Overlooked Facts About Beloved Sitcoms That Will Take You Back In Time

May 7, 2024

Some "The Outer Limits" Monsters Were Recycled for "Star Trek".

This collection of colorized images from classic 1950s and 1960s black-and-white television shows will have you reminiscing about some of your favorite past series. If you were a fan when these shows originally aired, you will love to learn the behind-the-scenes secrets, fun facts, feuds, and tragedies that were not publicly known about these classic shows at the time. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a blast from the past with these colorized screen stills from classic black-and-white television shows.

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The Outer Limits, a scary, psychological thriller-type anthology television series, is often confused with The Twilight Zone. It is easy to see why. Both shows follow an anthology format and both include stories of the supernatural. The Outer Limits ran from 1963 to 1965. When the series ended, many of the writers, cast, and crew immediately went to work on a new sci-fi series, Star Trek. Both Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner, who had appeared on The Outer Limits, were cast in Star Trek. Even a number of the scary monsters that were created for The Outer Limits showed up again in Star Trek. The make-up artists working on Star Trek even learned how to do the pointy ear technique from The Outer Limits

"My Favorite Martian" Nearly Ruined Ray Walston's Acting Career. 

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When it debuted in 1963, My Favorite Martian was the first television sitcom with a science fiction theme. It was often lumped with Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie as the earliest sci-fi series, but the later two are really based in magic, whereas My Favorite Martian is a focused on science and technology. Character actor Ray Walston was cast as the title role. Later, Walston said he regretted taking the role, but he did so because he needed the money. After the show ended in 1966, Walston had trouble landing other roles. Casting directors had trouble seeing him in more serious roles. Despite this, Walston said that the best thing about the show was meeting his co-star, Bill Bixby. Walston and Bixby became good friends.