One thing that made the late-1950s/early 1960s science-fiction anthology series One Step Beyond different from its contemporaries such as The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits is that it actually purported to be science-fact.
Hosted and in large part directed by John Newland, the series presented docudrama-like recreations that were just on the fringes of the realm of science, dealing with topics such as astral projection, ghosts, premonitions of the future, and other topics that would later be the type of fodder for those checkout line staple “newspapers” such as Weekly World News. Quite often, the show’s stories would have ambiguous endings leading to a “did it or didn’t it actually happen”conclusion that would keep the show from actually having to take a stand one way or another.
It lasted for three years, and ran a total of 97 episodes, most of which are in the public domain.
Here’s a typical episode entitled “The Secret” in which a lonely woman meets a man who lived and died long before she was born:
- Kbatz: One Step Beyond Season 1 (horroraddicts.wordpress.com)
- Go One Step Beyond on DVD (dreadcentral.com)