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One Step Beyond 

Produced at the same time as the more well-known The Twilight Zone (1959), this series was an extension of the tradition of radio horror and supernatural dramas such as Light's Out, The ... See full summary »

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John Newland ...  Himself - Host 96 episodes, 1959-1961
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Produced at the same time as the more well-known The Twilight Zone (1959), this series was an extension of the tradition of radio horror and supernatural dramas such as Light's Out, The Mysterious Traveler and The Witches Tale. As with the Twilight Zone and the radio programs each tale was book-ended by an introduction and conclusion by a host. However, rather than creating fictional stories with supernatural twists and turns, this program sought out "real" stories of the supernatural, including ghosts, disappearances, monsters and the like, re-creating them for each episode. No solutions to these mysteries were ever found, and viewers could only scratch their heads and wonder, "what if it's real?" Written by Jean-Marc Rocher

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"What you are about to see is a matter of human record. Explain it: we cannot. Disprove it: we cannot. We simply invite you to explore with us the amazing world of the Unknown ... to take that One Step ... Beyond."


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USA

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English

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20 January 1959 (USA) See more »

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Alcoa Presents See more »

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$40,000 (estimated)
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(96 episodes)

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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John Newland, this series' host (who also directed all the episodes) was billed in the end credits as "Our guide into the world of the unknown." See more »

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John Newland: [closing statement] Next week, and every week, we'll be bringing you the personal records of the rarest kind of human experience: man's adventure in the world of the unknown, that mysterious psychic world beyond our five senses. This is your invitation to take with us that astonishing... one step beyond.
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Alternate Versions

During its initial network run as "Alcoa Presents One Step Beyond", the opening credits featured shots of the aluminum industry (the full name of Alcoa was the Aluminum Company of America). When the series went into syndication as "One Step Beyond", a new opening credit sequence featuring a starry background was substituted. Starting in 1992, the Sci-Fi Channel aired prints with a third version, with a blue-tinted point of view from a camera roaming through a 1950s-era house. The Sci-Fi prints also added short teasers before the credits (excerpts from the episode) and the episode titles, as well as modified closing credits with still shots of the house for a background, all tinted blue. Those prints were also reedited to provide more time for commercials. See more »

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Followed by The Next Step Beyond (1978) See more »

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Better, but let's not forget.
7 August 2005 | by deemo31See all my reviews

One commenter offered the proposition that "The Twilight Zone" was not a very good show and "One Step Beyond" was much better. There is truth to the latter statement. Step was a truly wonderful show, and I might add, MUCH freakier and scarier to a little kid. "The Burning Girl" episode killed me. And the one they did about the San Francisco earthquake was awesome. Suffice it to say that I spent a few nights awake wondering about this stuff. Unlike the Twilight Zone, Step featured stories that were somewhat based in fact, or at least believable to people who believe. But I have to take the original poster to task. He made it sound as if Twilight Zone sucked. I can assure you, it did not.

These shows aired when television was still in it's infancy. As was the writing, the directing, the acting and all that goes with it. In both cases, there were experiments. Nobody knew how it would turn out. But one thing is certain. BOTH shows helped to create the sci-fi dramas we accept as so commonplace today. There was NOTHING commonplace about the "Willoughby" episode of the Twilight Zone. Nor was there anything commonplace about the Burning Girl episode of One Step Beyond. They were both wonderful shows that broke ground for the future. That being said, when are the One Step Beyond episodes coming back for viewing? I sure miss them.


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