When Sci-Fi fans discuss their favorite old TV
series, THE OUTER LIMITS frequently crops up. Although THE OUTER
LIMITS reruns have been broadcast infrequently since it went off
the air, over thirty years ago, and is available on home video,
the show still has a legion of fans, perhaps not as large a fan
club as "Star Trek," but certainly as loyal.
The show has developed an almost fanatical following
over the years, maybe because the show was shot in black and white,
or because it only ran two years, or because many of the show's
original fans were barely in their teens when the show first aired.
What a lot of people seem to recall about THE OUTER
LIMITS are the aliens, what Producer Joseph Stefano called, the
"bears". They were a varied lot, from the ant-like criminals,
of "The Zanti Misfits," to the alien controlled tumble
weeds, of "A Cry of Silence".
Many actors who later became big stars, in the 60's, got early exposure
on THE OUTER LIMITS; including Robert Culp ("I Spy"), David
McCallum ("The Man from U.N.C.L.E."), William Shatner and
Leonard Nimoy ("Star Trek"), Ed Asner ("Lou Grant,"
"Mary Tyler Moore"), Martin Landau ("Mission: Impossible"),
Cliff Robertson ("Charly"), Sally Kellerman ("M.A.S.H."),
and Carroll O' Connor ("All in the Family").
Most people don't know that the "Control Voice", heard
at the start and end of every THE OUTER LIMITS episode, was voiced
by the late Vic Perrin, who did not receive on screen credit. Perrin
also did alien voice work on some Classic "Star Trek"
episodes, including "Arena".