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The Twilight Zone

This page is devoted to Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone, a tv series so popular 3 episodes were remade into a popular motion picture almost 20 years after it left tv, not counting William Shatner's movie Horror At 37000 Feet. Click here for silent version of this page if you have trouble hearing the TZ themesong (no daily listings)
There have even been books written about Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone.

Rod Serling created & hosted the CBS tv series 10-2-59 to 9-5-65, with the exception of the 1 hour pilot, which was hosted by Desi Arnaz (a story in which the subject kept waking up in a Pearl Harbor waterfront bar on 12-7-41, but couldn't get anyone to believe him: not bartender Jesse White in 1941 or psychiatrist Martin Balsom in the present), and is not seen on the Sci-Fi channel (TV Land has exclusive rights). Though Ray Bradbury was not credited for it, one of his novels was adapted for a classic episode in which a man is on trial for not turning in his books to be burned as ordered by a government.
All the other episodes were half hour with the exception of 1963 when CBS tried hour-long episodes. But the fans seemed to prefer the more concentrated writing and suspense of 30 minutes and the series returned to half-hour stories the remaining 2 years. When Twilight Zone ended its run in 1965, Serling went on to other projects and CBS assigned the writers & directors to a new science fiction-western project called Wild Wild West. When West ended its run in 1970, Rod Serling needed them back for a new series on NBC called Night Gallery starting with a 3-segment Night Gallery movie.

haunted tombstone A few Twilight Zone episodes, the TZ movie, and a couple of recent versions of Rod Serling stories are available on video or on DVD, followed by this month's episode titles showing on the Sci-Fi channel:

Treasures of the Twilight Zone

Twilight Zone - Vol. 1-43 (1959/62)

Twilight Zone - Season 1 is available on DVD from Amazon.com

2 regular 30-minute or 1 hour-long episode(s) are sometimes broadcast in a 1-hour timeslot unless noted. 5am episodes are usually followed by a 5:30 episode without commercials (see separate list below). Up to 6am is night of date shown; it's not morning until the sun comes up
Combined listings including 5:30am Cable In The Classroom TZ eps (no commercials)
08/07/2007 01:00 AM  ONCE UPON A TIME     
08/07/2007 01:30 AM  FIVE CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN EXIT     
08/08/2007 01:30 AM  A QUALITY OF MERCY     
08/09/2007 01:00 AM  NOTHING IN THE DARK     
08/09/2007 01:30 AM  ONE MORE PALLBEARER     
08/11/2007 09:00 AM  PERCHANCE TO DREAM    
08/11/2007 05:00 AM  THE SELF-IMPROVEMENT OF SALVADORE ROSS    
08/11/2007 05:30 AM  NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS JUST LIKE YOU    
08/12/2007 01:30 AM  JUDGMENT NIGHT    
08/12/2007 05:00 AM  BLACK LEATHER JACKETS    
08/12/2007 05:30 AM  THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD     
08/13/2007 01:00 AM  DEAD MAN'S SHOES     
08/13/2007 01:30 AM  THE HUNT    
08/14/2007 01:00 AM  SHOWDOWN WITH RANCE MCGREW    
08/14/2007 01:30 AM  KICK THE CAN    
08/15/2007  TWILIGHT ZONE Mini-marathon      
           08:00 AM  JESS-BELLE    
           09:00 AM  MINIATURE    
           10:00 AM  PRINTER'S DEVIL     
           11:00 AM  NO TIME LIKE THE PAST    
           12:00 PM  THE PARALLEL    
           01:00 PM  I DREAM OF GENIE    
           02:00 PM  THE NEW EXHIBIT    
           03:00 PM  OF LATE I THINK OF CLIFFORDVILLE    
08/15/2007 12:30 AM  AND WHEN THE SKY WAS OPENED    
08/15/2007 01:00 AM  A PIANO IN THE HOUSE    
08/15/2007 01:30 AM  TO SERVE MAN    
08/16/2007 01:00 AM  THE LAST RIGHTS OF JEFF MYRTLEBANK    
08/16/2007 01:30 AM  THE FUGITIVE    
08/16/2007 04:30 AM  WHAT YOU NEED    
08/18/2007 05:00 AM  NIGHT CALL     
08/18/2007 05:30 AM  FROM AGNES WITH LOVE     
08/19/2007 01:00 AM  PERSON OR PERSONS UNKNOWN    
08/19/2007 01:30 AM  THE LITTLE PEOPLE    
08/19/2007 05:00 AM  SPUR OF THE MOMENT     
08/19/2007 05:30 AM  IN THE PRAISE OF PIP    
08/20/2007 01:00 AM  FOUR O'CLOCK    
08/20/2007 01:30 AM  THE TRADE-INS    
08/22/2007 01:00 AM  YOUNG MAN'S FANCY    
08/22/2007 01:30 AM  I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC    
08/23/2007 01:00 AM  CAVENDER IS COMING    
08/23/2007 01:30 AM  THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD    
08/25/2007 05:00 AM  QUEEN OF THE NILE     
08/25/2007 05:30 AM  WHAT'S IN THE BOX     
08/26/2007 01:00 AM  NIGHTMARE AT 20,000 FEET    
08/26/2007 01:30 AM  A KIND OF STOPWATCH    
08/26/2007 05:00 AM  THE MASKS     
08/26/2007 05:30 AM  STEEL     
08/27/2007 01:00 AM  THE LAST NIGHT OF A JOCKEY    
08/27/2007 01:30 AM  LIVING DOLL    
08/28/2007  TWILIGHT ZONE Mini-marathon      
           08:00 AM  WHERE IS EVERYBODY    
           08:30 AM  ONE FOR THE ANGELS    
           09:00 AM  MR. DENTON ON DOOMSDAY    
           09:30 AM  THE SIXTEEN-MILLIMETER SHRINE    
           10:00 AM  WALKING DISTANCE    
           10:30 AM  ESCAPE CLAUSE    
           11:00 AM  THE LONELY    
           11:30 AM  TIME ENOUGH AT LAST    
           12:00 PM  CAESAR AND ME    
           12:30 PM  THE JEOPARDY ROOM    
           01:00 PM  STOPOVER IN A QUIET TOWN     
           01:30 PM  MR. GARRITY AND THE GRAVES     
           02:00 PM  THE BRAIN CENTER AT WHIPPLES'S    
           02:30 PM  COME WANDER WITH ME    
           03:00 PM  THE FEAR    
           03:30 PM  THE BEWITCHIN POOL     
08/28/2007 01:00 AM  THE OLD MAN IN THE CAVE    
08/28/2007 01:30 AM  UNCLE SIMON    
08/29/2007 01:00 AM  PROBE 7 OVER AND OUT    
08/29/2007 01:30 AM  THE 7TH IS MADE UP OF PHANTOMS    
08/30/2007 01:00 AM  A SHORT DRINK FROM A CERTAIN FOUNTAIN    
08/30/2007 01:30 AM  NINETY YEARS WITHOUT SLUMBERING 

On other channels:
The Dick Van Dyke Show: It May Look like a Walnut
Rob discovers Earth's been invaded by aliens (they have one flaw) in this b/w TZ spoof from 1963
aired  May 29  9am & 4am on TVLAND

     Previous episode titles broadcast (2003-July 2007)
12/31/2006 Last New Year's marathon (2007)07/03/2007 July 4th marathon (2007)
Last year's July 4th Twilight Zone-thon (2006) 
Global Flight 33 is Lost)
"Planet Of The Apes" done as a Twilight Zone episode (Rod Serling intro & parting comments, on the beach)

"Twilight Zone: The Movie" is occasionally on cable

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Did they ever have that atomic war?
In 2006, WE network reran the 1-23-00 episode of Felicity directed by Twilight Zone veteran Lamont Johnson (he's Lost now) in black/white. Several attempts have been made over the years to recapture the feel of the original Twilight Zone, but this hour-long episode is the only one that has succeeded. In the episode, a young woman goes to "The Clinic" for her problem, heartache, after the most recent breakup with a boyfriend. Then she has second thoughts, but is told it's too late: the treatment has already begun. Then a corpse with it's heart missing warns her to get out while she can...
Have you ever been trapped on the 13th floor of a closed department store that doesn't have a 13th floor? Well, have you?

Anne Francis headMonstervision Host Segments of Forbidden Planet including interview with in-studio guest Anne Francis about her Twilight Zone episode (she still has the head)

Return to MonsterVision or Sci-fans.com

Previous year's Twilight Zone broadcasts on the Sci-Fi channel (2002)

Twilight Zone episode list, all 5 seasons
Outer Limits page (the original black & white series)

Results of SciFi.com's survey: best Science Fiction tv series of each decade.
Rod Serling Bio at the Sci-Fi channel's website
Email: scifans@twilight.zone

UFOs, Spider eggs in gum, Santa Claus stuck in the chimney: all your favorite Urban Legends can be found if you click here (just how much cocaine is there is Coca-Cola?)

Edward The Less final episode is now online

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Doctor Who episode being filmed in July 2007 for 2007/2008 season is set on the Titanic in 1912