The BEST Episodes of The Outer Limits
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 25, 2021
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#5 - The Inheritors Part II
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.
#6 - 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.
#7 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - 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.
#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.
#14 - 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.
#15 - 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.
#16 - 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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - Keeper of the Purple Twilight
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 5, 1964
An alien offers his technical knowledge of how to build a ray gun in exchange for a scientist's ability to feel emotions.
#25 - 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.