Science Fiction Theatre
is an American science fiction anthology series
that aired in syndication
from April 1955 to April 1957. It was produced by Ivan Tors
and Maurice Ziv.
Hosted by Truman Bradley, a 1940s film actor and former war correspondent, each episode introduced stories which had an extrapolated scientific, or pseudo-scientific emphasis based on actual scientific data available in the 1950s. The program concentrated on such concepts as space flight, robots, telepathy, flying saucers, time travel, and the intervention of extraterrestrials in human affairs.
Airing a total of 78 25-min. episodes, the series was also known as Beyond the Limits in second run syndication during the 1960s and alternatively as Science Fiction Theater.
Opposite to what happened in the 1960s, the first season was filmed in color, but to cut costs the second season was in black & white. The producers had originally thought that color TV would progress faster than it did.
Science Fiction Theatre was a forerunner of similar shows, such as The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.