Visit the Otherworld (1985)


For years and years I’ve had a suspicion that some of the shows I watched as a child were in fact figments of my imagination. One such show was Otherworld, a 1985 sci-fi series that aired on CBS for only 8 episodes. Until recently I’ve had only small elements floating around my head, I recall a family holidaying in Egypt and I remember that they somehow ended up in a futuristic parallel universe, but besides those small tidbits, I’ve remained largely clueless about what these memories were.

Thankfully, my young self didn’t imagine these events, and thanks to the internet and sites such as Otherworld Online, I can learn all about the adventures of the Sterling family as they ventured around a parallel Earth called Thel, chased from zone to zone by Commander Kroll, looking for a way home. And thanks to Youtube, you can watch the episodes too:

An interesting fact about this show is that much of the information on the internet refers to their being only 8 episodes but apparently there were 13 created and the additional 5 episodes were aired in the UK. Who knows if that is true?

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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5 thoughts on “Visit the Otherworld (1985)

  1. SolumnTimeLord says:

    I remember a similar program called Fantastic Journey. But it was from the late 70’s and I only have vague memories of it.

  2. NX01JB says:

    I vaguely remember both these shows. Wasn’t there an episode of Otherworld where they formed a band and played Beatles songs?

  3. Episode 4: “Rock and Roll Suicide” (16 February 1985)
    In the Centrex province, Trace and Gina introduce rock ‘n’ roll music, and record songs written by the Beatles and other classic artists. The music has an emotional impact that takes the province by storm; the Church of Artificial Intelligence angrily protests the idol worship of Trace and Gina, whom the church views as subversives undermining their control. Cmdr. Kroll is sent to deal with the problem, and he likes the music! – then he recognizes the two singers.

  4. Blakeneyd says:

    Thank you for this – I loved this show when it was on…and Rock and Roll Suicide was my favorite episode. It was a great show, but like too many others was cut short before it had a real chance.

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