The Twilight Zone

The Time Element

Season/ Episode: pre-series pilot
Director: Allen Reisner
Writer: Rod Serling

Waking up regularly in a Honolulu hotel might be a great thing – unless it’s the 6th December 1941, time and time again. Not only the dreamer’s psychiatrist is skeptical until he gets a deadly proof.

Where is Everybody?

Season/ Episode: 1/ 1
Director: Robert Stevenson
Writer: Rod Serling

No one to be seen as far as the disturbed man in a pilot suits can see. In the everyday world around him there are traces of recent live but no other person. Apart from those who are near watching him.

One for the Angels

Season/ Episode: 1/ 2
Director: Robert Parrish
Writer: Rod Serling

It takes two to make a bargain and if one of them is Death he certainly won’t be cheated. Not even by a salesman as eloquent as Lou who pitches for his life and wins another one.

Mr. Denton on Doomsday

Season/ Episode: 1/ 3
Director: Allen Reisner
Writer: Rod Serling

Dan Duryea’s gunslinger lost all his grit since killing a youth in a duel. Bit there is one last fight waiting for him in the form of Martin Landau’s rival and that even more perfidious enemy drink.

The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine

Season/ Episode: 1/ 4
Director: Mitchell Leisen
Writer: Rod Serling

The screen star Ida Lupino embodies with morbid haughtiness faded long ago. However, it’s forlorn luster is kept alive by the movie projector the aged actress uses as to escapae reality. Quite literally.

Walking Distance

Season/ Episode: 1/ 5
Director: Robert Stevens
Writer: Rod Serling

It’s been years since the weary driver has stopped in the town of his childhood which seems to bee waiting there. But there is no turning back the clock. Only turning back to reality, a little wiser now.

Escape Clause

Season/ Episode: 1/ 6
Director: Mitchell Leisen
Writer: Rod Serling

Live isn’t particularly thrilling with immortality. Too bad for the nasty hypochondriac Mr. Bedeker he has his enlightenment only after a deal with the devil to make everything for him fatally nonfatal.

The Lonely

Season/ Episode: 1/ 7
Director: Jack Smight
Writer: Rod Serling

Neither walls nor bars constitute the prison of the convict in a future age. His penitentiary is a whole planet, his punishment his loneliness. Still, there might be comfort – in computed form.

Time Enough at Last

Season/ Episode: 1/ 8
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Rod Serling

Books are the only company which Burgess Meredith’s bank teller requires: books and enough time to read them. Both he gets after a nuclear strike but destiny yet has one cruel joke in store for him.

Perchance To Dream

Season/ Episode: 1/ 9
Director: Robert Florey
Writer: Charles Beaumont

Richard Conte plays the most tired man in the world who keeps himself forcefully awake. When sleep takes over, so may death, embodied by the daring Maya within a continuous nightmare.

Judgment Night

Season/ Episode: 1/ 10
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Rod Serling

How he got aboard the British liner and what he is doing there in the year of 1942, the anxious Mr. Lasner can’t tell. However, just that is what the he had to do to escape his very personal punishment.

And When the Sky Was Opened

Season/ Episode: 1/ 11
Director: Douglas Heyes
Writer: Rod Serling

Off the radar: that is where Rod Taylor’s spaceman and his colleagues ended up. Only for a few seconds while in space but after their return to earth, the void starts to reach for them one by one.

What You Need

Season/ Episode: 1/ 12
Director: Alvin Ganzer
Writer: Rod Serling

A bus ticket comes in handy for a down-on-his-luck baseball player and cleaner for a helpful lady. Kind Mr. Pedott always happens to have them. A gift petty thief Fred wants to take advantage of.

The Four of Us Are Dying

Season/ Episode: 1/ 13
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Rod Serling

Jazz musician, gangster and boxer are just a few of the identities which Arch Hammer changes as if they were suits. Each face he sees he can adapt but in the end he’s stuck with the same fate: his own.

Third from the Sun

Season/ Episode: 1/ 14
Director: Richard L. Bare
Writer: Rod Serling

On the eve of an atomic war a military scientist and his friend have arranged to escaped with their families to an unknown destination: to another planet who’s inhabitants aren’t that dissimilar.

I Shot an Arrow into the Air

Season/ Episode: 1/ 15
Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Writer: Rod Serling

Three man have survived the shipwreck and are stranded on a desert island. Only that their journey was through space and the island is an asteroid where water is scarce and compassion even more so.

The Hitchhiker

Season/ Episode: 1/ 16
Director: Alvin Ganzer
Writer: Rod Serling

On the way to California young Nan has an accident but gets away with no more than a fright. Or so she thinks until she encounters an ominous hitchhiker who seems to be waiting for her – as is fate.

The Fever

Season/ Episode: 1/ 17
Director: Robert Florey
Writer: Rod Serling

When they arrive in Las Vegas Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs are already winners: of the trip which took them to the gambling paradise. The latter turns into hell for Mr. Gibbs who soon burns for a slot machine.

The Last Flight

Season/ Episode: 1/ 18
Director: William Claxton
Writer: Richard Matheson

During an air fight with German war birds, Lieutenant Decker abandons his comrades and gets into a strange. When he lands on solid ground it is that of another time – and another chance for bravery.

The Purple Testament

Season/ Episode: 1/ 19
Director: Richard L. Bare
Writer: Rod Serling

More than once on duty in the south-pacific Lieutenant Fitzgerald has looked death in the face and can’t bear it no more: not the fighting but the ability to foresee which of his men are doomed to die.

Elegy

Season/ Episode: 1/ 20
Director: Douglas Heyes
Writer: Charles Beaumont

Home is where they are headed: three astronauts, lost in space and run out of fuel. Their wish seems to have come true on a strange asteroid. But the scenery reminding them of earth is a mere setting.

Mirror Image

Season/ Episode: 1/ 21
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Rod Serling

Vera Miles is a young traveller waiting late at night in bus depot for the ride to a new job. It isn’t for the first time she does so insist the station attendants. Was it she? Or that other woman just like her?

The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

Season/ Episode: 1/ 22
Director: Ronald Winston
Writer: Rod Serling

Placid and peaceful is life in Maple Street. Til a boy from the neighborhood reports an unidentified flying object and the suburban serenity turns upside down, revealing its ugly underbelly.

A World of Difference

Season/ Episode: 1/ 23
Director: Ted Post
Writer: Richard Matheson

One day the telephone in Arthur Curtis office suddenly is silent. Much worse, his whole life seems to get unplugged. Or rather: canceled like a TV serial since this is what it actually was all along.

Long Live Walter Jameson

Season/ Episode: 1/ 24
Director: Anton Leader
Writer: Charles Beaumont

Kevin McCarthy’s titular history professor is looking young for his age. Still, his fiancee’s father minds the difference in age – or rather ages that Jameson has seen pas without succumbing to time.

People Are Alike All Over

Season/ Episode: 1/ 25
Director: Mitchell Leisen
Writer: Rod Serling

Mars won’t be such a bad place, believes spaceman Marcusson. His crew mate Roddy McDowell has a more negative view, more fitting to the quaint prospective they encounter after landing.

Execution

Season/ Episode: 1/ 26
Director: David Orrick McDearmon
Writer: Rod Serling

In the nick of time Joe Caswell literally has his neck saved by a curious professor. The latter’s time machine transports the condemned criminal to a save future but the gallows won’t be cheated easily.

The Big Tall Wish

Season/ Episode: 1/ 27
Director: Ronald Winston
Writer: Rod Serling

Ivan Dixon heads the all-black cast as a boxer down on his luck and down in the ring. Then all of a sudden he finds himself virtually up on his feet again. Wishful thinking – but that of someone else.

A Nice Place to Visit

Season/ Episode: 1/ 8
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Charles Beaumont

Heaven knows what the down-and-out thug Rocky might have done to deserve a guardian angel as the punctilious Pip or a post mortem ticket to paradise. If it is at all paradise he has ended up in…

Nightmare as a Child

Season/ Episode: 1/ 29
Director: Alvin Ganzer
Writer: Rod Serling

Suddenly there is this little girl outside Helen’s door: a girl she hasn’t seen since the night her mother was murdered. Now her memory has come back to haunt her as well as a very real danger.

Stop at Willoughby

Season/ Episode: 1/ 30
Director: Robert Parrish
Writer: Rod Serling

A cozy train ride sends Mr. Williams off to sleep and accidentally in the peaceful Willoughby. The small town idyll is everything the weary senior ever dreamed of. So much he’d like to dream on.

The Chaser

Season/ Episode: 1/ 31
Director: Douglas Heyes
Writer: Robert Presnell, Jr.

Roger is desperately in love with Leila. The operative word being desperately, since she stays rather cold. An inexpensive love potion changes that. Soon Roger finds himself in need for the antidote.

A Passage for Trumpet

Season/ Episode: 1/ 32
Director: Don Medford
Writer: Rod Serling

Drink and desolation call the tune in the life of Jack Klugman’s alcoholic trumpet player. Eager to end his misery he jumps in front of a car but his sorrows still haven’t disappeared – only he has.

Mr. Bevis

Season/ Episode: 1/ 33
Director: William Asher
Writer: Rod Serling

The job is gone, so is the apartment and all tat’s left is a car ticket to be paid. If ever someone was in need of heavenly help it’s Mr. Bevis. But even angelic improvements tend to have a twist to them.

The After Hours

Season/ Episode: 1/ 34
Director: Douglas Heyes
Writer: Rod Serling

A present is all Martha is looking for in a big store. Instead she finds an abandoned floor and a precognitive salesclerk. Strange the place may be, but Martha is more at home here as she thinks.

The Mighty Casey

Season/ Episode: 1/ 35
Director: Alvin Ganzer, Robert Parrish
Writer: Rod Serling

Right before folding the looser-team of baseball coach McGarry scores a hit that mechanically repeats itself. The new hope of the team is a robot who, however, runs afoul with his human side.

A World of His Own

Season/ Episode: 1/ 36
Director: Ralph Nelson
Writer: Rod Serling

When playwright Gregory West thinks up a new character, they truly come to life. Not only on stage but in his home where he enjoys his charming company. Much to the chagrin of his jealous wife.

King Nine Will Not Return

Season/ Episode: 2/ 1
Director: Buzz Kulik
Writer: Rod Serling

Only Embry is left. The other men on the bombing aircraft King Nine disappeared. Their last trace lies in Emery’s memory and Emery lies in a hospital bed, fantasizing what might have never been.

The Man in the Bottle

Season/ Episode: 2/ 2
Director: Don Medford
Writer: Rod Serling

When it comes to business, kind antique dealer Arthur Castle is by no means a genius. So much the better for him that he finds one in an old wine bottle. Three wishes he is granted but none the wiser.

Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room

Season/ Episode: 2/ 3
Director: Douglas Heyes
Writer: Rod Serling

Petty thief Jackie trembles in a dingy hotel room, waiting for crime boss Rhoades who assigned him on a murder. Before meeting him Jackie has to face his own cowardice as well as hidden courage.

A Thing About Machines

Season/ Episode: 2/ 4
Director: David Orrich McDearmon
Writer: Rod Serling

Everyone and everything is turned against him! AT least that is the firm believe of self-centered gourmet critic Mr. Finchley. He’s given a taste of mechanical revenge that could be his last supper.

The Howling Man

Season/ Episode: 2/ 5
Director: Douglas Heyes
Writer: Charles Beaumont

Brother Jerome must be a fanatic to keep a harmless old man locked up in a cave. So thinks the young soldier about to free the prisoner, unaware that he is dealing with the worst deceiver of all.

The Eye of the Beholder

Season/ Episode: 2/ 6
Director: Douglas Heyes
Writer: Rod Serling

Beauty is a matter of perspective, most of all which we ourselves have when looking in the mirror. Those the youthful patient of a surgeons clinic shuns, fearing her “ugliness” could be beyond repair.

Nick of Time

Season/ Episode: 2/ 7
Director: Richard L. Bare
Writer: Richard Matheson

Everything has been decided already, a fortune teller machine prophesies William Shattner as a man on a pit stop with his wife. Their questioning was just for fun but the matter soon gets dark serious.

The Lateness of the Hour

Season/ Episode: 2/ 8
Director: Jack Smight
Writer: Rod Serling

The lifelikeness of Dr. Lorenz’s robots deceptive, so much so that even his daughter allows herself to be fooled. When she asks him to turn them off for good he fulfills her wish – for better or worse.

The Trouble With Templeton

Season/ Episode: 2/ 9
Director: Buzz Kulik
Writer: E. Jack Neuman

The curtain hasn’t dropped before the past, yet for the aging stage actor Booth Tempelton. After frustrating rehearsals with Sydney Pollack’s new director, he’s in for a special night of performance.

A Most Unusual Camera

Season/ Episode: 2/ 10
Director: John Rich
Writer: Rod Serling

„Dix à un propriétaire“, is written on the camera a criminal couple has purloined from a pawnshop. The translation of a servant can’t prepare them for the vicious developments the machines pictures.

The Night of the Meek

Season/ Episode: 2/ 11
Director: Jack Smight
Writer: Rod Serling

Santa Clause is nothing but a hobo who drinks away his last cents from a job as sales store Santa. Due to his state Art Carney’s desolate but gentle Corwin gets fired – but You can’t just sack Santa.

Dust

Season/ Episode: 2/ 12
Director: Douglas Heyes
Writer: Rod Serling

A condemned man faces the rope for the accidental death of a child. His desperate father would do anything to save him. And an unprincipled bargainer would use any opportunity to make a deal.

Back There

Season/ Episode: 2/ 13
Director: David Orrich McDearmon
Writer: Rod Serling

Awaking from a faint, Professor Corrigan finds himself in the era of President Lincoln, who plans this very day to visit the theater. No one knows of the fate awaiting him there, except for Corrigan.

The Whole Truth

Season/ Episode: 2/ 14
Director: James Sheldon
Writer: Rod Serling

True, the car glib salesman Harvey Hunnicut buys from an aged man comes at a low price. Terribly true for the phony who is suddenly unable to tell the lies that keep his business and life running.

The Invaders

Season/ Episode: 2/ 15
Director: Douglas Heyes
Writer: Richard Matheson

Strange noises in the attic are only the beginning of a plague infesting the rural home of an old woman. With her simple means she fights what turns out a rather high developed kind of vermin.

A Penny for Your Thoughts

Season/ Episode: 2/ 16
Director: James Sheldon
Writer: George Clayton Johnson

As long as a randomly tossed coin is on its edge so is Mr. Poole. The timid business clerk can all of a sudden read minds: of his two-timing boss, his spent colleague and caring female co-worker.

Twenty Two

Season/ Episode: 2/ 17
Director: Jack Smight
Writer: Rod Serling

Night after night a hospitalized show dancer is haunted by the same dream ending with the same sentence: “Room for one more, honey.” An invitation to the morgue which is now closer than ever.

The Odyssey of Flight 33

Season/ Episode: 2/ 18
Director: Jus Adiss
Writer: Rod Serling

“All I ask You is to remain clam.”, announces the pilot of the titular flight to the passengers. Cause of their bewilderment isn’t a technical disturbance but a temporal one. Precisely: a spatio-temporal.

Mr. Dingle, the Strong

Season/ Episode: 2/ 19
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Charles Beaumont

Yesterday it was only vacuum cleaners making much wind in the life of drummer Luther Dingle. Today it’s he himself after being subject to an extraterrestrial experiment giving him super strength.

Static

Season/ Episode: 2/ 20
Director: Buzz Kulik
Writer: Charles Beaumont

The same old song is the only one Ed likes to hear. Rather than listening to his concerned room neighbor, the grumpy resident of a retirement home has only ears for the radio’s sound of the past.

The Prime Mover

Season/ Episode: 2/ 21
Director: Richard L. Bare
Writer: Charles Beaumont

Where or how he got his extraordinary talent, simple minded Jimbo has no clue. But from the moment his pal Al discovers Jimbo’s gift for billiard, both keep the ball rolling: with telekinesis.

Long Distance Call

Season/ Episode: 2/ 22
Director: James Sheldon
Writer: Charles Beaumont, William Idelson

Since little Billy was given a play phone by his granny, the boy continuously claims she is calling him to come be with her. The way to granny, however, leads to her new habitat: the graveyard.

A Hundred Yards Over the Rim

Season/ Episode: 2/ 23
Director: Buzz Kulik
Writer: Rod Serling

One step too far ventured Chris Horn with his band wagon trail. Behind a range of hills the settlers face a strange new world with roaring, horseless carriages, plastered ways and futuristic townsfolk.

The Rip Van Winkle Caper

Season/ Episode: 2/ 24
Director: Jus Adiss
Writer: Rod Serling

Hundred years for one billion dollars: such is the price four gold thieves pay. In a time capsule constructed for the coup they wait till their crime has been forgotten – just as the value of their loot.

The Silence

Season/ Episode: 2/ 25
Director: Boris Sagal
Writer: Rod Serling

What remains is silence. The talkative Tennyson will be rewarded 500.000 dollars if he doesn’t speak for a year. But also his contender keeps silent: about his alarming state of finances.

Shadow Play

Season/ Episode: 2/ 26
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Charles Beaumont

Everything is just bad dream. That’s what Adam Grant believes, so firmly even the judge is inclined to doubt his sanity. Else they would all disappear like dream characters do the moment Grant dies.

The Mind and the Matter

Season/ Episode: 2/ 27
Director: Buzz Kulik
Writer: Rod Serling

Today it is only the unpleasant landlady which the stressed out Mr. Beechcroft has disappear. But there are many more people on his list. To work it off he needs no manpower, only that of his mind.

Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up

Season/ Episode: 2/ 28
Director: Montgomery Pittman
Writer: Rod Serling

Just like Ray Bradbury, notes one passenger of the bus that stops during a snow storm on a road side diner. One of the is supernumerary and might just be an escaped alien from an Ufo-sighting nearby.

The Obsolete Man

Season/ Episode: 2/ 29
Director: Elliott Silverstein
Writer: Rod Serling

Burgess Meredith is once more the prey of cruel circumstances in a time out of joint. In a future dictatorship, the librarian is deemed redundant as are the books he saves from anti-intellectual furor.

Two

Season/ Episode: 3/ 1
Director: Montgomery Pittman
Writer: Montgomery Pittman

War is over. Communist and capitalist armaments each left one sole survivor behind. After a while the Charles Bronsons’s man and the woman discover they share more than an absurd agenda of hate.

The Arrival

Season/ Episode: 3/ 2
Director: Boris Sagal
Writer: Rod Serling

During his 22 years as flight inspector Grant Sheckley hasn’t had one unsolved case. It’s not only to keep his record clear that he starts to get lost in the mystery of flight 107, a Mary Celeste of the air.

The Shelter

Season/ Episode: 3/ 3
Director: Lamont Johnson
Writer: Rod Serling

Bill Stockton is a man who caters for every circumstance, even a possible nuclear war. For that he built a garden bunker: big enough for his family but not his once friendly, now furious neighbors.

The Passersby

Season/ Episode: 3/ 4
Director: Elliott Silverstein
Writer: Rod Serling

Looking for a moment of rest on the harsh road, a wounded sergeant from the civil war comes to the decrepit mansion. The owner is still waiting for her man to return, too long in more than one sense.

A Game of Pool

Season/ Episode: 3/ 5
Director: Buzz Kulik
Writer: George Clayton Johnson

Jack Klugman is an aspiring pool player who swears he’d give everything to play against the best. Enter unbeaten Fats Brown who takes the challenge to have his peace – in the grave he came from.

The Mirror

Season/ Episode: 3/ 6
Director: Don Medford
Writer: Rod Serling

Viva la revolution! After Peter Falk and his fellows have overthrown the rule of General de Cruz, the dictator’s corruption starts to reflect on the new head of state through the former’s looking glass.

The Grave

Season/ Episode: 3/ 7
Director: Montgomery Pittman
Writer: Montgomery Pittman

Outlaw Pinto has sworn revenge on the men who lynched him. But that’s not easy if You’re lying in Your grave. Good for Pinto his murderers are paying a visit to collect a debt, as he he plans to do.

It’s a Good Life

Season/ Episode: 3/ 8
Director: James Sheldon
Writer: Rod Serling

If You haven’t seen Bill Mumy as mean and mentally gifted child of horror, You missed out on what maybe the best work of the serial. See this dark gem and behold in terror. Or end up in the cornfield.

Deaths-Head Revisited

Season/ Episode: 3/ 9
Director: Don Medford
Writer: Rod Serling

Back from South america, Gunther Lutze is once more at the site he had been “following orders” during WWII, contributing to the death for thousands who now meet him at the concentration camp.

The Midnight Sun

Season/ Episode: 3/ 10
Director: Anton Leader
Writer: Rod Serling

Snow and ice cover the landscape on one of the paintings of Norma. With her landlady she is one of the last residents in a truly nightmarish world scathed by an ever stronger sun, drained of all water.

Still Valley

Season/ Episode: 3/ 11
Director: James Sheldon
Writer: Rod Serling

Not a breeze is stirring in the uncanny valley, nor is one of the Union soldiers. The only one Sergeant Paradine encounters is an old man informing him about a much more elemental fight.

The Jungle

Season/ Episode: 3/ 12
Director: William Claxton
Writer: Charles Beaumont

After his return from Africa Alan burns the souvenirs his wife gave him as protection against evil spells. The dead goat on the threshold is just a meek omen of the black magic slinking up to him.

Once Upon a Time

Season/ Episode: 3/ 13
Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Writer: Richard Matheson

Buster Keaton plays a janitor in the rather unaptly named Harmony. Here the cost of living is too high and progress too fast for the relict of the past who makes an accidental jump ahead of himself.

Five Characters in Search of an Exit

Season/ Episode: 3/ 14
Director: Lamont Johnson
Writer: Rod Serling

“Clown, hobo ballet dancer, bagpiper and an Army major. A collection of question marks. Five improbable entities stuck together into a dark pit of darkness. No logic, no reason, no explanation.”

A Quality of Mercy

Season/ Episode: 3/ 15
Director: Buzz Kulik
Writer: Rod Serling

How many will have too die, Dean Stockwell’s fanatic Lieutenant is asked by a war-weary soldier. But only when he literally changes his point of view he learns to see through the other side’s eyes.

Nothing in the Dark

Season/ Episode: 3/ 16
Director: Lamont Johnson
Writer: George Clayton Johnson

Gladys Cooper’s lonely old lady who believes she can lock Death out of her world. Actually, it is she herself who is locked out of the world that finds her in in the person of a young Robert Redford.

One More Pallbearer

Season/ Episode: 3/ 17
Director: Lamont Johnson
Writer: Rod Serling

Egocentric billionaire Paul Radin constructed a bomb shelter that would even withstand a nuclear strike. Not for himself but three acquaintances for whom he has a special kind of revenge in store.

Dead Man’s Shoes

Season/ Episode: 3/ 18
Director: Montgomery Pittman
Writer: Charles Beaumont

Slipping the shoes from a mob victim gives the life of the homeless Nate a new direction. That leads to the gangster who murdered the former shoe owner and would do so again: over and over.

The Hunt

Season/ Episode: 3/ 19
Director: Harold Schuster
Writer: Earl Hamner

After their last hunt together Hyder Simpson and his faithful dog are knocking on heaven’s door. The glib porter throws Hyder a bone but he smells a rat and rather stays with man’s best friend.

Showdown With Rance McGrew

Season/ Episode: 3/ 20
Director: Christian Nyby
Writer: Rod Serling

If danger threatens Rance McGrew, star of western movies, gets out of the scene to be replaced by a stunt man. Then a time laps to the Wild West without safety gaps teaches the arrogant actor a lesson.

Kick the Can

Season/ Episode: 3/ 21
Director: Lamont Johnson
Writer: George Clayton Johnson

All kids play the same games and the moment they stop, the start aging. The personal truth of the words of elderly Charles Whitey is revealed in his transformation to the one he used to be: a boy.

A Piano In the House

Season/ Episode: 3/ 22
Director: David Greene
Writer: Earl Hamner

To tickle the ivories of an electric piano in a pawnshop is to tickle out the of the hidden emotions of the player. The purchase of the magic revealer brings the party of a spiteful theater critic out of tune.

The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank

Season/ Episode: 3/ 23
Director: Montgomery Pittman
Writer: Montgomery Pittman

In the doctor’s eyes it is all merely a case of apparent death. The inhabitants of a backwards community, alas, suspect devil’s work in young Jeff’s change after returning from the grave.

To Serve Man

Season/ Episode: 3/ 24
Director: Richard L. Bare
Writer: Rod Serling

Dinner is ready! Hope You are hungry for some black humor, deliciously confected in this superb episode about a superior alien’s race plan for mankind. Not in bad taste, still, a bit hard to swallow.

The Fugitive

Season/ Episode: 3/ 25
Director: Richard L. Bare
Writer: Charles Beaumont

“Spaceman” is the favorite game of the local kids, above all handicapped Jenny. And no one can mimic the extraterrestrial as convincing as Old Ben who is playing his own game of hide and seek.

Little Girl Lost

Season/ Episode: 3/ 26
Director: Paul Stewart
Writer: Richard Matheson

A couple of seconds ago Tina was save at home in her bed. Now the little daughter of the Millers is heard but nowhere to be see. To find her her parents have to think in and of another dimension.

Person or Persons Unknown

Season/ Episode: 3/ 27
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Charles Beaumont

“I am David Gurney!” claims the man who awakens after a boozy night at home in his bed besides his wife. A wife who recognizes him as little as his friends and acquaintances. Madness or miracle?

The Little People

Season/ Episode: 3/ 28
Director: William Claxton
Writer: Rod Serling

After his own image He created them. “He” is Craig, earthly astronaut stranded on a strange planet. “Them” are the tiny folks he terrorizes into worshipping him. But just as size, godliness is relative.

Four O’Clock

Season/ Episode: 3/ 29
Director: Lamont Johnson
Writer: Rod Serling

Feeling belittled by whole mankind, paranoid Oliver Crangle isn’t satisfied anymore by slandering people. Out of sheer willpower he wants to shrink everyone and succeeds – if only on a small scale.

Hocus-Pocus and Frisby

Season/ Episode: 3/ 30
Director: Lamont Johnson
Writer: Rod Serling

To his friends Frisby is a gifted spinner of yarns that entertains them with improbable stories. For the alien visitors who take him on a trip he is much more than a big mouth playing the mouth organ.

The Trade-Ins

Season/ Episode: 3/ 31
Director: Elliot Silverstein
Writer: Rod Serling

Time is running out for John and Marie Holt and the elderly couple can’t buy themselves any more. Else they’d only have to go to the body swapping center to purchase younger selves. Will one do?

The Gift

Season/ Episode: 3/ 32
Director: Allen H. Miner
Writer: Rod Serling

Mr. Williams is a fugitive, dogged by the police and wounded, washed up in a run down Mexican village. Among the hostile inhabitants, only tyoung Pablo recognizes the strangers true intentions.

The Dummy

Season/ Episode: 3/ 33
Director: Abner Biberman
Writer: Rod Serling

On stage Willie and Jerry are ideal partners. Offstage Willie is driving his colleague to the brink of madness. Or has Jerry already gone insane, believing he was terrorized by his ventriloquist dummy?

Young Man’s Fancy

Season/ Episode: 3/ 34
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Richard Matheson

No sooner has Alex moved with his wife to their new home, she feels jealous. Ghosts of the past are still haunting the rooms, particularly that of Alex clutching mom who won’t let go of her dear boy.

I Sing the Body Electric

Season/ Episode: 3/ 35
Director: William Claxton, James Sheldon
Writer: Ray Bradbury

Young Annie is a skeptical girl when it comes to nannies. Her suspicions vindicate themselves when her siblings and she encounter their “new” grandma: special delivery from a company for robotics.

Cavender is Coming

Season/ Episode: 3/ 36
Director: Christian Nyby
Writer: Rod Serling

Agnes has a guardian angel, not only figuratively speaking. To earn his wings Mr. Canvender needs to make the young woman happy. Too bad she already isand any change inclined to diminish that.

The Changing of the Guard

Season/ Episode: 3/ 37
Director: Robert Ellis Miller
Writer: Rod Serling

Forced into retirement, a professor of english literature leaps a last time through old year books. His work brought no one ever no good he fears but his class reunites from beyond to tell him different.

In His Image

Season/ Episode: 4/ 1
Director: Perry Lafferty
Writer: Charles Beaumont

Alan lets himself be driven to manslaughter by assuming Walter Ryder. He made Alan a man like himself: giving the android his own face as he did the other mechanical doubles he constructed.

The Thirty-Fathom Grave

Season/ Episode: 4/ 2
Director: Perry Lafferty
Writer: Rod Serling

Since WWII the submarine lies on the ground of the ocean in a watery grave. Its heart is all the same beating, like an infernal metallic thumbing. Or are it the dead calling the living to join them?

Valley of the Shadow

Season/ Episode: 4/ 3
Director: Perry Lafferty
Writer: Charles Beaumont

Peaceful Valley lives up to its name. The remote small town where Mr. Redfield lands up in knows neither sickness, nor war, nor death. Anyway, violence reigns over the place he might never leave.

He’s Alive

Season/ Episode: 4/ 4
Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Writer: Rod Serling

Dennis Hopper turns megalomaniac as neo-Nazi Peter Vollmer. The eager disciple takes his lessons from an even more perverted mind, risen from the abyss of history to continue his inhuman mission.

Mute

Season/ Episode: 4/ 5
Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Writer: Richard Matheson

There is no need for teacher Miss Frank to admonish her new pupil to be silent. Ilse learned to not utter a sound in a long excruciating experiment that evoked in her another means of communication.

Death Ship

Season/ Episode: 4/ 6
Director: Don Medford
Writer: Richard Matheson

What Jack Klugman’s spaceship captain and his crew see before their eyes resembles a dark mirror image of their own future. Their only escape is to repeat the time lapse they made. Again and again.

Jess-Belle

Season/ Episode: 4/ 7
Director: Buzz Kulik
Writer: Earl Hamner, Jr.

Granny Hart is a weird old lady or maybe a modern witch. In any case she sells Jess-Bell what the envious girl desires: the heart of Billy-Ben. The love-spell works – and Jess-Belle is in for more.

Miniature

Season/ Episode: 4/ 8
Director: Walter Grauman
Writer: Charles Beaumont

A doll’s house is all Charley craves. The lonely outsider, played by Robert Duvall, hasn’t fallen for the tiny model displayed in a local miniature museum. Its rather the inhabitants whom he cherishes.

Printer’s Devil

Season/ Episode: 4/ 9
Director: Ralph Senensky
Writer: Charles Beaumont

Today this is a standard clause, explains Burgess Meredith as cunning Mr. Smith to an unsuccessful newspaper hack. The latter signs a contract to get some truly hellish headlines – at an infernal price.

No Time Like the Past

Season/ Episode: 4/ 10
Director: Jus Adiss
Writer: Rod Serling

Time has turned Dana Andrew’s Paul Driscoll into a bitter man. So why not trick time and win back what it took? Driven by idealistic spirit he starts a futile attempt to save countless victims of war.

The Parallel

Season/ Episode: 4/ 11
Director: Alan Crosland, Jr.
Writer: Rod Serling

He is quite alright, major Gaines assures his acquaintances. It is them who appear to him strangely altered. Something must have happened during the blackout he experienced while outer space.

I Dream of Genie

Season/ Episode: 4/ 12
Director: Robert Gist
Writer: John Furia, Jr.

George P. Hanley isn’t what one would call a lucky man but all the same the meek office worker has nothing left to wish for. This he detects when a genie in a bottle grants him one of the classic three.

The New Exhibit

Season/ Episode: 4/ 13
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Charles Beaumont

To terrify is the job of the prominent murderers Martin Balsam’s avid guide of a waxworks praises. When the exhibition closes he shelters his favorites at his home. Much to the dismay of his wife.

Of Late I Think of Cliffordville

Season/ Episode: 4/ 14
Director: David Lowell Rich
Writer: Rod Serling

Coldhearted business man Mr. Feathersmith has all the riches and power but longs for is his youth. Diabolic Miss Devlin offers him a special settlement, considering his soul already belongs to hell.

The Incredible World of Horace Ford

Season/ Episode: 4/ 15
Director: Abner Biberman
Writer: Reginald Rose

Once more to be a child again is the sincere wish of Horace Ford. One that might come true as nostalgic toy designer discovers he is able to build his own past as he does the trinkets in his shop.

On Thursday We Leave for Home

Season/ Episode: 4/ 16
Director: Buzz Kulik
Writer: Rod Serling

In vain the leader of a desolate community tries to frighten them into remaining at their make-shift home in a hostile dessert. Back to a place called earth from where once their spaceship embarked.

Passage on the Lady Anne

Season/ Episode: 4/ 17
Director: Lamont Johnson
Writer: Charles Beaumont

The marriage of Eileen and Allan is merely a wreck but still they hope a cruise will bring romantic reconciliation. Ironically, that the old ocean liner is hardly in better shape than their relationship.

The Bard

Season/ Episode: 4/ 18
Director: David Butler
Writer: Rod Serling

Untalented playwright Julius uses necromancy to assign a classic author as assistant. A masterpiece is created but Julius‘ sponsors demand changes that would mortify any poet. Even a dead one.

In Praise of Pip

Season/ Episode: 5/ 1
Director: Joseph M. Newman
Writer: Rod Serling

A day on a fun fair turns out the best time Max and his son Pip ever had. Too good to be true. For Pip is long grown up and off to war. Is death a last chance to make up for what was missed in life?

Steel

Season/ Episode: 5/ 2
Director: Don Weis
Writer: Richard Matheson

Battling Maxo has seen better days than those of higher developed fighting robots than he is one. His manager and ex-fighter Lee Marvin is the last to believe in the old model, also that of boxing.

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

Season/ Episode: 5/ 3
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: Richard Matheson

“There’s a man outside there!”, insists William Shattner as frightened flight passenger. Stewardesses and his wife think he it’s another nervous breakdown. But we know it isn’t. It’s a gremlin. Mean one.

A Kind of a Stopwatch

Season/ Episode: 5/ 4
Director: John Rich
Writer: Rod Serling

Talking big despite knowing little is the worst trait of loudmouthed Patrick McNulty. When chance hands him a magical clock, he believes his big moment has come. So it has and just won’t ever pass.

The Last Night of a Jockey

Season/ Episode: 5/ 5
Director: Joseph M. Newman
Writer: Rod Serling

Mickey Rooney plays a little jockey eager to be a big man. Fraud at the races didn’t do it for him, so he resorts to wishing. As if more physical hight could broaden the horizon of an intellectual dwarf.

Living Doll

Season/ Episode: 5/ 6
Director: Richard C. Sarafian
Writer: Charles Beaumont

Meet Talking Tina, an especially nasty example of the evil-doll-kind. After little Christie is given the mechanical doll by her mom, the two unconsciously team up to drive the nasty stepfather crazy.

The Old Man in the Cave

Season/ Episode: 5/ 7
Director: Alan Crosland, Jr.
Writer: Rod Serling

Nuclear devastation has left the few survivors of a stark town with little food and less understanding of manipulation. The supply of canned goods they find doesn’t change the first fact due to the latter.

Uncle Simon

Season/ Episode: 5/ 8
Director: Don Siegel
Writer: Rod Serling

Over more than two decades Barbara has supported her uncle. Last thing she did for him was helping him to a deadly fall down the stairs. Nasty thing that he left her an heirloom just as nasty.

Probe 7, Over and Out

Season/ Episode: 5/ 9
Director: Ted Post
Writer: Rod Serling

Two worlds that have been destroyed, two survivors searching for a new home. Astronaut Cook and alien Norda explore together a strange planet that might hold a fresh beginning – or an ancient one.

The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms

Season/ Episode: 5/ 10
Director: Alan Crosland, Jr.
Writer: Rod Serling

Nearly a century has past since Colonel George Custer fought where Sergeant Connors and his men now face their battle. Thunder of hoofs and war cries haunt the spot when past and present entwine.

A Short Drink From a Certain Fountain

Season/ Episode: 5/ 11
Director: Bernard Girard
Writer: Rod Serling

Senior citizen Mr. Gordon can’t keep up with his young wife. Could his scientist brother possibly help out with a youth tonic? First the age gap shrinks then it grows again – in the opposite way.

Ninety Years Without Slumbering

Season/ Episode: 5/ 12
Director: Roger Kay
Writer: Richard De Roy

As soon as the grandfather clock stops ticking, the last hour has come for Sam. Keeping the old clockwork running is his sole preoccupation in a life which has already been ground to dust by fear.

Ring-a-Ding Girl

Season/ Episode: 5/ 13
Director: Alan Crosland, Jr.
Writer: Earl Hamner

Movie star Bunny Blake returns to her hometown to reunite with her sister. Is it mere sentimentality drawing her back or the spooky reflections she sees in her ring, given to her once as a magic token?

You Drive

Season/ Episode: 5/ 14
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Earl Hamner

None of the residents could be more upset about hit-and-run-driver Peter than his colleague Ollie. Little do people know that he’s not only driving the mob but was actually the one driving the car.

The Long Morrow

Season/ Episode: 5/ 15
Director: Robert Florey
Writer: Rod Serling

Love can outlast the long separation, Commander Stanfield believes. But not the body of his partner Sandra. She will be old when he returns from his space mission unless he cheats the course of time.

The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross

Season/ Episode: 5/ 16
Director: Don Siegel
Writer: Jerry McNeely

The titular character is not a good man. His girlfriend who leaves him knows this as bitterly as his kind father, even Ross himself. Too late he discovers compassion can’t be bought without great loss.

Number 12 Looks Just Like You

Season/ Episode: 5/ 17
Director: Abner Biberman
Writer: Charles Beaumont, John Tomerlin

18-year-old Marilyn has her own look and a mind of her own. Exactly that is perceived as crucial flaw in a future society valuing conformity above everything else. Especially freedom of choice.

Black Leather Jackets

Season/ Episode: 5/ 18
Director: Jospeh M. Newman
Writer: Earl Hamner, Jr.

Scott and his gang members are about to implement their murderous plan to poison the groundwater but his love to Ellen changes his perspective: on earth life and the hostile alien force he represents.

Night Call

Season/ Episode: 5/ 19
Director: Jaques Tourneur
Writer: Richard Matheson

It must be a prank caller who keeps tormenting her via the phone, Gladys Cooper’s Elva suspects. But the voice who won’t let her come to rest does so because her owner can’t find any: in his grave.

From Agnes – With Love

Season/ Episode: 5/ 20
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: Bernard C. Schoenfeld

Wally Cox‘ shy scientist is a specialist when it comes to computers and an amateur when it comes to love. Little does he know his co-worker Agnes has a crush on him: circuits over hard disk, so to say.

Spur of the Moment

Season/ Episode: 5/ 21
Director: Elliot Silverstein
Writer: Richard Matheson

Spoiled Anne runs away from a convenience marriage with a wealthy banker and the ghostly rider she keeps encountering. She is right to interpret the figure as warning but wrong about its intention.

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Season/ Episode: 5/ 22
Director: Robert Enrico
Writer: Robert Enrico

The noose around Peyton Farquhar’s neck is tightening but the spy escapes his death sentence. For a second may be long where there’s no time left and the mind travel far where there is nowhere to go.

Queen of the Nile

Season/ Episode: 5/ 23
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Charles Beaumont

The old lady allowing gossip columnist Herrick in the mansion of film diva Pamela Morris could be the star’s mother. In fact, she is the daughter of a woman who’s everlasting beauty comes at a price.

What’s in the Box

Season/ Episode: 5/ 24
Director: Richard L. Bare
Writer: Martin M. Goldsmith

Gruff taxi driver Joe and his iffy wife Phyllis, played by the always splendid Joan Blondell, have one of their usual arguments about the TV program: this time broadcast from their own dark future.

The Masks

Season/ Episode: 5/ 25
Director: Ida Lupino
Writer: Rod Serling

“Without Your masks You’re caricatures!”, Mr. Foster tells his greedy daughter Emily and her offspring. Therefor the dying patriarch holds a mirror up to them, revealing their inner monstrosity.

I Am the Night – Color Me Black

Season/ Episode: 5/ 26
Director: Abner Biberman
Writer: Rod Serling

Moments before the unjustified execution of a colored man, bigot sheriff Koch ignores the emphatic cautioning of Ivan Dixon’s reverend Anderson. Wherefore dark times are pending over all of them.

Sounds and Silences

Season/ Episode: 5/ 27
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: Rod Serling

Mr. Flemington terrorizes his wife with his shouting, all because his keen-eared mother once forced him into silence. One day it is suddenly him who hears the slightest sound at a deafening volume.

Caesar and Me

Season/ Episode: 5/ 28
Director: Robert Butler
Writer: Adele T. Strassfield

Little Caesar listens to his criminal instincts and Jonathan West listens to Caesar. To get over his financial problems, the unsuccessful ventriloquist lets actions speak, in accordance his evil dummy.

The Jeopardy Room

Season/ Episode: 5/ 29
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: Rod Serling

Martin Landau is former KGB official Ivan Kuchenko, stuck in a hotel room in the line of fire of two assassins and a bomb hidden in the phone. But even a death candidate is allowed one last call.

Stopover in a Quiet Town

Season/ Episode: 5/ 30
Director: Ron Winston
Writer: Earl Hamner, Jr.

The party is over for Bob and is wife Millie when after a boozy night they awake in a strange home. Outside the town lies abandoned and buildings are mockups. It’s all a game and they are the pawns.

The Encounter

Season/ Episode: 5/ 31
Director: Robert Butler
Writer: Martin M. Goldsmith

The fate of a war veteran and an asian-american is linked through an old samurai sword and their connection to WWII: The latter is still demanding victims. Will the two of them be among them?

Mr. Garrity and the Graves

Season/ Episode: 5/ 32
Director: Ted Post
Writer: Rod Serling

The deceased of a western dump would turn in their graves if the’d knew their bereaved don’t care to see them. For this privilege the superstitious townsfolk pay self-declared necromancer Garrity.

The Brain Center at Whipple’s

Season/ Episode: 5/ 33
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: Rod Serling

Former company owner Wallace V. Whipple complains after his retirement. Ironically, it was he himself who induced it: by installing a super computer able to replace his workers. And finally him.

Come Wander With Me

Season/ Episode: 5/ 34
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: Anthony Wilson

Everything is for sale, claims guitar singer Floyd. His search for a song leads into a curious landscape to a strange girl. But the hardened Floyd rather listens to the voice of greed than his heart.

The Fear

Season/ Episode: 5/ 35
Director: Ted Post
Writer: Rod Serling
Mysterious lightening, giant footprints and the one-eyed alien creature are nothing but a mockup. Nervous tourist Charlotte is intimidated at first. However, there is literally “little” cause for alarm.

The Bewitchin‘ Pool

Season/ Episode: 5/ 36
Director: Joseph M. Newman
Writer: Earl Hamner, Jr.

Sport and Jeb want nothing except what is most important: parental love. Just that the young girl and her little brother find on the ground of their swimming pool in a fairytale-like other world.