The television series called the Twilight Zone first aired back in 1959 on CBS. The show’s creator is one Rod Serling, who presented the television audience with thought-provoking episodes with plot lines that revolved around the supernatural. The show was thought to be innovative for its time, delving into such topics as war, extraterrestrial life, fantasy and horror. Even today you will find the Twilight Zone reruns late at night on the Sci Fi channel. The Twilight Zone series is a classic and offers a bit of something for everyone. There are different episodes that coincide with different moods. Below are three examples – Good- Natured, Out-of-this-World, and Identity Crisis – and the shows that fit each mood
These episodes were far from anything scary and are more appropriate to watch with the family:
Mr. Beavis: In this episode you meet a man who is a bit of an oddball but has a warm heart. He is having a bad day when he meets his guardian angel in the local bar. The angel allows for him to redo the whole day over with better results. Only Mr. Beavis wonders if they are truly for the better. This episode aired near the end of the first season.
Mr. Dingle, the Strong: Burgess Meredith plays a vacuum cleaner salesman who is given the incredible ability to lift heavy objects. His strength is triple that of an ordinary human. This new gift was given to him by a two headed alien conducting an experiment. He inevitably abuses his power and has it stripped from him. This episode aired during the second season.
I Sing the Body Electric: Three children have lost their Mother and there is concern about the Father raising them alone. So the Father takes the children and they assemble a robot Grandmother to take care of them. All of the children fall in love with her with the exception of Anne who is still upset that her Mother left. Eventually Anne does come around after something happens to the Grandmother, who survives. This episode is a part of the third season.
The Fugitive: This episode starts out with children playing with an older gentleman by the name of Ben. He disappears behind a bush looking human and comes back out as a monster. However, Ben is far from a monster and is great friends with a little girl named Jenny whom he tells his secret to. He is a fugitive from outer space, only he really isn’t. This episode also aired in the third season.
The Bewitchin’ Pool: Jeb and Sport are two children caught in the middle of their parents endless fighting. One day while taking a swim they see a boy who offers them to come along with him. They enter into a world full of children and a kind old woman by the name of Aunt T. The children have a great time and Jeb wonders if they should ever go back home. This episode was the final episode of the fifth season.
If you are in search of alien life or just feeling spaced out, then these episodes are for you:
People are Alike All Over: Two astronauts crash land on Mars, killing one. The other astronaut, by the name of Samuel Conrad, is met by aliens who look human. He finds himself feeling a bit of relief. The aliens show Mr. Conrad a bit of hospitality by offering him a home to stay in. The home appears just like the ones on Earth, only this one has no doors or windows. This episode is from the first season.
Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up: A bus full of passengers stop off at a diner because of a closed bridge. The police come into the diner looking for an alien. After there is a head count the bus driver finds out that there are seven supposed passengers who say they boarded the bus, when in fact he only counted six. But who are the real passengers, and who is lying? The episode was the second to the last from the second season.
The Invaders: An old woman lives alone in a farmhouse living a simple life. But she is no longer alone as she discovers these little creatures. They happen to be unfriendly in that they keep zapping the woman with their tiny weapons. Eventually she does get rid of them all and in the end we discover who they were. This episode is part of season two.
To Serve Man: One of the most popular episodes from the series which relies on wordplay to create an unexpected twist. Aliens arrive on Earth and begin helping humans. One of the aliens leaves a book titled, To Serve Man, at the U.N. Michael Chambers and other trusting humans board the alien ship. As they prepare to take off Michael learns the true meaning of the book’s title. This is a well known episode that everyone should view at least once. This episode is from the third season.
On Thursday We Leave for Home: William Benteen leads a colony of people who have been stuck in outer space for three decades. However they get word that a ship from Earth is coming to their rescue. However, once the ship arrives William doesn’t want to get on. He wants to remain the leader and tries to tell the others that Earth is hell to get them to stay. This episode is part of the fourth season.
Whether you are unsure of who you are or other people have forgotten who you are then the following episodes were written for you:
Where is Everybody?: In the pilot episode we stumble upon a man by the name of Mike Ferris who is dressed as a member of the Air Force. Only he isn’t sure of who he is or where he is. He finds himself in a strange little town all alone, only he feels as if somebody is watching him. Everywhere he goes there are signs that life exists in the town, and yet he isn’t able to find any. This episode is well-known as it is the first Twilight Zone episode.
The After Hours: A Miss Marsha White enters into a department store and is taken up to the ninth floor. She is met by a saleslady who sells her a gold thimble. Only the thimble is scratched and old and wants to exchange it. When she does she finds out that their is no ninth floor. When she looks at a mannequin she realizes that it looks just like the woman who sold her the thimble and faints. She eventually finds herself locked up in the department store alone, or at least so she thinks. The After Hours is from the first season.
Dead Man’s Shoes: A gangster is shot to death when a street bum comes and finds his body. The bum decides to take the shoes from the dead man and finds himself suddenly transformed. He is no longer a street bum but a reincarnated gangster seeking revenge for his death. But will he get it? This episode is a part of the third season.
Person or Persons Unknown: Mr. Gurney awakens to find that nobody knows who he is. His wife, his coworkers, and even his Mother claim that they do not recognize him. Mr. Gurney is living in a nightmare and tries to prove to everyone that he is who he says he is. This episode aired during the third season.
In His Image: A man, Alan Talbot, is disturbed by strange electronic noises that he hears in his head. He decides to take his fiance Jessica to see his Aunt in his hometown. Only when he arrives, nothing seems familiar, and his key doesn’t fit in his Aunt’s house. His key however does unlock a house which holds the truth, which he eventually finds out. This episode appeared as part of the fourth season.
The next time you are in the mood for a little Twilight Zone, consider what mood you are in to help you decide what to watch.