Greetings, and welcome to CLASSICS ON THE TUBE. Here you'll find capsule reviews of vintage TV series episodes from the early days of television through the 1970s, with a special emphasis on sci-fi, horror, and mystery series. Be sure to check out the Pages links, where you can find an index of episodes reviewed for each television series.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

THE OUTER LIMITS: The Sixth Finger

Guest Stars:  David McCallum, Jill Haworth, Edward Mulhare, Nora Marlowe, Robert Doyle
Directed by James Goldstone
(actor & director credits courtesy

A professor of genetics creates a device that successfully advances a chimpanzee in evolution, and prepares for his first human test subject, a rebellious coal miner he will advance one million years.

Although the premise for this episode is a compelling one, it's almost a bit too fantastic to believe that a scientist working on his own could have created such a machine.  Nonetheless McCallum's fine performance and Fred Phillips' fantastic makeups help us to suspend our disbelief.  I'm not certain the teleplay takes best advantage of the possibilities of this story, but the production is well-photographed and directed, and offers a fascinating glimpse into our distant future.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Starring Ray Walston, Bill Bixby
Guest Stars:  Pamela Britton, Ann Marshall, John Fiedler, Betsy Jones-Moreland
Directed by Alan Rafkin
(actor & director credits courtesy

Martin assists Angela with a school assignment, but when she fails it because of his views of life on Mars, he tries to set things right.

An entertaining enough episode, although without much depth, but all the actors seem to be having a good time, as did I.  In the guest cast, Fiedler is better known for his memorable guest spot on Star Trek's "Wolf In The Fold" episode, and Jones-Moreland for a number of films she made for Roger Corman.  Not one of the best, but an amiable evening's entertainment.