The Outer Limits

The BEST episodes of The Outer Limits

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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?"

Last Updated: 5/9/2022Network: ABC (US)
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Demon with a Glass Hand
star
9.12
52 votes

#1 - Demon with a Glass Hand

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/17/1964

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

Directors: Byron Haskin
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Second Chance
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8.15
46 votes

#2 - Second Chance

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired 3/2/1964

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.

Directors: Paul Stanley
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ZZZZZ
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8.07
105 votes

#3 - ZZZZZ

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/27/1964

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

Directors: John Brahm
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The Inheritors Part II
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7.80
15 votes

#4 - The Inheritors Part II

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/28/1964

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

Directors: James Goldstone
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The Man Who Was Never Born
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7.75
130 votes

#5 - The Man Who Was Never Born

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/28/1963

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.

Directors: Leonard J. Horn
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The Bellero Shield
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7.61
109 votes

#6 - The Bellero Shield

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/10/1964

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

Directors: John Brahm
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The Special One
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7.57
14 votes

#7 - The Special One

Season 1 - Episode 28 - Aired 4/6/1964

A man with a intellectually gifted son is alarmed by the boy's sudden change in behavior and is suspicious of the boy's tutor, the mysterious Mr. Zeno.

Directors: Gerd Oswald
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I, Robot
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7.54
75 votes

#8 - I, Robot

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/14/1964

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

Directors: Leon Benson
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The Mutant
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7.54
13 votes

#9 - The Mutant

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/16/1964

After being exposed to a radioactive ionic shower, scientist on a distant planet mutates, driving him insane and making him telepathic.

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The Guests
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7.54
13 votes

#10 - The Guests

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired 3/23/1964

Trapped in a mansion run by a mysterious alien being, a pair of young lovers discovers that eternal life comes at a great cost.

Directors: Paul Stanley
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Specimen: Unknown
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7.48
106 votes

#11 - Specimen: Unknown

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 2/24/1964

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

Directors: Gerd Oswald
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The Children of Spider County
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7.36
133 votes

#12 - The Children of Spider County

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/17/1964

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

Directors: Leonard J. Horn
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The Probe
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7.31
13 votes

#13 - The Probe

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/16/1965

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

Directors: Felix Feist
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Controlled Experiment
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7.30
109 votes

#14 - Controlled Experiment

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/13/1964

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

Directors: Leslie Stevens
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Don't Open Till Doomsday
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7.29
138 votes

#15 - Don't Open Till Doomsday

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/20/1964

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

Directors: Gerd Oswald
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The Zanti Misfits
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7.28
60 votes

#16 - The Zanti Misfits

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/30/1963

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

Directors: Leonard J. Horn
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Soldier
star
7.25
55 votes

#17 - Soldier

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/19/1964

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

Directors: Gerd Oswald
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A Feasibility Study
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7.22
40 votes

#18 - A Feasibility Study

Season 1 - Episode 29 - Aired 4/13/1964

The people of Earth surprise their alien captors when an entire neighborhood is transported to another planet as part of a plan to enslave the human race.

Directors: Byron Haskin
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Cold Hands, Warm Heart
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7.18
103 votes

#19 - Cold Hands, Warm Heart

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/26/1964

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.

Directors: Charles Haas
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Expanding Human
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7.17
71 votes

#20 - Expanding Human

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/10/1964

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

Directors: Gerd Oswald
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The Invisibles
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7.16
137 votes

#21 - The Invisibles

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/3/1964

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

Directors: Gerd Oswald
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The Galaxy Being
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7.15
224 votes

#22 - The Galaxy Being

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/16/1963

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.

Directors: Leslie Stevens
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The Chameleon
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7.10
70 votes

#23 - The Chameleon

Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired 4/27/1964

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

Directors: Gerd Oswald
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It Crawled Out of the Woodwork
star
7.10
31 votes

#24 - It Crawled Out of the Woodwork

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/9/1963

An incredible being made of pure energy imperils the staff of a research lab and hides a deadly secret.

Directors: Gerd Oswald
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The Sixth Finger
star
7.09
145 votes

#25 - The Sixth Finger

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/14/1963

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

Directors: James Goldstone
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