The Five Best “Twilight Zone” Episodes

The Five Best "Twilight Zone" Episodes

Trying to sift through all 156 episodes of The Twilight Zone and pick just the five best episodes is rather daunting. Plus, it opens one up to mass criticism because TZ fans are passionate about their favorite episodes. But I’m ready to take the heat. Here are my picks for TZ’s five best episodes (and some honorable mentions):

1. It’s a Good Life – The residents of a small town live in fear of a young boy (Billy Mumy) with limitless powers who controls their day-to-day existence. Disagree with Anthony and you’re liable to find yourself in “the cornfield” (a place you don’t want to be!). Disturbing and even downbeat at its conclusion, It’s a Good Life is the most chilling TZ episode–and, in my opinion, the best one. In Twilight Zone: The Movie, Joe Dante ruins the story with a happy ending.

2. The Howling Man – While touring a post-World War I Europe, a young man named David seeks shelter from rural monks during a storm. At first, the monks refuse admittance but they relent when David passes out. Later that night, David hears a strange howling and finds an imprisoned man who claims the monks are holding him against his will. This atmospheric, eerie tale written by Charles Beaumont is a rare TZ excursion into straight horror. It works extremely well, right down to the hand on the door knob in the epilogue.

3. Nightmare at 20,000 Feet – A man recently recovered from a nervous breakdown looks out the window of his airplane seat and sees a gremlin trying to sabotage the wing. No one believes him, of course. William Shatner‘s tendency to overact works to his advantage in this clever tale of a man who must convince himself of his own sanity and then risk his future in order save his fellow passengers. This one was also adapted for Twilight Zone: The Movie with John Lithgow shining in the Shatner role.

4. To Serve Man – A witty story that builds up to the best punchline of any TZ episode. To say anymore would spoil it for viewers who haven’t seen it.

5. Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? – Two troopers tracks what may be an alien to a snowbound diner inhabited a by a soda jerk, a bus driver, and his passengers. The catch is that six passengers got off the bus, but now there are seven. Which one is an alien? A great example of one of the lighthearted episodes, complete with a neat twist, this one always draws me in if I happen on it during one of those TZ marathons.

Honorable mentions: Five Characters in Search of an Exit (the soldier, the ballerina, etc.); The Invaders (Agnes Moorehead protects her home); Time Enough to Last (Burgess Meredith and his spectacles); Night of the Meek (Art Carney plays Santa Claus); The Eye of the Beholder (a young woman undergoes plastic surgery); In His Image (the best of the hour-long episodes).

What’s your favorite Twilight Zone episode? Let us know in the comments!

Rick29 is a film reference book author and a regular contributor at the Classic Film & TV Café , on Facebook and Twitter. He’s a big fan of MovieFanFare, too, of course!

  • glennie69

    My favourite Twilight Zone Episodes are……And When the Sky was Opened, The Midnight Sun, Stopover in a Quiet Town and The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.
    It was a fabulous series, and quite ahead of it’s time!

  • Gtactandsing

    How about “22”?  — great line from the nurse:  “Room for one more honey!”

  • Norman Gillen

    Saw “To Serve Man” the night it premiered, a Friday, on Ch. 4, Dallas. I was around nine at the time — too young to comprehend the satire. Instead, I took it as straight sci-fi horror. Scared me beyond all reason and couldn’t sleep for hours that night.  

  • Trisha

    All of the ones mentioned are great. I would also add: “In the After Hours” (Anne Francis) and “A Stop at Willoughby”. The last one, if for no other reason than everytime my husband and I hear anything that sounds like the word willoughby, say ‘last stop willaboughy’.

    • Wayne P.

      Me too!  Everytime I watch the William Powell/Myrna Loy classic screwball comedy “Love Crazy” (1941) and I hear the name of Jack Carson’s character in the film and how he says it:  “…the names Willoughby,,, Ward Willoughby…” it makes me think of the TWZ episode…:)

  • Irv

    All are great choices! Bravo.

  • Stevie

    All are great choices. Also, the Odyssey of Flight 33 is one of my favorites.

  • Xalf18

    (1) To Serve Man  (2)  I Shot an Arrow  (3) Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?  (4) It’s AGood Life
    (5) In the Eye of the Beholder.

  • Aaron

    1. ‘The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street’
    2. ‘Time Enough At Last’
    3. ‘Eye Of The Beholder’
    4. ‘Shadowplay’
    5. ‘The Dummy’

    • Beansarelli

      Thanks, Aaron, for mentioning Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.  I was trying to remember the title.  Excellent vision of how our fear of each other can be used against us.

  • Nosferatu1922

    I saw the Twilight Zone from the beginning in 1959 when I viewed the premiere episode “Where Is Everybody?”. I was almost 8 years old and I loved it. Still do. It is almost impossible to narrow it down to 5 episodes. Two of my absolute favorites are “Mr. Garrity and the Graves” and “The Hunt”. I also liked “The Seventh Is Made Up of Phantoms”, “People Are Alike All Over”, “And When the Sky Was Opened”, “Elegy”, “A World of His Own”, “The Whole Truth”, and sooo many others. And it ios a tribute to its’ inventiveness and originality that it is still so popular today. Absolutely one of the best.

  • goblue

    my favorites are it’s a good life, the after hours, time enough at last, the one where the robber thinks he is in heaven, and lastly is from the one hour season, On Thursday we leave for home…..

  • rnbw

    If you want one that was really disturbing, there was episode #14 from New Twilight Zone’s first season, “Examination Day.” In the future, all children at the age of 12 must take a government intelligence test. I’ll say no more. You can see it on You Tube.

  • Vinny Castellano

    There were so many great episodes.  My favorite is “Changing of the Guard”,  … uplifting story possibly inspired by “A Christmas Carol”.
       Many of them had great messages; all had that unique twist of fate ending and Rod Serling’s insightful wrap-up.
    Others include:-The Howling Man-The Night of the Meek
    -Walking Distance
    -In Praise of Pip

    • Vinny Castellano

      I forgot to add “The Long Morrow”, a poignant story of love and sacrifice starring Robert l
      Lansing and Mariette Hartley.  Once again, Rod Serling was ahead of his time.

    • Gartner

       The actor Donald Pleasance was the professor I believe in the Changing of the Guard, of Halloween movie fame.

  • jrr22

    I like the TW episode where the kid falls out of her bed and rolls under her bed to a different dimension.  Don’t know what the episode was called.  They had pretty good ones.  Rod Serling was great.

    • Aaron

      It was called ‘Little Girl Lost’.

    • Beansarelli

      That episode was the basis for the film Poltergeist.

  • Bjodrie

    1The Hitchiker(This was originally a Radio Show with Orson Welles)Inger Stephens
    2Death Head Revisted(Oscar Beregi,Joseph Schildkraut)
    3Perchance To A Dream(Richard Conte)
    4The Grave(Lee Marvin)
    Number Nine Will Not Return(Robert Cummings)

  • Blair Kramer

    I’m not absolutely certain I’m remembering a one hour Twilight Zone episode (no doubt, one of you TW experts can clear this up…),  but I’ll proceed under the assumption that it’s an episode of the show…  An American naval vessel detects the sound of metallic hammering coming from inside a WW II era American submarine that sank more than 10 years earlier.  A boarding party enters the derelict sub to find the skeleton of a sailor holding a hammer against the hull!  I can assure you that it was (and is) every bit as creepy as it sounds!  Anyway, I was in college when I watched a re-run of this episode with my then girlfriend. She was so thoroughly frightened, she actually had difficulty sleeping!  From then on, whenever she and I argued with each other in bed at night (which was all too often), I would simply tap on the headboard above her pillow in the same cadence as that scary TV show!  She always quickly got the message and immediately clammed-up!

    • Wayne P.

      Was that the same chick that didnt like the Corvair?  At the end of the TWZ episode the crazed seaman dives out of his ship to go down to the sub as his dropping the hammer when trying to fix their sonar or anti-detection device led to the sinking of the sub and the loss of his crew during WW2 all those years before…it was a really good show, but dont recommend arguing with your beloved in bed anymore! 

      • Blair Kramer

        Yep!  Same girl who didn’t appreciate the unique aerodynamic qualities of the average Corvair!  And she is not my beloved!  Hasn’t been for some time!  She was several girlfriends and one wife ago (and my wife and I have been together for…   Well… Let’s just say a good while…)! On the subject of arguing,  my wife and I never argue with each other at bed time.  It’s not good to wake-up angry with each other in the morning. Whenever a problem develops, we always work things out before lights out. Bed time is for sleeping and other activities, not anger and arguing.

        • Bruce Reber

          I thought the only thing unique about the Corvair was its axle defect that caused Ralph Nader to denounce it as unsafe.

      • Gartner

         It was some sort of cover for a signalling light that was dropped causing the sub to be seen by the enemy. A few very recognizable actors in that movie…calling for muster???

    • Aaron

      It was called ‘The Thirty Fathom Grave’.

    • facetfact

      “The Thirty Fathom Grave”.

  • Wayne P.

    An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge 1962 was great and there was another episode with Albert Salmi where hes let off the hangmans noose and goes to the future where he basically befalls a similar fate but his tormentor has to take his place at the end of the rope in the end because he couldnt figure out he was in a time machine…very clever plot but cant remember the name of that one!

    • Aaron

      It was called ‘Execution’.

  • Sevie1728

    The one with the American naval vessel was the 30 Fathom Grave, another chilling and great episode.

  • Movie Fan

    One of my favorite TZ episodes was with Burgess Meredith playing the role of a librarian who was declared obsolete and sentenced to death. Watching the bureaucrat unravel as he was forced to play by his own rules was deliciously satisfying. Then there was the episode with the couple who woke up from a night on the town and their horrified realization that they were nothing more than playthings for a gigantic child. The episode with the guy whose ego wouldn’t let him accept his loss of status when a rescue crew arrived to take him and his people back to Earth, choosing to stay behind on a deserted planet, then realizing his terrible mistake, gives me chills every time I see it. 

  • bonaparte3

    I’d nominate “Time Enough At Last” with Burgess Meredith as the best Zone; Meredith (who, I think, may have appeared in more Zones than any other actor) delivers a poignant performance.

  • Charlie_ray

    Walking Distance for the win.  It’s heartfelt, moving, relatable and beautifully done.  I’d place it MILES ahead of Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up or The Howling Man.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.malfi Mike Malfi

    HOW CAN YOU NOT LIST THE EPISODE STARRING JOE MAROSS AND CLAUDE AKINS ABOUT AN ASTONAUT WHO BECOMES A DICTATOR AND IDOL TO THE TINY PEOPLE OF A DISTANT PLANET ?

  • Ctimby

    “On Thursday We Leave for Home” with Stuart Whitmore as this leader/messiah of these terraformers that are stranded on this desolate planet with two Suns. And then the rescue ship arrives…

    “After the Hunt” written by Earl Hamner that did “The Waltons”…an old man and his dog go late night hunting and the dog falls in a lake and the man goes after the dog to save him and they die and are at this weird crossroads between light and shadown that only the Twilight Zone could dish up

    • facetfact

      “..A man will walk right into hell with both eyes open – but even the devil can’t fool a dog”…

  • Sevie1728

    I also liked the one when the Civil War ended and a woman is sitting outside her house waiting for her husband to return. Many soldiers pass by. When Abraham Lincoln walks by, you realize that all these people are dead and walking to the hereafter. Starred Joanne Linville. The ending also sent chills up my spine.

    • Geneva P.

      Here is another one that I have not seen.  I will look for it in future TV marathons.

    • TrippyTrellis

      I had never heard of this one and after reading your post I went directly to Netfix and watched it. What can I say… my eyes are still moist. Thank you so much, Sevie1728.

  • Masprehe

    love the zone. kinda freaked me out as a boy(the sound of that music intro always stirred me)well since most episodes were either about the coming to life of machines time travell or aliens its hard to pick one. but I like the one with gig young as he travels back in time to recapture something missing in his life and meets his family and himself sort of an earlier back to the future. really i loved them all and i really like when the scy fi channel runs the maratahn tw day on july 4th.

  • Beansarelli

    I agree with the first 4 of your choices, but I would have to put The Invaders episode with Agnes Moorehead in as my # 5 pick.  That episode scared the pants off of me when I was a kid, and it holds up pretty well today.  Would have to add Eye of the Beholder too – you just have no idea that ending is coming!

  • Beansarelli

    How about the episode where the old couple go to a place where they can exchange their old, dying bodies for young, healthy ones but they can only afford to do it for one of them.  I found that one extremely moving – a great performance by Joseph Schildkraut (sp?).

    • Aaron

      It was called ‘The Trade-Ins’.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dan.stewart.3720 Dan Stewart

      Yes, this one was really good too! As I get older, it has more and more meaning. Could also be one of the top 10 tear jerkers!!!

  • Tropshirt69

    the eye of the beholder..time at last…don’t remember the name it might be the wager…a gentelman is to stay silent for one year..the night before he has his vocal cords cut…and finds out the man does not have the money to pay the bet

  • Tim from NJ

    So many great choices.  Here are some more that I don’t think have been mentioned:  From Season 1, Ida Lupino in THE 16 MILLIMETER SHRINE; David Wayne in ESCAPE CLAUSE; and Kevin McCarthy in LONG LIVE WALTER JAMESON.  From Season 2, Richard Haydn in A THING ABOUT MACHINES; Brian Aherne in TROUBLE WITH TEMPLETON; and Dennis Weaver in SHADOW PLAY.  From Season 3, John Dehner in THE JUNGLE and Barry Morse in A PIANO IN THE HOUSE.  From Season 4, Robert Duvall in MINIATURE; Jack Weston in THE BARD; and Martin Balsam in THE NEW EXHIBIT.  From Season 5, Richard Erdman in A KIND OF A STOPWATCH; Mickey Rooney in LAST NIGHT OF A JOCKEY; Telly Savalas in LIVING DOLL; Robert Keith in THE MASKS; and John McGiver in SOUNDS AND SILENCES.

    • Tim

      P.S. – I know that some of these are considered duds, but I enjoy them.  And I do know that I am way over the limit as far as numbers go.  Oh well; this was (is?) one of the best TV shows ever!

    • polliwogg

      “Miniature” was my favorite of the one hour episodes.  The first time I saw it, I missed the opening credits.  It wasn’t until halfway through the show that I realised “That’s Robert Duvall.  When he still had hair and didn’t have his mustache”.

      • Bob Myhan

        That’s the one I was thinking of in my previous post.

    • Bob Myhan

      Was “the New Exhibit” about the living piano player in the glass case?

  • Randallhorn000

    Walking Distance.
    Serling at his best. Classic lines. Very moving. Timeless. Poetry.
    So many memorable episodes.
    The ‘Zone has remained in my memory from when I was a kid, counting down to the next week’s show.
    Of course there are many, many more GREAT TZ epidsodes, with Nightmare at 20,000′ giving me nightmares for years. (I loved discovering that Nick Cravat was the little wing-riding Gremlin…)
    Time Enough at Last is a natural for book lovers. A Kind of Stopwatch gave me great fantasies of what I’d do if I could freeze everything. Little Girl Lost. The little girl disappears through a opening in her bedroom wall. She enters into the 4th (or 5th?) dimension. The family dog also enters through the opening.  The dog’s name was “Mac.” OUR family’s dog was named “Mac.” Each time Mac’s named was called in the episode, OUR Mac ran to the TV screen, cocking his head side to side. A TZ moment?
    Finally, an admission. In my high school English classes, whenever we were assigned writing projects, I often plagarized Mr. Serling’s work. His writings stimulated my imagination, as his work continues to do for writers everywhere, to this day. (For young viewers turned off by shows shot in black & white? Get over it, and watch some of these classic TZ episodes. You may just enjoy yourself.)
    Oh, I’ve got to mention Serling’s other TZ masterpiece, The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street. Did
    Mr. Serling know a few things about human nature, or not? Wow. Thanks for reading.

  • Dkssc

    Monsters are Due on Maple street is my absolute favorite.  I could watch TWZ 24/7 if I didn’t have to work and have a life.

  • Kiri Celebkiriedhel

    There are so many wonderful wonderful TWZ episodes – it’s hard to pick just 1 or even 4 or 5 or 12. I got addicted from them at a very young age.

    I think there’s a couple of the new TWZ (80’s version) that deserve a mention as well – the Heinlein episode ‘Paladin of the Lost Hour’ will be one of my eternal favourites. Also “The Pilgrim Soul”.

    Of the original and the best –  “I am the Night, Colour me Black” – haunting.
    The Midnight Sun.

    I actually read these two, before I saw them – Rod Serling excels as an author.  Both gave me the good type of nightmares.

  • A.Fan

    I don’t know the title or who was in it, but its about a con man in the west who claims he can bring the dead back to life. It hardly ever gets shown, but its a great one. It has a real surprise ending!!

    • Aaron

      It was called ‘Mr. Garrity and the Graves’ with John Dehner.

    • Geneva P.

      I remember that episode.  It did have a great ending.

  • polliwogg

    5 Characters In Search Of An Exit is at the top of my list.  Also, Death’s Head Revisited gave me nightmares as an adult.

  • Janet

    I was seven when the Twilight Zone ended their run and have never seen any episodes since 1964. But you’re right — the Billy Mumy episode has stuck with me like a bad dream for nearly 50 years now. Tops! The Eye of the Beholder, for a young girl like me, takes the Number Two slot. I don’t remember any of the others. Thanks for posting!

  • Debbie

    In no particular order:
    The Bewitchin’ Pool
    The Eye Of the Beholder
    To Serve Man
    Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up
    (title unknown) Little girl falls through hole into 4th dimension
    (title unknown) James Whitmore and a colony that lives on an asteroid
    (title unknown) Man on asteroid has a robot for a companion
    The Howling Man

  • Bob M

    My 2 favorite is The Hitchhiker. I also liked the episode where the elderly woman
    keeps receiving late night calls, which turns out to be coming from a graveyard.
    It may have been titled “Night Caller”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/timothybussey Timothy Bussey

    The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street, should be in the top 5.

    • MikeB

      One of my all time favorites!!

  • Joseph23006

    I recall one, I don’t remember the title after all these years, Richard Hayden
    is set upon by all of the gadgets in his house, only to be forced into the
    swimming pool by his car, died of fright, all was normal in his house.  A second 
    one is about the daughter whose father developed the perfect robots as 
    servants, except she too was a robot.

    • Aaron

      ‘A Thing About Machines’ and ‘The Lateness Of The Hour’ were the titles.

  • Harpoml

    “The Lonely”.

  • Jfernsler

    The Night Caller was definitely my favorite! 

  • Sparkie0317

    the man hunting with his dog and he saves dog from drowning and as they are walking he is to go into heaven but will not as dog cannot go in either.. as he continues , another st. peter says dog can come into heaven the “original” st. peter is not who he seems to be..this is my fovourite episode.. just do not remember the name of episode

    • Aaron

      It was called ‘The Hunt’.

    • Gartner

       As I recall it was the dog who saved his master from drowning while they were hunting coon’s, hence a coon dog. I may be mistaken. It’s been a while.

  • Billg48

    The one that always creeped me out was the ventriloquist one where the vent & the dummy switch places. Ewwwww!!!!

  • Cyfairbob

    “The Seventh is Full of Phantoms” is an updating (or completion) of Custer’s Last Stand with National Guardsmen on manuvers near the the Little Big Horn are somehow transported to the battle back in 1876. My next selection is technically not TZ, but it is actually considered to be TZ’s kick-off: “The Time Element” by Rod Serling on the the old Desilu Playhouse. William Bendix as a man who knows about the Pearl Harbor attack before it happens. A great story.

  • Cyfairbob

    “The Seventh is Full of Phantoms” is an updating (or completion) of Custer’s Last Stand with National Guardsmen on manuvers near the the Little Big Horn are somehow transported to the battle back in 1876. My next selection is technically not TZ, but it is actually considered to be TZ’s kick-off: “The Time Element” by Rod Serling on the the old Desilu Playhouse. William Bendix as a man who knows about the Pearl Harbor attack before it happens. A great story.

  • Cyfairbob

    “The Seventh is Full of Phantoms” is an updating (or completion) of Custer’s Last Stand with National Guardsmen on manuvers near the the Little Big Horn are somehow transported to the battle back in 1876. My next selection is technically not TZ, but it is actually considered to be TZ’s kick-off: “The Time Element” by Rod Serling on the the old Desilu Playhouse. William Bendix as a man who knows about the Pearl Harbor attack before it happens. A great story.

  • Cyfairbob

    “The Seventh is Full of Phantoms” is an updating (or completion) of Custer’s Last Stand with National Guardsmen on manuvers near the the Little Big Horn are somehow transported to the battle back in 1876. My next selection is technically not TZ, but it is actually considered to be TZ’s kick-off: “The Time Element” by Rod Serling on the the old Desilu Playhouse. William Bendix as a man who knows about the Pearl Harbor attack before it happens. A great story.

  • Cyfairbob

    “The Seventh is Full of Phantoms” is an updating (or completion) of Custer’s Last Stand with National Guardsmen on manuvers near the the Little Big Horn are somehow transported to the battle back in 1876. My next selection is technically not TZ, but it is actually considered to be TZ’s kick-off: “The Time Element” by Rod Serling on the the old Desilu Playhouse. William Bendix as a man who knows about the Pearl Harbor attack before it happens. A great story.

  • Cyfairbob

    “The Seventh is Full of Phantoms” is an updating (or completion) of Custer’s Last Stand with National Guardsmen on manuvers near the the Little Big Horn are somehow transported to the battle back in 1876. My next selection is technically not TZ, but it is actually considered to be TZ’s kick-off: “The Time Element” by Rod Serling on the the old Desilu Playhouse. William Bendix as a man who knows about the Pearl Harbor attack before it happens. A great story.

  • Cyfairbob

    “The Seventh is Full of Phantoms” is an updating (or completion) of Custer’s Last Stand with National Guardsmen on manuvers near the the Little Big Horn are somehow transported to the battle back in 1876. My next selection is technically not TZ, but it is actually considered to be TZ’s kick-off: “The Time Element” by Rod Serling on the the old Desilu Playhouse. William Bendix as a man who knows about the Pearl Harbor attack before it happens. A great story.

  • Cyfairbob

    “The Seventh is Full of Phantoms” is an updating (or completion) of Custer’s Last Stand with National Guardsmen on manuvers near the the Little Big Horn are somehow transported to the battle back in 1876. My next selection is technically not TZ, but it is actually considered to be TZ’s kick-off: “The Time Element” by Rod Serling on the the old Desilu Playhouse. William Bendix as a man who knows about the Pearl Harbor attack before it happens. A great story.

  • Cyfairbob

    “The Seventh is Full of Phantoms” is an updating (or completion) of Custer’s Last Stand with National Guardsmen on manuvers near the the Little Big Horn are somehow transported to the battle back in 1876. My next selection is technically not TZ, but it is actually considered to be TZ’s kick-off: “The Time Element” by Rod Serling on the the old Desilu Playhouse. William Bendix as a man who knows about the Pearl Harbor attack before it happens. A great story.

  • Cyfairbob

    “The Seventh is Full of Phantoms” is an updating (or completion) of Custer’s Last Stand with National Guardsmen on manuvers near the the Little Big Horn are somehow transported to the battle back in 1876. My next selection is technically not TZ, but it is actually considered to be TZ’s kick-off: “The Time Element” by Rod Serling on the the old Desilu Playhouse. William Bendix as a man who knows about the Pearl Harbor attack before it happens. A great story.

  • Cyfairbob

    “The Seventh is Full of Phantoms” is an updating (or completion) of Custer’s Last Stand with National Guardsmen on manuvers near the the Little Big Horn are somehow transported to the battle back in 1876. My next selection is technically not TZ, but it is actually considered to be TZ’s kick-off: “The Time Element” by Rod Serling on the the old Desilu Playhouse. William Bendix as a man who knows about the Pearl Harbor attack before it happens. A great story.

  • Carol

    I absolutely love “A Stop at Willoughby” with James Daly as the beleaguered ad executive with the completely horrible wife.  It’s a Jack Finney kind of time travel piece and very satisfying.

  • Carol

    I absolutely love “A Stop at Willoughby” with James Daly as the beleaguered ad executive with the completely horrible wife.  It’s a Jack Finney kind of time travel piece and very satisfying.

  • Carol

    I absolutely love “A Stop at Willoughby” with James Daly as the beleaguered ad executive with the completely horrible wife.  It’s a Jack Finney kind of time travel piece and very satisfying.

  • Carol

    I absolutely love “A Stop at Willoughby” with James Daly as the beleaguered ad executive with the completely horrible wife.  It’s a Jack Finney kind of time travel piece and very satisfying.

  • Carol

    I absolutely love “A Stop at Willoughby” with James Daly as the beleaguered ad executive with the completely horrible wife.  It’s a Jack Finney kind of time travel piece and very satisfying.

  • Carol

    I absolutely love “A Stop at Willoughby” with James Daly as the beleaguered ad executive with the completely horrible wife.  It’s a Jack Finney kind of time travel piece and very satisfying.

  • Carol

    I absolutely love “A Stop at Willoughby” with James Daly as the beleaguered ad executive with the completely horrible wife.  It’s a Jack Finney kind of time travel piece and very satisfying.

  • Carol

    I absolutely love “A Stop at Willoughby” with James Daly as the beleaguered ad executive with the completely horrible wife.  It’s a Jack Finney kind of time travel piece and very satisfying.

  • Carol

    I absolutely love “A Stop at Willoughby” with James Daly as the beleaguered ad executive with the completely horrible wife.  It’s a Jack Finney kind of time travel piece and very satisfying.

  • Carol

    I absolutely love “A Stop at Willoughby” with James Daly as the beleaguered ad executive with the completely horrible wife.  It’s a Jack Finney kind of time travel piece and very satisfying.

  • Carol

    I absolutely love “A Stop at Willoughby” with James Daly as the beleaguered ad executive with the completely horrible wife.  It’s a Jack Finney kind of time travel piece and very satisfying.

  • Jblv619

    Excuse me but Burgess Meredith “Time Enough At Last”

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    Excuse me but Burgess Meredith “Time Enough At Last”

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    Excuse me but Burgess Meredith “Time Enough At Last”

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    Excuse me but Burgess Meredith “Time Enough At Last”

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    Excuse me but Burgess Meredith “Time Enough At Last”

  • Jblv619

    Excuse me but Burgess Meredith “Time Enough At Last”

  • Jblv619

    Excuse me but Burgess Meredith “Time Enough At Last”

  • Jblv619

    Excuse me but Burgess Meredith “Time Enough At Last”

  • Jblv619

    Excuse me but Burgess Meredith “Time Enough At Last”

  • Jblv619

    Excuse me but Burgess Meredith “Time Enough At Last”

  • Jblv619

    Excuse me but Burgess Meredith “Time Enough At Last”

  • Copax7

    My favorite is Two starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Charles Bronson.  A tour de force of acting and storytelling with very little dialogue.

  • Joseph Parra

    I don’t recall the name of the episode but it’s the one where Anne Francis goes to a department store and to make a long story short, comes to realize that she and several other people are actually mannequins.

  • Copax7

    My favorite is Two starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Charles Bronson.  A tour de force of acting and storytelling with very little dialogue.

  • Copax7

    My favorite is Two starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Charles Bronson.  A tour de force of acting and storytelling with very little dialogue.

  • Joseph Parra

    I don’t recall the name of the episode but it’s the one where Anne Francis goes to a department store and to make a long story short, comes to realize that she and several other people are actually mannequins.

  • Joseph Parra

    I don’t recall the name of the episode but it’s the one where Anne Francis goes to a department store and to make a long story short, comes to realize that she and several other people are actually mannequins.

  • Copax7

    My favorite is Two starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Charles Bronson.  A tour de force of acting and storytelling with very little dialogue.

  • Joseph Parra

    I don’t recall the name of the episode but it’s the one where Anne Francis goes to a department store and to make a long story short, comes to realize that she and several other people are actually mannequins.

  • Copax7

    My favorite is Two starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Charles Bronson.  A tour de force of acting and storytelling with very little dialogue.

  • Joseph Parra

    I don’t recall the name of the episode but it’s the one where Anne Francis goes to a department store and to make a long story short, comes to realize that she and several other people are actually mannequins.

  • Copax7

    My favorite is Two starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Charles Bronson.  A tour de force of acting and storytelling with very little dialogue.

  • Joseph Parra

    I don’t recall the name of the episode but it’s the one where Anne Francis goes to a department store and to make a long story short, comes to realize that she and several other people are actually mannequins.

  • Copax7

    My favorite is Two starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Charles Bronson.  A tour de force of acting and storytelling with very little dialogue.

  • Copax7

    My favorite is Two starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Charles Bronson.  A tour de force of acting and storytelling with very little dialogue.

  • Joseph Parra

    I don’t recall the name of the episode but it’s the one where Anne Francis goes to a department store and to make a long story short, comes to realize that she and several other people are actually mannequins.

  • Joseph Parra

    I don’t recall the name of the episode but it’s the one where Anne Francis goes to a department store and to make a long story short, comes to realize that she and several other people are actually mannequins.

  • Copax7

    My favorite is Two starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Charles Bronson.  A tour de force of acting and storytelling with very little dialogue.

  • Joseph Parra

    I don’t recall the name of the episode but it’s the one where Anne Francis goes to a department store and to make a long story short, comes to realize that she and several other people are actually mannequins.

  • Copax7

    My favorite is Two starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Charles Bronson.  A tour de force of acting and storytelling with very little dialogue.

  • Joseph Parra

    I don’t recall the name of the episode but it’s the one where Anne Francis goes to a department store and to make a long story short, comes to realize that she and several other people are actually mannequins.

  • Copax7

    My favorite is Two starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Charles Bronson.  A tour de force of acting and storytelling with very little dialogue.

  • Joseph Parra

    I don’t recall the name of the episode but it’s the one where Anne Francis goes to a department store and to make a long story short, comes to realize that she and several other people are actually mannequins.

  • Josh Pincus

    I love “Eye of the Beholder”. Awesome 
    http://blog.marshotelonline.com/2011/08/07/if-imperfect/

  • Josh Pincus

    I love “Eye of the Beholder”. AWESOME! 
    http://blog.marshotelonline.com/2011/08/07/if-imperfect/

  • Sam

    The Pitchman with Ed Wynn

  • Sam

    The Pitchman with Ed Wynn

  • Sam

    The Pitchman with Ed Wynn

  • Sam

    The Pitchman with Ed Wynn

  • Sam

    The Pitchman with Ed Wynn

  • Sam

    The Pitchman with Ed Wynn

  • Sam

    The Pitchman with Ed Wynn

  • Sam

    The Pitchman with Ed Wynn

  • Sam

    The Pitchman with Ed Wynn

  • Sam

    The Pitchman with Ed Wynn

  • Sam

    The Pitchman with Ed Wynn

  • Tim

    Walking distance, hands down. Nice picks though.

  • Aaron

    It was called ‘The After Hours’.

  • Terry1946

    “The Invaders” bar none!!!!!  Agnes really pulls it off!

  • Janicew0

    As a child I really enjoyed watching TZ, but as an adult I can’t remember many of them, I certainly don’t know the names of episodes, and am floored that so many of you do.  The one I remember most was Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, who could ever forget that monster on the wing.  The other one that I kind of remember was It’s a Good Life, I don’t know what he did, but I remember that Billy Mummy was really scary.  The third one that I kind of remember is about a man who somehow enters another time zone, at first it appears that everyone around him is frozen, but then he realizes that they are actually moving very slowly.  He rigs up a way to stop a big truck from hitting a child on a trike.

    • Aaron

      The third one you mentioned wasn’t “The Twilight Zone” but “The Outer Limits” in an episode called ‘The Premonition’.

  • Donna Mclaughlin

    Doed anyone remember an episode that involved a dead person who was being waked in their home but for some reason the body was covered with fruit.  I know it sounds crazy but the other time I ever remember seeing this as a child was after a death of a relative, so I may have been hallucinating. 

    • Aaron

      It wasn’t “The Twilight Zone” but “Night Gallery” in a segment called ‘The Sins Of The Fathers’.

      • Bob Myhan

        Maybe it was “Sins of the Fathers,” but I am pretty sure Richard Thomas’s character was referred to as a sin eater.

    • Bob Myhan

      That was “The Sin Eater” starring Richard Thomas. I believe it may have been on Night Gallery though.

  • TrippyTrellis

    1959’s “The Sixteen Millimiter Shrine”. Ida Lupino is brilliant as the bitter and faded movie star who spends her days locked up in her projection room watching her old films non-stop. I was 15 at the time and I was terribly moved by its pathos.

    • Geneva P.

      I am a Twilight Zone fanatic, but have never seen this episode.  Usually I take on all of the marathons and just when I think I have seen them all, another one pops up that I have not seen.  I would really like to see the one with Ida Lupino.  Sounds like REAL Twilight Zone.

  • GaryKoca

    The one with Anne Francis where it turns out that she is a department store manikin. I don’t remember the name of the episode. 

    • Christinekay

      I think the episode you are referring to was “The After Hours”.  I also liked this one very much, as it became gradually more and more unsettling.  

  • Geneva P.

    I loved them all, but I guess my favorites would be Stop at Willoughby, The Hitcher, Episode where Burgess Meredith played the Devil who was helping a struggling newspaper man by creating disasters to increase sales of his paper and the episode with Charles Bronson and Elizabeth Montgomery as war enemies.

  • Geneva P.

    I also liked an episode about a gangster who had been murdered and someone stole his shoes. He then became the gangster and came back for revenge on those who had murdered him.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3IZG5BR7UJ3BWLQRKFIVTZMXBA JohnQ

    “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” and “To Serve Man ” are my two favorites. I did not like “It’s a Good Life” at all.

  • Keith

    “Kick The Can” wasn’t mentioned about residents of an old age home returning to their youth. I always loved “The Howling Man’. Very atmospheric and a great story. One I’ve never seen is “Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge” which I think was from the last season and was actually a French film usurped for the TZ series if I’m not mistaken. 

    • Kdgun

      I believe it’s a story written by Ambrose Bierce. (he fought in the Civil War). I always figured it was never shown because of copy rights or royalties. I did see a version of it on “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”, recently. Twilight Zone version is way better.-Kris.

  • Jay Polerstock

    My very favorite episode was – The Ring A Ding Girl – about the hollywood actress who gets a premonition to return to her home town for the weekend to visit her sister who she feels – needs her to come home right away. The ending of that episode still gives me chills every time I see it. And my second favorite is the woman recovering from a nervous break down at a hospital and every night she wanders down the hallway to the morgue and is told by the nurse – Room For One More. The ending of this episode was completely unexpected and such a surprise. I can’t remember the episode title.

    • TrippyTrellis

      Just watched “The Ring-A-Ding Girl” which I hadn’t seen since I was a boy. So very moving and unforgettable. Thanks for reminding me.

      • Jay Polerstock

        Yes – This episode was very moving and unforgettable. I am so glad that someone besides me mentioned this great episode and remembers it also.

    • Wayne P.

      It was called “Twenty-Two”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frank-Hamblen/1326925818 Frank Hamblen

      I have two episodes saved on my DVR which I’ll never delete. Living Doll and Ring-a-ding girl.

  • shawn

    I like the one titled ‘The Grave’ with Lee Marvin as a lawman arriving in town tracking an outlaw that was shot and killed by the townsfolk. One of the men in town bets him that he won’t go visit the grave of the outlaw he was pursuing. 

  • HassoBenSoba

    1.) “The Lonely” – terrific Jack Warden performance; TZ’s most flawless show, IMHO
    2.) “The Last Flight” – cowardly WW I RAF pilot who materializes in 1959; great story
    3.)  “Eye of the Beholder” – still astoundingly imaginative
    4.)  “Time Enough at Last” tour-de-force by Burgess Meredith
    5.) “Long Live Walter Jameson” – Excellent performance by Kevin McCarthy as 2,000 year-old
          history proffessor and his colleague movingly played by Edgar Stehli; one of TZ’s rare
          Horror shows

    Must mention:

    6.) “The Hunt” with Arthur Hunnicutt and his hound dog in Heaven
    7.) “Showdown with Rance McGrew” — TZ’s one comedy episode that really works, a hilarious
        saga of a blowhard TV-show Western star, with spot-on performances by Larry Blyden,
        Robert Corthwaite, and Arch Johnson.
    8.) “The Passersby” – poetic, otherworldly elegy to the casualties of the Civil War

    • Fogtrope

      There was another episode that was a ‘comedy’. It involved Jack Okie as country bumpkin who would spin tall tales to his friends. He is overheard by a stranger (who believes all his BS) in town who later kidnaps him and imprisons him on his spaceship to take him to his world. 
      It ends humorously enough. 

      • Aaron

        That episode was called ‘Hocus Pocus and Frisby’ but starred Andy Devine as Frisby,not Jack Okie.

    • Gartner

       The Last Flight would be #1 for me. A story of redemption.

  • Mexicomary

    The Last Pallbearer is my fav.  Love To Serve Man, Time Enough at Last, the one with the bomb shelter and one with the masks.  But let’s face it they are all wonderful and hold up after all these years.

  • Vlr1953

    I Sing The Body Electric, Time Enough At Last, Eye Of The Beholder, The Masks, and The Invaders.

  • Ramair66_442

    All are excellent episodes! Like alot of you I watched these as a kid, was terrified but watched them anyway. I will always remember Night Caller, the actress who received calls at night. She acted so well as  the terrified recipient of phone calls with no one at the other end. Or so it seems….
    I love The Grave with Lee Marvin! What a great cast and an ending!!Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up
    The HowlingMonsters are Due on Maple Street
    To Serve Man
    Perchance to Dream-another one that had me terrified as a kid!The Hitch-HikerI could go on and on, this was a terrific TV series. Will never be duplicated, nothing will come close to it.

  • PlanMan

    Can’t stand “Good Life”, would put “The Invaders” there instead.  “Night of the Meek” is pretty good, but I would list “Nightmare on Elm Street” – another “Who is the Alien” episode.  But you are right, very hard to pick just five … or ten … episodes.

  • EldersburgRick

    In addition to the five listed I’d include “He’s Alive”, where Dennis Hopper plays an American
    neonazi who is mentored by Der Fuehrer himself; “Steel”,  with Lee Marvin pretending to be a robotic boxer named Battling Maxo; “The Big Tall Wish”, with Ivan Dixon playing a washed up boxer; and “A Pitch for the Angels” where Ed Wynn has to trick Death to save the life of a young child.

  • Takeabride2001

    The Hitchhiker with Inger Stevens is super good and The Midnight Sun with Lois Nettleton always sucks me in….brrrrr!

  • jessgalchutt

    “Nothing in the Dark”  (1962) with Gladys Cooper and Robert Redford. Very beautiful.

  • Wilsonbond_99

    “The Hitch-Hiker,” “The After Hours,” “Perchance to Dream,” and “A Game of Pool” are all great favorites of mine.  But “And When the Sky Was Opened” was, in my opinion, Twilight Zone at its most sublime.  Charles Aidman’s performance in that telephone booth in a bar, his chilling words:  “It’s as if… maybe…we weren’t meant to come back from that flight at all” always sent shivers up my spine.  My favorite Zone ever.

  • pocroc

    My favorite was the “doll house” (don’t know title) episode with Nancy Malone and Barry (?), earthlings brought back to a planet of giants for the amusement of his little daughter.   Ending impossible to guess.     

    • Aaron

      ‘Stopover In A Quiet Town’ is the title.

    • Narc Trail

      Barry Nelson

  • LisaA

    To Serve Man is my favorite.

  • Jackie

    There are so many. It is about impossible for me to pick a measley 5. Does anyone one remember the one about the woman whoes mother was murdered when she was a little girl and she is trying to help the police find who was the murderer. a strange little girl shows up in her apartment trying to help as well as a strange man. I won’t spoil it for anyone who has not seen this one. WHO is the little girl and WHO is the man?
      Remember the one with Cliff Robertson who plays a pioneer who is traveling with his wife and critically ill son when he goes across a hill and goes into the future..then returns with medicine for his little boy. ( The medication saved the boy’s life who eventually grew up to be a famous Pediatrician
    Also midnight Sun is another favorite of mine.I also love the one with a moving performance by Jack Klugman and a very sweet Billy Mumy( Who plays his sonas a child).I won’t tell the details,but it is a Wowee performance by Klugman.

    • Aaron

      The titles are ‘Nightmare As A Child’,’A Hundred Yards Over The Rim’ and ‘In Praise Of Pip’.

      • Geneva P.

        Wow, Aaron!  You seem to know all of the titles.  Just give a few details and you know the title.  I appreciate that, as I am a BIG fan of the Twilight Zone.

        • Aaron

          Thank you Geneva P. I have the whole series on DVD and the companion book,and have watched them all many times!

          “Night Gallery” and “The Outer Limits” as well!

          • Geneva P.

            Night Gallery and The Outer Limits were also favorites of mine, but I would like to add to the list “One Step Beyond”.  That series gave me chills!

          • Aaron

            Also “Thriller” with Boris Karloff was good.

            “One Step Beyond” was enjoyable,though only the first season is available as an official DVD release.

          • Terry1946

             “THRILLER” was an absolute prize of early television!  You can buy the complete series now on DVD from several vendors.  I have a set and it is totally priceless!  I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
            Got several episodes of another favorite, “One Step Beyond”, here in my collection, too.

          • Aaron

            One more worth mentioning was “Ghost Story/Circle Of Fear”,recently put on DVD.

            Sebastian Cabot was fun as the host,pity he was dropped!

          • Gartner

             “One Step Beyond” is a favorite of mine as well. I have a boxed set that has “the best of” episodes, or are just random. I would love it if they released the whole series on DVD as well, not to mention Robert Wagners first series “It Takes A Thief”

          • Geneva P.

            I don’t know how I forgot “Thriller”, since I purchased the entire series.  There is nothing today to compare to these series.  I am glad we are able to watch them on DVD.

  • Jackie

    I just thought of another which is really creepy…whenever I notice a plane above us which circles and circles and circles,I remember about the passenger plane that cannot land because it is lost and goes so far back in time,the crew sees Dinosaurs,,then they think they are back in their own time ,but the air traffic controller cannot give them clearance,because they cannot understand about a Jet and thinks the pilot is crazy. Rod Serling comes on and tells the viewers..” If you hear a plane that sounds like it is in trouble..help them land”

    • Aaron

      ‘The Odyssey Of Flight 33′ is the title.

  • Nils Goering

    Wow!  I’m right there with blogger Rick on his top five choices.  Well four anyway,  numbers 2 thru 5 are spot on.  His number one choice, ‘It’s a Good Life’, for me would be relegated to an honorable mention status.  ‘Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?’ would rise to the number one spot.  I, too, watch for this episode during TZ marathons.  It’s a nifty little slice of weird that always satisfies.  Jack Elam’s character, alone, is worth the watching of this episode.  To round out my top five picks I would nominate ‘The After Hours’ with beautiful Anne Francis as a living mannequin.  Ms. Francis was fetching and the story ramped up the creep factor for me when I first saw this episode as a kid.   Anne Francis was also stunningly sexy and gorgeous in the hour long TZ episode, ‘Jess-Belle’ – she got my blood racing when I first saw her in this episode – she looks great with black hair!  She’s the sole reason I continue watching this episode to this day.  I also liked the episode, ‘Steel’ with Lee Marvin.  It’s a futuristic tale of robot boxers based on a Richard Matheson short story.  TZ was tops in its day.  In fact, the worst episodes of TZ are still better than much of the television programing offered today.

  • Smilee306

    I’d probably substitute in The Obsolete Man for your #4 To Serve Man, but excellent list! I always like when people appreciate Twilight Zone.

  • kc88

    OMG so many to choose from. My absolute favorite one is regular Burgess Meredith in “The Obsolete Man”; plus there is one I can’t remeber the title but there is a mother who is trying to convince her daughter to comform and be perfect; she fights trying to retain her individuality but succumbs. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OC6SKJLQDZEY674X7VRYBWH6AI Tom

      @ kc88 : Thanks for getting the title correct.  I posted ” Obsolete” as the title.  Right now there are some in government that think the you and I just might be “obsolete’, and, of course, they are wrong.

    • Aaron

      It was called ‘Number 12 Looks Just Like You’.

  • agb

    Room for One More, Honey!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OC6SKJLQDZEY674X7VRYBWH6AI Tom

    ” Willoughby – The next stop is Willoughby. ”  An over worked, stressed out Ad Executive that hates his job and boss, and is disappointed by his unsupportive wife, leaves it all behind and ‘ escapes ‘ to Willoughby, a carefree little town of the late 1800’s. 

         The writer of this article / review selected an almost impossible task.  ALL of the T.Z. episodes he selected plus the honorable mentions are classics.  There are few “Zones” that I didn’t like.  If you have some old episodes, check the Burgess Meredith classic ” Obsolete “.  The “State” has determined that Meredith is Obsolete and of no use to the fascist collective.  It is more timely today than it was back in the 1960’s.

    • http://www.facebook.com/susie.fuccillo Susie Fuccillo

      willoughby was one of my favorites. talking Tina was another great episode, along with
      A different world..

  • GrizzledGeezer

    “The Twilight Zone” was, for me, obvious treatments of obvious ideas. Rod Serling wanted to be able to tell stories he couldn’t tell in a non-fantasy or non-SF context (nothing wrong with that!), but the series never lived up to its potential, in part due to network TV’s insistence that the audience not be offended — which, on a certain level, is rather the reason for telling such stories. For example, I believe “It’s a Good Life” was supposed to end with the adults jumping the kid and beating him to death. Naturally, CBS nixed it.

    The overwhelming majority of episodes were shallow and unchallenging. Of the others, two stand out as truly exceptional.

    The first is “Nick of Time”, in which a young businessman (William Shatner), worried about whether he’ll be a success in his new career, starts taking the “fortunes” dispensed by a napkin holder (with a devil’s head on top) seriously. The beauty of this tale is that it’s strictly psychological. It doesn’t depend on the supernatural. Indeed, it would be meaningless if it did.

    The second is “Eye of the Beholder” (with music by Bernard Herrmann), about a woman about to undergo surgery to correct her impossible ugliness. The story plays so cleverly with our prejudices and expectations, that the ending comes as a genuine shock.

    • Wayne P.

      You should be a critic for something because you certainly seem to do that, criticize that is, on every post to which you comment Grizz!  This time, however, the overwhelming evidence is you’re wrong…that the TWZ could ever be accused of shallow writing and not being a challenge to the thoughts of its viewers is beyond reasonable defense. His screenplays for flims like Patterns (1956) and Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) were critically acclaimed.  And, even a cursory glance at his TWZ photoplay chops reveals more than just casual entertainment, as all these positive reviews & opinionated comments show.

      Perhaps, Blair was right in his take on your critique of Jerry Lewis and you are an incognito JL spoofing us and/or playing the fool, but I, for one, am beginning to believe its just the latter now, as unfortunately, you missed the fact that on “Eye of the Beholder” we know were in for a shock ending as we never get to see any of the participants faces, but the fact that the human face is the not the one to hold in esteem, but its the pig face which is valued, is the real twist…and all of these shows are psychological in nature since thats where the TWZ takes us…to the inner workings of the mind.  Its the perfect definition of fantasy, sci-fi or suspension of dis-belief thriller.   Are you perhaps just a contrarian?  After all, were all really working on the basis of subjective opinion here but we must subject our views to rational standards of justification or were likely to be truly challenged on their merits and found wanting!

      • GrizzledGeezer

         I assure you, my comments are serious. I suspect jpp452 and I are about the same age (65), and like him, I experienced “The Twilight Zone” as a teenager. I enjoyed the series, but was not generally impressed.

        The “twist” of “Eye” is that it throws our prejudices back in our faces. As Serling rather heavy-handedly puts it in his narration — what difference does it matter what we look like?

        The dramatic problem with writing fantasy or science fiction is that pretty much anything is possible. This reduces the need for the writer to create dramatically plausible situations, and we see the result in many TZ episodes. The two I listed are among the best episodes, precisely because they /don’t/ depend on fantasy, magic, the supernatural, or science fiction. This is my “rational standard of justification”. You’ll have a hard time arguing against it.

        Let’s not forget the bad influence of network censorship (“program standards”). There are certain things you do not show. In the original short story of “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”, the crazed passenger grabs a police officer’s gun. Nonononononono. Nor do you imply that the man is crazy. The short story is ambiguous as to whether there’s a gremlin on the wing, but TZ episode plainly shows (and states) at the end that there was. The guy was not nuts.

        I admit to not having seen any of Rod Serling’s “straight” dramas. I think I have two on LV, which I really ought to pull out and view.

        • Wayne P.

          Youre working under a false assumption that theres some kind of “dramatic problem” with science fiction and/or fantasy in either written or film form.  Its not a problem at all but the voluminous quality and variety of the results in each medium has over the years and always will be its very strength!

          Why would you watch a more current show than TWZ such as  X-Files expecting to see the same sort of teleplays you saw on 24 even more recently?  Theyre simply different thats all…but, in the main, fiction is just that…fiction.  And, on top of that, plausible dramatic situations are fine in their place but they arent required by any stretch of the imagination to be part of the storyline on shows like these…after all, thats what were supposed to be using: our minds and were also instructed, are we not, to suspend our disbelief(s) while watching?  I would suggest a good dose of Stanley Kubricks 2001 if you want a fact-based grounding in science fiction on the big screen.  But, with Arthur Clarke behind him, it wasnt that hard to do…taking the germ of the idea (Clarkes story The Sentinel) behind evolution, or one theory on the creation of life on earth, and writing a screenplay to carry it on into a realistic future fictional depiction ;).

          Arthur L. above gave you some source material above to dispute your recollection of the facts surrounding the TWZ episode Its a Good Life and we would all love to hear your thoughts on that commentary.  Most of what we all offer here is our opinions…most of us can agree that the TWZ was at least very entertaining and that was its sole purpose being from that genre.

          Whats ‘probematic’ for you is when your critique seems to run counter to reasoned opinions that differ greatly from your own.  I have enough experience on the MU fanfare blog to recall your posts on Jerry Lewis, which were very negative and basically insulting to not only him but his vast legion of fans.  As well, there was your pessimistic take on anything having to do with a Ray Bradbury short story, book/novella or feature-length film…and, if am remembering correctly, your basis for the not so constructive criticisim of his adherents viewpoints had something to do with you being a technical writer.  Thats hardly similar to a science-fiction writers skill set and quite a best-selling and famous one at that! 

          As to censorship, that just goes with the territory of network TV and is much more stringent, of course, than that applied to books or movies.

          I guess I dont want to say your always a naysayer as youve made some favorable comments about Alfred Hitchcock Presents material being of quality, but it just seems obvious that the excellence of the vast majority of all these presentations is generally agreed on…we can agree to disagree on some specific shows and the art forms under discussion are subjective in nature, but lets do try to cast opinions in their proper light…not as points of fact and my apologies if any offense is taken because it was not personally intended, but this is the place to share our views as well as support them.

          • williamsommerwerck

            I’m GrizzledGeezer.
            The fact that the majority of people disagree with me is absolute, totally, of less-than-zero interest or concern to me.
            Ultimately, all criticism is personal. Our experiences necessarily bias our perceptions. But after you’ve seen thousands of movies and TV shows, you start to get a feeling for what is good, what is not-so-good, what is bad — and why.
            If you’re seriously interested in the “why”, you might want to read the following books:
            “Aristotle’s Poetics for Screenwriters” (Michael Tierno)
            “The Art of Dramatic Writing — its Basis in the Interpretation of Human Motives” (Lajos Egri)
            “Story” (Robert McKee)
            Lest anyone think “he doesn’t like anything”… the best “Gunsmoke” episodes are as good as anything being done today.

    • Talking Tina

      Grizz: I am in complete disagreement with you on everything you’ve written.  The Twilight Zone was always  ahead of it’s time! I’m still amazed that this kind of work came out in such a conservative era. Rod Serling was a true genius.

    • jpp452

      I agree with GrizzledGeezer.  I’m going to guess Grizz has seen a LOT more film and television art than all of you put together.

      Whether you like to admit it or not, the story lines were predictable and often weak.  If you can’t figure out the story and its end by the time you’ve watched five minutes of the usual episode — well, my friend, you are either slo-o-o-w or need to start watching more intelligent productions to compare to TZ.

      The Twilight Zone was and is great entertainment.  I watched it semi-regularly as a pre-teen when it was still in first run.  Even then, I found some of the “serious” episodes almost laughable in their cliches and obvious storylines.  The dialogue is a product of its time — barely past the pulp fiction writing Serling started in.

      I read most of the TZ book anthologies as a teen.  Most of the better stories appeared in them, and it is from them I first knew many of the titles mentioned here.  I’ve seen most of them since.

      In renewing my acquaintance with TZ on syndicated TV every day, I notice the very uneven quality of the productions from day to day.

      Twilight Zone was a seminal series in its time that led on to bigger and better things in speculative fiction on TV.  To suggest, as someone here did, that “all of the shows are classics” is exaggeration stretching well beyond credibility.  From the many shows I have now seen, I doubt more than 20 shows deserve to be called great.  BUT, ALL OF THEM CAN BE CALLED FAVOURITE IF YOU LIKE THEM BEST.

    • Arthur Lundquist

      “The overwhelming majority of episodes were shallow and unchallenging.”

      Compared to what? SCIENCE FICTION THEATER?  TALES OF TOMORROW?  ONE STEP BEYOND?  LIGHTS OUT?  Whatever their flaws (and they could be many), TWILIGHT ZONE stories started out by being about human beings, then introduced some supernatural or speculative element that made a human statement.  That gives them a depth that sets them above virtually anything in the above series (for comparison, look at the different adaptations of “What You Need” on TZ and TALES OF TOMORROW).  It also sets them above the general quality of script for ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS and THE OUTER LIMITS (though I am a bigger fan of OUTER LIMITS, TZ was written with more depth). 

      “For example, I believe “It’s a Good Life” was supposed to end with the adults jumping the kid and beating him to death.”

      Oh, you “believe” this.  Based on what?  Actually, we have evidence on this question.  What evidence?  The original story by Jerome Bixby.  And guess what, it has the same ending as the TZ episode.  With one difference.  There is a moment in the teleplay when the people might actually strike back at the child, but cannot summon up the courage.  So, the teleplay actually introduces the idea, but in the classic Rod Serling manner makes a statement about people of good will who chose to do nothing. 

    • Bruce Reber

      The fortunes in “Nick Of Time” are dispensed by what looks like a pushbutton jukebox selector, not a napkin holder. Shatner put a coin in the slot, pushed the button and the machine dispensed a predicition about his future printed on a slip of paper.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carol.jevrem Carol Jevrem

    I too watched TZ at an early age. I have many favorites.
    Ring-A-Ding Girl. Great ghost-like story.
    Talking Tina – were Telly Savalas gets killed by a doll.
    Terror at 20,000 Feet
    Room for One More, Honey – This really scared me.
    Jess Belle – where Anne Francis sees a witch for a love potion and turns into a panther at night.
    The Hitchhiker – Inger Stevens was superb.
    To Serve Man – very clever.
    Etc., etc., etc.!

    • LordGooGoo

      The episode you call “Room For One More Honey” is actually named “The Twenty-Two”, which is the room number of the morgue. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/carol.jevrem Carol Jevrem

    I also loved the opening music by Bernard Herrmann. Really sublime.

    • jpp452

      Bernard Herrmann wrote a theme that was used only during the first season.  If you are referring to the title music with the famous four-note motif used in Seasons 2-5, that was written by Marius Constant.

      Constant was brought back for the new Twilight Zone series in 1985-89 and two episodes in 2003.  Constant died in Paris on 15 May 2004.

      Herrmann wrote music for only six episodes during the show’s complete run.

    • williamsommerwerck

      The series premiered when I was 12. I’d never heard of Bernard Herrmann or Claude Debussy, but the music knocked me out. Arguably the best title music written for any TV series, ever.

  • Allen

    The Hunt!

    • T L Miller

      That is definitely in my Top 2! I simply adore Arthur Hunnicutt in this episode! The dialogue is poignant, yet hilarious — and that “Old Man” and “Old Woman” he and his wife call each other (“When was last time ya got ya’self kissed?”) just gets me every time.

  • Kingpong

    Looking down at all of the TZ fans’ comments leads me to say that ALL of the episodes were indeed
    classic. However, I’ll just name a couple more that I didn’t see below. (1) Deaths-head Revisited about
    an ex-SS Nazi officer from Dachau which goes back for nostalgia and is put on trial by the ghosts of
    the concentration camp, (2) Walking Distance (with veteran actor Gig Young) as a man who tries to
    recapture his youth and somehow is transported back thru time to his old neighborhood and meets his
    parents and younger self.

  • rblaine

    All good choices, but no mention “Living Doll”! “My name is talking Tina and I going to kill you”. My favorite episode!

    • Gartner

       Starring a young Telly Savalas.

  • Pat27s

    I agree with your top 5 with the exception of #5–and would replace it with one of the following–

    “The Grave”
    “Living Doll”
    or
    :”The Monster’s are Due on Maple Street”  But 156 episodes make it tough choice for 5.

  • Rachel =^.^= <3

    Hello people of the web. I am Jackie’s granddaughter.  The name as seen below. I’m 16. And I love TZ I remember watching the Marathons whenever they came on. And I still do. Never miss them. I agree with my grandmother on this There are so many that I cant pick just five. However I’ll name my favorites. I love the “Living Doll” Every time a marathon comes on I sit for hours watching just waiting for that one to come on. I always tell my grandmother “If I fall asleep before it comes on WAKE ME UP!!!”  Also I love “Nightmare at 20,00 feet,””The Hunt,” I dont know the name of this one but It’s about 2 children (a boy and girl a.k.a they’re sister and brother) Their parent are constantly fighting and they barely pay attention to them. They dive into the pool and swim to the bottom where they find a kid’s Utopia with a kind old lady who loves children. They end up going back up home but they come back where they finally stay. If anyone knows the name please tell me. Also I like “Midnight Sun,” Also I’ve only seen this episode once but I fell in love with it. I dont remember much But these people are wearing masks and in the end the horrible masks become their faces. Anyone know the name? Or where I could watch it.  I love the mannequin one. The one where the little girl gets trapped in the 4th dimension, however, the dog saves her, thank God.  Also the one where Burgess Meridith is a bank teller and loves books and writes poetry. (Isn’t he just a sweet old man?) Anyways his wife is a b**** Excuse my French. A holocaust happens while he’s in the bank vault. He ends up being the only man alive (shocker) He finds a library and is overjoyed that is until his glasses break (awww sad face tear drop).  I also love the Maple street one I read it in 8th grade English. I love the one my grandmother mentioned. The one where the plane is lost in time. I love “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder,” ” Number 12 Looks Just Like You.” I think this is what it’s about. These people are on a train and it just goes in circles. I dont know the name. Also the one about a man name Jackie Cooper. He’s a ventriloquist and trades places with his dummy in the end. That’s all I can think of. Don’t forget to comment. Love you grandma <3

    • Aaron

      Hi Rachel,the title is ‘The Bewitchen’ Pool’ with the two children,the one with the masks is called…’The Masks’,the one with the train going in circles is ‘Stopover In A Quiet Town’.

      All episodes are on DVD,or you could wait for SYFY to air them(DVD is better!)

      • Rachel

        Thanks so much. I would love to have them on DVD but it’s probably very expensive.

        • Yoyotjal48

           You might try looking for them at Deepdiscount.com or TigerDirect.com.  Both are very reasonable.  I got the complete set for less than 130.00.

        • Gartner

           If there’s a Costco by you, I’ve seen them for $25 per set (5 sets). They’re more like $45 for blue ray (Costco)

  • Rachel

    I forgot one just remembered. I know my comments long >_> The one in the diner where they are trying to figure out which one is the alien! And the dude behind the counter has a third eye!!! Dun dun dun.

  • Rachel

    And “Kick the Can” Sorry maybe I should shut up. hehe

  • Rachel

    Last one I promise!!! “Long Distance Call” With a very sweet Billy Mumy. This one makes me cry cuz of the grandmother she reminds me of mine.

  • Xalf18

    Add:  “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” with William Shattner.  Also, because I am a retired professor, I have to select “Changing of the Guard”  as my favorite, favorite.  You might call it:  “Mr. Chips meets the Twilight Zone”.  The message shows how important teachers really are to their students and how teachers do influence personality, character development and personal behavior when they get out into the real world.

  • Newellm

    1. “The Midnight Sun” – Lois Nettleton & Betty Garde. Terrifying!
    2. “To Serve Man” – Richard Keil.
    3. “The Invaders” – Agnes Moorehead in a great near-silent performance.
    4. “It’s a Great Life” – Billy Mumy and Cloris Leachman among others.
    5. “Eye of the Beholder” – Donna Douglas. “Number 12 looks just like you” – Colin Wilcox.

  • Newellm

    I almost forgot. “Queen of the Nile” with Ann Blyth as an ageless movie star with a beauty secret and Celia Lovsky “T’Pau” as her “Mutter”. I know that makes 7 now. I Can’t help myself.

  • RER

    I would have put the Invaders at #5 but otherwise you nailed it!!

  • Rddeaton

    A Stop at Wiloughby, King Nine Will Not Return. Occurrance at Owl Creek bridge

  • Sabra916

    I cannot even limit to five, LOL! but all the ones listed are fine with me!

  • Aequitas

    Number 12 Looks Just Like You                        The Night of the Meek (my favorite)

    Twenty-two (“Room for one more, honey”)     Once Upon a Time (Buster Keaton)

    One for the Angels                                           The Bewitchin’ Pool

    The Obsolete Man                                            Two (Bronson and Montgomery)

    The Hunt                                                           People are Alike all Over
     

  • Tgw51

    The episode that scared me for YEARS was entitled, “Little Girl Lost.”  I rarely see it in the TZ marathons, and that’s a real shame.  A little girl falls out of her bed during the night and ends up in another dimension.  Her parents can hear her cries, but she’s nowhere to be found.  A neighbor helps them find the portal between the two dimensions, but it’s unstable — and closing!  As a ten-year-old, this episode actually gave me nightmares — a similar portal might have opened in MY bedroom!

  • Osu_man131

    Back There with Russell Johnson trying to stop Lincoln’s assassination

  • Tattoodan

    An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

    • williamsommerwerck

      Strictly speaking, this is not a “Twilight Zone”. It’s a French film based on a famous Ambrose Bierce short story.

  • Rblenheim

    I cannot believe that the top five did not include the finest episode of the entire series: “Walking Distance”.  And where is “The After Hours” and “Eye of the Beholder”????   Those three are the finest shows of the entire series, and ones always named by everyone I know. 

    Something wrong here…  was this poll on the up-and-up?’

    Bob Blenheim 

    • Masprehe

      really liked walking distance as i wrote earlier

      • Barbie

        “Walking Distance” is my very Favorite Episode…..Would’nt it be Cool if we could really do that ?

    • Vinny Castellano

      … loved “Walking Distance” Gig Young was excellent as the despondent executive who longs to return to a simpler time – his childhood.  Rod Serling hit upon a universal feeling once again.
      … great episode!

    • Barbie

      ” Walking Distance” is my very favorite episode ! 

  • Steve

    My favorite is NOTHING IN THE DARK, starring Robert Redford. If you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil it for you. However I will say it has a sort of comforting, kind feel to it.

  • Wayne P.

    Some people actually think FDR knew about it beforehand and let it happen to enter the war against Japan and also to help Britain and USSR at the same time, since we werent at war anywhere in WW2 officially until Pearl Harbor! 

  • Grace

     Midnight Sun was my favorite, next was It’s A Good Life.

  • LordGooGoo

    I always forget that Queen Of The Nile was a Twilight Zone episode, as is seems to me much more like an Alfred Hitchcock episode in tone.  It’s one of my faves too! 

  • LordGooGoo

    So hard to pick any favorites, but I have to say that the two that creeped me out the most were “The After Hours” and “Twenty-Two”, which many here seem to think is named Room For One More, Honey.  “Twenty-Two” has a rare dramatic turn from Barbara Nichols, who was usually cast as the “party girl”, and the icing on the cake is Jonathan Harris’s sinister performance as the psychiatrist. 

    My honorable mentions would also include Eye Of The Beholder, The Invaders, and Five Characters In Search Of An Exit. 

  • Jim7368

    100 yards over the ridge. With cliff Robertson is good so was the one with William shatter and the fortune telling machine in the cafe. The camera that took pictures a minute in the future was cool also

  • T L Miller

    The Hunt. The Obsolete Man. Eye of the Beholder. Night of the Meek. To Serve Man. (But, really: aren’t they all classics?)

    • http://www.facebook.com/christine.kruggel.7 Christine Kruggel

      ‘The Hunt’ was clearly excellent, but almost a plagarism of Ray Bradbury’s ‘Predator’s Prey’.

  • Johnny Sherman

    The Hunt is still my favorite.
    On my last plane trip, I was four-for-four in being assigned the William Shatner seat. Oh well…..during one change-over, the “mechanical problem” was supposedly fixed on the ground, at least.

  • Chrismellotron

    ‘In Praise of Pip’, featuring Billy Mumy and Jack Klugman.
    ‘Time Enough At Last’, featuring Burgess Meredith
    ‘The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street’, featuring Claude Akins and Jack Weston
    ‘The Last Night Of the Jockey’, featuring solo Mickey Rooney (incredible!)
    ‘Mr. Dingle the Strong’, featuring Burgess Meredith and Don Rickles

    Honorable Mentions:
    ‘An Occurance At Owl Creek Bridge’, featuring Roger Jacquet and Anne Cornaly
    ‘The Encounter’, featuring Neville Brand and George Takei
    ‘A Game Of Pool’, featuring Jack Klugman and Jonathan Winters
    ‘The Jeopardy Room’, featuring Martin Landau

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gary-Perl/1820530613 Gary Perl

    Five Best TZ — The Lonely, The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street, The Invaders, To Serve Man, The Midnight Sun …. I could list many more as favorites but runners up have to include: The Howling Man, Perchance to Dream, The Hitch Hiker, I Shot An Arrow… The Obsolete Man, Third From The Sun, etc etc

    • hypatiab7

      Wasn’t there an episode on Science Fiction Theatre called Third From the Sun? It was about a family that had just moved to a small town. Their little girl kept telling the other school children that she came from the third planet from the sun, and the kids told their parents that she was an alien. The townsfolk were about to
      attack her and her family until the teacher points out to them that Earth is the third planet from the sun.

  • Kevin

    “Perchance to Dream”
    “The Hitch-Hiker”
    “Walking Distance”
    “The After Hours”
    “Shadow Play”
    I have a soft spot in my heart for “The Trouble with Templeton”, because it originally aired the same day I was born (12/9/60).
    I also like the hour-long episodes from the fourth season, because you don’t see those so often; e.g. Mute (with a young Ann Jillian), Jess-Belle, Miniature, and On Thursday We Leave for Home.

  • The Blue Carbuncle

    Favorites of the original series: “To Serve Man”, “Time Enough At Last”, “The Obsolete Man” “One for the Angels”, “A Stop At Willoughby”.
    From the 1985 series: “I of Newton”, “The Storyteller”, “A Small Talent for War”, “Welcome to Winfield”, “Profile in Silver” 
    So many great episodes there are no bad choices.

  • Bjodrie

    Another good episode,The Time Element(1958)Westinghouse Desilu Plahouse.(Rod Seling)William Bendix goes back to Pearl Harbor on Dec 6 1941.(First Twilight Zone)

  • Moodie4563

    i think the twilight zone was real good story that we can not find todayrod serling and it crew did a super job on story to bring to tell us about.i miss the show and it story.i like the show it was different.like the one people attend a read of a will but they must mask for one night to get a fortuate.when they took the mask off they were all horrorible ugly face.bye for now shopperken.

  • Tamandjoe81

    I’ve TRIED to limit it to 5 and am convinced it CANNOT BE DONE!!! So here are my favorites: 
    Kick the Can, Nothing In the Dark, The Invaders, The Midnight Sun, Long Distance Call, To Serve Man, Perchance to Dream, The Howling Man, One For the Angels, The After Hours

  • Raven111cats

    I have a lot more than 5, but here are some of them:  After Hours, Mirror Image, King Nine Will Not Return, To Serve Man, and The Monsters of Maple Street.  Also, runners-up; The Living Doll, and the one where William Shatner and his wife keep visiting the fortune telling machine.

    Some of the hour long ones were: (I can’t remember the titles) but one was where a man had passed on and hell wouldn’t take his dog, then he ran into the heaven’s gatekeeper and he said “God never would have kept your dog out”, that one might be The Hunt, but I’m not sure.  Another one was where guys were in a submarine and the captain who had been in charge had let his crew drown, they came to the same place where it happened, and he kept hearing tapping, from his dead crew.

  • Ganderson

    Three cheers for an excellent post and reviving some great memories.  I agree with the sum of the comments: “five ‘best’ episodes? – try the 50 best.”  I have two nominations which I don’t think have been mentioned yet, they’re somewhat under-rated and coincidently, both star Lee Marvin.  “The Grave’ was a western ghost story about a washed-up lawman being challenged to go visit the grave of his recently deceased gunslinger adversary.  The result is a great spooky story with an unexpected twist for an ending.  The other is “Steel” which was something of an inspiration for the Hugh Jackman sci-fi flick “Real Steel.”  Marvin plays an ex-boxer who has become a manager in a future where human boxing is outlawed and only robot/androids are allowed in the ring.  His machine, Battling Maxo, is an obsolete wreck and so Marvin takes extreme measures to fullfil a contract for a match.  Both are great episodes in a great anthology series.

  • Masprehe

    forgot that one loved that elizabeth montgomery

  • swordfish

    love almost all episodes. there were a few stinkers but almost all were very entertaing and some were truly moving. that theme music, boy thats a real pavlovs dog moment for me .plus rod serling and that ever present cigarette doing the intro. so many years later and most episodes still hold up. 

  • Dog888k

    Never really got to regularly watch Twilight Zone (my folks didn’t like it), but 2 episodes I remember were the one in which one of a bigamist’s several wives killed the other wives and bigamist and la killer ended up staying together (I will not tell the cops if you don’t tell on me.). And the other show was one set down south in which a guy killed his babydoll wife and put her head in a jar.

    • Percy

      Twilight Zone is playing every night at eleven PM on ME-TV a  new station I believe.
      The worst of them are 99% better than the muck that is on now

    • Xalf18

      These do not sound like The Twilight Zone but perhaps “Ray Bradbury Theater”.  The episode with the guy down south is titled:  “The Jar”, where this guy buys a jar with something in it and displays it to his family and friends.  He kills his babydoll wife and dismembers her, putting her body parts in the jar, which has everyone guessing as to what or who is in the jar.

    • Barbie

      “The Jar”  was an episode of  ” The Alfred Hitchcock Hour”. 

  • WD

    My top five episodes are:  (1) Eye of the Beholder, (2) The Invaders, (3) To Serve Man, (4) Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, and (5) The Long Distance Call.  Most of the Twilight Zone episodes are very well written and some of them have surprise endings which kept the audience in suspense.  One of my very favorite episodes in The Invaders because it shows what an exceptional actress that Agnes Moorehead was.  She kept the audience in suspense without ever saying a word.  She only made various sounds, and like the silent screen stars of the 20’s, she brought the story line to life with only facial expressions and body language. To me, she is the female Claude Rains of acting because of her range and ability to upstage some of the best leading actors and actresses.

  • LindaBeth727

    I love ‘The Bewitching Pool’…not one of the BEST, to me that belongs to ‘Time Enough to Last’, but, a nice fantasy!! I also love ‘Walking Distance’ and the episode where the Pioneer Man climbs over the summit and finds a diner. David White as the father who bought a robotic ‘grandmother’ rounds out my top 5…

    • Seamonkey

      Your pioneer is Cliff Robertson in “A Hundred Yards Over the Rim” S2/S23. And White was in “I Sing the Body Electric” S3/E35. White was also in “A World of Difference” S1/E23, not recognizable to me!

  • Old Timer

    The only one I remember by title is “An Occurrence  at Owl Creek Bridge”, a tale with a civil war setting.  The ending just knocked my socks off!

    • Seamonkey

      “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” can be found in S5/E22.

  • Raven111cats

    Some more favorites I recall.  Death’s Head Revisited, A Penny for your Thoughts, Nick of Time, the one where Cliff Robertson left his covered wagon, walked over the rim, and saw a diner, Little People.  Of the hour long ones, don’t remember the titles, but one was Burgess Meredith as Satan who helped a newspaper man become successful by making everything that was printed in the paper come true, the other a corrupt businessman goes back in time and is ruined by the person he ruined in the opening scene, he ends up with Julie Newmar in Devlin’s Travel Agency.

    • Seamonkey

      Cliff Robertson’s episode you mentioned is “A Hundred Yards Over the Rim” S2/E23. I failed to recognize him in either of his episodes and Peter Falk in The Mirror S3/E6.

    • Narc Trail

      You didn’t recognize him in the episode with Julie Newmar, because that is Albert Salmi as the main charcater.

  • Joestalin

    I love the “Bewithching Pool”; wished I had one as a kid.  “Next Stop, Willoughby”, also a favorite. And of course, “To Serve Man; yummy.

  • Dee6760

    I liked them all.

  • wayne nichols

    The episode with Dennis Weaver where he is in a dream time loop.  He dreams he is on trial for murder.  The same people are in every dream playing the district attorney, the defense attorney, the trial judge, the jury.  They change roles in each dream cycle.  He never wakes up from the dream.  The dream just keeps recycling.

    • wayne nichols

      The episode I am referring to is “Shadow Play”, May 5, 1961 with Dennis Weaver.  Dennis was on loan from Gunsmoke. 

    • Seamonkey

      It’s from S2/E26. (no I have nothing better I can be doing right now. Bedridden from pain and bored. I hope no one minds me labeling all the episodes people mention! I’ve just finished a 3 day merathon of Twilight Zone, excluding season 4. But now I’ve found it on HuluPlus (and there was much rejoicing) and look forward to watching it tonight.

  • Sdhumphries

    My favorites are : 1. The Doll with Telly Salvales, 2.  Kick the Can  3.  To Serve Man   4.  The Obsolete Man 
     5.  the one with Robert Duvall falling in love with a lady in a display case at the museum.  there are so many to choose from.  I also like all the ones with Burgess Meredith (Mr. Dingle and time At last.  jack Klugman and Jonathan Winters was a good episode. Cesar and Me was good.  Both of the ones that cliff robertson was in.  I could go on and on.  I really enjoyed all of the Twilight Zone episodes.

    • Seamonkey

      Robert Duvall was in “Minature” S4/E8, Winters/Klugman were together in “A Game of Pool” S3/E5 (I enjoyed seeing Winters in a dramatic role.) Robertson was in “A Hundred Yards Over the Rim” S2/E23 and “The Dummy” S3/E33.

  • Raven111cats

    While I liked 98% of them, there were a few stinkers for me.  1)  Nightmare at 15,000 feet (a stinker for me), 2)  Sing the Body Electric (the title says it all), 3)  Two (boring)  4) The Obsolete Man (I agreed with everything he was saying, but the segment was incredibly boring), 5) ( can’t remember the title but it was about a black kid running up and down an apartment stairs and rooftop shouting “please, Boley, please”.  Either it didn’t have a plot or I missed the whole thing.)

    • Seamonkey

      You “missed the plot”. It may not be a rememberable episode but there is more to it than a boy (no matter his color as it doesn’t pertain to the story) racing around yelling “Boley”. “The Big Tall Wish” S1/E27 is about a young boy, expertly played by Steve Perry, who believes wishes can come true if one believes. He wishes hard for his friend & father figure Boley to win his comeback boxing match. I didn’t care for the story much but the impressive acting of young Perry left me researching for movies to watch him in. He has great and able to hold his own in “A Raisin in the Sun” with a talented cast that was led by Sidney Poitier. Try giving it another watch!

    • Bruce Reber

      “Two” – was that the episode about two soldiers, the last survivors of a nuclear war, with Elizabeth Montgomery (later of “Bewitched” fame) as the Russian and Charles Bronson as the American?

  • Ericstone6

    I don’t remember the name of the episode but in it Robert Redford played death. Gladys George was wonderful as an old women trying her best to keep death at bay. To this day it makes me feel good whenever I watch it.

    • Seamonkey

      “Nothing in the Dark” S3/E16. It is a great episode!!

  • Vesty

    In no particular order…: “The Invaders”, Agnes Moorehead in a fabulous non-speaking role, “It’s a Good Life”, Billy Mumy’s spooky performance steals the show, “In Praise of Pip”, Jack Klugman & Billy Mumy (“You are Pop, you’re my best buddy”…still brings tears to my eyes), “Living Doll”, Telly Savales…(“My name is Talkie Tina, and I’m going to kill you”….still sends the chills up my spine!), and “Night of the Meek”, Art Carney as the department store Santa, whose only wish was to be the biggest gift giver of them all….

    But really, there are far to many to list….I can go on….and on…and on…and on…so can we all!

  • Bmeupdee7

    There are so many its hard to choose.  My favorite that comes to mind (including so many of those already mentioned) “Little Girl Lost” dealing with alternate dimensions, an episode with Jack Warden as a prisoner named Cory, on an isolated planet, given a life-like female android to keep him company, “Doppleganger” I believe with Vera Ellen in a Bus station.  Also, the episode with Ann Francis, shopping in a department store, unaware that she’s one of the manniquins on a ‘month’s’ vacation. 

    • Wayne P.

      Vera Miles was in that episode from the bus station with Martin Milner…

  • Sleon50

    5. Shadow Play, 4.The Arrival, 3.A World of Difference, 2.And When The Sky Was Open, and the best is
    1. A Stop At Willoughby(with James Daly)

  • Percy

    I believe these were both on Twilight both one man episodes. Micky Rooney as someone that owes money. The enforcers are coming to collect and he tries to raise cash on the phone. Earl Holliman as a man in a town that is empty of people and he cannot get out of  the town, he is blocked by a invisible wall. Others show up at the end but mostly it is a one man show. Also Agnes Moorehead and the home invaders.

  • Percy

    Just think about the number of great actors in these shows. Real heavyweights.

  • Xalf18

    Percy:  The Mickey Rooney episode was “The Last Night of a Jockey” about a crooked jockey who keeps growing and growing.  He wanted to be a “big” man. (This was shown i the fifth and final season)  The other episode with Earl Holliman was the premier episode of “The Twilight Zone” titled: “Where is Everybody”.  It was an Air Force to determine how long an individual can withstand being alone until he cracks.  The Agnes Moorhead episode was called “The Invaders” (second season), where Moorhead doesn’t say a word.  As we can see, she was obviously a giant living on another planet preparing a meal until invaded by a rocketship from earth, carrying two astronauts, who she proceeds to attack.  Great episode–especially because Agnes does not say a single word.

  • Xalf18

    The Jar was seen by me on Ray Bradbury Theater.  I am looking at the DVD with that episode.  It also had been shown on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.  The story was written by Ray Bradbury.

    • Barbie

      Wow….I Did’nt Know That…..Would Have Loved To Have  Seen That Version Of   “The Jar” !!!

    • Narc Trail

      The Alfred Hitchcock version of “The Jar,” is on youtube, in 4 parts

  • Kearneysm2

    Agnes Moorehead’s Invader was my fav. The woman neverspoke a word, but was able to tell the story

  • Marvela Bolan

    My absolute favourite is the sixteenth millimetre shrine with Ida Lupino, which is supposed to be (I think), based on Mary Pickford!

    • Seamonkey

      Why Mary Pickford? I don’t recall her wallowing in the days if her youth. Doesn’t mean she didn’t…

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.edelman Bill Edelman

    Time Enough at Last

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OXN2QZUXU3XIXGROXT7HSDRKEU Redgirlycat

    thge one with the kid (little girl) falling through the wall

    scared the crap out of me for a long time lol

    • Seamonkey

      That would be “Little Girl Lost” S3/E26

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.taylor.39545 Michael Taylor

    So glad you picked “Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up”. Perfect episode. Love the comedic element. Curious if any fans on here have seen any of these rare TZ episodes?
    http://www.smellslikeinfinitesadness.com/7-forgotten-twilight-zone-episodes/

  • http://www.facebook.com/christine.kruggel.7 Christine Kruggel

    C’mon, afficionadas of ‘Twighlight Zone’ who wish Rod Serling was our muse, the best episode is
    ‘Eye of the Beholder’. #2 , ‘The Invaders’ is a tour-de-force solo by Anges Moorehead which vies
    with the ‘MASH’ episode of Alan Alda’s solo.

    • Seamonkey

      Your vote as best, not everyone’s! Lol

  • levotb

    I would posit these as the best 5 episodes: 1) The Shelter, 2) The Fever, 3) Man In The Bottle, 4) The Execution and 5) The Invaders. Rounding out the top 10 would be 6) The Jockey, 7) The Escape Clause, 8) After Hours, 9) The Arrival and 10) Little Girl Lost. Rounding out the top 25 would be 11) Long Live Walter Jameson, 12) You Drive, 13) The Most Unusual Camera, 14) A Short Drink From A Certain Fountain, 15) The Living Doll, 16) Will The Real Martian…, 17) The New Exhibit, 18) Kick The Can, 19) 22, 20) 100 Miles Over The Rim, 21) Deathshead Revisited, 22) The Purple Testament, 23) Elegy, 24) A Stop At Willoughby and 25) To Serve Man.

  • charlie 951

    No one really talks about this one too much, but one of my favorites is “Where is everybody?”, i love it because it kick started a great series with a chilling and unforgetable episode about man’s fear of being alone. Cant say enough about how great this series was. And is :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.s.richard Eric Scott Richard

    1. Living Doll (Talky Tina)
    2. Eye of the Beholder
    3. Time Enough at Last
    4. Where is Everybody?
    5. The Odyssey of Flight 33

  • Hope

    1. Queen of the Nile, the lady steels mens youth to look good with an ancient bug, (2). The Hunt (man and dog go hunting an drown), (3), The last rites of Jeff Myrtlebank, (guy climbs out of coffin) (4) Long Distance Call (Billy Mummy, calls his dead grandmother on phone, (5) Howling Man.

  • lunenberg

    Definetely the Rip Van Winkle Caper is amongst the best. “One drink, one bar of gold, that’s the price but it may chage tomorrow”

  • DS

    The Talking TIna Doll with Telly Savalas and The Meek episode with Art Carney

  • Rich

    Although I cannot and will not disagree with any comment written here, for me, one of the six video-taped episodes called ‘Twenty-Two’ just gives me the creeps. ”Room for one more, honey”. I shouldn’t have to say more than that. But they are all great and classics. Who could ever forget the first time they saw ‘Eye of the Beholder’?

  • ganderson

    I’ve already contributed a couple of votes for ‘the 50 best’ TZ episodes (can’t stop at just 5), but I need to add another one that I don’t think has been mentioned yet and just saw a month ago. “A changing of the Guard” had Donald Pleasance as an aging, bookish Eng Lit professor at a private boy’s school; he’s told just before Christmas that the trustees are not going to renew his contract and he’ll be sacked. He contemplates suicide, but has a visit with some of his previous (ghostly) students who have all died under noble circumstances and whose lives were all changed by the professor. Gets me hot behind the eyes every time. We could all wish for such a confirmation of our worth. Great episode.

  • laustcawz

    There are lots of amazing episodes–“Four O’ Clock”, “A Game Of Pool”, “Living Doll”, “Kick The Can”, “Long Distance Call”, Night Call, etc., but nothing ever quite matched “Number 12 Looks Just Like You”, perhaps the only episode (even one of the only episodes of any show ever) that’s scary as hell, heartbreaking & hysterically funny, all at the same time. This is that much more amazing, considering that it was towards the end of the series, when good, fresh ideas were running out.

  • roy

    where is everybody

  • duckman

    There are so many good Twilight Zone episodes that it’s hard to pick a favorite, But I really liked WILL THE REAL MARTIAN PLEASE STAND UP.

  • tone26

    “a penny for your thoughts” with dick york-before he married a witch

  • Paula T

    I have two favoritesThe Masks and The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine because Ida Lupino directed The Masks and performed in The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine. She was so talented.

    • Dana Thompson

      The Sixteen Millimeter Shrine is great

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1215290544 Susan Nunes

    “Walking Distance.” This might be the greatest episode in television history. I get tears in my eyes every single time I watch this. Timeless theme about how one can “never go home again,” great music. It’s also very moving because Gig Young was the star. It was tragic he never found the peace he was looking for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.m.lee.10 Charles M Lee

    I liked the episode entitled “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”. This episode shows how fear can lead divide us and make us irrational. This is a lesson we need to keep in mind these days.

    • Seamonkey

      I agree with you completely! It is a powerful story and when the neighborhood quickly slips into mob mentality is frightening to watch. Claude Akins gives a solid performance as the one lone voice of calmness and rational, reasonable thinking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.wilson.9678067 Stephen Wilson

    How could you omit “The Obsolete Man,” my vote for not only the greatest TZ ep but probably the best 30 minutes of drama ever filmed. Burgess Meredith plays Romney Wordsworth, a self-described librarian in a future totalitarian state wherein books are banned and anyone who cannot contribute to the State is deemed OBSOLETE and liquidated. Meredith was superb in the role, and Fritz Weaver, as the Inquisitor, was excellent as always. There were many great TZ eps but “Obsolete Man” will always be my favorite.

  • facetfact

    My all time favorite -Arthur Hunnicut and his dog drowning on a racoon hunt. With him unaware that they’re dead, finding themselves walking on a road they’ve never seen, they come to a gate manned by Jesse White who tells Hunnicut that this is heaven, but his dog can’t go in with him. Hunnicut refuses to go into heaven without his dog, and they keep going. They meet another man, an angel, who welcomes them into heaven – when he asks, the Angel says that of course, his dog can come in to heaven with him – the other guy is the devil and he knew the dog would have warned Hunnicut as “soon as he got a whiff of that brimstone”. The Angel says that the point is that ” You see, Mr. Simpson, A man will walk right into hell with both eyes open – but even the devil can’t fool a dog.” – Rod Serling’s voice advises people going on a long trip to an unknown place that they would be well advised to take along the family dog.. .

  • Bruce Reber

    Here are my top 5 TZ episodes – “To Serve Man”, “Eye Of The Beholder”, “Time Enough At Last” and “Obsolete” (both with Burgess Meredith), and the one where the passengers on a jetliner find they’ve traveled all the way back thorugh a time warp to prehistoric Earth (I don’t remember the title). I’ll sneak in an extra-the episode with Dennis Hopper as a fascist/white supremacist leader (I don’t remember the title of that one either).

  • Rich “The Wizard” Higginson

    All great choices – however, I just love the episode with Robert Redford as “death” trying to convince an old lady that “it’s time to go!” This is before he became a star, in “Butch Cassidy.” He looks so great here! And now – . Here’s an idea: We remake “The Picture of Dorian Gray” with Bob – This movie begins with Bob looking as he does, in his Twilight Zone episode – time passes and everything goes according to plan – but then one day Bob has to move from where he lives, and when he tries to move the famous mirror – the one, behind the curtain, he has “butter fingers” and drops it, smashing it into little pieces – HE immediately changes, is horrified by the results, tries desperately to put the mirror back together, but can’t – OR Bob eventually grows weary of the routine into which he’s trapped, shouts, “This is bogus!”, throws aside the curtain and deliberately breaks the mirror, with the same result – This could work! “I won’t call you – You call me!”

    Another great episode – the one where a man makes a pact with the devil – he can’t be killed – whereupon he commits a terrible crime (was it, he kills his wife? Definitely not “Politically Correct” there days!), is convicted of the crime, in court – WANTS the electric chair, in order to demonstrate his new status – then his attorney bursts in, with, what the attorney thinks is “great news – he’s arranged a sentence for his client of life in prison without the possibility of parole!”

    Great irony, here! The moral of this story: Don’t kill your wife! Instead, commit another bad sort of crime – such as Bernie Madoff had – and simply receive (at least the equivalent of) several life sentences!

    • Narc Trail

      I was thinking of an episode withRobert Redford as a guy who shoots a cop and is wounded and gets a prescription for the pain, and Russell Collins is the druggist and and mixes the prescription but makes a mistake and mixes one that is poison, so he sends Joby Baker to deliver the correct one, but Robert Redford thinks that Joby Baker is a cop who found out where he was holed up and shoots and kills him. Then, not knowing that Joby Baker had come to save his life, he takes the original poisoned prescription.

      But that is an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, but all of the cast members are people that you could have also found in Twilight Zone episodes, so it is easy to confuse them

    • Dana Thompson

      The Redford episode is great,

  • Uncle Phil

    Not certain of the titles but, The one about the diner with Jack Elam, Paddy (Jonathan Winters & Jack Klugman) shooting pool and Franklin becomes a compulsive gambler played brilliantly by Everet Sloan. GREAT SERIES!!!!!

    • Barbie1160

      “Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up ” ?………..”A Game Of Pool”……..and “Fever” are the episodes you are referring to !

      • Uncle Phil

        Barbie: Thanks a million. You must be a real TWILIGHT ZONE fan.

        • Barbie1160

          Your Very Welcome Uncle Phil……I Sure Am A Big “Twilight Zone” Fan !

          • Uncle Phil

            I run hot & cold on that kind of stuff. Years ago, when I was running hot, I bought a Twilight Zone book, which gives a summary of every episode. I think I have every episode on tape (VHS), but I can’t remember the names and didn’t want to look it up. So again, THANKS!!!

          • Barbie1160

            Yep, I Have The Same Book ! But, I’m Proud To Say, I Remember Most Of The Titles ! ;)

          • Uncle Phil

            I read the book back in the 90s. Took it to the shore (Avalon, NJ) and kept it at the beach house for easy,fun reading during our annual 6-week stay. I probably still have it somewhere. Book like that should not be discarded.

          • Narc Trail

            I know someone who went to Ithica College, and she said that they used to have (or maybe still do have ) a course on Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone, and use that book as the textbook

          • Uncle Phil

            That’s GREAT news, Narc. It’s about time our colleges offer courses like this.

  • Bruce Reber

    Re: my message-does anyone know the titles of the two TZ episodes i mentioned (the Jet traveling back in time and Dennis Hopper as the fascist)? I would really appreciate it!

    • Barbie1160

      Hi, Bruce……The Plane Back In Time Is “The Odyssey Of Flight 33″ (one of my favs.) And I Don’t Remember Without My Book, The Ep. With “Dennis Hopper”…….Help Someone !!!

      • Twilight

        The Title is: “He’s Alive” – from Season 4… the 1hr episodes.. Usually not broadcast.

  • Joel

    In “The Obsolete Man”, Burgess Meredith is the Pacifist Freedom Fighter in a Fritz Weaver as Judge, Fascist/Communist Hitlerian/Stalinist future. Meredith locks Weaver and himself in a room with a time bomb. The bomb is going to explode, but Meredith lets Weaver go at the last minute, just in time to hear Weaver whimper and plead for his life. In dying and showing Weaver to be a coward on national television, Meredith is a free human being; superior to a creation of an authoritarian state. Weaver faces his cronies in tribunal and is judged to be an enemy of the state as well. He is dragged along a table and seemingly pulled apart. All this and absolutely gorgeous German Expressionist angles and photography? Metropolis meets 1984!!!! Beyond awesome!

  • Stevo

    Was there an episode where a guy goes in to a dept store as it closes. then the mannequins come to life and as he runs they touch him and he changes in to a mannequin???

  • bill

    The Top Five in my opinion are: 1) When The Sky Was Opened 2) The Last Flight 3) Mirror Image 4) Walking Distance 5) The Midnight Sun. Going onto the next five: 6) Nothing In The Dark 7) Nick Of Time 8) Two 9) Persons Or Persons Unknown 10) It’s A Good Life. Of course, what people think of as the best is highly subjective.

  • Smansunsten

    1) Midnight Sun 2) Stopover in a Quiet Town 3) Shadow Play 4) Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up. Love episodes with a “gotcha” factor at the end (where you don’t see it coming).

  • Wanda

    I loved “To Serve Man”, ” It’s A Good Life”, “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up”, “Passersby”, “The Shelter”, and “Nick of Time”. Their all good episodes!!!!

    • Bruce Reber

      “It’s A Good Life” – is that the one where the little kid (Billy Mumy) with an evil stare orders everybody “Don’t make any noise while the music’s playing!”?

  • Mark Lovejoy

    I’d have to say “The Monsters Are Due on Main Street” for how fear dehumanized a friendly neighborhood, “Time Enough to Last” since I’m a bookworm too, “Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up?” for the comedy in it, “Eye of the Beholder,” with the accent on beauty and trying desperately to fit in, and “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” where a man has to prove he is not still mentally ill and that creature on the plane wing really is there.

    But they’re all good. As a writer, TZ, Tales From the Crypt reading Alfred Hitchcock anthologies have influenced me. The first story of mine I saw published had a “twist” in the end, just as these did.

  • DS

    The Living Doll, with Telly Savalas,,

    • Dana Thompson

      I don’t think I like you,

  • SML

    The country man with the hound dog confronting “the man” at the gate who won’t let the dog pass through. I tear up at the ending all the time…classic Twilight Zone. May not be the best one on an objective level, but it’s my personal favorite and the best to me.

  • Chibi

    My favorite is called “The Hunt”, about a man who goes hunting raccoons with his dog. His dog falls in the river and drowns, the old man jumps in to save the dog and also drowns. The old man comes back and finally learns that he and his dog are dead and he goes to heaven, only to be told at the first gate that the dog cannot go in. He refuses to go in, so he continues down the road to the next gate, who allows both to enter. He is afraid that his wife may go to the first gate. He is told she will be here directly and not to worry. This is my all time favorite. It is one to see!!

  • Chibi

    The story “The train to Willoby” (sp) about the man who is unhappy in the present goes home from work by train and wakes up going to this town in the past. He meets people and wants to stay, but knows he has to go back. When he does, he is not happy and tries to get back to this old town in the past. Awesome story!!! Love it.

    • Daisy

      What is creepy is that this is a suicide story. A sad, lonely man dreams of himself stopping off at an idyllic Edwardian village. He jumps from the train to his death, and the local funeral home is “Wiiloughby’s” It is all very metaphoric, and very creepy.

  • or pick a name

    My most memorable episode, but hardly a favorite, is the one where Diana Hyland comes back from the future and keeps chasing herself trying to warn her not to marry the guy that she does end up marrying, because it will ruin her life.

    I wish that she had showed up in real life and had given me that same warning.

    “Spur of the Moment”

  • Louie Martinez

    My favorite Twilight Zone episode is “No Time Like The Past’

  • Stephen

    Death’s Head Revisited to me is the best one by far. It had a twist I don’t think anyone saw coming at any point while watching it. The acting was beyond superb. The story is what every person with a soul wants to see actually happen. It was the epitome of genius by Serling.

  • Stephen

    The greatest ones were usually the ones that illustrated points to the audience. The Invaders, The Eye of the Beholder, Night Color Me Black, The Obsolete Man, Death’s Head Revisited, Number 12 looks just like you etc.

  • Ric

    My all time favorite is the “Masks” so true even today of how fake people can be…then of course “Next Stop Billingsly” and the one with Anne Francis…can’t remember the name but she’s a Mannequin in the Dept. Store…also like the one with the Children diving in the pool….again pretty much all of them with the exception of the writers five…have seen them so many times and I will take a bathroom break if there on….

  • Ric

    Error, “Next Stop Willoughby” and yes The one with I think Gladys Cooper where she is bedridden, the lines are down, her phone keeps ringing then she answers her phone, and it’s her dead boyfriend

  • Andy Geisel

    1.) Walking Distance with Gig Young. Easily the best of the entire series! 2.) The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street, great commentary on the monsters that still lurk inside a supposedly civilized society, 3.) Two, a TZ take on Adam and Eve, with tremendous acting by Elizabeth Montgomery and Charles Bronson, and it does a lot with very little dialogue, 4.) The Old Man In The Cave, a smartly-written post-apocalyptic tale with the TZ’s usual twist on the Aesop’s Fable ending, 5.) TIE: An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge, a Civil War morality tale derived from a French film, it is perhaps the single most curious of the TZ episodes, in terms of construction, but it no less powerful in its message and delivery, and The Jeopardy Room, in which Martin Landau steels the episode as a KGB agent trapped inside a hotel room. Richard Donner’s nail-biting directing is marvelous, and for a “bottle show” (episodes that take place in only a few or one single set), they don’t get any better than this one!

    • Deborah

      Finally! I thought everyone had forgotten The Monsters are Due on Maple Street, my favorite among many! There are so many-Serling was a genius.

      • Andy Geisel

        Right on Deborah …

  • Andy Geisel

    Honorable Mention: “Nick of Time,” in which William Shatner has never been better, “Time Enough at Last” and “The Obsolete Man,” gotta love the great Burgess Meredith in these two gems, “A Passage for Trumpet,” which shows off the incredible range of Jack Klugman in a story which exquisitely mixes literary and musical metaphors and Mr. Bevis, a delightful, quirky episode with Orson Bean excelling as the title character.

  • jayalay

    So many Twilight Zone favorites! But I think first of “The Invaders” where Agnes Moorehead rules without saying a word! Also love “Next Stop Willoughby.” And the episode where Anne Francis turned out to be a mannequin… “After Hours.”

    • Dana Thompson

      Next Stop Willoughby, classic and “After Hours”

  • elly

    There are so many episodes that I love! I think my favorite is the one in which Art Carney ends up as Santa, I think it is called “Night of the Meek”. It is very moving and enjoyable. Another episdoe that I love is the one in which a brother and sister go swimming in a pond to escape their cruel parents who are talking of divorce. They end up in a home in which a very elderly woman cares for them. I can’t remember the name of that episode but really enjoy it. Also Living Doll and To Serve Man are favorites too

    • Andy Geisel

      Oh, elly, great call. Night of the Meek is one of my favorites and if it comes around at Christmas especially, I love to put it on my “must DVR” list for essential viewing. Very touching episode.

    • Renluv

      That was The Bewitching Pool. I linked that as one of my faves

    • Jill King

      It was called The Witching Pool elly.

  • Barbie1160

    You Are So Right, Andy ! “Walking Distance” My Very Favorite Episode !!!

  • HopeDiamond

    I have so many, but I’ll mention the few I can think of right now. Death’s Head Revisited, After Hours, King Nine Will Not Return, the hour long one where the man and his dog were rejected at a gate and the next gatekeeper said, “that was hell, god never would have kept your dog out.”, and another hour long one where a navy officer had abandoned his crew in the war, he was in a submarine with other sailors years later, the sub was back where he had abandoned his men, he kept hearing a tapping. can’t remember either of those titles. great tv series.

    • Shadow

      “The Hunt” with Arthur Hunnicutt, Jeanette Nolan and his hound dog Rip is my all time favorite TZ episode!

      • apsutter

        The Hunt was amazing and so sweet. The old man and Rip and his wife were wonderful

  • jrr22

    I like the episode where the little girl falls out of her bed, rolls under it and disappears.

    • Jill King

      Oh, I didn’t like that one jrr22, but I’m glad somebody out there did.

  • peggy

    So many favorite episodes! I’ll list a few: Five Characters In Search of an Exit, Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up, The Howling Man, I Am The Night, Color Me Black, and Night Call. Night Call is one of my very favorites, Gladys Cooper was brilliant, as usual. And that late night phone call when the voice finally spoke and when she hears him,she drops the phone? I still get chills.

    My daughter and I were once watching this episode about a quarter till midnight and suddenly our phone rang! No kidding. Talk about being spooked. It was a friend who was in the military at the time and he was stationed in Japan, but boy, were we freaked! Ha!!!!

    Also loved The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street and Midnight Sun. Great shows, I am very glad I finally bought the entire series on DVD.

  • Mark Malak

    They’re all great,but my favorite is”22″.Not only is it genuinely terrifying,but it gave beautiful Barbara Nichols a chance to show what a fine actress she really was.

  • Nicolas Destino

    Why has no one mentioned “Ring-a-ding-girl?” This is such a weird and poignant story from season 5. Watch Hildy’s (Mary Munday’s) performance in the end as she’s desperately calling out for her sister. It’s heartbreaking. Also, this is an episode you can critically analyze over and over to draw different conclusions. Watch it!

    • apsutter

      Love that one! Season 5 has so many excellent episodes!

  • Kittycat

    Steel, that episode always gives me the creeps. The dead eyes of the robotic boxer are freaky.

  • Dana Thompson

    “the Hitchhiker” continues to spook me out to this day, also “Night Caller”, “The Howling Man”, Walking Distance” (can watch this over and over, too many to list right now

  • apsutter

    One of my favorites is one that no one seems to care for but I just love it! It was called Come Wander With Me and it was about the folk singer who stole songs from country folk and got rich off of them. The story was very strange but the girl’s singing during the episode is so hauntingly beautiful. I also like The Hunt and Number 12 Looks Just Like You. But the one I find the saddest and most haunting is the one with the Civil War widow on her porch watching the Confederate soldiers return home but it turns out that she’s dead and it’s the souls of dead soldiers who were passing her by. Then Abe Lincoln comes down the road and says that he’s the last casualty of the war. So sad and the man who played Abe was great.

  • footcenter

    Its a good life, the invaders, eye of the beholders , time enough to last and nightmare at 20,000 feet were all milestone in tv history. I am also very fond of another shatner episode nick of time by Richard matheson where he can’t leave the cheap fortune teller machine

  • Tommy Bokori

    nick of time is one of my favorites, too. also loved A Stop At Willoughby I believe was it’s title with Wm. Windom.

  • Renluv

    To serve man, the bewitching pool, time enough at last, the hitchhiker, and after hours.

  • Monique LaCosta

    Just by the title alone I still think of Vic Morrow. Sorry.

  • Jill King

    The Howling Man was lame! Night Call with Gladys Cooper was fantastic!!!!

  • Dana Thompson

    Nightcall is Amazing and so is The Hitchhiker, that’s one of the creepiest for me, I love the Howling Man and to think it is lame is not to realize the power of the Devil, who is real by the way and Rod Serling Knew that, I also like the one with Robert Redford & Gladys Cooper about Mr. Death, and The Fever is great, way to many to mention

  • Jon Baker

    My favorite five were The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms, The Last Flight, The Hitch-Hiker, The Howling Man and A Hundred Yards Over The Rim. There were many many more that were really good, but these were the ones that really sent a message

    • jim

      Then you should like: Changing of the guard. I still get a tear for him. Reminds me od my WW2 friends that are much older than myself.

  • Daisy

    It is impossible to really pick favorites since they’re all good, even the “worst” of them. I have two Top-Five catagories: The ones I really liked, and the ones that actually DID scare me.

    The ones I really liked:
    1. The two Shatner stories. I suppose they should be considered as two, but the central figure in both is The Shat, so put them both together,
    2. “Eye of the Beholder”. This is a brilliant statement on how we perceive things, and STNG actually had an away team from the Enterprise land on this same planet.
    3. The one where a popular author could create his own reality in his books, including his choice of wives. At least one or two funny movies were made based on similar plots.
    4. The one with the old man and his dog, killed in a hunting accident, and looking to get into Heaven. Great story

    The ones that actually scared me:
    1. The man with the terrifying continous dreams that finally gave him a fatal heart attack. Very, very disturbing and scary.
    2. “Room for One More”. Not the first story about being warned by prophetic dreams, but this is certainly one the best and mist frightening.
    3. The strange silent episode about a Confederate prisoner about to be hanged by Yankees, but he manages an impossible escape and tries to run home. And just before he can reach the frighteningly illusive arms of his wife, BANG. He’s just been hanged, and the whole escape sequence was played in his mind within that nano-second between the start and finish of the actual hanging! Gives me the creeps every time.
    4. “The Hitchhiker”. A great favorite with a lot of people, and a good scary tale in the bargain.
    5. The one about the Doppleganger in a bus station, absorbing the identies of at least two known people. Very creepy.

    I have a lot of other favorites, but this will do for now.

    • http://www.moviesunlimited.com Gary Cahall

      Good choices, Daisy. By the way, that episode with the Civil War soldier about to be hanged was actually 1962’s An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, a French-made short film based on the Ambrose Bierce tale of the same name. The story goes that Rod Serling was having budget battles with CBS and managed to get the rights to air the short for much less than it would have cost to shoot a new episode. It also won a Best Live-Action Short Subject Academy Award, which I guess makes TZ an Oscar-winning TV series.

    • Mike B

      Great choices, your ‘scary’ list are the ones that frightened me as a kid. ‘Perchance to Dream’ is the first one you listed. As a kid I remember Richard Conte on the roller coaster holding on for dear life and the evil laugh of the girl, forget her name. Scared the dickens outta me!!

      • Daisy

        Still scares the dickens outta me, too!!

  • Bruce Reber

    The episode where a man (Richard Erdman) comes into posession of a stopwatch that enables him to stop time and freeze everything and everyone (except himself). I forgot the title – does anyone know what it is?

    • John Fraraccio

      A Kind of a Stopwatch, fifth season.

      • Bruce Reber

        The “kicker” ending of that episode – the watch is stopped, and when he tries to start it again it doesn’t work, and he ends up in a world with everyone and everything around him frozen in eternity!

  • John Fraraccio

    Five episodes whose endings I DID NOT expect: Where Is Everybody?, The Eye of the Beholder (of course), Nick of Time, The Hitch-Hiker, and The Invaders (of course). Special mention of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, the series-ending broadcast of which was quite the brilliant move of a producer. Other episodes are equally memorable but you tend to remember even more the ones that sneak up in front of you.

    • Andy Geisel

      John … I’m with you on all counts, but especially Where Is Everybody? and An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge. Great episodes.

  • Liam

    Is there an episode where a boy meets his mother before he is born to try and persuade her to choose marriage over career so that he could be born?

    • Liam

      Question answered, New twilight Zone, 1985 Little Boy Lost.. Thanks

  • Allaiyah

    How does The Invaders get an honorable mention? That’s one of the worst episodes ever.

    • jbourne5181

      that’s being a little harsh – tell me you .knew Agnes Moorehead was a giant

    • Ken Simon

      Taste is subjective. It’s pretty much a one-person episode, told entirely through action until the reveal, so Moorehead had to carry the whole thing with just her characterization of an old woman alone frightened and under attack. And then there’s the reveal.

  • Geri C

    Does anyone remember an episode of the Twilight Zone where a
    man and woman were alone in a large city. There empty cars, stores, and tall buildings
    all around but no other people. They wandered about throughout the episode looking
    for some other life… then at the end you hear a woman calling her son, telling
    him to “put his toys away” it was time for dinner or bed or something…. Then as the boy lifts the lid and begins to
    cover the “City” the people begin to cower as darkness covers their little sity….?

    • Angel Martinez

      Stopover In A Quiet Town

      • Jaime Contreras

        It is actually a little girl whose giggles are heard throughout the episode.

        • Ken Simon

          And the actress in that episode, Carol Malone, just passed away last week.

          • Bob

            Her name was Nancy Malone!

  • Tsagiglalal

    -There was an episode I only saw once…there was a man and woman in a car that kept catching up with time. Every time they did, they had to wait until that bit of time was built and they were able to move on. I’m almost positive it was Twilight Zone. Does anyone know what the title is?

    • John Fraraccio

      A Matter of Minutes, Season 1, Episode 15 of the mid-Eighties Zone. (Weird…)

      • Tsagiglalal

        Thank You John.

  • jbourne5181

    liked the 5 you mentioned but i’d add the one with the talking doll Tina which starred Telly Savalas

    • Lee

      yeah i was so afraid of any talking dolls after seeing that

      • David Adams

        “Kick the Can”

  • jbourne5181

    was’nt there one where a little girl gets stuck in a different dimension and the “closing” entrance is in the wall of her bedroom? creepy creepy creepy. sorry, can’t remember the title

    • Ocrisia

      Little Girl Lost. They also used the premise in the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror VI.

      • Mindy Newell

        Um…can you say HEAVY influence on “Poltergeist?” :-) I agree, great movie.

  • badleg60

    1 And When the Sky Was Opened with Rod Taylor, Charles Aidman and Jim Hutton
    2 Night of the Meek with Art Carney and John Fiedler*

    3 The Thirty Fathom Grave with Simon Oakland,John Considine and Mike Kellum
    4 The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street with Jack Weston, Claude Akins, and Barry Atwater
    5 To Serve Man with Lloyd Bochner and Richard Kiel
    *My family watches this episode every Christmas while we are trimming our tree. Its one of our favorite holiday traditions.
    An Honorable Mention goes to Nothing In the Dark with Gladys Cooper and Robert Redford. They had good chemistry

  • MeMe

    While “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?” and “The Howling Man” are great, my favorite is “Two”.

  • Quiggy

    My favorite is one I never get to see whenever some station does a marathon run. I saw it late night on local TV back in the early 80’s once, and it stuck with me, but I never saw it again until I got it on DVD. “The Old Man in the Cave” was one that takes place after a nuclear war. The townspeople depend on a man who gets his advice from “the old man in the cave” who determines whether food is contaminated. James Coburn plays a military guy who shows up and there is a contest of wills between the guy seeing “the old Man in the Cave” for advice and the military guy. Finally the military guy convinces the townspeople that they should go find out who the “old man”is. It turns out its a computer. The townspeople destroy the computer and eat the food. In the end only the guy who was getting the advice is left alive, the food was contaminated.

  • Mindy Newell

    TO SERVE MAN; THE INVADERS; NIGHTMARE AT 20,000 FEET and the other Bill Shatner one; the one with Redford as Death (is that Gladys Cooper as the old lady?); the one with Clint Easwood as the pioneer who goes over the hill looking for water and suddenly finds himself in the 20th century (and brings back aspirin for his son); TIME ENOUGH AT LAST with Burgess Meredith; the one where Jack Klugman plays pool with Minnesota Fats (although that name is never used, IIRC); OWL CREEK (yeah, I know that’s not the full name); the one with the man and the woman who turn out to be Adam and Eve; the one with Elizabeth Montgomery (with black hair!) and Charles Bronson as two survivors after a nuclear war; THE HOWLING MAN; so many!

    • Ocrisia

      OMG i loved the one where the pioneer goes over the hill and ends up in the 20th century…I never realized that was Clint Eastwood though! The Twilight Zone was such a great show. I have a few shows I watch and love now, but there have been very few television shows that are up there with the Twilight Zone. I recently watched the newer version (I think it started in 2002 or so) and they did’t even come close. Rod Serling was amazing. Actually I think it was the Twilight zone that got me into sci-fi and horror, and I especially love anthology books. Never really thought about it before, but it was definitely the first creepy/psychological thriller I ever watched.

  • Barbie1160

    Hi…..That’s Cliff Robertson In “A Hundred Yards Over The Rim”……I Love That Episode Too !

  • kirk

    Any episode that had Burgess Meridith featured in the story!!

  • Donald Alvord

    Donald Alvord • a few seconds ago
    Probe7 Over & Out , I shot an Arrow, To Serve Man, The Rip Van Wrinkle Caper, Time Enough at Last

  • Rob Aguilar

    What is the episode where time is moving very slowly and a man tries to stop a truck before it hits a child on a tricycle?

    • Ken Simon

      That was The Outer Limits, but it too was b&w and was one of their more Zone-y episodes/

  • Jane Perkins

    I love three written by Earl Hamner, Jr. — Ring-a-Ding Girl (the movie star who visits her hometown but has actually died in a plane crash), The Bewitchin’ Pool (the 2 kids who dive into their pool and go to a happy place, away from bickering parents), and Black Leather Jackets (Shelly Fabares is a teenager who likes a motorcycle guy who is really an alien; the address of her home is actually Hamner’s Hollywood street address).

  • Laura

    Any episode with Billy Mumy, William Shatner, and the word “Man” in the title … in addition to The Masks, Ceasar and Me and Living Doll!

  • Billy L.

    My all-time favorite is “A Little Piece and Quite”. Its a story about a woman who finds a relic and wears it as a necklace charm. Anytime she says the words “shut up”, time stands still. It takes place during the nuclear war scares from Russia. A atom bomb is approaching the ground as she stops time just before it strikes the ground. What do you do? Start time again and destroy the entire planet or live the rest of your life alone? These are the questions you ask a viewer as the episode has ended. Great episode. Period.

  • Frankish B

    “Five characters in search of an exit.” That one did it for me. The vastness. Drove me nuts. Still does. As many times I watch it I still wonder what is at the top. Oh yeh, got to love the Ballerina.

    • Barbie1160

      A Doll Donation Container Is What They Are In…..Like The Salvation Army Or The Like…..Always Liked This Episode !

      • Frankish B

        10-4 on the doll donation container Barbie. My bad. I should have made my self clearer. For we all saw them 100’s of times, sadly we all know the ending. Sometimes I reflect back to the first time I saw it, Like when I was trying to figure out the ending. You know, Have a little fun with it. keep it alive. Multiple endings if you will. Man that Rod Serling, God bless him.

        • Barbie1160

          That’s Okay…..I Kinda Wish The Ending Could Be Different……I Remember The First Time I Saw That Episode……I Was Like Wow ! That Was Really Cool !!! Gotta Love Rod Serling !!!

          • Frankish B

            Barbie, The ending could be any way you wish it to be. I feel the truth is… There is no confirmed ending. Peace.

          • Barbie1160

            How True ! Another Episode I Love Is “Shadow Play”, When Rod Says At The End Of The Episode…..”What If A Dream Were Reality ? And Reality (as we think we know it) Is A Really A Dream ?”……..Now That Leaves Me Feeling Kind Of Strange……..

          • Bruce Reber

            Each TZ episode skewed the line between reality and fantasy to some extent, IMO.

  • Bruce Reber

    I need the titles of three more TZ episodes – the one where a spaceship lands on a planet where a giant woman (Agnes Moorehead) is trying to kill the astronauts who have entered her house – the one where two soldiers, the sole survivors of a nuclear war, one Russian (Elizabeth Montgomery) and the other American (Charles Bronson) try to co-exist with each other, and the one where an ex-Nazi concentration camp commandant (played by Nehemiah Persoff, if I remember correctly) is on a ship and being haunted by the ghosts of his victims. They’re also three of my favorites. Can someone help me?

    • Barbie1160

      Hi, Bruce…..”The Invaders” With Agnes Moorhead And “Two” With Charles Bronson And Elizabeth Montgomery…..The Third Episode Title Escapes Me For The Moment…..Somebody Help !

    • Gary Cahall

      Bruce, I think the Holocaust TZ episode you’re thinking of was the third-season program Death’s Head Revisited, with Oscar Beregi as a former Dachau officer who returns to the camp 15 years later and Joseph Schildkraut as the ghostly inmate who subjects Beregi to an otherworldly retribution. The Nehemiah Persoff episode was season one’s Judgment Night, where he played a WWII U-boat captain who sinks a civilian ship, then finds himself a passenger on that ship just before it’s blown up.