We live in a world where the real and the unreal lives side by side. Where substance is disguised as illusion
and the only explanations are unexplainable. Can you separate truth from fantasy?
Tonight, your challenge is to separate what is true from what is false. Five stories. Some real, some fake.
Can you judge which are fact, and which are fiction? To find out, you must enter into a world full of truth and deception,
a world that goes: beyond belief.
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction is a U.S. television anthology series aired by the Fox network from 1997 to 2002. It
was created by Lynn Lehmann. Each episode features five stories some of which are based on urban legends and some of which
are based on alleged true events.
At the end of the five stories, the viewer is challenged with the task of guessing which stories are Fact and which
stories are Fiction. The factual stories are adapted from original material written and researched by Robert Tralins.
The series is hosted by James Brolin for the first season, Jonathan Frakes taking over for the remaining seasons.
The stories told in the tv series are usually on the following topics:-
Some stories from the first season:
The Apparition: Is it possible for the spirit of a murdered woman to help a potential victim of the man who murdered her as
he is in the process of claiming another victim?
The Prophecy: Can the power of a Ouija board drag somebody from the real world into a world inhabited by malevolent spirits?
E-Mail: Is it possible for the deceased to contact the real world through an old e-mail account?
Cup of Joe: Can forces beyond our comprehension make us see what isn’t there to prevent a tragedy from happening?
Number One with a Bullet: Can a bullet fired from a gun kill its intended victim years after it was fired?
The Candlestick: Can a “dumb animal” be a potential witness to a murder?
The Tractor: Can a paralysed man regain control of his legs to help a loved one in dire need?
Each episode of the series starts with a pun or puzzle which demonstrates to the viewer that not all we perceive is as straightforward
as we assume it to be:-
Airdate: 25 May 1997
 The Apparition – An apparition in an upstairs mirror saves a woman’s life.
 The Electric Chair – A prisoner’s life is reprieved when an electric chair malfunctions.
 On the Road – A nightclub singer invites her husband to one of their old haunts, but when he gets there it is closed.
 Number One With a Bullet – A man is shot by a bullet that was fired many years ago.
 Dream House – A woman sees her perfect home in her dreams. Later she sees it in reality.
Airdate: 1 June 1997
 The Viewing – A boy gets a shock when a dead man visits a funeral parlour.
 The Subway – A couple are visited by a mysterious man on a subway train. They realise that someone they know is in danger.
 Kid in the Close – Danny insists that there is a monster in his closet. His disbelieving brother, Brian, enters the closet and promptly disappears forever.
 Justice is Served – A man on trial for murder is visited by the ghost of the woman he murdered.
 The Tractor – A disabled man walks again when the life of his grand-daughter is put in jeopardy.
Airdate: 8 June 1997
 The Prophecy – Three girls dabble with a Ouija board only for a malevolent spirit to take one of them away.
 Couch Potato – A couch potato has a heart attack and is then revived by his an electric shock from his beloved television set.
 Love Over the Counter – A woman invests in the stock market based on signs she believes her deceased husband is leaving.
 Imaginary Friend – A girl’s imaginary friend prophesises future events.
 Last Man on Earth – A non-existent radio station brings a divorced couple back together.
Airdate: 15 June 1997
 E-Mail – With the aid of a deceased man’s e-mail address, a legal secretary uncovers a case of insurance fraud.
 Cup of Joe – A billboard saves three students from a deadly mudslide.
 Secret of the Family Tomb – Why can a prominent resident’s daughter not rest peacefully in the family’s mausoleum?
 Wheezer – An eight year-old boy’s beloved pet dog comes back to life.
 The Unknown Patient – A dedicated doctor tries hard to save an unknown patient.
Airdate: 22 June 1997
 Needle Point – A woman gets revenge on her boss with the help of her doll making hobby.
 Toy to the Rescue – A sickly boy is helped by his Teddy bear.
 Mystery Lock – A man in trouble with drug dealers puts his aunt’s life in danger.
 The House on Baker Street – A young woman relives the life of another when she moves into a new house.
 The Train – An actor saves a man’s life. The actor is the brother of John Wilkes Booth. The man he saved is the son of President Lincoln.
Airdate: 3 August 1997
 The Candlestick – A man murders his rich wife only to be tripped up by the unlikeliest of witnesses.
 The Diner – An elderly couple unwittingly poison their long-lost son.
 From the Agency – A jewellery store employee gets help from a temporary bookkeeper.
 The Magic Rose Garden – A rose garden gives an elderly woman strange psychic powers.
 The Jeep – A bomb refuses to detonate whilst in the vicinity of two men.
Airdate: 23 January 1998
 The Plane – A pilot is kept alive by his late father’s spirit.
 The Gun – A man tells his wife that the gun she has only shoots bad people.
 The Portrait – A portrait painter discovers that he has the gift of ending his ill clients suffering.
 The Pass– A young man and his hospital roommate get a pass to the morgue and receive a shocking surprise.
 The Caller – A radio disc-jockey gets a call from his dead son.
Airdate: 30 January 1998
 Firestation 32 – A young boy gets his dream wish of becoming a firefighter.
 The Computer – A babysitter gets saved in the nick of time.
 The Girl Next Door – A womaniser gets a lesson in love when he falls for a woman who is too good to be true.
 The wallet – With the help of a lost wallet, a young man discovers that he is heir to a long lost fortune.
 The Woods – A hurt boy camping in the woods gets help from a dead quadriplegic doctor.
Airdate: 6 February 1998
 The Wall – A brutal police officer gets his comeuppance when a bloody hand print appears on the wall.
 The Chalkboard – An injured man’s cries become audible when students write on a chalkboard.
 The Getaway – A woman executive’s getaway proves to be a heavenly one.
 The Prescription – An ambitious young pharmacist is tripped up by a missing prescription.
 Summer Camp – A boy’s out-of-the-body experience helps to save two kids.
Airdate: 13 February 1998
 The Wrestler – A professional wrestler finally wins, but his opponent was quite literally dead weight during the bout.
 The Escape – A man escapes from prison, but a nasty surprise awaits him at his destination.
 Dead Friday – A young woman sees images from the future on a television screen.
 Ghost Visitor – A corrupt insurance boss is scared to death
 The Lady in a Black Dress – A woman sees her dead Aunt Lilian in a dress shop wearing a black dress. Is she prophesising her own death?
Airdate: 27 February 1998
 The Land – To keep his land fertile in the future for his family, a farmer makes the ultimate bargain.
 Titan – Fourteen years before the Titanic disaster, a writer creates a short story about an unsinkable ship which is eerily similar.
 The Diary – A high school student writes a computer diary that prophesises the future. Two other students read it and discover that it predicts that they will die in a car accident.
 Town of Remembrance – A woman who has lost her memory discovers a town that she finds eerily familiar. A gravestone carries a photograph that resembles her.
 The House on Barry Avenue – Mysterious fires break out in a house without explanation. Eventually, the house is destroyed and in the ashes a scrapbook is discovered pointing to the cause.
Airdate: 6 March 1998
 Bright Lights – A woman is pushed off the road. The man is brandishing a shotgun; is she about to be attacked?
 Magic Mightyman – A superhero costume gives a man super strength.
 The Student – The spirit of a dead student saves the life of a teacher.
 Scribbles – A dead husband’s missing insurance policy is found with the help of a child’s drawing.
 Count Mystery – A psychic horse helps to find a missing boy.
Airdate: 20 March 1998
 The Mummy – A mummy in a new museum causes sightings of a female ghost.
 The Perfect Record – A security guard has a perfect record, but the new guard he is training is an inside man. Will his perfect record be sullied?
 Grave Sitting – A young woman spends two hours at the grave of a serial killer as part of a bet. She is later found dead.
 Murder on the Second Floor – A detective investigates a murder. The killer is believed to be eighteen feet tall.
 They Towed My Car – A man with a torn suit wanders a town repeating “They towed my car”. A young boy helps him find his car.
Airdate: 3 April 1998
 Kirby – A mechanical gorilla with a mind of its own goes on a murderous rampage.
 Dust – A young girl disappears from a house which is now abandoned and full of dust.
 Malibu Cop – A detective probing a murder case discovers that the culprit is himself!
 A Joyful Noise – A series of fortunate coincidences keeps the members of a church choir safe from a serious explosion.
 The Hooded Chair – An antique collector learns that his latest acquisition, owned by Napoleon himself, is cursed.
Airdate: 17 April 1998
 Rock and Roll Ears – Two young rockers are taught a lesson on playing their music too loud.
 The Bucket – A farmer and his family fear that their elderly neighbour is in danger when their milk bucket starts acting strangely.
 The Bridesmaid – A woman meets a man in an online chat room who acts suspiciously like her brother-in-law.
 Voice from the Grave – A dead nurse helps the police catch the man who murdered her.
 The Chess Game – An elderly man plays chess with his friend after his death.
Airdate: 24 April 1998
 The Motorcycle – A young man receives some help from his grandfather’s favourite horse and manages to save the family farm from foreclosure.
 Blind Mans Dog – A dog howls an hour before each tenant dies in an apartment building.
 Deer Hunters – Two deer hunters are learn to respect boundaries when they trespass on Indian land.
 Tribal Curse – A college student writing a thesis on Brazilian tribal cultures in South America pays the ultimate price when burial practises are disregarded.
 The Card Game – A group of dishonest card players are taught a lesson in playing fair by the ghost of a notorious hanging judge.
Airdate: 1 May 1998
 Bon Voyage – A couple celebrate their honeymoon on the Hindenburg after missing their departure time on the Lusitania.
 The Man in the Model T – A mother and her daughter get unexpected help from a fellow seller in a Model-T.
 The Scoop – A 19th century newspaper reporter gets a scoop for a big story through a dream.
 Angel on Board – A woman is surrounded by angels when a freak accident rips a hole in the side of her plane en route to Tahiti.
 Buenos Dias – When a tornado tears through the town, rescue workers are aided by a parrot in saving a young girl.
Airdate: 17 July 1998
 Merry-Go-Round – A young woman and her boyfriend plan on re-opening her father’s merry-go-round in the everglades, even though the locals insist that it is haunted.
 Red Eyed Creature – A couple’s young son is frightened by a red eyed creature reputed to haunt the house they have just moved into.
 Used Car Salesman – A dishonest used car salesman gets a taste of his own medicine.
 Surveillance Camera – A convenience store owner is saved by the spirit of the previous owner when he gets held up by a pair of robbers.
 Graffiti – A high school principal suspects the school’s delinquent to be responsible the for graffiti around the campus with
the words “Remember Pearl Harbor.”
Airdate: 24 July 1998
 The Warning – An ominous surprise awaits a couple when they go to a special estate planning seminar at a nearby hotel.
 Bus Stop – A ghost plays matchmaker.
 The Cure – A young pre-med student unknowingly saves the father of his girlfriend at the restaurant he works.
 The Guardian – A young man at a basketball court gets saved from a pair of gang members with the help of a neighbour.
 The Gift – A young nurse at a hospice gets a wedding gift from a dying patient.