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Out There

Entry updated 19 November 2023. Tagged: TV.

US tv series (1951-1952). CBS TV. Created by Donald Davis. Produced by John Hargott. Directors included Andrew McCullough, Byron Paul. Writers included Graham Doar, Howard Rodman, Reginald Rose. 12 30-minute episodes. Black and white.

This short-lived anthology programme was one of the first adult-oriented science fiction series on US Television, appearing in the same year as the much better known Tales of Tomorrow (1951-1953). The programme featured a number of stories from well-known sf authors, as well as original teleplays from staff writers Doar, Rodman, and Rose. Stories dramatized include "The Man" (February 1949 Thrilling Wonder) by Ray Bradbury, "The Green Hills of Earth" (8 February 1947 Saturday Evening Post) by Robert A Heinlein and "Mewhu's Jet" (November 1946 Astounding) by Theodore Sturgeon. Other authors whose stories were adapted include Nelson S Bond, Milton Lesser and John D MacDonald. Out There suffered from the limitations imposed by live studio shooting, as well as from its poor Sunday-afternoon time slot. Surviving episodes are preserved in the US Library of Congress. [GSt]


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