Today’s throwback unlocks the door with a key to another dimension. That’s right, we’re going back to probably my favorite television show of all time: The Twilight Zone.

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Background

The Twilight Zone was a science fiction anthology tv series from 1959 to 1964. Now, a few revival attempts have been made – such as one in the eighties, and another in the early aughts – but really, nothing could touch the standard set by the original.

The host and creator of the show, Rod Serling was known for his story telling and unique annunciation that kind of creeped out the viewer. He wrote many of the episodes, but the show also featured screenplays by Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont and others.

The show often used its fantastical format to touch on pressing issues. Some episodes were written as commentary on current events, while others were more like modern fables, with a focus on characters’ moral decisions. The format allowed The Twilight Zone to discuss issues that were otherwise not allowed during this time – not as nuclear war and McCarthyism.

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Best of the Best

If you’ve seen the show before, you probably have your favorites. Certain episodes, like “Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” are incredible popular. However, if you aren’t familiar with the series, here are quotes from a few of my favorites to get you started.

This is not a new world, it is simply an extension of the old one … but like every one of the superstates that preceded it, it has one iron rule: logic is an enemy and truth is a menace.
– “The Obsolete Man”

Tonight’s story of the Twilight Zone is somewhat unique and calls for a different kind of introduction
– “It’s A Good Life”

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Miss Marsha White on the ninth floor, specialties department, looking for a gold thimble. The odds are that she’ll find it – but there are even better odds that she’ll find something else.
– “The After Hours”

Given the chance, what young girl wouldn’t happily exchange a plain face for a lovely one? What girl could refuse the opportunity to be beautiful?
– “Number 12 Looks Just Like You”

Not enough. My other favorites include: “The Invaders,” “Stopover in a Quiet Town,” “Queen of the Nile,” “Time Enough At Last,” and “To Serve Man.”

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Watch It Now

Because of its cult following and generation-spanning story lines, The Twilight Zone continues to have many fans, and is fairly easy to access today. You can watch the entire series on the three big streaming services (Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix). Many full episodes can be found on YouTube as well. Here’s Part 1 of one of my favorites: “The Odyssey of Flight 33”:

If you just want a quick fix, there are references to the show everywhere. Disney’s Tower of Terror uses some of Rod Serling’s original narration. There are board games and even a pinball machine themed after the series! And don’t forget, SyFy shows episodes in marathon on many holidays – especially New Year’s Eve! Their website also includes a pretty extensive episode guide, in case you are looking for something specific.

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