The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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I, Robot 

Legendary lawyer Thurman Cutler is hired to defend Adam, a humanoid robot with many human qualities including speech, rational mind and empathy, who's been accused of murdering his creator. Cutler suspects there's more to the story.


Adam Nimoy


Otto Binder (short story) (as Eando Binder), Alison Lea Bingeman


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Episode complete credited cast:
Cynthia Preston ... Mina Link (as Cyndy Preston)
Barbara Tyson ... Carrie Emerson
Nathaniel DeVeaux Nathaniel DeVeaux ... Col. Birch
Leonard Nimoy ... Thurman Cutler
Ken Kramer ... Judge Clancy
Eric Schneider Eric Schneider ... Detective Barclay
Robert Clothier ... Dr. Linstrop
J.B. Bivens ... Security Guard
Robert Moloney ... Lab Technician
Don MacKay ... Dr. Link
John Novak ... Voice of Adam (voice)


After Dr. Link is killed in his university lab, the prime suspect is his robot creation, Adam. The robot is taken into custody and tells Dr. Link's daughter Mina that he has no memory of what happened. She wants him released but a court hearing has been scheduled for the following Monday and the expected result is that Adam will be dismantled. Mina convinces now retired civil right attorney Thurman Cutler to defend him. Mina believes Adam to be a sentient being whose artificial intelligence allows him to make reasoned decisions. Cutler wants him tried for murder because if he can do so, Adam's humanity must first be recognized. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

23 July 1995 (USA) See more »

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Atlantis Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This is a remake of The Outer Limits: I, Robot (1964). Leonard Nimoy, who played the reporter Judson Ellis in that episode, played attorney Thurman Cutler in this version, a role played by Howard Da Silva in the original. This remake was directed by Nimoy's son Adam Nimoy. See more »


The judge states a false premise. In 227 years (as of 2016), thirty-three amendments to the Constitution have been put forth. Only 27 have been ratified and have become part of the law of the land. That means it a very difficult thing (exactly what the framers intended) to change the Constitution. And it is definitely not a "constantly changing document" as the judge infers. See more »


Carrie Emerson: Miss Link, how do you know that the robot was actually reading the material you provided?
Mina Link: He looked at it, and he remembered it. I don't know how else...
Carrie Emerson: Wasn't he merely scanning the documentation, like any photocopying machine, storing it like any laptop computer?
Mina Link: Laptop computers don't enjoy poetry. Adam liked to hear the sound of poetry, particularly when I read it to him.
Carrie Emerson: Wasn't the robot merely reacting the way you wanted it to, the way it was programmed to?
Mina Link: You don't get it. Shortly ...
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Version of The Outer Limits: I, Robot (1964) See more »

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What makes us human?
29 January 2019 | by Bored_DragonSee all my reviews

Self-conscious android kills its creator, but does not remember it. The prosecution is trying to force its destruction, while the daughter of the murdered scientist sees it as a brother and hires a top lawyer to save it. This SF courtroom drama deals with the question of whether artificial intelligence can be considered a personality and have equal rights to people of flesh and blood. The story is very well told, the acting is on an enviable level in relation to most of the series of this type, and the episode finale, although already seen cliché, is quite effective. One of the best episodes of the first season.


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