Produced a year before Twilight Zone, this series sparked the growing interest in paranormal suspense in the late 1950's. The primary difference between the two shows was the effort One Step Beyond made to discover and present "real" stories of supernatural events - all said to be based on true events. Ultimately, solutions to the mysteries were never found, leaving viewers bewildered.
One Step Beyond...It’s not quite in the league of The Twilight Zone, but it has it charms. It is similar, however the stories fall a bit short if still quite watchable. The production values are pretty decent here and the acting often includes actors that will soon be heralded, which is to say solid and mostly good. Lastly, this many years later the video is pretty clear for 50’s TV shows revisited. This is kind of “pre mash-up”, if you will, of The Twilight Zone and Rod Serling’s Night Gallery. While those shows might be better known, One Step Beyond portends these even better shows that will come shortly. Plus…The show’s title became a killer song for the SKA band Madness in the 80’s. Definitely worth a watch for those looking to revisit a golden TV age where the paranormal was pretty “normal”. I must say I like the dead-pan serious/mysterious delivery of the host/director and the music is like an unseen actor in the drama.
I found a box set of this show in a store years ago and I've been a big fan ever since. There was only a small portion of the series put on DVD so I have not seen a lot of these episodes. They are unlike Twilight Zone (a great show, of course), in that these episodes are based on actual paranormal accounts. They give real names, dates and places. John Newland created and stared in this show and it is just incredibly well done. Even if you don't believe in the paranormal, you'll still enjoy the episodes. Highly recommended. Well written and acted.
One Step Beyond was the pioneering paranormal series on network television...it aired as part of ABC Films, and although fairly well received, it lacked the punch of CBSs Twilight Zone. Part of this was TZs brilliant writing staff, and part was the attempt bt One Step to be as true to the tales told as possible...which, being paranormal in nature, by definition defy a neat resolution. Still a true gem from the days when television offered more than moronic "reality" shows..One Step Beyond, Twilight Zone, and Outer Limits...television at its finest
This show is quite entertaining. There are some really intriguing, well-written stories in this series. The acting is typically good too from episode to episode. It's a bit odd to see so many comparisons to The Twilight Zone though. Sure, they're both anthology series, and they both sometimes focus on spooky subject matter, but that's really where the similarities end. A fan of one show might not necessarily be a fan of the other. I'd recommend TZ fans give One Step Beyond a try... but be prepared to see something wholly different.
Although I was very young when I saw this on television (surprised to realize that I was just 5 years old for the first series), I've always remembered this series fondly. And, surprisingly, unlike so many older shows from our childhood that we remember fondly, "One Step Beyond" has held up very well, indeed. In fact, surprisingly well. The scripts are well-written. John Newland is an excellent host (and producer). And it provides the added benefit of seeing actors and actresses before they were well known – and when we still referred to them as "actors and actresses." Highly recommended.
As kids, my brothers and I couldn’t wait for this show to be on. It was always entertaining, and "based" on true stories. It was gripping from the first moment and no one would leave the room until there was a commercial! So, I bought the entire series once it was offered. And, I don’t regret it. I STILL love these stories. No gore, no monster in the closet, no zombies at the door, or vampires drinking blood, just great stories of the supernatural. I loved John Newland, too. He was terrific in his role. I was VERY sorry when they cancelled this show. I'd still be watching today, if they hadn’t! This is a terrific break from today's attempt at thrillers, where gore, sex, fake found video and zombie after zombie show keeps coming up as a "new" series or movie. Today's writers substitute those things for a lack of imagination. Going back to these shows is SO refreshing!