The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

  • TV-PG
  • 1959
  • 5 Seasons
  • 9.0  (72,548)

The Twilight Zone was a dramatic series on CBS television back in the 1960's. There was no regular cast, just a different dramatic story each week. Many motion picture and television stars of the day had starring roles in each episode. The series was created by Rod Serling. Many of the episodes became famous for the stars, and the plots. For example, Burgess Meredith played a bank teller who loved to take his lunch in the bank vault and read. He was an insatiable reader. Burgess Meredith's character also wore very thick bi-focal glasses. One day, while he is in the vault, there is an attack on the United States. The country is bombed, but Burgess Meredith's character is completely unhurt, because he is protected by the vault. He realizes he is the only person left alive. While he is collecting dozens of books around him, totally elated that he can read all he wants, his glassed fall off his head and break. He is left unable to read. Many episodes had a science fiction type story, while others had supernatural stories as the theme. Agnes Moorhead, Earl Holliman, Elizabeth Montgomery and William Shatner had starring roles in some of more memorable episodes. William Shatners' episode is memorable because of its mixture of science fiction and psychological drama. Shatner portrays a man recently released from a mental hospital, who had a nervous breakdown. While on the way home by plane, he swears he sees a creature trying to destroy the engine while in flight. The Twilight Zone was initially a half hour long. Eventually CBS extended it to an hour, and then filmed it in color. Many years after it was taken off television, there was a motion picture made. But the television series continues to be broadcast in syndication even today. Rod Serling not only created the series, he also wrote many of the scripts.

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The Bewitchin' Pool
36. The Bewitchin' Pool
June 19, 1964
Two children escape their bickering parents by wandering into a world of happiness from the bottom of the swimming pool.
The Fear
35. The Fear
May 29, 1964
A woman calls in a police report of a giant visitor from outer space.
Come Wander with Me
34. Come Wander with Me
May 22, 1964
A folk singer becomes obsessed with taping a ballad he heard sung by a backwoods girl.
The Brain Center at Whipple's
33. The Brain Center at Whipple's
May 15, 1964
An entire staff is fired by a heartless industrialist and replaced by machines, which soon revolt.
Mr. Garrity and the Graves
32. Mr. Garrity and the Graves
May 8, 1964
A con man convinces a citizen of a Western town that he can raise their dead family members from the cemetery.
The Encounter
31. The Encounter
May 1, 1964
A samurai sword with a curse of revenge of its murdered master falls into the hands of a Japanese gardener.
Stopover in a Quiet Town
30. Stopover in a Quiet Town
April 24, 1964
After a night of partying, a couple awakens to a strange house in unfamiliar town, with no people in sight and a sound of a little girl's voice.
The Jeopardy Room
29. The Jeopardy Room
April 17, 1964
A KGB agent plays games with a defector, whose life he's been ordered to take, by giving him three hours to find and defuse a bomb he has hidden in his room.
Caesar and Me
28. Caesar and Me
April 10, 1964
A down-and-out ventriloquist begins taking advice from his dummy on how to steal money, witnessed by a little girl.
Sounds and Silences
27. Sounds and Silences
April 3, 1964
A man who annoyingly enjoys loud noises suddenly finds pain in the slightest of sounds.
I Am the Night - Color Me Black
26. I Am the Night - Color Me Black
March 27, 1964
A community of bigots want answers when the sun fails to rise over their town on the morning an execution is to take place.
The Masks
25. The Masks
March 20, 1964
A wealthy old man gets revenge on his greedy, spiteful family by making them wear masks during Mardis Gras, emulating their most hideous trait.
What's in the Box
24. What's in the Box
March 13, 1964
A man tries to explain to his wife, her death he witnessed after turning on the TV set.
Queen of the Nile
23. Queen of the Nile
March 6, 1964
The truth is exposed by a magazine columnist over the apparent agelessness of a movie actress.
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
22. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
February 28, 1964
The hanging of a Confederate spy during the Civil War seems to have gone wrong as the rope snaps, plunging him to freedom.
Spur of the Moment
21. Spur of the Moment
February 21, 1964
A young woman meets up with her future but older self while horseback riding, unaware of the significance until it's too late.
From Agnes - With Love
20. From Agnes - With Love
February 14, 1964
The world's most advanced computer seems to have the soul of a woman and has fallen in love with its programmer.
Night Call
19. Night Call
February 7, 1964
A phone call awakens a bedridden spinster during a stormy night, which happens to be from her long-dead fiancé.
Black Leather Jackets
18. Black Leather Jackets
January 31, 1964
A motorcycle gang who set up residence in a quiet neighborhood is really a front for an advanced party of an alien invasion.
Number Twelve Looks Just Like You
17. Number Twelve Looks Just Like You
January 24, 1964
A young woman does not want to conform to a state controlled transformation of flawless beauty.
The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross
16. The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross
January 17, 1964
A man schemes to trade age, wisdom and riches with others and become the fellow his girlfriend desires.
The Long Morrow
15. The Long Morrow
January 10, 1964
An astronaut scheduled for a long journey in space breaks the suspended animation device designed to keep him young, so he can age at the same rate as the woman he loves.
You Drive
14. You Drive
January 3, 1964
After committing a hit and run with young cyclist, a motorist's car won't let him forget he is guilty.
Ring-A-Ding Girl
13. Ring-A-Ding Girl
December 27, 1963
A gift from her hometown fan club gives a movie star premonitions of her future.
Ninety Years Without Slumbering
12. Ninety Years Without Slumbering
December 20, 1963
An old man is obsessed with keeping a grandfather's clock wound, fearing he will die if the clock runs down.
A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain
11. A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain
December 13, 1963
A wealthy old man mocked by his young, money hungry wife begs to receive an experimental youth serum from his brother/doctor.
The 7th is Made Up of Phantoms
10. The 7th is Made Up of Phantoms
December 6, 1963
A modern day National Guard unit find themselves in the middle of Custer's Last Stand at the Battle of Little Big Horn.
Probe 7 - Over and Out
9. Probe 7 - Over and Out
November 29, 1963
A space traveler from a doomed planet meets up with a female companion on his new homeland.
Uncle Simon
8. Uncle Simon
November 15, 1963
To inherit her insufferable Uncle's estate, a woman learns she must serve his latest invention, which is endowed with his own persona.
The Old Man in the Cave
7. The Old Man in the Cave
November 8, 1963
Survivors of a nuclear holocaust live day by day on the advice from someone they have never seen.
Living Doll
6. Living Doll
November 1, 1963
An angry man vows to destroy his step-daughter's new doll, which he believes is mocking him.
The Last Night of a Jockey
5. The Last Night of a Jockey
October 25, 1963
An out-of-work jockey, tired of being the little man, begs to become a giant of a man so everyone would look up to him.
A Kind of a Stopwatch
4. A Kind of a Stopwatch
October 18, 1963
A stopwatch with the ability to halt all movement in the world falls into the hands of an insufferable bore.
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
3. Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
October 11, 1963
No one can see the gremlin tearing apart an airplane's wing, except a newly released mental patient.
Steel
2. Steel
October 4, 1963
A small-time promoter desperately in need of money takes the place of his broken-down robot in a prize fight where humans are barred from participating.
In Praise of Pip
1. In Praise of Pip
September 27, 1963
Bookie Max Phillips learn that his son Pip, a soldier in Vietnam, has been critically wounded. Distraught over the upbringing of his son, Max offers God his own life for Pip's.
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone

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A 60th Anniversary Celebration
A 60th Anniversary Celebration

Trailer - 30 sec

Description

The Twilight Zone was a dramatic series on CBS television back in the 1960's. There was no regular cast, just a different dramatic story each week. Many motion picture and television stars of the day had starring roles in each episode.

The series was created by Rod Serling. Many of the episodes became famous for the stars, and the plots. For example, Burgess Meredith played a bank teller who loved to take his lunch in the bank vault and read. He was an insatiable reader. Burgess Meredith's character also wore very thick bi-focal glasses. One day, while he is in the vault, there is an attack on the United States.

The country is bombed, but Burgess Meredith's character is completely unhurt, because he is protected by the vault. He realizes he is the only person left alive. While he is collecting dozens of books around him, totally elated that he can read all he wants, his glassed fall off his head and break. He is left unable to read.

Many episodes had a science fiction type story, while others had supernatural stories as the theme. Agnes Moorhead, Earl Holliman, Elizabeth Montgomery and William Shatner had starring roles in some of more memorable episodes. William Shatners' episode is memorable because of its mixture of science fiction and psychological drama. Shatner portrays a man recently released from a mental hospital, who had a nervous breakdown. While on the way home by plane, he swears he sees a creature trying to destroy the engine while in flight.

The Twilight Zone was initially a half hour long. Eventually CBS extended it to an hour, and then filmed it in color. Many years after it was taken off television, there was a motion picture made. But the television series continues to be broadcast in syndication even today. Rod Serling not only created the series, he also wrote many of the scripts.The Twilight Zone is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (174 episodes). The series first aired on October 2, 1959.

Where to Watch The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Twilight Zone on demand at Apple TV+, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    October 2, 1959
  • IMDB Rating
    9.0  (72,548)