The Twilight Zone (1959)

Sixty years ago tonight, the television show The Twilight Zone premiered on CBS. Continually in the top ten of all time greatest TV shows, it’s lasting appeal is why it is always in reruns and available on multiple streaming services. We used to watch it all the time growing up, it was so strange and different from other shows of that same time period. My very favorite episode is Time Enough at Last.

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Genre: Fantasy, Science fiction, Psychological horror, Supernatural
Created by: Rod Serling
Presented by: Rod Serling
Composers: Bernard Herrmann, Marius Constant, Jerry Goldsmith, Fred Steiner, Leith Stevens, Leonard Rosenman, Franz Waxman
No. of seasons: 5
No. of episodes: 156
Executive producer: Rod Serling
Producers: Buck Houghton (1959–62), Herbert Hirschman (1963), Bert Granet (1963–64), William Froug (1963–64)
Cinematography: George T. Clemens
Running time: 25 min. (seasons 1–3, 5), 51 min. (season 4)
Production companies: Cayuga Productions, Inc., CBS Productions
Original network: CBS
Original release: October 2, 1959 – June 19, 1964

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone.

You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead—your next stop, the Twilight Zone.

You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Your next stop…the Twilight Zone.

You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas; you’ve just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.

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2 comments

  1. I liked the one with Burgess Meredith who played a guy with thick glasses who loved to read. He worked in a bank and would hide in the big vault at lunch to read – do you remember that one?

    And the one with the space guys who gain the trust of the American people and government leaders, and eventually lead touring parties to their home planet. The earth people find a book of theirs in their cryptic native language, apparently describing their benevolent purposes in coming to our planet, called To Serve Man.

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  2. Ah yes now that I scrolled down, I see the picture of Burgess Meredith in that episode. It’s a classic!

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