Beyond Reality

Season 1
 (19)
7.51992TV-G
A supernatural drama series follows two para-psychologists who research strange and unusual phenomena that are "Beyond Reality."
Starring
Shari BelafonteCarl MarotteNicole de Boer
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  1. 1. The Bridge
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    December 31 1991
    23min
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    Michael, a troubled boy of twelve, is seeing the ghost of his father, Frank, who died in an auto accident on a bridge.
  2. 2. Mirror, Mirror
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    December 31 1991
    23min
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    Anna, a student of J.J.'s, has learned how to enter another etheric plane - by crossing through her bedroom mirror into an alternate world where her romantic fantasies about J.J. are real.
  3. 3. The Doppelgänger
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    Joe Revere is being terrified by horrible, violent nightmares. Laura and J.J. discover that Revere’s got a double, an exact twin who is a cop on the graveyard shift.
  4. 4. Miracle Worker
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    Anthony is a psychic healer whose "gift" is fading; he's been taking on the illnesses of those he cures.
  5. 5. Return Visit
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    Jenny, a teenage runaway, has had a vision of her long-lost mother, Barbara, in which Barbara told Jenny she was returning.
  6. 6. Intimate Shadows
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    Miriam, a librarian, is being haunted by a ghost. Laura and J.J. discover the apparition is Frederic - Miriam's husband - who left her years ago.
  7. 7. Echoes of Evil
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    Laura and J.J. discover that Dave, a thirty-year-old man, believes he is the reincarnation of Otto Leider, a WWII concentration camp commandant - and is carrying out a perverted mission of killing camp survivors.
  8. 8. Range of Motion
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    Tom, a paraplegic, finds that his paralyzed limbs are moving...which is medically impossible.
  9. 9. The Cold
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    Sharon's having terrifying visions of her dead ex-husband Paul trapped in a cave of ice.
  10. 10. Black Magic
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    December 31 1991
    23min
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    Eric, a young lawyer, is having bouts of extreme pain with no known cause.
  11. 11. Enemy in Our Midst
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    Cody, sixteen, is having frightening prophetic visions of his mother Diana being killed by her new husband John.
  12. 12. Asylum
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    Mitchell, a geologist, has been taken over by the personality of Fountain Gibbs, a slave from 1858.
  13. 13. Killer Instincts
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    Cindy, a doctoral student of Laura and J.J.'s, is doing an experiment which attempts to link human minds with animal minds through hypnosis.
  14. 14. Sins of the Father
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    When ten-year-old Tina starts having frightening, recurring visions of a woman apparently being murdered, her mother Kris seeks Laura and J.J.'s help.
  15. 15. Nightmare Without End
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    After raping his coworker Sheila, Ryan finds that, by returning to the scene of the crime and meditating, he can psychically force Sheila to repeatedly relive the attack.
  16. 16. Master of Darkness
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    High-achiever Jennifer lets slip to Laura that her grades have been dropping lately due to the time she's spending in a role-playing game she's involved in with some other students.
  17. 17. Siren Song
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    J.J. falls for Emma Moreland, a visiting British professor using Laura and J.J.'s database of the paranormal to study siren myths through the ages.
  18. 18. Justice
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    After experiencing astral projection during a beating from a sadistic prison guard, death row convict Stan Ortega invites Laura and J.J. to study the phenomenon.
  19. 19. The Fire Within
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    December 31 1991
    23min
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    Jimmy has recently joined a street gang...and become obsessed with Chinese mysticism.
  20. 20. Color of Mad
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    While walking by a showing of paintings by Dan Barker - all blurry details of a single monstrous creature - Elizabeth Wade is horrified to see the pictures moving, a clawed hand reaching out of the canvas.
  21. 21. Theatre of the Absurd
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    Celia, Laura and J.J's spunky young teaching assistant, is dying to escape her mundane duties and do some paranormal field research.
  22. 22. The Burning Judge
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    Roxanne, a fraudulent "psychic and reader" has nightmare of being burned at the stake by a grim 17th Century zealot.
  23. 23. Woman of His Dreams
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    Richard DeVries, a surgeon (and former flame of Laura's) is stealing psychic energy from his patients in order to buy the sexual favours of an astral spirit.
  24. 24. Nightfall
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    Miranda, an eight year old girl has the telepathic ability to pull J.J. - against his will - into her own mental universe.
  25. 25. Dancing with the Man
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    December 31 1991
    24min
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    Laura is critically injured in an automobile accident and has a near-death experience.
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Gaia
Season year
1992
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Gaia
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MoonbeanReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great bit of Sci-Fi
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Before Mulder teamed up with Scully, JJ Stillman and Laura Wingate were hitting the streets to investigate paranormal happenings and All Things Weird. Although this show never became nearly as popular as the one it so obviously inspired (and leaned more toward Monster of the Week than Government Conspiracy), it's definitely worth watching! If you like shows like Supernatural and X-Files (and even Are You Afraid of the Dark), you'll enjoy this.
AmazoningReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Great Series from the Early '90s - Worth Seeing Again
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This is a gem, an early '90s series with episodes based on true events. The "true events" are often questionable urban myths, or off the mark representations of non-mainstream religions, but there is no question that this series is worth watching. The acting stands up to the test of time, with writing that fits a complete storyline into each episode. Season one is 22 episodes, which harkens back to a time when no one would call 12 episodes of a show a "season". Shari Belafonte and Carl Marotte do a great job portraying the main characters: Laura Wingate a parapsychologist; and J. J. Stillman, a clinical psychologist; as a university's Parapsychology department. Their characters mesh well, and balance each other while pursuing the validity and cause of each episode's supernatural focus. Nicole deBoer joins the cast later in the season.

Some of the clothing - and a lot of the technology - screams late 80s to the early '90s. Still, the portrayals of everyday folks seeking help in dealing with unusual events in their lives make for interesting viewing. Rather than using a narrator voicing the story in a somber voice, as is often done with more recent shows depicting the paranormal, Beyond Reality used talented actors to convey the eeriness of having day to day life disrupted by a supernatural event. And did a very good job of it. I'm looking forward to the next season of Beyond Reality being released on DVD.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 21, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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I really wish I could find the rest of this series. Brings back so many memories!
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Ronald PoplaskiReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
An old favorite of mine, as well as my son's!
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My son and I, have loved this show since it first made it's appearance years ago. we would make a game of it and see who guessed more accurately regarding the collection of short stories, with the true or false question that each presented, which of us guessed more with a right answer, be it true or false.
The stories there selves are all interesting and hold your attention whether finding it was a true or false story. It would always seem that the most unbelieveable clips were the true one's..."go figure"
In any event, you will not regret this purchase, it's entertaining with or without the game and just plain fun to watch!

Thanks,
Ron Poplaski
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Harvey87Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Three Stars
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Cheaply made early 90's sci-fi show.
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BrianReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2008
3.0 out of 5 stars
Okay, but dated
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I remember this series when it was being aired and at that time, I found it pretty cool, but ..... when you hold this up to other series that are available, it feels awful dated and seems lacking. Sheri Belafonte's hair style - I don't know what you call it except maybe 'buckethead' makes me think she was once one of the birds in the Flock of Seagulls new wave band, and did this series between takes. The acting is mediocre at it's best and the story lines are so - so. If you're into tales of the supernatural and generally like creepy stuff, check out the WB series Supernatural. Much better story lines, with continuity, and top notch special effects - plus no buckethead hairdoos.
Thomas M. SiposReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2011
2.0 out of 5 stars
tepid horror, squishy New Age spirituality
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This anthology series is about two researchers who investigate paranormal events.

The main problem is that this show tries to be two things and fails at both.

First, it's marketed as a Horror show. But the horror is weak. I don't need gore, but these stories aren't even suspenseful, let alone scary.

Second, it's marketed as a True Paranormal show. Something for Jonathan Edwards fans. For people who watch "true ghost-hunting" shows with "dramatized recreations" of supposedly real events.

Each episode begins with the message: "The following story of paranormal activity is based upon reported incidents."

But note the phrasing -- "reported incidents." Plural. In other words, each episode is NOT a recreation of an actual incident, but a "story" BASED UPON a mish-mash of MANY incidents.

I think the producers simply perused many articles about astral projection, reincarnation, hauntings, whatever -- then created an entirely fictitious story "based upon" whatever bits and pieces they liked from all their research.

These stories aren't recreations of actual paranormal events. Which would be okay if the horror weren't so weak. Unfortunately, the "horror" is laden with squishy new age/feel good spirituality.

In "Intimate Shadows," a woman sees her husband's ghost. Not that the ghost is scary -- he's nice to the woman. Then our intrepid paranormal investigators discover that the "ghost" is not a ghost at all. It's an astral projection by the husband, who's still alive and living as a homeless man. In the end, the wife reaches out to her homeless hubby, and it's implied that she'll help him get back on his feet.

In "The Bridge," a boy sees his dad's ghost, and wants to die to join him. But the ghost tells the boy that he needs to go on living, because it's not his time to die, and his mother needs him.

In "The Cold," a woman sees an old lover's ghost in a frozen cave. Research reveals that the lover died recently, and was cryogenically frozen. But he's changed his mind, and wants to fully die. The woman, and our paranormal investigators, convince the wife that this is indeed her frozen husband's true wish. So she "frees his soul" by unfreezing his body.

Many of the episodes are this sort of squishy, spiritual, New Agey, feel good stuff.

Some of the stories are just plain silly. In "Master of Darkness," college students engage in a Dungeons & Dragons type role-playing game. Through hallucinogenic incense, they transport themselves onto an astral plane where the game becomes real. What happens to them on this astral plane happens to their bodies back on Earth. Those who are imprisoned on the astral plane, disappear on Earth.

So the paranormal team enters this astral plane -- one of them, luckily, was a role-playing game fan back in college -- and beat the Dungeon Master at the game. This frees all the trapped students. The Dungeon Master/college student apologizes for getting carried away, and everyone is friends again, having "learned their lesson." (The show's moral: live life and meet people, rather than get lost in fantasy role-playing games.)

Stephen King has said that the typical horror anthology show has about 1/3 great episodes, 1/3 so-so episodes, and 1/3 duds.

I'd say that BEYOND REALITY is more like 40% duds, 40% so-so, and 20% good stories.

I bought this on Amazon for $5.99. For 22 episodes, that's pretty cheap, so I don't mind the duds. I fast-forwarded through a couple of the really bad episodes, and you can do the same.

One bright spot: a half dozen or so of the supporting actors appeared in episodes of Friday the 13th: The Series, another made-in-Toronto TV series shot around the same time. (e.g., Kate Trotter played the wife in "Intimate Shadows.")

Horror fans may want to add this DVD to their collection, provided the price is low.
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Robin BarnumReviewed in the United States on March 5, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved this series
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what else can I say - loved this series. Wished they would have continued it, but like many other shows, it was cancelled.
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