The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Midnight Sun 

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

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In a world that is getting ever nearer to the sun, people are trying to find ways to deal with the extreme heat. Most people have gone north with Norma and Mrs. Bronson the only two people left in their apartment building. There is little or no infrastructure remaining and water is one commodity that is very much in demand. They panic when an intruder breaks into Norma's apartment and holds them, at least for a few moments, at gunpoint. All is not as it seems however. Written by garykmcd

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17 November 1961 (USA)  »

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Mrs. Bronson says the painting reminds her of the tallest waterfall in Ithaca, New York - probably Taughannock Falls in Taughannock State Park, 11 miles north of Ithaca, where Rod Serling lived and where he taught at Ithaca College for several years. See more »

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When the power is turned off, a female crew member can be faintly heard prompting Norma's line "current's off again" just before Lois Nettleton says it herself. See more »

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Radio Announcer: [Feeling a moment of morbid honesty while reporting the current worldwide situation] Ladies and gentlemen, tomorrow you can fry eggs on sidewalks, heat up soup in the ocean and get help from wandering maniacs, if you choose.
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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The single scariest episode
1 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the single scariest episode of the entire series. But it's not a jump-out-and-yell-boo! kind of scary, it's a thoughtful, prey-on-your-mind kind of scary. But it can definitely haunt you long after you've finished watching it.

I would not rate it as the best episode. In some sense, I wouldn't even rate it as a *favorite* episode-- it's not one of the ones that I enjoy watching over and over again. But it is devastatingly effective at what it does, and for that certainly deserves a very high rating.

As a side-note, it does have one very minor bit of absurd stupidity, too small a matter to damage the episode but still puzzlingly dumb: when the gentleman character arrives, fairly late in the episode, ask yourself this question: Why on *earth* is that man wearing a *jacket*?


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