Favorite Twilight Zone Episodes

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1. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963)

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

A man, newly recovered from a nervous breakdown, becomes convinced that a monster only he sees is damaging the plane he's flying in.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: William Shatner, Christine White, Ed Kemmer, Asa Maynor

Votes: 3,130

2. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Obsolete Man (1961)

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

In a future totalitarian society, a librarian is declared obsolete and sentenced to death.

Director: Elliot Silverstein | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Fritz Weaver, Josip Elic, Harry Fleer

Votes: 2,340

3. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Midnight Sun (1961)

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

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

Director: Anton Leader | Stars: Lois Nettleton, Betty Garde, Tom Reese, Jason Wingreen

Votes: 2,115

4. 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: 2,821

5. 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

6. 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: 2,251

7. 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: 3,571

8. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Invaders (1961)

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

When a woman investigates a clamor on the roof of her rural house, she discovers a small UFO and little aliens emerging from it. Or so it seems.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Agnes Moorehead, Douglas Heyes, Rod Serling

Votes: 2,311

9. 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: 2,276

10. 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: 3,498

11. 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: 2,315

12. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: To Serve Man (1962)

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

An alien race comes to Earth, promising peace and sharing technology. A linguist and his team set out to translate the aliens' language, using a book whose title they deduce is "To Serve Man".

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: Lloyd Bochner, Susan Cummings, Richard Kiel, Hardie Albright

Votes: 3,065

13. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: It's a Good Life (1961)

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

On an isolated family farm, a young boy with vast mental powers, but lacking emotional development, holds his terrified family in thrall to his every juvenile wish.

Director: James Sheldon | Stars: John Larch, Cloris Leachman, Don Keefer, Bill Mumy

Votes: 2,533

14. 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: 2,505

15. 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: 4,609

16. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Little Girl Lost (1962)

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

Awakened in the middle of the night by the cries of his daughter, a father enters the girl's room to find that she has vanished - even though he can still hear her crying out for help.

Director: Paul Stewart | Stars: Sarah Marshall, Robert Sampson, Charles Aidman, Rod Serling

Votes: 1,617

17. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Mr. Dingle, the Strong (1961)

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

A timid vacuum-cleaner salesman is given the strength of 300 men by some experimenting aliens.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Burgess Meredith, James Westerfield, Eddie Ryder, Douglas Spencer

Votes: 1,434

18. 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: 1,986

19. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Five Characters in Search of an Exit (1961)

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

An army major awakens in a small room with no idea of who he is or how he got there. He finds four other people in the same room, and they all begin to question how they each arrived there, and more importantly, how to escape.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Susan Harrison, William Windom, Murray Matheson, Kelton Garwood

Votes: 2,225

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: 2,983

21. 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: 2,757

22. 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: 1,760

23. 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: 2,503

24. 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: 2,110



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