Remembering The Twilight Zone

June 4, 2021 · CLASSMATES FUN

From 1959 to 1964, families sat fascinated in front of their televisions as the newest episode of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone premiered, the science fiction show with stand-alone stories that often ended with a surprising and often chilling plot twist. Its popularity has continued today; networks still play it in syndication and produce television marathons during holidays. A remake was even introduced in 2019 that ran for two seasons.

 

The Twilight Zone was also known for featuring up-and-coming actors, like Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, future Star Trek alums William Shatner, George Takei, and Leonard Nimoy, and comedians like Cloris Leachman and Carol Burnett.

Although there are five seasons’ worth of episodes to choose the best from, here is a list of some of the most popular and spooky ones. Join us as we enter…the Twilight Zone.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

It’s a Good Life (Season 3, Episode 8)

A young boy with special powers terrorizes his small town, and his parents and the other citizens are so afraid of him that they do whatever he says. If anyone angers him, he wishes them into the “cornfield.” But where exactly do they go? Nobody really knows.

Watch a YouTube clip here.

Living Doll (Season 5, Episode 6)

The only thing scarier than a creepy-looking talking doll is a creepy-looking talking doll who torments you when nobody else is around. An impatient stepfather battles with his daughter’s new toy, named “Talky Tina,” who threatens to kill him. Tina set the stage for many popular horror films to come that feature possessed dolls.

Watch a YouTube clip here.

To Serve Man (Season 3, Episode 24)

Nine feet tall aliens land on earth offering humanitarian aid by sharing their advanced technology, putting an end to hunger, the energy crisis, and war. After they gain humans’ trust, the aliens invite them to their own planet, which people happily accept. But one of the aliens leaves behind a book that, when a cryptologist decodes it, translates to “to serve man.” What on earth does that mean?

Watch a YouTube clip here.

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (Season 5, Episode 3)

In one of William Shatner’s most famous early roles, he plays a man who, already uneasy with flying after suffering a nervous breakdown, keeps seeing a creature on the wing of the airplane. However, he’s the only one who seems to notice the monster, and the passengers, including his wife, think he’s gone insane. If you’re not already afraid of flying, then you might be after watching this episode.

Watch a YouTube clip here.

Time Enough at Last (Season 1, Episode 8)

Henry, an avid reader, just wants a little peace and quiet so he can enjoy his books, but his wife and boss grow annoyed with how easily he is distracted. When a nuclear bomb explodes, leaving Henry the only survivor, he finally gets the alone time he seeks. But, in true Twilight Zone fashion, the episode ends in a mishap that prevents him from finding true solace.

Watch a YouTube clip here.

Eye of the Beholder (Season 2, Episode 6)

A woman is recovering from surgery to try to correct her face, as she sees herself as ugly and different than everyone else. But she is wrapped in bandages for the first half of the episode, leaving us to wonder until near the end, what does she look like, and what about everyone else?

Watch a YouTube clip here.

The Monsters are Due on Maple Street (Season 1, Episode 22)

Maple Street is a quiet suburban town, until a meteor streaks through the sky. Although the neighbors initially band together to find out what’s going on, they begin to turn on each other when they suspect there is a monster among them. But who is the monster, and is there even one at all?

Watch a YouTube clip here.

Little Girl Lost (Season 3, Episode 26)

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: A mom and dad can hear their daughter pleading for help, but they can’t find her anywhere. That’s because she has accidentally slipped through a portal under her bed into another dimension. Hopefully a local physicist can find a way to get her out before the portal closes.

Watch a YouTube clip here.

The After Hours (Season 1, Episode 34)

Marsha is at a department store looking for a gift for her mother. She makes her way to the 9th floor, which is completely empty other than a clerk selling a thimble. Luckily, it’s the exact gift she’s looking for. However, when she complains to management how off-putting the saleswoman is, she finds out there isn’t a 9th floor. Eerie indeed.

Watch a YouTube clip here.

Night Call (Season 5, Episode 19)

An elderly, lonely woman receives persistent calls in the middle of the night. At first nobody answers when she picks up, but eventually the calls lead to static on the other end. In a later call, she hears a man moaning. The man continues to call, repeatedly saying hello. Who’s calling her? What does he want? The ending reveals all.

Watch a YouTube clip here.

 

 

Sources:             

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/62816/18-celebrities-who-appeared-twilight-zone

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/gallery/before-they-were-stars-24-actors-from-the-twilight-zone/editorial-10266493/

https://screenrant.com/twilight-zone-best-episodes-imdb/

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/the-10-most-shocking-wtf-twilight-zone-twist-endings

https://screencrush.com/twilight-zone-episode-ranking/

Wikipedia.org

 

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