The BEST Episodes of The Outer Limits

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2019

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

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

star 8.91
46 votes
Directors: Byron Haskin
Writers: Harlan Ellison
Second Chance

#2 - Second Chance

Season 1 - Episode 23

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 8.18
39 votes
Directors: Paul Stanley
Writers: Lou Morheim, Sonya Roberts
ZZZZZ

#3 - ZZZZZ

Season 1 - Episode 18

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

star 8.11
95 votes
Directors: John Brahm
Writers: Meyer Dolinsky
The Man Who Was Never Born

#4 - The Man Who Was Never Born

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 7.77
114 votes
Directors: Leonard Horn
Writers: Anthony Lawrence
The Probe

#5 - The Probe

Season 2 - Episode 17

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

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

star 7.60
96 votes
Directors: Gerd Oswald
Writers: Stephen Lord
The Bellero Shield

#7 - The Bellero Shield

Season 1 - Episode 20

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

star 7.56
99 votes
Directors: John Brahm
Writers: Arthur Leo Zagat, Joseph Stefano, Lou Morheim
I, Robot

#8 - I, Robot

Season 2 - Episode 9

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

star 7.51
67 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

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

star 7.44
125 votes
Directors: Leonard Horn
Writers: Anthony Lawrence
The Inheritors (2)

#10 - The Inheritors (2)

Season 2 - Episode 11

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
Soldier

#11 - Soldier

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 7.27
45 votes
Directors: Gerd Oswald
Writers: Harlan Ellison
Don't Open Till Doomsday

#12 - Don't Open Till Doomsday

Season 1 - Episode 17

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

star 7.25
128 votes
Directors: Gerd Oswald
Writers: Joseph Stefano
Controlled Experiment

#13 - Controlled Experiment

Season 1 - Episode 16

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

star 7.23
97 votes
Directors: Leslie Stevens
Writers: Leslie Stevens
The Man With the Power

#14 - The Man With the Power

Season 1 - Episode 4

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

star 7.20
40 votes
Directors: Laslo Benedek
Writers: Jerome Ross
Cold Hands, Warm Heart

#15 - Cold Hands, Warm Heart

Season 2 - Episode 2

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 7.19
94 votes
Directors: Charles Haas
Writers: Daniel B. Ullman, Milton Krims
The Invisibles

#16 - The Invisibles

Season 1 - Episode 19

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

star 7.18
128 votes
Directors: Gerd Oswald
Writers: Joseph Stefano
Expanding Human

#17 - Expanding Human

Season 2 - Episode 4

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

star 7.11
64 votes
Directors: Gerd Oswald
Writers: Francis Cockrell
The Sixth Finger

#18 - The Sixth Finger

Season 1 - Episode 5

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

star 7.11
131 votes
Directors: James Goldstone
Writers: Ellis St. Joseph
The Zanti Misfits

#19 - The Zanti Misfits

Season 1 - Episode 14

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

star 7.10
48 votes
Directors: Leonard Horn
Writers: Joseph Stefano
The Galaxy Being

#20 - The Galaxy Being

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 7.10
199 votes
Directors: Leslie Stevens
Writers: Leslie Stevens
The Brain of Colonel Barham

#21 - The Brain of Colonel Barham

Season 2 - Episode 15

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
Wolf 359

#22 - Wolf 359

Season 2 - Episode 8

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

star 7.08
38 votes
Writers: Richard Landau, Seeleg Lester
Behold, Eck!

#23 - Behold, Eck!

Season 2 - Episode 3

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
67 votes
Directors: Byron Haskin
Writers: John Mantley, William R. Cox
It Crawled Out of the Woodwork

#24 - It Crawled Out of the Woodwork

Season 1 - Episode 11

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

star 7.06
18 votes
Directors: Gerd Oswald
Writers: Joseph Stefano
The Chameleon

#25 - The Chameleon

Season 1 - Episode 31

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

star 7.05
65 votes
Directors: Gerd Oswald
Writers: Joseph Stefano, Lou Morheim, Robert Towne