FAQ

  1. What is the Outer Limits?
  2. Where can I see the OOL (original Outer Limits)?
  3. Where can I see the NOL (new Outer Limits)?
  4. What is syndication?
  5. Are new episodes still being made?
  6. When and where was the NOL filmed?
  7. Is the NOL available on DVD?
  8. When will more NOL DVDs be released?
  9. Is the NOL available on video and laserdisc?
  10. Is the OOL available on DVD?
  11. Is the OOL available on video and laserdisc?
  12. How can I get NOL episodes I missed?
  13. Has any of the Outer Limits music been released on CD?
  14. Are there Outer Limits books?
  15. Are there Outer Limits magazine articles?
  16. Where can I get Outer Limits scripts?
  17. Who is the woman in some versions of the NOL opening credits?
  18. What is the song at the end of the NOL episode The Conversion?
  19. What is the song at the end of the NOL episode Abduction?
  20. What are the official web sites?
  21. Where can send mail to about the show?
  22. How long have these web pages been around?
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  1. What is the Outer Limits?

    The Outer Limits is an anthology television series. Each episode starts with an unseen control voice which set the tone for the series which ties to show the awe and mystery of the universe. Most episodes have some basis in science fact and many have some type of monster designed to create terror.

    There have been two incarnations of the Outer Limits. The first series (original Outer Limits henceforth referred to as OOL) aired from 1963 to 1965 on ABC. The second series (new Outer Limits henceforth referred to as NOL) started airing in 1995 and 7 seasons of episodes were produced. The Showtime cable channel had the first 6 NOL seasons done. After Showtime cancelled the series in May of 2000 the Sci-Fi Channel picked up NOL for another season of 22 episodes.

  2. Where can I see the OOL (original Outer Limits)?

    In the U.S. OOL is currently airing on the THIS TV channel. The Chiller cable channel has also run OOL in recent years. The TNT cable channel had the exclusive rights for many years to air the OOL. The Sci-Fi cable channel aired OOL starting in January 2002. However the Sci-Fi cable channel has not aired any OOL episodes since December 2004. Airings I know about are listed on the schedule section of the Info page.

  3. Where can I see the NOL (new Outer Limits)?

    In the U.S. NOL is currently airing on the Chiller cable channel. NOL episodes previously aired on the Sci-Fi and Showtime cable channels. NOL ran in national syndication for 12 years but this stopped in September 2007. It might be possible for individual stations to pick up NOL for syndication but I am not aware of any doing this. The NOL has also run in Canada and the U.K. Airings I know about are listed on the schedule section of the Info page.

  4. What is syndication?

    Syndication is where TV shows are sold to individual stations rather than a single network. This means the NOL might air on any station in your area if one purchases it. I do not know of any stations presently airing NOL in syndication but the search function of these online TV schedules. can be used to check if NOL airs where you live.

  5. Are new episodes still being made?

    The last new episode was made in 2001. I have not heard of any plans to make more new episodes but one can never tell what the future might bring.

  6. When and where was the NOL filmed?

    The NOL is filmed on location in British Columbia, Canada. Here is the filming schedule I found on an I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists, and Allied Crafts) web page, and other places.
       Start    Wrap
    Season 1    fall 1994    ?
    Season 2    September 6, 1995    May 22, 1996
    Season 3    September 4, 1996    May 6, 1997
    Season 4    September 24, 1997    May 1998
    Season 5    September 1998    ?
    Season 6    ?    ?
    Season 7    November 2000    June 2001

  7. Is the NOL available on DVD?

    In the U.S. there were 2 theme based NOL DVDs released on September 3, 2002 followed by 4 more theme based DVDs on June 21, 2005. The first season of NOL was released on DVD on November 1, 2005. The seventh season of NOL was released on DVD on December 3, 2013. For the details see the NOL DVD page.

    In Canada there have been 3 box sets of NOL DVDs. Season box sets for each of the 7 seasons were also released. These are reported to have the syndicated versions of the episodes rather than the Showtime versions. What I know about these releases is listed on the NOL DVD page.

    Season 1 and some of the theme based DVDs have also been released in the U.K.

  8. When will more NOL DVDs be released?

    MGM has not given any indication of when more NOL DVD's might be released. The best source I know of for when U.S. TV show DVDs will or might be released is TVShowsOnDVD

  9. Is the NOL available on video and laserdisc?

    In the U.S. eight 2 episode videos of first season episodes were released in 1996 but nothing has been come out since. They are out of print now. The only laserdisc released was Sandkings. For the details see the NOL video page.

    In the U.K. there were sixteen 2 episode videos. They are out of print now. The details are also on the NOL video page.

  10. Is the OOL available on DVD?

    In the U.S. OOL season 1 was released on DVD on September 3, 2002 and season 2 on September 2, 2003. More recently these were re-released on DVD in 3 volumes. There have also been OOL DVD releases in Australia and the U.K. For details on what is in all the releases see the DVD section of the OOL video page.

  11. Is the OOL available on video and laserdisc?

    In the U.S. all of the episodes were released on video. Some can still be found used on places like Amazon. There are 4 boxed sets of laserdiscs, each set has 6 or 8 episodes. For the details see the OOL video page.

    In the U.K. there were eight 2 episode videos.

  12. How can I get NOL episodes I missed?

    The only suggestion I have is to try to find someone to trade episodes with. The alt.video.tape-trading usenet newsgroup is for this purpose. You might also try the alt.tv.outer-limits newsgroup. The FAQ and tape trading tips for the newsgroup has some info about how to do trading. There is also a video tape trading webring.

  13. Has any of the Outer Limits music been released on CD?

    There is one CD of NOL music and one CD of OOL music. For the details see the Outer Limits music page.

  14. Are there Outer Limits books?

    There is the Outer Limits Companion. There are 3 novel books each with 4 stories from both the NOL and OOL. For younger readers there is an ongoing series of story books, some adapted from the series and some original stories. For the details see the Outer Limits books page.

  15. Are there Outer Limits magazine articles?

    In the U.S. there have been articles in Starlog, Cinefantastique, Sci-Fi Universe, Science-Fiction Explorer, Visions, and Filmfax. In the U.K. there have been articles in Starburst, Dreamwatch, TV Zone, and Shivers. Someday I plan to compile a list of articles.

  16. Where can I get Outer Limits scripts?

    Script City has scripts for a number of episodes.

  17. Who is the woman in some versions of the NOL opening credits?

    Over the years lots of people have asked about this. Unfortunately I have not found anyone who knows. If anyone can answer this please inform me so I can pass it on.

  18. What is the song at the end of the NOL episode The Conversion?

    It is Return to Innocence by Enigma.

  19. What is the song at the end of the NOL episode Abduction?

    This song was written for the episode possibly by one of the NOL music staff. If anyone has details please send me an email.

  20. What are the official web sites?

    MGM's site used to be theouterlimits.com but this has not been active for a number of years.

    For other sites see the Outer Limits links page.

  21. Where can send mail to about the show?

    For comments about the series.

    The Outer Limits
    c/o MGM
    2501 Colorado Avenue
    Santa Monica, CA 90404
  22. How long have these web pages been around?

    It all started with the NOL episode guide which was first posted to the internet in July 1995. My original web site opened on June 18, 1996. The pages were moved to this web host on October 1, 1998.

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