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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Did You Know?


Leonard Nimoy (Thurman Cutler) previously played Konig in The Outer Limits: Production and Decay of Strange Particles (1964) and Judson Ellis in The Outer Limits: I, Robot (1964). Along with David McCallum, Cliff Robertson, Peter Breck and Barbara Rush, he is one of only five actors to appear in both The Outer Limits (1963) and The Outer Limits (1995). See more »


In his ruling at the end of the episode, the judge says that "the Constitution defines a person as a human being", and that the Constitution "empowers the courts to interpret and reinterpret its meaning..." In fact, the U.S. Constitution contains no definition whatsoever of "person" (though the word is used frequently), never uses the words "human" or "human being" at all, and contains no grant of an "interpretative power" to the courts in any of its provisions or amendments. See more »


[last lines]
The Control Voice: Empathy, sacrifice, love. These qualities are not confined to walls of flesh and blood, but are found within the deepest, best parts of man's soul, no matter where that soul resides.
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A Little Too Formulaic
18 March 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

While I enjoyed this, there was conspiracy theory element that just didn't work for me. Of course, updating the story is perfectly valid and Leonard Nimoy's lawyer is an interesting figure. But I was expecting a little bit of leftover from the Isaac Asimov stories. This story doesn't pretend to follow the Laws of Robotics, even though it shares its title with the Asimov collection. Actually, this was more remindful of "Miracle on 34th Street" where the court must decide if Santa Claus is real. The piece of artificial intelligence here is very engaging and lovable, but apparently has been betrayed in some way. The issue of whether a machine can have emotions and human mores is what this is about. What makes this more interesting is that in order to undergo a murder trial, there must first be a hearing to see if "Adam" can be treated as such a human. If you saw the first effort in the original series, you know that there are some real contrivances at work and it comes off like a simple children's story with a formulaic conclusion. Not a great effort but not a bad one either.

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