The Twilight Zone

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With its inimitable brand of disturbing fantasy and nightmarish science fiction, Rod Serling's 'The Twilight Zone' puts its characters into situations that allow the human psyche to be probed in ways conventional drama cannot. Encapsulated in Serling's narration, the parables and plot twists of 'The Twilight Zone' touch on everything from Cold War anxieties to "what if" flights of fancy.

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Ep 1: Where is Everybody?

A man finds himself in a town strangely devoid of people. What's more, he can't recall his own identity. Aired: 10/2/1959

Ep 2: One for the Angels

A street salesman cleverly eludes Death. But if he lives, a little girl must die in his place. Aired: 10/9/1959

Ep 3: Mr. Denton on Doomsday

A has-been, drunk gunslinger finds his fast-draw abilities magically restored. Aired: 10/16/1959

Ep 4: The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine

An aging former movie star lives and dreams in the past, constantly watching her old movies alone in isolation. Aired: 10/23/1959

Ep 5: Walking Distance

When a man decides to visit his hometown, he finds it exactly as it was when he was a child. Aired: 10/30/1959

Ep 6: Escape Clause

A hypochondriac exchanges his soul for immortality and indestructibility. Aired: 11/6/1959

Ep 7: The Lonely

A convict serving time isolated on an asteroid receives a gift: a robot that looks, sounds and acts like a real woman. Aired: 11/13/1959

Ep 8: Time Enough at Last

A bank teller pestered by the demands of his job and wife longs for time alone to read books. Aired: 11/20/1959

Ep 9: Perchance to Dream

A man is terrified of falling asleep for fear he might die. Aired: 11/27/1959

Ep 10: Judgment Night

In 1942, a German wonders why he's on the deck of a British steamship, with no memory of how he got there, and an overwhelming sense of impending doom. Aired: 12/4/1959

Ep 11: And When the Sky Was Opened

When three U.S. astronauts return to Earth after the first flight into space, they begin being erased from history one by one. Aired: 12/11/1959

Ep 12: What You Need

A two-bit thug thinks he's found the key to a better life in an old sidewalk salesman who has the uncanny ability to tell people what they need the most. Aired: 12/25/1959

Ep 13: The Four of Us are Dying

A man who can change his face to resemble others gets into hot water with gangsters. Aired: 1/1/1960

Ep 14: Third From the Sun

With all-out nuclear war about to ignite, a scientist and his pilot friend plot to escape on an experimental spaceship. Aired: 1/8/1960

Ep 15: I Shot an Arrow into the Air

Three astronauts crash-land on what they believe to be an asteroid and have limited water supplies to sustain them. Aired: 1/15/1960

Ep 16: The Hitch-Hiker

Alone on a cross-country trip, a woman keeps seeing the same hitch-hiker everywhere she looks. Aired: 1/22/1960

Ep 17: The Fever

When his wife wins a trip for two to Las Vegas, a man falls under the spell of a slot machine that calls his name. Aired: 1/29/1960

Ep 18: The Last Flight

A World War I flying ace flies through a mysterious cloud—and lands at a modern U.S. air base in the year 1959. Aired: 2/5/1960

Ep 19: The Purple Testament

A lieutenant develops the disquieting ability to foresee which of his men will die prior to battle. Aired: 2/12/1960

Ep 20: Elegy

Three astronauts land on what looks like Earth 200 years before they left—only all of the people seem frozen in time. Aired: 2/19/1960

Ep 21: Mirror Image

A woman encounters her doppelgänger at a bus terminal. Aired: 2/26/1960

Ep 22: The Monsters are Due on Maple Street

Paranoia strikes the residents of Maple Street when they believe human-looking aliens have invaded the neighborhood. Aired: 3/4/1960

Ep 23: A World of Difference

A businessman discovers that life as he knows it doesn't really exist. Aired: 3/11/1960

Ep 24: Long Live Walter Jameson

A history teacher talks about the past as if he had lived it. Aired: 3/18/1960

Ep 25: People Are Alike All Over

When a space exploration crashes on Mars, the surviving passenger is surprised to find that Martians are human-looking, very friendly and apparently just like us. Aired: 3/25/1960

Ep 26: Execution

Just before being hanged for murder, a man in 1880 is transported to the future. Aired: 4/1/1960

Ep 27: The Big Tall Wish

A boy who believes in magic thinks he is helping a boxer win with his "big, tall wish." Aired: 4/8/1960

Ep 28: A Nice Place to Visit

After being shot to death, a gangster finds himself in a place where he gets everything his heart desires. Aired: 4/15/1960

Ep 29: Nightmare as a Child

A schoolteacher finds a strange and very serious little girl on the stairs outside her apartment. The girl seems to know her, and tries to jog her memory about a man she saw earlier that day. Aired: 4/29/1960

Ep 30: A Stop at Willoughby

Riding home from work on a train, a stressed-out man falls asleep and dreams it is 1880 and he is entering a small town called Willoughby. Aired: 5/6/1960

Ep 31: The Chaser

A man, desperate to win the affection of a beautiful woman, slips her a love potion. Aired: 5/13/1960

Ep 32: A Passage for Trumpet

Convinced he'll never amount to anything, a trumpet player attempts suicide and then finds himself in a world where no one can hear or see him. Aired: 5/20/1960

Ep 33: Mr. Bevis

An eccentric loser gets a new life from his guardian angel, but there is a price to keeping it. Aired: 6/3/1960

Ep 34: The After Hours

A woman is shocked to learn that the floor of a department store on which she bought a gold thimble doesn't exist. Aired: 6/10/1960

Ep 35: The Mighty Casey

With his broken-down baseball team on its last legs, the manager enlists the help of a human-looking robot with the ability to throw super-fast pitches. Aired: 6/17/1960

Ep 36: A World of His Own

A playwright has the ability to make his characters literally come to life. Aired: 7/1/1960

Ep 37: King Nine Will Not Return

A WWII captain finds himself in the desert, next to his crashed plane. Where is his crew? And why are futuristic jet planes flying overhead? Aired: 9/30/1960

Ep 38: The Man in the Bottle

A discontented curio shop owner thinks he's finally found happiness when a genie grants him four wishes. Aired: 10/7/1960

Ep 39: Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room

Ordered to commit a murder, a smalltime hood nervously looks in the mirror and sees the man he could have been. Aired: 10/14/1960

Ep 40: A Thing About Machines

A writer feels that the machines in his house are conspiring against him. Aired: 10/28/1960

Ep 41: The Howling Man

A man on a walking trip of post-World War I Europe gets caught in a storm. He takes shelter in a remote monastery and finds a mysterious prisoner. Aired: 11/4/1960

Ep 42: The Eye of the Beholder

A bandaged young woman awaits the outcome of an experimental treatment that has been administered to her in a last-ditch effort to make her appear normal. Aired: 11/11/1960

Ep 43: Nick of Time

A superstitious newlywed becomes obsessed by a penny fortune-telling machine when he and his new wife are stranded with car trouble. Aired: 11/18/1960

Ep 44: The Lateness of the Hour

The daughter of an inventor objects to their "perfect" home, where they are waited on by faultless robotic servants. Aired: 12/2/1960

Ep 45: The Trouble with Templeton

An aging actor longing for the good old days is given a sobering glimpse of the past he holds so dear. Aired: 12/9/1960

Ep 46: A Most Unusual Camera

Small-time crooks end up with a camera that takes photos of events five minutes into the future. Aired: 12/16/1960

Ep 47: The Night of the Meek

After a derelict Santa Claus is fired on Christmas Eve, he finds a bottomless sack of gifts. With this bag he sets out to fulfill his one wish—to see the less fortunate inherit the bounties of Christmas. Aired: 12/23/1960

Ep 48: Dust

After selling the rope for a hanging, a conscienceless peddler tries to sell the condemned man's father a bag of "magic dust." Aired: 1/6/1961

Ep 49: Back There

While discussing time travel among friends in 1961, a man suddenly finds himself in 1865—on the date of Lincoln's assassination. Aired: 1/13/1961

Ep 50: The Whole Truth

A peculiar Model A automobile compels a used car dealer to tell only the truth. Aired: 1/20/1961

Ep 51: The Invaders

An old woman in an isolated farmhouse is troubled by the appearance of tiny aliens. Aired: 1/27/1961

Ep 52: A Penny For Your Thoughts

Gaining telepathic abilities when his coin lands on its edge, a mild-mannered bank clerk learns about the difference between other people's plans and fantasies. Aired: 2/3/1961

Ep 53: Twenty-Two

While in the hospital recovering from overwork, a woman keeps dreaming about room 22, the hospital morgue. Aired: 2/10/1961

Ep 54: The Odyssey of Flight 33

A commercial aircraft mysteriously travels back through time. Aired: 2/24/1961

Ep 55: Mr. Dingle, the Strong

Martians give Luther Dingle the strength of 300 men. Aired: 3/3/1961

Ep 56: Static

An old radio returns a bitter bachelor to happier times when it starts picking up programs from the past. Aired: 3/10/1961

Ep 57: The Prime Mover

When a man discovers that his business partner has the ability to control objects with his mind, the pair head to Vegas to win big. Aired: 3/24/1961

Ep 58: Long Distance Call

A young boy finds he can communicate with his dead grandmother through a toy phone. Aired: 3/31/1961

Ep 59: A Hundred Yards Over the Rim

In 1847 an American pioneer sets out to find medicine for his dying son—and stumbles into modern-day New Mexico. Aired: 4/7/1961

Ep 60: The Rip Van Winkle Caper

Thieves put themselves into suspended animation for 100 years after hiding a million dollars worth of gold bars. Aired: 4/21/1961

Ep 61: The Silence

A talkative man takes a $500,000 offer to keep silent for a year. Aired: 4/28/1961

Ep 62: Shadow Play

Trapped in a recurring nightmare, a man tries to persuade those who are sentencing him to death that the whole scenario is not real. Aired: 5/5/1961

Ep 63: The Mind and the Matter

A book on the power of thought enables an irritable man to re-create the world exactly as he wants it. Aired: 5/12/1961

Ep 64: Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up

Troopers follow the tracks from a frozen pond into a diner. Inside they find a soda jerk, a bus driver and his seven passengers. The bus driver is certain only six people boarded his bus. Aired: 5/26/1961

Ep 65: The Obsolete Man

In a future state where religion and books have been banned, a librarian is judged obsolete and sentenced to death. Aired: 6/2/1961

Ep 66: Two

A man and a woman, on opposite sides of a future war, encounter each other in a deserted town. Aired: 9/15/1961

Ep 67: The Arrival

A plane lands safely, but all its passengers, pilot and crew are missing. Aired: 9/22/1961

Ep 68: The Shelter

When a nuclear attack appears imminent, several suburban friends and neighbors fight over control of a single bomb shelter. Aired: 9/29/1961

Ep 69: The Passersby

A Confederate soldier and a widower meet during the end of the Civil War. Aired: 10/6/1961

Ep 70: A Game of Pool

Championship pool player Fats Brown returns from the grave for one last game. Aired: 10/13/1961

Ep 71: The Mirror

A Central American dictator believes a mirror reveals visions of his assassins. Aired: 10/20/1961

Ep 72: The Grave

Before he died, notorious gunslinger Pinto Sykes put a curse on hired gun Conny Miller. When Miller returns to town, he is challenged to visit Sykes' grave. Aired: 10/27/1961

Ep 73: It's a Good Life

The residents of a small town are terrorized by a young boy who has the ability to read minds and make anything he wishes a reality. Aired: 11/3/1961

Ep 74: Deaths-Head Revisited

A former Nazi SS captain returns to the ruins of Dachau and begins reminiscing on the power he enjoyed there, until he finds himself on trial by those who died at his hands. Aired: 11/10/1961

Ep 75: The Midnight Sun

The Earth's orbit has been changed, drawing ever closer to the sun and promising imminent destruction. Aired: 11/17/1961

Ep 76: Still Valley

A Confederate soldier wanders into a town and finds a group of Union soldiers frozen in time. An old man with a black book implores the soldier to use the book's powers to win the Civil War. Aired: 11/24/1961

Ep 77: The Jungle

When a business man plans to build a dam in Africa, a witch doctor puts a curse on him. Aired: 12/1/1961

Ep 78: Once Upon a Time

A janitor living in the year 1890 accidentally activates a time traveling helmet, which transports him to 1962—and then promptly breaks down. Aired: 12/15/1961

Ep 79: Five Characters in Search of an Exit

A hobo, clown, bagpipe player, ballerina and military officer are trapped in a huge cylinder. Aired: 12/22/1961

Ep 80: A Quality of Mercy

A soldier gets a new perspective on war when he is forced to experience it from his enemy's point of view. Aired: 12/29/1961

Ep 81: Nothing in the Dark

A lonely old woman refuses to leave her apartment for fear of meeting "Mr. Death." Aired: 1/5/1962

Ep 82: One More Pallbearer

An eccentric millionaire invites three people to visit him in his bomb shelter. Aired: 1/12/1962

Ep 83: Dead Man's Shoes

A vagrant steps into a murdered gangster's expensive shoes and is taken over by the dead man's ghost, who vows to remain on Earth to seek revenge against his killer. Aired: 1/19/1962

Ep 84: The Hunt

After returning from a hunting trip, a man discovers that no one can see or hear him. Aired: 1/26/1962

Ep 85: Showdown with Rance McGrew

While filming a scene in which Jesse James shoots him in the back, the star of a Western TV series suddenly finds himself in a real Old West saloon—with the real Jesse James. Aired: 2/2/1962

Ep 86: Kick the Can

The senior residents of Sunnyvale decide that the secret to youth is acting young, and in particular playing a childhood game called "kick-the-can." Aired: 2/9/1962

Ep 87: A Piano in the House

A man discovers that the piano he bought his wife for her birthday possesses magical properties—the music it plays makes people reveal their true essence. Aired: 2/16/1962

Ep 88: The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank

A man comes back to life at his own funeral and soon begins to act very strangely. Aired: 2/23/1962

Ep 89: To Serve Man

The Kanamits, nine-foot-tall aliens, arrive on Earth with one lofty goal: To Serve Man. Aired: 3/2/1962

Ep 90: The Fugitive

An old man possessing the power of transformation tries to help a crippled little girl. Aired: 3/9/1962

Ep 91: Little Girl Lost

To her parents' horror, a six-year-old girl vanishes into the fourth dimension after rolling under her bed. Aired: 3/16/1962

Ep 92: Person or Persons Unknown

A man wakes up one morning to discover that no one knows who he is. Aired: 3/23/1962

Ep 93: The Little People

An astronaut declares himself a god when his ship lands on a planet populated by people smaller than ants. Aired: 3/30/1962

Ep 94: Four O'Clock

A bitter, self-righteous man believes that he can will every evil person in the world to shrink to two-feet tall at four o'clock. Aired: 4/6/1962

Ep 95: Hocus-Pocus and Frisby

A loud-mouthed braggart's boasts attract the attention of aliens. Aired: 4/13/1962

Ep 96: The Trade-Ins

An elderly couple visits the New Life Corporation, hoping to transport their personalities into youthful artificial bodies. Aired: 4/20/1962

Ep 97: The Gift

An alien crash-lands in a remote mountain village, stirring up fear and animosity among the villagers. Aired: 4/27/1962

Ep 98: The Dummy

A ventriloquist is convinced that his dummy is not only alive but also evil. Aired: 5/4/1962

Ep 99: Young Man's Fancy

When a newlywed couple visit the groom's childhood home, the ties of the past prove too strong to resist. Aired: 5/11/1962

Ep 100: I Sing the Body Electric

A widower buys a robotic grandmother for his three children. Aired: 5/18/1962

Ep 101: Cavender is Coming

An angel trying to earn his wings comes to the aide of a down-on-her-luck woman who has just been fired. Aired: 5/25/1962

Ep 102: The Changing of the Guard

An elderly private school teacher wonders if his life has meant anything as he contemplates suicide on Christmas Eve. Aired: 6/1/1962

Ep 103: In His Image

A scientist creates an android that has the qualities which he feels he's lacking. Aired: 1/3/1963

Ep 104: The Thirty-Fathom Grave

A U.S. naval destroyer investigates a mysterious tapping sound that appears to be coming from a sunken submarine. Aired: 1/10/1963

Ep 105: Valley of the Shadow

A reporter finds himself trapped in a small town where people can reverse time and do many other amazing things. Aired: 1/17/1963

Ep 106: He's Alive

Yearning for more power, a small-time neo-Nazi leader takes advice from a shadowy benefactor. Aired: 1/24/1963

Ep 107: Mute

A 12-year-old girl who lost her parents in a fire doesn't speak because she has grown up in a secret telepathic community. The couple who take her in, and her teacher, are determined to help her adapt to their society, no matter the cost. Aired: 1/31/1963

Ep 108: Death Ship

A three-man spacecraft lands on a planet and discovers the wreckage of a spacecraft identical to their own. Aired: 2/7/1963

Ep 109: Jess-Belle

A woman enlists the aid of a witch to cast a spell that will make a man fall in love with her. Aired: 2/14/1963

Ep 110: Miniature

Mousie misfit Charlie Parkes finds the world unfolding before him in a museum doll house to be more real than his boring job and overbearing mother. Aired: 2/21/1963

Ep 111: Printer's Devil

His newspaper in financial trouble, a man agrees when a stranger appears and offers to pay off the debts and run the linotype machine. Aired: 2/28/1963

Ep 112: No Time Like the Past

A scientist uses time travel in the attempt to prevent past tragedies, both in world history and in his own life. Aired: 3/7/1963

Ep 113: The Parallel

An astronaut arrives back on Earth, noticing several differences. Aired: 3/14/1963

Ep 114: I Dream of Genie

A man considers several possibilities when offered one wish by a genie. Aired: 3/21/1963

Ep 115: The New Exhibit

The curator of a murderers' row in a soon-to-be-defunct wax museum persuades the owner to let him keep the figures at his home. Aired: 4/4/1963

Ep 116: Of Late I Think of Cliffordville

A bored, wealthy businessman gets a chance to go back in time and start over, armed with all the knowledge he's acquired. Aired: 4/11/1963

Ep 117: The Incredible World of Horace Ford

A toy designer who longs for his idyllic childhood gets a bitter taste of reality when he finds himself transported to the past. Aired: 4/18/1963

Ep 118: On Thursday We Leave For Home

A man named Benteen leads a colony of Americans stranded on a desert planet for 30 years. Aired: 5/2/1963

Ep 119: Passage on the Lady Anne

On a cruise they hoped would rekindle their love, a troubled young couple instead decides to divorce upon their return. The unexpected occurs, however, with the appearance of a certain nightgown. Aired: 5/9/1963

Ep 120: The Bard

An untalented would-be writer's career takes off when the ghost of William Sharespeare writes his script. Aired: 5/23/1963

Ep 121: In Praise of Pip

An alcoholic bookie regrets that he wasn't a better father to his son, Pip, critically wounded in South Vietnam. Aired: 9/27/1963

Ep 122: Steel

Boxing robot "Battling Maxo" breaks down before a match, forcing its manager to take its place in the ring. Aired: 10/4/1963

Ep 123: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

While aboard a commercial aircraft, a man believes he is seeing a gremlin on its wing. Aired: 10/11/1963

Ep 124: A Kind of a Stopwatch

A man is given a stopwatch that allows him to halt time. Aired: 10/18/1963

Ep 125: The Last Night of a Jockey

A dejected jockey wants to be tall. Aired: 10/25/1963

Ep 126: Living Doll

A man is displeased when his wife buys an expensive doll for his step-daughter. He becomes even more displeased when the doll tells him it doesn't like him. Aired: 11/1/1963

Ep 127: The Old Man in the Cave

A mysterious guardian helps a tiny community survive after nuclear war destroys much of the Earth. Aired: 11/8/1963

Ep 128: Uncle Simon

After her mean-spirited uncle dies, an old maid inherits the crotchety inventor's estate, with the stipulation that she cares for his latest invention, a robot. Aired: 11/15/1963

Ep 129: Probe 7 - Over and Out

The lone survivors of two annihilated worlds find themselves stranded together on a distant and uninhabited planet. Aired: 11/29/1963

Ep 130: The 7th is Made Up of Phantoms

Three National Guardsmen explore the site of Custer's Last Stand and begin hearing strange noises. Aired: 12/6/1963

Ep 131: A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain

An aging man convinces his brother to inject him with a youth serum. Aired: 12/13/1963

Ep 132: Ninety Years Without Slumbering

An old man fears that he will die if his grandfather clock stops running. Aired: 12/20/1963

Ep 133: Ring-A-Ding Girl

A movie star receives a ring from her home town fan club. In it she sees the faces of people she knows telling her she's needed there. Aired: 12/27/1963

Ep 134: You Drive

Driving home one rainy evening, a man accidentally hits a boy on a bicycle. Determined to hide his guilt, the man flees the scene—but his car has other ideas. Aired: 1/3/1964

Ep 135: The Long Morrow

Before leaving on a 40-year mission, an astronaut meets a woman and they fall in love. Aired: 1/10/1964

Ep 136: The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross

A man finds that he can trade anything he has, including youth and personality, with anybody else. Aired: 1/17/1964

Ep 137: Number Twelve Looks Just Like You

In a future where everyone must undergo an operation at the age of 19 to make them identical to everyone else, one woman desperately tries to hang on to her own identity. Aired: 1/24/1964

Ep 138: Black Leather Jackets

Three tough-looking, motorcycle-riding men disrupt a peaceful suburb when they move in. Yet, their neighbors could never imagine just how dangerous these men really are. Aired: 1/31/1964

Ep 139: Night Call

Mysterious phone calls haunt a disabled woman. Aired: 2/7/1964

Ep 140: From Agnes - With Love

A computer technician begins getting advice on his love life from Agnes, the computer he works with. Aired: 2/14/1964

Ep 141: Spur of the Moment

After encountering a terrifying figure in black, a woman faces the biggest decision of her life. Aired: 2/21/1964

Ep 142: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

It is the end of the Civil War and Union troops have occupied the South. They are going to execute a Southern resistance fighter. Aired: 2/28/1964

Ep 143: Queen of the Nile

Columnist Jordan Herrick is startled to learn that a famous movie actress hasn't aged in years. Intrigued, he investigates—and soon learns a terrifying secret. Aired: 3/6/1964

Ep 144: What's in the Box

A cheating husband sees his secret revealed and its horrible consequences on his just-repaired TV set. Aired: 3/13/1964

Ep 145: The Masks

A dying man demands that his family wear masks he's given them at a Mardi Gras party. Aired: 3/20/1964

Ep 146: I Am the Night - Color Me Black

The sun won't rise on a small town where an execution is scheduled to occur. Aired: 3/27/1964

Ep 147: Sounds and Silences

Roswell Flemington, who enjoys loud noises, is an annoyance to others and is suitably punished. Aired: 4/3/1964

Ep 148: Caesar and Me

A ventriloquist's dummy goads him into committing burglaries. Aired: 4/10/1964

Ep 149: The Jeopardy Room

A former KGB officer trying to defect finds himself trapped in a room with a bomb—and three hours before it detonates. Aired: 4/17/1964

Ep 150: Stopover in a Quiet Town

Having had a little too much to drink the night before, a young couple wakes up in a strange house in a strange town called Centerville, a place where no one lives, the trees are props and the food is plastic. Aired: 4/24/1964

Ep 151: The Encounter

A WWII vet and a Japanese gardener become trapped in the vet's attic. They face off and accusations fly as they have flashbacks and discuss the war. Aired: 5/1/1964

Ep 152: Mr. Garrity and the Graves

A man arrives in the Old West town of Happiness, Arizona, proclaiming he can revive the dead. Aired: 5/8/1964

Ep 153: The Brain Center at Whipple's

A heartless CEO completely automates his factory, laying off all of his employees. Aired: 5/15/1964

Ep 154: Come Wander with Me

A singer searches for an authentic folk song. Aired: 5/22/1964

Ep 155: The Fear

Two people in a remote cabin find signs of an extraterrestrial. Aired: 5/29/1964

Ep 156: The Bewitchin' Pool

Two unhappy children find a happy escape in a swimming pool. Aired: 6/19/1964