The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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The New Breed 

A desperate dying man injects himself with experimental nanobots that can supposedly cure anything. It works, but then his body starts to hideously mutate. He asks his soon-to-be brother-in-law, who invented the nanobots, for help.


Mario Azzopardi


Grant Rosenberg




Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Thomas ... Dr. Stephen Ledbetter
Peter Outerbridge ... Dr. Andy Groenig
Tammy Isbell ... Judy Hudson
L. Harvey Gold ... Dr. Merritt
Veena Sood ... Dr. Katzman


Dr. Stephen Ledbetter believes he has found the cure for everything: tiny nanobots that can cure diseases at the cellular level. He is frustrated by the limits put on his research and the fact he does not have authority to takes his tests to the next level and use it on humans. After his his future brother-in-law Andy Groenig learns that he has osteosarcoma (pelvic cancer), he breaks into Leadbetter's lab and injects himself with the serum. The effects are rapid and quite dramatic. Within three days, the cancer has been reduced by 90 percent and he no longer requires glasses. Stephen is upset when he learns what he's done but agrees to monitor his progress. As time goes on however, Andy begins to develop in ways that no one could have imagined. Written by garykmcd

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23 June 1995 (USA) See more »

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Atlantis Films See more »
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In this episode, Peter Outerbridge's character Dr. Andy Groenig is engaged to Tammy Isbell's character Judy Ledbetter. Five years after this episode aired, Outerbridge and Isbell were married in real life. See more »


The Control Voice: Man has long worked to stave off the disease that can ravage us, but what can happen when the cure grows more fearsome than the disease?
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Featured in The Outer Limits: The Voice of Reason (1995) See more »

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What happens when the cure grows more fearsome than disease
15 January 2019 | by Bored_DragonSee all my reviews

A terminal patient injects experimental nanobots and overnight the disease disappears, and he slowly turns into a superman. But what happens when nanobots have nothing more to fix?

This is another SF drama dealing with the consequences of human playing God. This time in the main roles are better-known actors, Richard Thomas and Peter Outerbridge. The story is interesting, nicely developed and, unlike most of the episodes of this and similar series, does not feel rushed. and for an additional atmosphere, it is enriched with a spicy sex scene and tastefully measured nudity of Tammy Isbell.


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