One Step Beyond

ABC (ended 1961)



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One Step Beyond

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Outside the known is irreality, and one step beyond that is Surrealism. John Newland introduces reported cases of supernatural phenomena, whose poetry is revealed in magnificent and almost brutally compressed dramatizations. One Step Beyond was mainly filmed at M-G-M Studios, Hollywood, and partly at M-G-M British Studios, Borehamwood, Herts. It premiered nine months before The Twilight Zone, and was also known as Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond. All episodes are directed by Newland himself, a dab hand whose trademark is subtle, balletic camera work. This series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional stories with supernatural twists and turns, this program sought out 'real' stories of the supernatural, including ghosts, disappearances, monsters, etc., and 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?"


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    I found about this show listening to the audio track on the THRILLER DVD COLLECTION. I was curious to find about it myself. Other than COZI's halloween fest showing this show. I think this a show that makes one think about what is possible and not possible and why? I love the way the episodes are introduced by having Mr. Newland come in like part of the story and at the end to sum it up. His direction is amazing considering that this is 60s tv. The show has so many guest stars that went on to better careers like Charles Bronson, Susan Pleshette and Mike Connors among others. If you like Twilight Zone, you should have this next to it.moreless
  • Wishing Paramount Would Put Out The Second and Third Official Seaons on DVD

    We have been waiting forever for Paramount to put out the second and third seasons of "One Step Beyond" to no avail. The first season must have performed below its expectations. That said, they charged too much for it. They should have put out all three seasons on one DVD. A great show, nothing like it. The good news is there is a new CD out of composer Harry Lubin's music from One Step Beyond titled, "More Music From One Step Beyond," but it's being sold exclusively at Ebay. Not expensive however. Now if Paramount would follow this example!moreless
  • Oldie but Goodie!

    This was one of my favorite shows of the past. I also watched the Twilight Zone and another show called Science Fiction Theater. SFT wasn't generally spooky. One episode that comes to mind was about a scientist experimenting with a hormone/chemical that kept insects like bees constantly active. Once the substance was isolated he tried it out on humans - with the result of people dashing about as they did mundane activities like mowing the lawn, etc. They used filming subjects in slow motion, then speeding the action up to display the results.

    I might add that some years ago I bought a CD with music from One Step Beyond - except for the main theme it was pretty much a waste of money. Shows like this stirred the imagination for lots of kids - one reason I became a science teacher.moreless
  • One Step Beyond

    This is the one show that probably kept me sleepless more nights than any other TV show. There were some real corkers. I just ran through the season listing and I believe I spotted them, like the one about the two glider pilots jealous over the affections of the same woman. THAT ONE CREEPED ME OUT. And the theme music!!!! OMG!!! It would raise the hair on the back of my neck EVERY TIME. This is GREAT STUFF!!!!moreless
  • I am so glad I found this show!

    One Step Beyond is just as good as The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery if you ask me: BRILLIANT! John Newland was a mastermind like Rod Serling. Although I have only recently discovered this show I can sure tell that I'm gonna love it because of it's Twilight Zoneiness. The first episode I saw was the episode with the little girl and the haunted nursery with the dolls. I didn't know what it was at the time I was just channel surfing when I stumbled upon it. Then I sort of researched on the internet and found out about One Step Beyond. Even though I've only seen three episodes so far I already know this is my new third favorite show!moreless

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