Rod Serling's "Twilight Zone" phenomena - American TV wouldn't be quite the same again.

by alexanderdavies-99382 | created - 2 months ago | updated - 2 months ago | Public

In spite of the spin-off shows that have followed, the only true version "Twilight Zone" is that which was created and written by none other than Rod Serling. Along with other highly respected writers, Serling created some of the most memorable television drama throughout the history of American television. "The Twilight Zone" was never just about entertaining the public, it was the kind of show which took lengths to enlighten and inform its audience. The legacy of the original has grown to epic proportions and deserves its place amongst the elite.

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1. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 62,826

2. American Masters (1985– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising profiles of outstanding American cultural artists. Past subjects have included ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Peter Bogdanovich, Lee Grant

Votes: 672

4. Rod Serling: Writer (1996)

100 min | Documentary

Born December 25, 1924 Died June 28, 1975 Rodman Edward "Rod" Sterling was an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator known for his live television dramas of ... See full summary »

Director: Colin Strayer | Star: Rod Serling

Votes: 12

5. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Where Is Everybody? (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Mike Ferris finds himself alone in the small Oakwood town and without recollection about his name, where he is or who he is. Mike wanders through the town trying to find a living soul. The tension increases and Mike has a breakdown.

Director: Robert Stevens | Stars: Earl Holliman, James Gregory, Paul Langton, James McCallion

Votes: 4,044

6. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: One for the Angels (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A pitchman is visited by Death and is forced to get his priorities in order.

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Rod Serling, Ed Wynn, Murray Hamilton, Dana Dillaway

Votes: 3,437

7. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Mr. Denton on Doomsday (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

The town drunk in the old-west faces his past when Fate lends a hand.

Director: Allen Reisner | Stars: Rod Serling, Dan Duryea, Martin Landau, Jeanne Cooper

Votes: 2,900

8. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Barbara Jean Trenton is a faded film star who lives in the past by constantly re-watching her old movies instead of moving on with her life, so her associates try to lure her out of her self-imposed isolation.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Rod Serling, Ida Lupino, Martin Balsam, Jerome Cowan

Votes: 2,778

9. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Walking Distance (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A man travels back in time to his childhood, arriving just a few miles away from his native town.

Director: Robert Stevens | Stars: Rod Serling, Gig Young, Frank Overton, Irene Tedrow

Votes: 3,438

10. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Escape Clause (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A hypochondriac man sells his soul to the devil, exchanging it for several thousand years of immortality.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Rod Serling, David Wayne, Thomas Gomez, Virginia Christine

Votes: 2,551

11. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Lonely (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A convict, living alone on an asteroid, receives from the police a realistic woman-robot.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Rod Serling, Jack Warden, John Dehner, Jean Marsh

Votes: 3,040

12. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Time Enough at Last (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A henpecked book lover finds himself blissfully alone with his books after a nuclear war.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Vaughn Taylor, Jacqueline deWit, Lela Bliss

Votes: 4,612

13. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Perchance to Dream (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A fatigued man fights to stay awake as he explains to a psychiatrist that if he falls asleep it will trigger a nightmare, which will cause his heart to fail.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Richard Conte, John Larch, Suzanne Lloyd, Eddie Marr

Votes: 2,506

14. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Judgment Night (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

It's 1942, and a man finds himself on a ship in the Atlantic, not knowing who he is, nor how he got there. He does know the ship will soon be attacked by a German U-boat.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Rod Serling, Nehemiah Persoff, Deirdre Owens, Patrick Macnee

Votes: 2,262

15. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: And When the Sky Was Opened (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Three astronauts return to Earth after seemingly having made an encounter that dooms them and their craft to erasure from existence itself.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Rod Taylor, Jim Hutton, Charles Aidman, Maxine Cooper

Votes: 2,823

16. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: What You Need (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A small time crook plans to exploit an old street peddler who has the uncanny knack of selling people exactly what they will shortly need.

Director: Alvin Ganzer | Stars: Steve Cochran, Ernest Truex, Read Morgan, Arlene Martel

Votes: 2,362

17. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Four of Us Are Dying (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A man who can change his face to look like other people uses his ability to improve his life, regardless of his effect on others.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Harry Townes, Phillip Pine, Ross Martin, Don Gordon

Votes: 2,102

18. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Third from the Sun (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Two families of Government employees plan to steal a spaceship and travel to another planet just prior to a nuclear war. They must also deal with a stooge who wants to stop them.

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: Fritz Weaver, Edward Andrews, Joe Maross, Denise Alexander

Votes: 2,559

19. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: I Shot an Arrow into the Air (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Order breaks down between three surviving crewmen whose rocket ship crashes on an unknown world with limited water and supplies.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Dewey Martin, Edward Binns, Ted Otis, Harry Bartell

Votes: 2,253

20. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Hitch-Hiker (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A young woman driving cross country becomes frantic when she keeps passing the same man on the side of the road. No matter how fast she drives the man is always up ahead, hitching her for a ride.

Director: Alvin Ganzer | Stars: Inger Stevens, Adam Williams, Lew Gallo, Leonard Strong

Votes: 2,986

21. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Fever (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A middle aged man catches gambling fever from a slot machine that he believes is calling his name.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Rod Serling, Everett Sloane, Vivi Janiss, William Kendis

Votes: 2,111

22. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Last Flight (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A World War I British fighter pilot lands at an American air force base in France 42 years in the future.

Director: William F. Claxton | Stars: Kenneth Haigh, Alexander Scourby, Simon Scott, Robert Warwick

Votes: 2,200

23. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Purple Testament (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A U.S. army lieutenant serving in the Philippines during WWII develops a harrowing ability to see in the faces of the men of his platoon, who will be the next ones to die.

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: Rod Serling, Dick York, William Reynolds, William Phipps

Votes: 1,935

Highlighting the horrors of war.

24. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Elegy (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Three astronauts touch down on an asteroid, where they discover a world of people that appear to be frozen in time. Confused, they theorize as to why everyone is motionless, until a man springs to life and explains.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Cecil Kellaway, Jeff Morrow, Don Dubbins, Kevin Hagen

Votes: 1,988

25. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Mirror Image (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

While waiting in a bus station, Millicent Barnes has the strange feeling that her doppelganger is trying to take over her life.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Rod Serling, Vera Miles, Martin Milner, Joseph Hamilton

Votes: 2,362

26. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

On a peaceful suburban street, strange occurrences and mysterious people stoke the residents' paranoia to a disastrous intensity.

Director: Ron Winston | Stars: Rod Serling, Claude Akins, Barry Atwater, Jack Weston

Votes: 3,573

Pretty much sums up Mankind.

27. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A World of Difference (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A businessman sitting in his office inexplicably finds that he is on a production set and in a world where he is a movie star. Uninterested in the newfound fame, he fights to get back to his home and family.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Howard Duff, David White, Frank Maxwell, Eileen Ryan

Votes: 2,017

28. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Long Live Walter Jameson (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A father forbids a history professor from marrying his daughter when he discovers that the captivating lecturer is actually an immortal who has lived for thousands of years.

Director: Anton Leader | Stars: Kevin McCarthy, Edgar Stehli, Estelle Winwood, Dodie Heath

Votes: 2,107

29. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: People Are Alike All Over (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Fearing the worst, the lone survivor of a crash-landing on Mars finds the native inhabitants, to his relief, very hospitable indeed, but there's a catch.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Susan Oliver, Paul Comi, Byron Morrow

Votes: 2,227

30. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Execution (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

When a 20th Century scientist tests out his time machine he accidentally retrieves a murderer from 1880, saving him from the hangman's noose. Unaware of the man's history, the scientist attempts to acclimatize him to his new surroundings.

Director: David Orrick McDearmon | Stars: Albert Salmi, Russell Johnson, Than Wyenn, George Mitchell

Votes: 1,762

31. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Big Tall Wish (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

An aging boxer finds himself the winner of a match he thought he had lost, the result a six year old's frantic wish. But can a world-weary, embittered man still believe in miracles, or will he turn his back on it?

Director: Ron Winston | Stars: Rod Serling, Ivan Dixon, Steven Perry, Kim Hamilton

Votes: 1,745

32. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Nice Place to Visit (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

When bad guy Henry Francis Valentine dies in a shootout with police, he wakes up in the next world where his every wish is granted forever, and ever.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Larry Blyden, Sebastian Cabot, John Close, Barbara English

Votes: 2,067

33. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Nightmare as a Child (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A schoolteacher keeps seeing a strange little girl in her apartment building.

Director: Alvin Ganzer | Stars: Rod Serling, Janice Rule, Shepperd Strudwick, Terry Burnham

Votes: 1,860

34. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Stop at Willoughby (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Tired of his miserable job and wife, a businessman starts dreaming on the train each night, about an old, idyllic town called Willoughby. Soon he has to know whether the town is real and fancies the thought of seeking refuge there.

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Rod Serling, James Daly, Howard Smith, Patricia Donahue

Votes: 2,758

35. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Chaser (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A young man obsessed with winning over an uninterested beauty gets more than he bargained for when he buys a love potion to gain her affection.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: John McIntire, Patricia Barry, George Grizzard, J. Pat O'Malley

Votes: 1,664

36. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Passage for Trumpet (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A suicidally despondent trumpet player finds himself in a bizarre world where he seems to be the only moving being, except for one helpful other musician.

Director: Don Medford | Stars: Rod Serling, Jack Klugman, John Anderson, Frank Wolff

Votes: 1,681

37. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Mr. Bevis (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

After losing his job, his car and his apartment on the same day, an eccentric loser gets a new life from his guardian angel, but there is a price to keeping it.

Director: William Asher | Stars: Rod Serling, Orson Bean, Henry Jones, Charles Lane

Votes: 1,619

38. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The After Hours (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A woman is treated badly by some odd salespeople on an otherwise empty department store floor.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Rod Serling, Anne Francis, Elizabeth Allen, James Millhollin

Votes: 2,508

39. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Mighty Casey (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A down-and-out baseball team's fortunes are lifted by a mysterious but seemingly unbeatable young player.

Directors: Alvin Ganzer, Robert Parrish | Stars: Rod Serling, Jack Warden, Abraham Sofaer, Robert Sorrells

Votes: 1,597

40. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A World of His Own (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A writer demonstrates he can control reality simply by dictating changes.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Keenan Wynn, Phyllis Kirk, Mary LaRoche, Modoc

Votes: 1,933

41. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: King Nine Will Not Return (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A pilot of a downed WW II bomber comes to in the African desert and desperately tries to find out what happened to the rest of his crew.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Robert Cummings, Gene Lyons, Paul Lambert, Jenna McMahon

Votes: 1,621

42. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Man in the Bottle (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A luckless couple stumbles upon fortune when a genie materializes from a bottle in their antique shop. The genie grants them four wishes but warns them, prophetically, to be careful what you wish for.

Director: Don Medford | Stars: Luther Adler, Vivi Janiss, Joseph Ruskin, Olan Soule

Votes: 1,669

43. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Small time criminal Jackie Rhoades must face both his past and his conscience while waiting for his next assignment.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Joe Mantell, William D. Gordon, Rod Serling

Votes: 1,531

44. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Thing About Machines (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Bartlett Finchley's paranoia about the machines around proves true.

Director: David Orrick McDearmon | Stars: Richard Haydn, Barbara Stuart, Barney Phillips, Henry Beckman

Votes: 1,473

45. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Howling Man (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Seeking refuge from a storm, a traveler comes upon a bizarre abbey of monks, who have imprisoned a man who begs for his help. When he confronts the head monk, he is told that the man is the Devil, and he must decide whom to believe.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: John Carradine, H.M. Wynant, Robin Hughes, Friedrich von Ledebur

Votes: 2,279

46. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Eye of the Beholder (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A young woman lying in a hospital bed, her head wrapped in bandages, awaits the outcome of a surgical procedure performed by the State in a last-ditch attempt to make her look "normal."

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Maxine Stuart, William D. Gordon, Jennifer Howard, George Keymas

Votes: 3,499

47. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Nick of Time (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A pair of newlyweds stopping in a small town are trapped by their own superstition when playing a fortune telling machine in a local diner.

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: William Shatner, Patricia Breslin, Guy Wilkerson, Stafford Repp

Votes: 2,317

48. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Lateness of the Hour (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery