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Started by KanKhaderKhanKan on Jun 20, 2020 8:03:10 PM
Your 'top 5' favourite old timey ghost/horror/sci-fi/thriller series

What's your favorite old timey ghost/horror/sci-fi/thriller series or mini-series pre-1970s? So yes that doesn't include the M.R. James adaptations from the 70s.

Here's my incomplete 'top five' list in no particular order:

1. One Step Beyond. Watch the episode titled 'The Voice' if you want to watch something old fashion and creepy.

2. Boris Karloff Thriller Series. 'The Incredible Doktor Markesan is a good one to watch.

3. Alfred Hitchcock presents.

4. Qautermass and the pit 1958 tv series.

5. The Twillight Zone - Season 1. There's so many good episodes for this season but 'Time Enough At Last' is the one that stands out the most.

KanKhaderKhanKan - 20 Jun 2020 20:08:29 (#1 of 52)

What didn't make it my list? The Outer Limits - Season 2 even though it featured two of Harlinson's best scripted episodes (i.e. 'The Soldier' and 'Demon With a Glass Hand') for the series.

BTW in case you guys are wondering how good some of the 'One Step Beyond' episodes can be then here's a link to one of the episode titles I've mentioned (i.e. 'The Voice') in the header:

Snarlygog - 20 Jun 2020 20:17:13 (#2 of 52)

The Stone Tapes, Murran and Penders Fen.

Arjuna - 20 Jun 2020 20:39:11 (#3 of 52)

Planet of the Apes

The Tomorrow People

Blakes Seven

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century


KanKhaderKhanKan - 20 Jun 2020 22:13:08 (#4 of 52)

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Was it that good? I've heard rave reviews of it but never seen it.

Dementor - 20 Jun 2020 22:31:39 (#5 of 52)

Campy, 70s, Lycra.

TommyDGNR8 - 20 Jun 2020 22:31:50 (#6 of 52)

Love Arj's choices, but would swap Asimov's Foundation series for UFO.

Arjuna - 20 Jun 2020 22:57:29 (#7 of 52)

Was it that good?

I liked it as a child, may not have stood the test of time

FGBFGB - 20 Jun 2020 23:16:01 (#8 of 52)


Never mind the test of time, it was pigging awful in the 80s. My housemate liked it and I watched the ghastly crap out of a feeling of fellowship.

toffle - 21 Jun 2020 01:10:24 (#9 of 52)

It was... not good, but Wilma was very pleasing to look at (the Lycra did not look quite so nice on the others).

Macpaddy - 21 Jun 2020 01:12:20 (#10 of 52)

Jesus, it was bloody dreadful. Hard to believe that it had fans.

TommyDGNR8 - 21 Jun 2020 08:19:44 (#11 of 52)

Biddi biddi biddi. OK Boomer.

tasselhoff - 21 Jun 2020 10:37:00 (#12 of 52)

What was that series where aliens had invaded and this one poor paranoid bloke was the only one to know? That was great.

Tadagee - 21 Jun 2020 10:40:57 (#13 of 52)

Do you mean 'They Live'?

Although that was a film.

elderberry - 21 Jun 2020 10:46:21 (#14 of 52)

Buck Rogers had space discotheque. Also a small role for Dorothy Stratten that she really worked - good timing and an understanding of comedy as well being utterly photogenic - made me think she could actually have been the Marilyn Monroe of the 1980s/90s if that piece of shit hadn't murdered her.

But that aside it's more interesting than brilliant. Might re-watch when I'm finished present run-through of the Orville, all the same.

tasselhoff - 21 Jun 2020 10:50:59 (#15 of 52)

The Invaders with the hapless David Vincent!

nemo75 - 21 Jun 2020 10:52:27 (#16 of 52)

Space 1999.

elderberry - 21 Jun 2020 10:55:58 (#17 of 52)

And seeing the date limitations in the OP my only answer is Star Trek TOS season 1, season 2, and season 3.

TommyDGNR8 - 21 Jun 2020 13:01:28 (#18 of 52)

#16 - I caught a few episodes on SciFi or similar earlier in lockdown. I'd forgotten (or never noticed) how pedestrian it was.

LippyPongstocking - 21 Jun 2020 13:12:07 (#19 of 52)

Pacing is one of the things you immediately notice about series from the past. I actually rather like it when stories are given time to develop.

I concur that Buck Rogers was dreadful and that god-awful little robot should've been blasted into smithereens.

Otherwise, among my favourites growing up, depending on my age at the time, were:

  • Children of the Stones

  • UFO

  • The Day of the Triffids

  • Sapphire and Steel

  • The Omega Factor

Dementor - 21 Jun 2020 13:13:59 (#20 of 52)

Sapphire & Steel is on Freeview at the moment - ForcesTV, or TalkingPictures I think.

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