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Old May 26 2014, 04:00 AM   #1
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Other series like Trek & Twilight Zone

I love TOS and Twilight Zone Original series. I will watch each episode dozens of times. A few weak episode in each series, but not many. I really dislike the newer Trek and newer Twilight Zone series and never caught on as I seem attached to the originals. Do you know of any other series like Trek and Twilight Zone from that period I would enjoy? Thanks...

PS- Its rough and very difficult getting the younger generation to watch Trek and Twilight Zone as they find it boring and dull. Anyone had any luck getting people under 30 into these series?
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Old May 26 2014, 04:17 AM   #2
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Re: Other series like Trek & Twilight Zone

I've never seen much of them, as they seem to be less common in syndication, but TZ had at least a couple of rivals back in the day:

The Outer Limits
One Step Beyond
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Old May 26 2014, 04:26 AM   #3
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Re: Other series like Trek & Twilight Zone

The original Outer Limits, for sure.

As for later series along the lines of Star Trek . . . maybe Farscape?
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Old May 26 2014, 04:40 AM   #4
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Re: Other series like Trek & Twilight Zone

I discovered this British series a few years back. Most surviving episodes (and bits and pieces of "lost" ones) are on Youtube.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_of_the_Unknown

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Old May 26 2014, 12:57 PM   #5
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Re: Other series like Trek & Twilight Zone

I think "Raumpatrouille Orion" would do nicely, but unfortunately it still requires an English dubbing or at least subtitles.

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Old May 26 2014, 01:35 PM   #6
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Yes, it really is a pity "Raumpatrouille" remains reserved for German speaking audiences. I´m pretty sure many TOS fans would enjoy it. Hopefully they´ll release a subtitled edition someday.

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Old May 26 2014, 01:57 PM   #7
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Re: Other series like Trek & Twilight Zone

Definitely The Outer Limits and One Step Beyond. OSB deals more with the paranormal than science fiction, though one episode had the host experimenting with hallucinogenics or something, sort of documentary style.

A show I first saw in 1959, which got me interested in science fiction at 8, was Men Into Space. It was more near future, and stories were set usually no farther than the moon if I remember right. They tried to present a realistic approach to space travel based on what was known at the time. It's probably pretty dull by today's standards, I've not seen it in over 50 years.

Then of course if you stand watching marionettes, there's Gerry Anderson's shows like Supercar, Fireball XL5, Thunderbirds, and Captain Scarlet.

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And if you want something really baffling, there's always Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner.
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Old May 26 2014, 02:04 PM   #8
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Re: Other series like Trek & Twilight Zone

Other than what's been mentioned, the only dramatic SF show from '60s US prime-time that I can think of was The Invaders, about a man trying to expose the alien invaders hiding among us. It wasn't particularly like Trek, though, aside from having some of the same FX creators.

I'm going to make an odd recommendation: Space: 1999, one of Gerry Anderson's live-action shows. It's kind of a bizarre concept and often quite silly -- the Moon is blown out of Earth orbit and somehow drifts millions of light-years through space and encounters new planets on an almost weekly basis -- but in the first season it almost kinda works in a way, because there was an overall sense that space was a bizarre and incomprehensible realm that challenged our assumptions about reality. It was more a mythic journey in the vein of The Odyssey than a grounded science fiction show, and if you could buy into the trippy, surreal quality, it almost worked. (Maybe it could fall into the "like The Twilight Zone" category as much as the "like Trek" category.) Moreover, there are a couple of things it did even better than TOS: its supporting ensemble cast was better developed, and its technology design and visual effects pretty much left TOS in the dust.

The second season, however, was under new management -- Fred Freiberger, who also produced TOS's third season -- and it was retooled to be more "American" and action-oriented, losing that surreal and philosophical quality in favor of much the same kind of random weirdness you saw in TOS season 3, like aliens happening to have whatever assortment of magic powers was convenient for the plot (teleportation being the msot common by far). It also dumped several of the supporting characters in favor of new ones, including a beautiful alien shapeshifter with a Spock-like intellect. The Freiberger connection does give it a very TOS-like flavor, but mainly like the third season.

Anderson also did an earlier live-action drama called UFO, about a team fighting off an ongoing alien invasion (more overt than the one in The Invaders, but I've never seen it. Unfortunately, Netflix doesn't have the entire series.
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Old May 26 2014, 02:25 PM   #9
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UFO's top secret SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation) used a film studio as its cover. One of the stranger episodes was the lead character hallucinating that SHADO was just a film set, and we get to see the actual sets as they looked from beyond the false walls.
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Old May 26 2014, 04:55 PM   #10
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ETA: And if you want something really baffling, there's always Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner.
Thanks for mentioning it, shame on me I forgot.

IMHO, most of the stories have Twilight Zone characteristics, so it's closer to TZ than ST.

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Old May 26 2014, 05:56 PM   #11
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Re: Other series like Trek & Twilight Zone

Also in line with the general if not the specific topic, evangelist6589, if you've never seen the classic 1956 film Forbidden Planet, I'd highly recommend it...TOS's illegitimate father to be sure.
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Old May 26 2014, 06:30 PM   #12
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Definitely! Some of the (still spectacular) visuals and terminology will seem very familiar to TOS fans, as well as having an intelligent story and the general "feel". And even the Enterprise´s trademark "1701" is taken directly from this classic SF movie. Highly recommended to anyone who hasn´t seen it yet.

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Old May 26 2014, 08:16 PM   #13
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Sliders(1995-2000) was a series that explored 'what if...' parallel Earths with many different societies and timelines.
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Old May 26 2014, 08:45 PM   #14
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Definitely! Some of the (still spectacular) visuals and terminology will seem very familiar to TOS fans, as well as having an intelligent story and the general "feel". And even the Enterprise´s trademark "1701" is taken directly from this classic SF movie. Highly recommended to anyone who hasn´t seen it yet.
Or it's a coincidence.
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It's a coincidence. Matt Jefferies chose "1701" because he thought it registered better with the eye than other numbers when glimpsed briefly or in low resolution.
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