Outer Limits - The Unknown Dimension

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Television series
German title Outer Limits - The Unknown Dimension
Original title The Outer Limits
Country of production Canada , United States
original language English
Year (s) 1995-2002
length 44 minutes
Episodes 153 in 7 seasons ( List )
genre Drama , science fiction
music Mark Mancina
First broadcast March 26, 1995 (USA) on Showtime
first broadcast
April 10, 1997 on ProSieben

Anthology series without a permanent cast

Kevin Conway
Joachim Kerzel
German voice (narrator)

Outer Limits - The unknown dimension is a Canadian - American science fiction - and mystery - television series that was produced from the year 1995th It is a new edition of the series The Outer Limits (1963-1965). After seven seasons with a total of 153 episodes, the series was discontinued in 2002.


Like its predecessor, The Outer Limits, the series is an anthology of individual episodes. Each episode is thus a self-contained story, with a few individual episodes being continued later in the series.

She is known for a kind of narrator who says a few introductory words at the beginning and a mostly profound closing word at the end. Often it also be quotations from the Bible used. Most of the episodes deal with a specific scientific concept, e.g. B. time travel , teleportation , wormholes , artificial intelligence , virtual reality , genetic engineering , holography , parallel worlds , cryonics , robotics or nanobots , and deal with their effects on humanity. The collision between humanity and aliens or intelligent machines are also frequent topics.

One conceptual element of surprise about this series is that you rarely know how an episode will end; sometimes the protagonist dies in the end, sometimes the whole of humanity - and sometimes the story ends happily.


From 1996 to 1998 the series received the "Saturn Award" as the best series of its genre, and for the series or individual episodes, there were also several "Cable ACE", " Gemini Award " and " Emmy " nominations and - Awards.


Since each episode tells a self-contained story, each episode features different actors, for example Nancy Allen , Tanya Allen , Tom Arnold , Jennifer Beals , Bruce Boxleitner , Peter Breck , Beau Bridges , Josh Brolin , Kim Cattrall , Marcia Cross , Jon Cryer , Erin Daniels , Nicole de Boer , John de Lancie , Rebecca De Mornay , Heather Donahue , Michael Dorn , Kirsten Dunst , Louis Ferreira , Nathan Fillion , Michelle Forbes , Melissa Gilbert , Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Heather Graham , Mark Hamill , Neil Patrick Harris , Natasha Henstridge , Charlton Heston , Laurie Holden , Joshua Jackson , Stacy Keach , Margot Kidder , Jack Klugman , Meat Loaf , Robert Loggia , James Marsden , David McCallum , Alyssa Milano , Pat Morita , Leonard Nimoy , Catherine O'Hara , Meghan Ory , Robert Patrick , Ron Perlman , Robert Picardo , David Hyde Pierce , Amanda Plummer , Ryan Reynolds , Ryan Phillippe , Molly Ringwald , William Sadler , Dwight Schultz , Michael Shanks , Polly Sha nnon , Ally Sheedy , Brent Spiner , Jessica Steen , Amanda Tapping , Mario Van Peebles , Emmanuelle Vaugier , Nana Visitor and Wil Wheaton .

Peter Breck, David McCallum and Leonard Nimoy appeared in the original series.

Opening credits

The text of the opening credits in the German version is completely different from that in the original version. The opening credits in the original version are a cynical allusion to the power and manipulation that can be exercised by the mass media . In the German intro, however, these allusions were replaced by a mystical and esoteric sounding text.

The introductory sentences at the beginning of each episode in German:

“Are you ready, ready for the unknown?
For a new experience that could question everything you think you know?
What you will see now will change your consciousness, because behind the familiar reality lurks the incomprehensible.
Mysterious riddles hide behind the visible. There is another truth behind the obvious.
The next hour transports you into a world beyond imagination.
You cross the border into the unknown dimension. "

In English:

“There is nothing wrong with your television. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are now controlling the transmission. We control the horizontal and the vertical. We can deluge you with a thousand channels or expand one single image to crystal clarity and beyond. We can shape your vision to anything our imagination can conceive. For the next hour we will control all that you see and hear. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the deepest inner mind to… The Outer Limits. ”

"Your television is not broken. Do not try to readjust the picture. We now control the transmission, both horizontally and vertically. We can flood you with a thousand channels or expand a single image to crystal clear sharpness and more. We can show you things beyond your imagination. For the next hour we will control everything you will see and hear. You will experience awe and mysteries ranging from the deepest inner spirit to the outer limits ... "

DVD publications

On March 28, 2008, the first season of the new edition appeared in Germany. Due to insufficient DVD sales, the production of further seasons was discontinued.


Episode list

→ Main article: Outer Limits - The Unknown Dimension / Episode List

Individual evidence

  1. Outer Limits - The Unknown Dimension / Awards at imdb.com (English). Retrieved December 8, 2009

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