Favorite Original "Twilight Zone" Episode

by urbanemovies | created - 29 Mar 2016 | updated - 12 Oct 2017 | Public

National Twilight Zone Day is celebrated annually on May 11th. The original television show, The Twilight Zone (1959) aired from 1959-1964 and was created, written and narrated by Rod Serling. A long rumored third revival series is in development and seems to be inching closer to becoming a reality.

Which episode from the original black and white "Twilight Zone" (1959-1964) is your favorite?

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1. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: To Serve Man (1962)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

An alien race comes to Earth, promising peace and sharing technology. A linguist and his team set out to translate the aliens' language, using a book whose title they deduce is "To Serve Man".

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: Lloyd Bochner, Susan Cummings, Richard Kiel, Hardie Albright

Votes: 3,161

2. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Hitch-Hiker (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A young woman driving cross country becomes frantic when she keeps passing the same man on the side of the road. No matter how fast she drives the man is always up ahead, hitching her for a ride.

Director: Alvin Ganzer | Stars: Inger Stevens, Adam Williams, Lew Gallo, Leonard Strong

Votes: 3,094

3. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A man, newly recovered from a nervous breakdown, becomes convinced that a monster only he sees is damaging the plane he's flying in.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: William Shatner, Christine White, Ed Kemmer, Asa Maynor

Votes: 3,214

4. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Shadow Play (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Adam Grant is trapped in a recurring nightmare, in which he is sentenced to death by execution. He tries to convince the people around him that they are imaginary and that they will cease to exist if the execution is carried out.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Dennis Weaver, Harry Townes, Wright King, William Edmonson

Votes: 1,669

5. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Eye of the Beholder (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A young woman lying in a hospital bed, her head wrapped in bandages, awaits the outcome of a surgical procedure performed by the State in a last-ditch attempt to make her look "normal."

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Maxine Stuart, William D. Gordon, Jennifer Howard, George Keymas

Votes: 3,621

6. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Time Enough at Last (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A henpecked book lover finds himself blissfully alone with his books after a nuclear war.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Vaughn Taylor, Jacqueline deWit, Lela Bliss

Votes: 4,782

7. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Stop at Willoughby (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Tired of his miserable job and wife, a businessman starts dreaming on the train each night, about an old, idyllic town called Willoughby. Soon he has to know whether the town is real and fancies the thought of seeking refuge there.

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Rod Serling, James Daly, Howard Smith, Patricia Donahue

Votes: 2,863

8. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Midnight Sun (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

When the Earth falls out of orbit, two women try to cope with increasingly oppressive heat in a nearly abandoned city.

Director: Anton Leader | Stars: Lois Nettleton, Betty Garde, Tom Reese, Jason Wingreen

Votes: 2,184

9. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Nick of Time (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A pair of newlyweds stopping in a small town are trapped by their own superstition when playing a fortune telling machine in a local diner.

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: William Shatner, Patricia Breslin, Guy Wilkerson, Stafford Repp

Votes: 2,396

10. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Silence (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Annoyed by a club member's constant chatter, a man bets him he cannot remain silent for a year, living in a glass enclosure in the club basement.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Franchot Tone, Liam Sullivan, Cyril Delevanti, Everett Glass

Votes: 1,867

11. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The After Hours (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A woman is treated badly by some odd salespeople on an otherwise empty department store floor.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Rod Serling, Anne Francis, Elizabeth Allen, James Millhollin

Votes: 2,608

12. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

On a peaceful suburban street, strange occurrences and mysterious people stoke the residents' paranoia to a disastrous intensity.

Director: Ron Winston | Stars: Rod Serling, Claude Akins, Barry Atwater, Jack Weston

Votes: 3,715

13. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: And When the Sky Was Opened (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Three astronauts return to Earth after seemingly having made an encounter that dooms them and their craft to erasure from existence itself.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Rod Taylor, Jim Hutton, Charles Aidman, Maxine Cooper

Votes: 2,922

14. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Following a frantic phone call about a crashed spaceship, two policeman try and determine who among the passengers of a bus at a snowed-in roadside diner is from another world.

Director: Montgomery Pittman | Stars: John Hoyt, Jean Willes, Jack Elam, Barney Phillips

Votes: 2,450

15. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: It's a Good Life (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

On an isolated family farm, a young boy with vast mental powers, but lacking emotional development, holds his terrified family in thrall to his every juvenile wish.

Director: James Sheldon | Stars: John Larch, Cloris Leachman, Don Keefer, Bill Mumy

Votes: 2,611

16. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Living Doll (1963)

TV-PG | 26 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A frustrated father does battle with his stepdaughter's talking doll, whose vocabulary includes such phrases as "I hate you" and "I'm going to kill you".

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Telly Savalas, Mary LaRoche, Tracy Stratford, June Foray

Votes: 2,184

17. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Hundred Yards Over the Rim (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A pioneer from a wagon train in 1847 sets off to find something for his ill son and stumbles into present day New Mexico.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Cliff Robertson, John Crawford, Evans Evans, Edward Platt

Votes: 1,788

18. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Howling Man (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Seeking refuge from a storm, a traveler comes upon a bizarre abbey of monks, who have imprisoned a man who begs for his help. When he confronts the head monk, he is told that the man is the Devil, and he must decide whom to believe.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: John Carradine, H.M. Wynant, Robin Hughes, Friedrich von Ledebur

Votes: 2,369

19. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Invaders (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

When a woman investigates a clamor on the roof of her rural house, she discovers a small UFO and little aliens emerging from it. Or so it seems.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Agnes Moorehead, Douglas Heyes, Rod Serling

Votes: 2,393

20. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Kick the Can (1962)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

An old man living in a rest home thinks he's found the secret of youth in children's games.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Ernest Truex, Russell Collins, John Marley, Hank Patterson

Votes: 1,530

21. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Five Characters in Search of an Exit (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

An army major awakens in a small room with no idea of who he is or how he got there. He finds four other people in the same room, and they all begin to question how they each arrived there, and more importantly, how to escape.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Susan Harrison, William Windom, Murray Matheson, Kelton Garwood

Votes: 2,299

22. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Printer's Devil (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A man sells his soul to the Devil to save his failing newspaper and gets more than he bargained for.

Director: Ralph Senensky | Stars: Robert Sterling, Pat Crowley, Burgess Meredith, Ray Teal

Votes: 1,082

23. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Obsolete Man (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

In a future totalitarian society, a librarian is declared obsolete and sentenced to death.

Director: Elliot Silverstein | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Fritz Weaver, Josip Elic, Harry Fleer

Votes: 2,407

24. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Walking Distance (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A man travels back in time to his childhood, arriving just a few miles away from his native town.

Director: Robert Stevens | Stars: Rod Serling, Gig Young, Frank Overton, Irene Tedrow

Votes: 3,574

25. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Where Is Everybody? (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Mike Ferris finds himself alone in the small Oakwood town and without recollection about his name, where he is or who he is. Mike wanders through the town trying to find a living soul. The tension increases and Mike has a breakdown.

Director: Robert Stevens | Stars: Earl Holliman, James Gregory, Paul Langton, James McCallion

Votes: 4,195

26. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: One for the Angels (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A pitchman is visited by Death and is forced to get his priorities in order.

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Rod Serling, Ed Wynn, Murray Hamilton, Dana Dillaway

Votes: 3,567

27. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Shelter (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A suburban dinner party is interrupted by a bulletin warning of an impending nuclear attack. As the neighbors scramble to prepare themselves, they turn against the one family that installed a permanent bomb shelter.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Larry Gates, Joseph Bernard, Jack Albertson, Peggy Stewart

Votes: 1,935

28. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Nothing in the Dark (1962)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

An old woman has fought with death a thousand times and has always won. But now she finds herself afraid to let a wounded policeman in her door for fear he is Mr. Death. Is he?

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Gladys Cooper, Robert Redford, R.G. Armstrong, Rod Serling

Votes: 1,969

29. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

During the American Civil War in 1862, a condemned Confederate prisoner, Peyton Farquhar, is due to be hanged by Union troops.

Director: Robert Enrico | Stars: Roger Jacquet, Anne Cornaly, Anker Larsen, Stéphane Fey

Votes: 1,540

30. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Masks (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Wealthy Jason Foster is dying and he invites his greedy heirs to a Mardi Gras party where they must wear the masks he specially had made for them or else be cut off from their inheritance.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Robert Keith, Milton Selzer, Virginia Gregg, Brooke Hayward

Votes: 1,866

31. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Night Call (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Telephone calls begin to haunt a disabled elderly woman.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Gladys Cooper, Nora Marlowe, Martine Bartlett, Rod Serling

Votes: 1,385

32. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: On Thursday We Leave for Home (1963)

TV-14 | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The first human space colony's about to be rescued from the forsaken planet they've been on for 3 decades. But their leader's having a hard time accepting that change will happen when they get back to Earth.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: James Whitmore, Tim O'Connor, James Broderick, Paul Langton

Votes: 1,097

33. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Lonely (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A convict, living alone on an asteroid, receives from the police a realistic woman-robot.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Rod Serling, Jack Warden, John Dehner, Jean Marsh

Votes: 3,161

34. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Deaths-Head Revisited (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A former German SS captain returns to Dachau concentration camp and begins reminiscing on the power he enjoyed there, until he finds himself on trial by those who died at his hands.

Director: Don Medford | Stars: Joseph Schildkraut, Oscar Beregi Jr., Kaaren Verne, Robert Boon

Votes: 1,729



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