Outer Limits, The

Broadcast Run: 
1997 to 2001
Broadcast Medium: 
Television

A spin-off of the 1960's series, The Outer Limits of the 1990's brought new vision with new stories, both frightening and heartening, making this one of the highest rated Canadian series on television. Fully embracing science fiction and the incredible capabilities of the human imagination, each episode featured a strong central character who was forced to re-examine his values and undergo personal challenge and change. The series pushed the horizon of creative ideas that stressed human reaction to compelling situations. Every science fiction premise was used to bring out the strongest human response, like Greed, Fear, Lust and Altruism. Every episode also celebrated the incredible capabilities of the human imagination, using stories and images that radiated emotion at high levels. The ominous sounding narrator who introduced each story was Kevin Conway.

A lot of Canadian actors were featured on this show, including Megan Follows, Matt Frewer, Graham Greene, Scott Hylands, Michael Ironside, Margot Kidder, Nick Mancuso, Howie Mandel, Andrea Martin, Eric McCormack, Catherine O'Hara, Gordon Pinsent, Saul Rubinek, Michael Sarrazin, Peter Stebbings, Alan Thicke, and Amanda Plummer who went on to win an Emmy for her work on this series.

As it entered its sixth year of production in 2000 - 2001, the series had already outlasted its predecessor by four years.

Broadcast: 1997 - 2001
Running time: 60 minutes

Production Company: Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. in association with the Global Television Network

Written by Joanne Ingrassia - June, 2002

 

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