaxy Being

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 16, 1963

A radio station engineer named Allan Maxwell establishes contact with an alien being. But when the station's power is turned up, the alien is teleported to Earth, where its radioactive nature causes havoc.

star 7.09
203 votes
Directors: Leslie Stevens
Writers: Leslie Stevens
The Sixth Finger

#20 - The Sixth Finger

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 14, 1963

There are unforeseen consequences when a brilliant but guilt-ridden scientist performs an evolutionary enhancement procedure on an embittered miner.

star 7.08
133 votes
Directors: James Goldstone
Writers: Ellis St. Joseph
Wolf 359

#21 - Wolf 359

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 7, 1964

When a scientist recreates the environment of a distant planet, its accelerated rate of evolution suggest a shocking future for mankind.

star 7.08
39 votes
Writers: Richard Landau, Seeleg Lester
The Invisible Enemy

#22 - The Invisible Enemy

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 31, 1964

An encounter with extreme terror awaits a crew sent to Mars to investigate the disappearance of an earlier expedition.

star 7.06
94 votes
Directors: Byron Haskin
Writers: Jerry Sohl
Behold, Eck!

#23 - Behold, Eck!

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 3, 1964

The fate of the Earth is at stake when an optometrist discovers special lenses which enable him to see a frightening, and otherwise invisible, two-dimensional creature.

star 7.06
68 votes
Directors: Byron Haskin
Writers: John Mantley, William R. Cox
The Chameleon

#24 - The Chameleon

Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired Apr 27, 1964

A government agent faces a crisis of conscience when he infiltrates a band of aliens marooned aboard the wreckage of a flying saucer.

star 7.03
66 votes
Directors: Gerd Oswald
Writers: Joseph Stefano, Lou Morheim, Robert Towne
The Zanti Misfits

#25 - The Zanti Misfits

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 30, 1963

Exils from the planet Zanti arrive on Earth, and a startling truth is uncovered when two human renegades invade their privacy.

star 7.00
50 votes
Directors: Leonard Horn
Writers: Joseph Stefano