The Outer Limits (1995)

The WORST episodes of The Outer Limits (1995)

Every episode of The Outer Limits (1995) ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of The Outer Limits (1995)!

Like the classic 1960s series of the same name, each episode is a celebration of the human imagination in which humanity's exploration of new frontiers in technology, outer space and the human experience reveal our greatest hopes and darkest fears. Stories on The Outer Limits have explored the consequences of such controversial and thought-provoking topics as genetic manipulation, alien visitation and life after death.

Last Updated: 8/30/2022Network: Syfy
Seeds of Destruction
67 votes

#1 - Seeds of Destruction

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 3/3/2000

Macroseed, a cutting edge biotechnology company, chooses the small farming town of Hobson to test and develop TX-40. This is a new genetically- engineered strain of fast-growing corn that, it hopes, will increase yields and make the company millions. Linda, the veterinarian in Hobson, begins to wonder about the safety of TX-40 when Old Man Rivers brings in a dead cat from his field that has horrible mutations, including a giant tumor which sprouts a fifth leg.

Directors: Steve Anker
A Special Edition
153 votes

#2 - A Special Edition

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 7/25/1997

Muckraking TV journalist Donald Rivers, host of 'The Whole Truth,' has the show of a lifetime: rock solid proof that the government and private defense contractors have been engaging in secret genetic cloning. But powerful forces are working to stop him, forces that will stop at nothing to keep their secrets. He goes on-air live, in a locked studio, accompanied only by a skeleton crew and Dr. Avery Strong, River's eyewitness to the history of deception and dark science. As he presents his evidence -- all gleaned from earlier episodes of The Outer Limits -- the powerful begin to interfere. First, they try to shut down his transmitter. Then, the network's parent company disavows the show. When thugs with guns knock down the studio door, Rivers continues the show on the fly, transmitting live from the back of a broadcast news van. But a van can only drive for so long. When it stops, will the truth, even The Whole Truth, be enough to protect Rivers, Strong and the crew?

Directors: Mario Azzopardi
59 votes

#3 - Starcrossed

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired 8/13/1999

It is 2056, six years after the Hing, a humanoid race, invaded earth. While America fights on, Russia has reached an uneasy truce with the aliens, leaving some regions under their control and other declared neutral. In the neutral city of Archangel on the Barent Sea, cynical American expatriate Michael Ryan (Nathan Fillion) runs Heaven, a small coffee bar and music club, where shady Russians mingle with Hing soldiers and other dubious characters. Everything is agreeably corrupt until Alexandra Nevsky (Natasha Vasiluk) informs Michael that Hing commander Sulat Ray (Derek de Lint) is on the lookout for two NATO soldiers who might be interested in buying a Hing scout vehicle has gone missing. Those soldiers, Winston Meyerburg (Justin Louis) and Cass Trenton (Angeline Ball) have dodged Hing patrols and found their way Michael's bar. Cass, who was Michael's lover before the war - she only took up with Winston because she thought he was dead - suspects Michael can g

Directors: Helen Shaver
The Beholder
66 votes

#4 - The Beholder

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/25/2000

Patrick Tarloff, a university English professor, lost his eyesight in a childhood accident and now, at age 28, he has regained it through a cutting-edge operation. But when the bandages are removed, he sees more than just the world that has been dark to him for more than 20 years. He sees a mysterious woman, a vision that his neurosurgeon Dr. Angus McCadden and his psychologist, Dr. Louise Burroughs, assure him is only a hallucination. But then Patrick sees her again, communicates with her, touches her. Her name is Kyra, she writes in glowing letters that float in the air, and she needs his help to go home.

Directors: Jeff Woolnough
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152 votes

#5 - Paradise

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 6/16/1996

Dr. Christina Markham and Sheriff Grady Markham live in small town America. Alzheimer's disease is slowly robbing Christina of her mother Helen, who lives in a nursing home along with her long time friend Gerry. When three apparently healthy young women age and die within hours, the Markhams are baffled and frightened. Grady interviews stunned witnesses and Christina seeks medical explanations, hoping to prevent another tragedy. Only after Helen and Gerry vanish is the astonishing answer to the puzzle finally revealed.

Directors: Mario Azzopardi
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Straight and Narrow
166 votes

#6 - Straight and Narrow

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/23/1996

Rusty Dobson has always been a problem child. His single mom decides to send him to the Milgram Academy, an ultra-strict private school that has produced some of the nation's top business and political leaders. What Rusty's mom doesn't know - and what Rusty finds out the hard way - is that Milgram doesn't just build the leaders of tomorrow, it controls them. The academy installs small computer chips in the student's brains, turning them into blindly loyal servants of the academy and The Committee, a shadowy body that controls the project. Thanks to a malfunctioning chip, Rusty has eluded their control so far, but can he escape from this prison of the mind?

Directors: Joseph Scanlan
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The Heist
189 votes

#7 - The Heist

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 5/5/1996

Embittered after a friend's betrayal cost him his Army career, Lee Taylor helps a self-styled militia major hijack an Army shipment. He reaps a deadly reward. The militia, which includes Lee's brother Calvin, expected a missile shipment. Instead, they find a mysterious, sealed cargo and a lone Army Guard. Under threat of death, Captain Teri Washington refuses to reveal the nature of the cargo but warns it is deadly. The major thinks she is lying until an alien lifeform begins a chilling series of attacks. Discipline crumbles and loyalties are tested as the creature stalks its prey with impersonal efficiency.

Directors: Brad Turner
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Beyond the Veil
164 votes

#8 - Beyond the Veil

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/9/1996

After flashbacks of an alien abduction drives him to the brink of suicide, Eddie Wexler finds himself at a mental institute, where Dr. Sherrick is using a controversial technique to treat those who believe they have been abducted by extraterrestrials. Eddie and some of the other patients are suspicious of Sherrick and his methods, which forces patients to re-live their abductions in the memory chamber. Some even think that their abductors have infiltrated the institute. Is this just a paranoid delusion or is there an alien face behind the doctor's mask?

Directors: Chris Brancato
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74 votes

#9 - Abaddon

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired 7/7/2000

It's late in the 23rd century and the aging interplanetary hauling vehicle Pequod is on a ten-year reclamation project on behalf of The Company, the corporation that has run North America since 2102. The crew is tucked away in hyper-sleep when the ship comes across a mysterious object floating in space. Awakened from their artificial slumber, they retrieve the pod and are shocked to discover the body of Virgil Nygard, executed 150 years earlier for leading his militia in the slaughter of more than a million people. They are even more shocked to discover that Nygard is alive.

Directors: Steve Anker
If These Walls Could Talk
178 votes

#10 - If These Walls Could Talk

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 7/30/1995

Levi Mitchell, a physicist and skeptic, meets Lynda Tillman, a woman whose strength and faith help him unravel the mystery of a haunted house.

Directors: Tibor Takács
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I Hear You Calling
171 votes

#11 - I Hear You Calling

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/26/1996

Reporter Carter Jones is on her way to work when her cellular phone picks up a suspicious conversation about the ""removal"" of a controversial author. Her journalistic curiosity piqued, Carter investigates, despite the objections of her boss and the police. As a result, she finds herself in a deadly game of cat and mouse, involving a strange man with violet eyes, an ill-fated cruise and people who disappear leaving behind only a pile of purple ash. Can Carter get to the bottom of these mysterious disappearances? Or will she be the next to vanish?

Directors: Mario Azzopardi
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Falling Star
130 votes

#12 - Falling Star

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 6/30/1996

Pop singer Melissa McCammon is about to commit suicide. With her once meteoric career at a standstill and her husband cheating on her, she sees no hope. Then she encounters Rachael, an ardent fan from the future. Rachael is a time traveler -- and an uninvited tourist in Melissa's body. She persuades Melissa to give life a second chance, but in the process, she changes history. Now, authorities from the future want Melissa dead and will resort to anything -- including murder -- to preserve their version of the past.

Directors: Ken Girotti
Unnatural Selection
171 votes

#13 - Unnatural Selection

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/19/1996

Howard and Joanne Sharp are going to have a baby. Like many people in the near future, they are mulling over the possibility of black-market genetic enhancement. The upside is a perfect baby, able to compete with all those other perfect babies created by the popular, but illegal process. The downside is GRS - Genetic Rejection Syndrome - which turns one in every 10,000 genetically enhanced babies into a monster. The Sharps are willing to take the risk and go ahead with the procedure. Then they learn of the dark secret that their neighbors and best friends, Tony and Fran Blake, keep in the basement.

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Skin Deep
94 votes

#14 - Skin Deep

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/4/2000

Sid Camden, a rather unremarkable, socially inept sort of guy, works in an accounting department of a high-tech company known as Veil-Tech. Hal, one of the project managers, secretly loans Sid a prototype of one of the company's latest developments - a device known as an image enhancer. With the help of his friend Deb, Sid is able to acquire the image of good looking co-worker Chad Warner and soon Sid is stepping out on the town with his new and improved look.

Directors: Dan Ireland
The Grid
60 votes

#15 - The Grid

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired 7/14/2000

When Scott Bowman gets an urgent message from his brother Peter, he decides to drive back to their hometown of Halford, Washington to see what is wrong. When he gets there, he discovers that Peter is dead and his wife Eilleen has been charged with his murder. But that's not the only shock awaiting Scott. The town where he grew up has been transformed. Antenna towers dot the landscape and people act strangely, as if they are under some kind of sporadic mind control.

Directors: Charles Winkler
Family Values
114 votes

#16 - Family Values

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/16/2001

A man believes all his family problems will be solved when he purchases a robot to help around the house.

Directors: Mike Rohl
Worlds Within
62 votes

#17 - Worlds Within

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/29/2001

A female physicist suffering from a terminal disease starts to have visions of a boy in a vegetative state.

Directors: Steve Anker
The Tipping Point
57 votes

#18 - The Tipping Point

Season 7 - Episode 19 - Aired 9/15/2001

A programmer who claimed someone was out to get him mysteriously vanishes after trying to download some software from the company's mainframe. His replacement finds out there is a secret project, called Prometheus, to create a universal language that will allow any computer to instantaneously talk to any other computer. If instantaneous communication between millions of computers can be achieved the computers may act as neutrons within the brain in which non-thinking computers merge into a thinking intelligence - the tipping point. When this happens someone will be able to rule the world by using computers.

Something About Harry
61 votes

#19 - Something About Harry

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired 8/4/2000

After her husband is killed in a car accident, Nancy Henninger rents out her backyard apartment to try to make ends meet. But her teenage son, Zak, is suspicious of her new tenant, Harry Longworth, who says he has come to the suburban community of Hunterville to set up a new factory for his company. When three people disappear from town Zak decides to conduct his own investigation.

Zig Zag
61 votes

#20 - Zig Zag

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired 8/11/2000

The bombs are in place, ready to destroy the super-computers at the Department of Information Technology. Inside, the members of the Syndrome, the anti-technology group that planted the bombs, lay dead or dying. All of them, that is, except Cliff Unger, or as he calls himself now, Zig Fowler. Unger has his finger on the detonator as he negotiates with Pete Yastremski, the head of the department. As the two men talk and FBI agents prepare to storm the building, we move back in time, through the hours, days and years leading up to the attack.

Directors: James Head
24 votes

#21 - Ripper

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired 5/7/1999

In Victorian London, someone is killing prostitutes, someone the police have dubbed ""Jack the Ripper."" On the face of it, John C.V. York (Cary Elwes) is a likely suspect. A once-respected doctor who sunk to absinthe and laudanum addiction after his misdiagnosis killed the young daughter of a Duke. He retains a connection to polite society thanks to the devotion of Lady Ellen Chamberlain (Clare Sims), who loves him and hopes to marry him. But, he is also a habitue of the seedy district where the killings have taken place and has the medical knowledge to make the precise, surgical cuts that are the Ripper's modus operandi. But, this Jack is not the killer. Instead, he is a witness to the strange alien force that inhabits the prostitute's bodies, leaving them drooling a strange green bile, and then kills them when it jumps to another host. After seeing the alien force kill one woman, he does battle with a prostitute named Lizzie Stride, whose body has been taken

Directors: Mario Azzopardi
Last Supper
219 votes

#22 - Last Supper

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/31/1997

Frank Martin can't believe his eyes when his son Danny brings home a beautiful new girlfriend from college. The girl, Jade, is a dead ringer for a woman Frank rescued from a top-secret military experiment when he was a private in the army 20 years earlier. Of course, she can't be the same woman. Or can she? The Martins' world is turned upside down as Frank's past catches up with him and they gain a deeper understanding of Jade's timeless beauty.

Directors: Helen Shaver
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Lion's Den
59 votes

#23 - Lion's Den

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired 9/8/2001

A high-school wrestling team takes new drugs which cause some unexpected changes.

The Human Factor
59 votes

#24 - The Human Factor

Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired 1/11/2002

In the year 2059 humans fight an android who's artificial intelligence has determined that the spread of colonization by destructive humans must be stopped.

Directors: Bob Habros
Better Luck Next Time
61 votes

#25 - Better Luck Next Time

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired 8/20/1999

When Detective Terry Russo is called to investigate a double murder, it looks like an open and shut case. However, as Russo questions the man caught fleeing the murder scene, she discovers to her horror she may be solving not one crime, but possibly hundreds. Gerard make the improbable claim that he is an alien energy being who can move from one human host to another. He tells Russo that he is a kind of cop who has been tracking another energy being like him for centuries - a psychopath responsible for some of history's most infamous crimes. When he causes Russo to see key events to support these claims by instilling visions in her mind, the detective reluctantly begins to believe him. Gerard contends that the target of his hunt killed his own host body and slipped into someone near the scene of the crime. It doesn't take the homicide detective long to find out who. Russo's partner, Detective Frank Daniels, has been questioning a security guard, Kimble, and ha

Directors: Martin Cummins

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