1963: “The Outer Limits” television show premieres
The American television network ABC premiered the first of 49 episodes. Episodes had a great emphasis from science fiction stories and themes, were influenced by “The Twilight Zone” and “Science Fiction Theatre”, yet also proved influential to future shows, producers and actors to include Gene Roddenberrys “Star Trek” series, James Cameron’s “Terminator”s.
James Shigeta and John Anderson (In Ebonite costume) in the episode “Nightmare” (1963)
Using an Orwellian theme of taking over your television, the earliest version of the narration ran as follows:
|There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling 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 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.|
A similar but shorter monolog caps each episode: 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.
The Outer Limits Opening and Closing Theme (1963-1965 & 1995-2002)