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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  • 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
  • Eerie Classic!

    I grew up watching this show and was really disappointed when the series finally met its demise. It was a black and white classic horror (or at least what we called horror back in those innocent times) that I never missed. The strangest part of this series was the music. Whenever something weird was about to happen, they started playing part of Gerschwin's "Rhapsody in Blue". That particular music could never be called frightening by any stretch of the imagination but there is a slow movement in it that was used in all the One Step Beyond episodes. That sound, when combined with host John Newland's sour-faced narrative always sent a chill up my spine and still does even today whenever I hear it.moreless
  • Basically a true life Twilight zone type show.

    I got a box set of 4 discs and 50 episodes of One Step Beyond for Christmas this year.My Family all know i'm into strange tales and things of that nature so they bought it for me and i absolutely love it! I had never heard of the show up until now because it was only on air 2 years between 1959-1961,before my time.What intrigued me the most was that every episode was based on true unsolved events in peoples lives.Some were a little hard to swallow but that's usually the case with dealing with the supernatural..I completely loved it and only wish i would've grew up with it.I think if they brought the show back in this day and age the folks of today would really enjoy it as well.. Thanks for listening.moreless

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