‘Twilight Zone’ Original Episodes: True Classics

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From the four repeating notes of its theme music to its unforgettable tales of the supernatural and the surreal, few television series have reshaped the medium as much as Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone.

The iconic series ran on CBS for five seasons, from 1959-1964. For those looking for a classic series to binge, four of those seasons are currently available to watch on Netflix.

In November 2019, “The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration” was presented in more than 600 movie theaters across the U.S. From the 156 episodes of the mind-bending, sometimes nightmare-inducing series, CBS curated six fan favorites to present a 60th anniversary presentation – the first time ever that original episodes of the series, which originally ran from 1959 to 1964, had been presented on the big screen.

That iconic intro music…

The six episodes that were screened as part of “The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration” are, indeed, true classic episodes:

“Time Enough at Last” – Henry Bemis (Burgess Meredith) loves to read. The only problem is, he can find neither the time nor the place for it, and he’s harangued by his boss and his wife for his passion. As sneaks into the bank vault for some reading time, there’s a massive nuclear explosion. With the world gone, Harry has nothing but reading time. There’s just one catch. (Original airdate: Nov. 20, 1959)

Watch an edited clip of “Time Enough at Last” (Warning: Spoilers)

“The Invaders” – An elderly woman (Agnes Moorhead) who lives alone in a ramshackle farmhouse hears noises on her roof. When she investigates, she finds what seems to be a flying saucer, and from it emerge two small robots who seem bent on her destruction. She fights them off and destroys their ship, unaware of their true nature. (Original airdate: Jan. 27, 1961)

Watch an edited clip of “The Invaders” (Warning: Spoilers)

“The Monsters are Due on Maple Street” – On a pleasant day, the residents of Maple Street are disturbed by a noise and a tremor. Unsure what to make of it, when young Tommy tells them a story he read about an alien invasion, paranoia descends upon the once-tranquil neighborhood, revealing an unsettling truth about the fragility of humanity. (Original airdate: March 4, 1960)

Watch an edited clip of “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street” (Warning: Spoilers)

“Walking Distance”– Busy and stressed out, Martin Sloan (Gig Young) is a Madison Avenue executive who stops his car at a gas station that isn’t far from the small town where he grew up. Martin decides to walk to Homewood, which he left 25 years ago, where he meets his 11-year-old self, his parents … and learns about the dark side of nostalgia. (Original airdate: Oct. 30, 1959)

Donna Douglas stars in The Twilight Zone episode, “Eye of the Beholder”

“Eye of the Beholder” – Janet Tyler (Maxine Stewart) does not look like everyone else. A horrible disfigurement has traumatized her all her life, and now on her 11th trip to the hospital, her bandages will soon come off. It this surgery to make her “normal” doesn’t work, she will be segregated for life with other afflicted people. The moment of truth is at hand. (Original airdate: Nov. 11, 1960)

Watch an edited clip of “Eye of the Beholder” (Warning: Spoilers)

“To Serve Man” – Michael Chambers (Lloyd Bochner) recounts recent events on earth following the arrival of an alien spacecraft. Its occupants seem benevolent, and offer to share technology to provide limitless energy and cure all diseases. Chambers, an encryption specialist, is suspicious, particularly as he examines a book the aliens have left behind. (Original airdate: March 2, 1962)

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