I’m watching the Twilight Zone Marathon

When I was young I had no idea Rod Serling was 5′ 4″. (This is apropos of nothing.)

What are your favorite episodes?

I like

-The Shelter:  Neighbors turn on each other when the president announces nuclear warheads are heading to the U.S.

– The Lonely: A man is sentenced to life on a distant planet, all alone.

-A Penny For Your Thoughts: A guy can read minds after a coin he tosses lands on its side.

-The Midnight Sun: The sun is baking everything on the planet.

-The Hitchhiker: Wherever a woman drives she sees the same hitchhiker.


55 Comments on I’m watching the Twilight Zone Marathon

  1. I was going to say the one about a hitchhiker, but I didn’t know the name. The possessed doll was pretty creepy too.

  2. Talky Tina.
    That is the best acted Twilight Zone.
    Telly Savalas is really good, and makes the entire episode uncomfortable.

  3. The one with Agnes Moorehead. She lives alone and a tiny UFO lands on her roof. It’s called “The Invaders”.

  4. Time Enough At Last. Irony x Irony. I recently found out that Serling was a paratrooper in WWII in the Philipines. He was wounded and started writing while he was hospitalized.

  5. burgess meredith librarian and his other episode i think as a salesman. He set up at a street corner.

    meanwhile, on another planet. . . . The ugly people who thouht they were beautiful and did plastic facial surgery on a woman and when they unwrapped her face they were revolted that she was beautiful

  6. lol … just watched ‘The Shelter’ too … one of my favs

    also like … ‘All the Time in the World’
    … the one w/ Billy Shatner in the diner w/ the ‘devil head predictor’
    … the classic Billy Muni one where he could banish you to the corn field
    … ‘Talking Tina’ … only about 5 thousand horror movie spin-offs
    … Agnes Morehead as the giant woman that killed off ‘Air Force Space One’
    … the one w/ the heirs to the fortune that had to wear masks that became permanent
    … another one like ‘The Shelter’ where the neighborhood went berserk & started killing anyone that came in from the fog
    … Shatner & the Gremlin
    … ‘To Serve Mankind’
    so many great ones … never realized Serling was so into androids

  7. @Hope’s Human: Serling was also an extreme leftist, but today would be considered a moderate. BTW, anyone else going to miss the Hollywood Tower of Terror? The Twilight Zone tie-in was great.

  8. My favorite episode is the one where Tom Hanks dresses up like a woman (a real ugly one at that) so he can live in the same apartment complex as the chick he wants to bone. I think that episode is called “Bosom Buddies.” I believe Rod Serling narrated that episode in a floofy corset.

  9. My top 10 Twilight Zone episodes

    1. The Obsolete Man
    2. The Howling Man
    3. Two
    4. Time Enough at Last
    5. To Serve Man
    6. I Sing the Body Electric
    7. It’s A Good Life
    8. Little Girl Lost
    9. The Fear
    10. Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up?

  10. I haven’t read any responses here so I’ll start right in. William Shatner on an airplane and he sees a monkey on the wing outside his window. He goes into a tizzy and tries to tell his wife but she keeps giving him chill pills. He’s a basket case at the end of the flight. Then the camera pans to the wing and the flaps have been damaged. Whenever we take a flight, me and DH chide each other about the monkey on the wing. 🙂

    Second episode, there was a nuclear attack and only one survivor in the town. He loved to read, and the library was the only building left standing. He found his way to the library and he rejoiced that the books were all his! He carried some of them out of the library only to stumble and his glasses fell off his face and broke into a million pieces. Ooops!

  11. Until Rush Limbaugh came on the scene, I didn’t realize M*A*S*H* was a bunch of liberal Army / America-hating dirtbags who were so smug and thought they were better than everyone else.

    All the pro-military people were JERKS: Frank Burns, Margaret Houlihan, Col Flagg.

    Pompous liberal jerks ruined the show.

  12. Well, I was going to pick “The Hunt”, who doesn’t believe that if heaven doesn’t allow dogs, it’s not heaven. But Sleipnir 2013 beat me to it.

    So I will pick “Hocus-Pocus and Frisby”.
    Andy Devine as Somerset Frisby, teller of tall tales and harmonica player.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0734573/ .

  13. @Mr. Pinko. The series “Hawk” 1966, starring Burt Reynolds. It airs on GetTV. The actor getting arrested, Reni Santoni, A character actor who appeared in lots of shows in the 60s,70s and 80s. Any significance or noteworthy trivia about this guy?

  14. The Obsolete Man is great, but my top pick is; The Hunt.

    Arthur Hunnicutt is my favorite character actor and was in my favorite movie, The Big Sky. I highly recommend it.

  15. Can’t remember the episode name but it was written by Earl Hamner. A brother and sister live with arguing un happy parents. They jump in the swimming pool and surface in a kinder, gentler world with a grandmother figure. End of the episode the go back to the grandmother.

    ‘Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up’

    ‘Last Stop Willoughby’

    Funny how many of the stories have an Ohio connection.

  16. I just saw one recently this past Summer about a former Nazi Commandant of a prison camp, I think it was Auschwitz who returned to the camp after the war and is met there by ghosts that he had killed during the war. It is a very haunting episode of The Twilight Zone where his guilty conscience ends up condemning him and he dies and no one knows why. I can’t remember the name of it but it was very good. I also like The Incident At Owl Creek Bridge which was a French imported short movie of Ambrose Bierce’s short story. That’s a good one also. And probably too many others to name because most of them were good to excellent.

  17. @99th Squad Leader – Our top 10 is pretty similar! Here’s mine

    1. The Obsolete Man
    2. The Howling Man
    3. He’s Alive (1 Hour episode with Dennis Hopper)
    4. The Odyssey of Flight 33
    5. Little Girl Lost
    6. The 7th is Made up of Phantoms
    7. The Fear
    8. Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up?
    9. The Invaders
    10.The Mirror

  18. They’re all good.
    One of the few things (along with a half dozen WW2 movies) I can watch over and over.

  19. I loved the Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock’s TV show as well. I have a favorite on that one but you didn’t ask that question!

  20. I wish I was shorter I’m 6′ 6″ I look like a freak next to little shrimps.
    Most males in Hollywood are short. Go figure

  21. “The Fever,” a gambling addict haunted by an eerily mobile slot machine that calls his name: “FRAAANK – LINNNNN.”

    “Steel,” with Lee Marvin. A human takes to the robotic boxing ring when his ‘droid malfunctions, and pays the price.

  22. “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?”

    As I have noted here before, that episode eerily foreshadowed the tragic bridge collapse in Point Pleasant, West Virginia in 1967 during a time of alleged UFO. and alien sightings there. That real life disaster, and the books about it by John Keel, served as the basis for two movies: “Men In Black” and “The Mothman Prohecies”.

    But the Twilight Zone story had all of the elements years before any of that. I’ve since learned that Ray Bradbury wrote the short story that the episode was based on.

  23. Little Girl Lost. A girl falls out of bed into another dimension. Also Obsolete Man who had all the books and time in the world but broke his glasses. Those two have stuck with me for years.

  24. I vaguely remember watching The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits when they were first run, but really cut my teeth on them during their marathon showings later.

    I first saw my all time favorite when I was older and working feverishly to support my family and try to get ahead at work. To this day, it brings great comfort watching the ending of “A Stop at Willoughby”.

  25. No one mentioned “A Game of Pool” with Jack Klugman and Jonathan Winters?

    Sometimes the only thing worse than not getting what you want is getting it.

  26. @Mr. Pinko.

    We were recently on a road trip and were listening to that episode on cd. I have like 20 Twilight Zone episodes. George Costanza narrates the toys one.

  27. Next Stop Willoughby
    The Midnight Sun
    The Hitchhiker
    Over The Ridge (Cliff Robertson)

    Don’t remember the title, but it’s the one where the ghosts of Civil War soldiers march past the home of a southern woman who’s waiting for her husband’s return. This might be my favorite.

  28. The last episode aired in Mayor June of 1964.
    Since then they made a ton of money off it.

    The VHS & BetaMax versions were expensive.
    Then came DVD’s…expensive.
    I bought the Blu-Ray set for a decent price a few years ago.

    Of course Tower of Terror at Disney World is my favorite ride.
    Disneyland screwed theirs up.

  29. The scariest one was Billy Mummy in “It’s a Good Life.” Imagine what that hellish place would be when the boy enters puberty. Wish it into the corn field.

    It illustrates what St. Augustine said about infants and children. We are not born innocent; infants are by nature selfish, greedy and demanding.

  30. @Rightwinger. You’re right, our selections are very similar. Really difficult to choose. “The 7th is Made Up of Phantoms” and “The Invaders” are great episodes.


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