Host John Newland as "Our guide into the world of the unknown".
Unlike other anthology programs such as Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, the ABC
network series One Step Beyond, created by Merwin Gerard, was presented in the
form of thirty-minute docudramas, all said to be based on true events. The show
Initially included the name of the sponsor Alcoa as part of its full title. The original
run of the series was three seasons from January 1959 to July 1961.
Harry Lubin composed the music for the series. The Ventures included a cover
version of the show’s main theme "Fear" on their highly acclaimed 1964 Dolton
Records release The Ventures in Space. The second season of The Outer
Limits used a variation of "Fear" for the end titles.