THE OUTER LIMITS ( 1963 – 1965)

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Creators: Leslie Stevens.

Cast: Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, Robert Culp.

A television show that is 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?” .

Back in the 70’s I saw those episodes of the outer limits I even saw a young Robert Duval to my surprise as a guest star in this episode of the alien ship that they found you will see what they do to interact with them of I should say to get under their skin an to understand them I live that episode it id my favorite one.  Each show opens with a preview clip followed by a control voice that played over visuals oscilloscope. I love the first line on this show There is nothing wrong with you television, do not attempt to adjust your picture. We are controlling the transmission. If you wish to make it louder we will make it louder, we will bring up the volume If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to – The Outer Limits. The last line was: We now return control of your television set to you. Until next week at the same time, when the control voice will take you to – The Outer Limits. That became a classic lines and everybody was glue to the TV. The series was influence by the Twilight Zone big time. A series of guest star would be on there each week and some who were not known became stars later on like  Robert Culp, Robert Duvall, David McCallum, James Shigeta, Jill Haworth, Martin Landau, Jeff Corey, Salome Jens, Martin Sheen, Henry Silva, Ed Asner, Nina Foch, George Macready, Sally Kellerman, Arline Martel, Warren Oates, Michael Ansara, Ivan Dixon, Leonard Nimoy, and Steve Ihnat – among others. Over all this series was cool no doubt. If you get a chance to see it do so.

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GREATEST AMERICAN HERO (1981 – 1983)

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Creator: Stephen J. Cannell.

Cast: William Katt, Connie Sellecca, Robert Culp.

Liberal high-school teacher Ralph Hinkley ( William Katt) and right-wing FBI agent Bill Maxwell (Robert Culp) Has a close encounter with a alien out of space who give them a red suit. It only works on Ralph but the thing is they can’t figure out how it works. It give Ralph super powers he looses the  instruction books  and  they still don’t why it was dump on Ralph. So with his girlfriend, Ralph and the FBI agent teams up to battle crime.

Here is a series that is original. I love that one I used to watch it. Katt’s character lost the instruction book to the power suit in the pilot episode, So it was funny how it got to use it and he was trying  to figure out how it works as he went along fighting crime. But at the time I remember  this series was plagued with problems such as a  lawsuit from DC comics, who asserted that Stephen J. Cannell stole their Superman character.Cannell won the lawsuit. Ralph is forced to examine what it means to be a hero while Bill wrestles with having to arrest his own hero, a veteran police officer who has turned to a life of crime. Willian Katt’s character was juggling work, his girlfriend, and tring to catch bad guys. It has a memorable theme song to say the least. As for Robert Cup’s character was always skeptical, impatient federal agent. Then there is the beautiful Connie Sellecca who play the lawyer and Ralph’s girlfriend. If you can get a hold of the DVD of the series see it your kids should love this one.

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