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    The Twilight Zone

    Every one has to at least appreciate this show. It had some of the most original and creative storylines ever imagined and it debuted in 1959. People nowadays can't come close to reproducing the level of psychological horror and thought provoking sci-fi this show managed in the early 60's. Most of the storylines were actually cleverly hidden social commentary too.

    Anyway, I'm sure everyone here has some favorite episodes. Mine are:

    - It's a Good Life (Evil 8 year old boy controls everything with his mind)
    - Nick of Time (Young couple gets glimpse of future by putting pennies in a novelty fortune teller machine and asking it yes or no questions)
    - One where prisoner is held in solitary confinement on an asteroid in space and is secretly given a robot girl to keep him company.

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    Greatest TV show of all time, IMO. The Beatles of television shows. Almost too much good stuff to catch your breath.

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    Re: The Twilight Zone

    The one with the girl robot on an asteroid is "The Lonely".

    Rod Serling went to school at Antioch College up in Yellow Springs.

    My favorites:

    A Stop at Willoughby
    The Midnight Sun
    Little Girl Lost

    Pay attention to the open sky

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    Re: The Twilight Zone

    I like the one where the guy just wants a quiet place and some time to read.
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    Re: The Twilight Zone

    Quote Originally Posted by TeamCasey
    I like the one where the guy just wants a quiet place and some time to read.
    Then breaks his glasses when he's the only man left on earth
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    Re: The Twilight Zone

    Quote Originally Posted by TeamCasey
    I like the one where the guy just wants a quiet place and some time to read.
    That's one of my favorites as well. I like to watch the marathons on Sci Fi Network.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R
    I like to watch the marathons on Sci Fi Network.


    Did anyone notice that the SciFi network had a mini-marathon of Twilight Zones today...just ended at 4 pm.

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    Re: The Twilight Zone

    Here are a few episodes I like and I don't think they have been mentioned yet.

    * The Invaders: A woman (played by Agnes Moorhead) in an isolated farmhouse is forced to defend herself from invading space men. No dialog at all from her and only limited communication from the flying saucer guys at the end. Well done.

    * Walking Distance: Gig Young plays a guy who is kind of fed-up with life and walks a short distance back to his hometown and finds that everything is just the way it was when he was a kid. Taps in on that 'good old days' feeling that some of us understand.

    * Nothing in the Dark: An old lady is visited by Mr Death (Robert Redford) and he convinces her that he is not to be feared.

    * Two: Elizabeth Montgomery and Charles Bronson are apparently the last two people on earth after some kind of battle on earth causes devastation.

    *The Eye of the Beholder: Has plastic surgery helped a young lady get beyond the abnormal look of her face? When the bandages are finally removed we find that the surgery has been a failure...she is still 'ugly' (played by Donna Douglas who was Ellie May on Beverly Hillbillies), although to our human eye she is beautiful and it is the medical staff who have the distorted facial appearance.

    * A Stop at Willoughby: Similar to 'Walking Distance', picking up on the theme of looking for a way out of the stress-filled present life.

    *A Hundred Yards Over the Rim: In the mid-1800's, a man (Cliff Robertson) traveling in a wagon train is transported into the future. Time travel has always fascinated me.

    Lots more, but these stand out, along with the ones already mentioned. For me personally, the episodes I enjoyed least were the ones that tried to inject 'whimsy' or humor into the story.

    Anyway, a great tv series. One of the best ever, for sure.

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    Re: The Twilight Zone

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Borkowski
    * The Invaders: A woman (played by Agnes Moorhead) in an isolated farmhouse is forced to defend herself from invading space men. No dialog at all from her and only limited communication from the flying saucer guys at the end. Well done.
    The ending makes this one for me. I was starting to get tired after 20 minutes of what seemed like nothing, then the ending tied it together nicely. Good episode.

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    Re: The Twilight Zone

    The Monsters are Due on Maple Street

    Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

    An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

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    Re: The Twilight Zone

    Hitchhiker.

    Nick of Time, definitely

    The messed up part is, I really don't like Sci-Fi very much. But this show was written so captivatingly, it didn't seem to matter (though I would argue that the show was far more ghost story/proto-horror than it was sci-fi).
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    Re: The Twilight Zone

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou
    An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
    In high school I had to read the short story this episode was based on. Then we got to watch it in class. Pretty good episode.

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    Re: The Twilight Zone

    Quote Originally Posted by The Baumer
    In high school I had to read the short story this episode was based on. Then we got to watch it in class. Pretty good episode.
    I went to film school and had to see in at least 3 different classes, it's a classic example of time manipulation in that medium. The short story is also very good.

    The movie Jacobs Ladder steals the premise somewhat.

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    Re: The Twilight Zone

    only slightly off topic. The day I realized every episode of The Outer Limits was something with an ironic ending i stopped watching.
    Suck it up cupcake.

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