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The Twilight Zone 

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Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

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Rod Serling
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5   4   3   2   1  
1964   1963   1962   1961   1960   1959  
Top Rated TV #21 | Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Rod Serling ...  Narrator / ... 156 episodes, 1959-1964
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Storyline

The Twilight Zone is a place that exists at any moment of time, of space or of mind....but always when you least expect it. When you find yourself in this realm of unlimited possibility, be careful what you say or do. The right decisions may help you find your way back out....sometimes with greater happiness and wealth. The wrong decisions often lead to madness and death, or an eternity trapped in this dimension. Tread warily past the sign post ahead that says you've entered, The Twilight Zone Written by Bryan Ells

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twilight Zone See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(18 episodes) (season 4) | (138 episodes) (season 1-3 and season 5)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Due to budgetary constraints in its second season, the network decided to cut costs by shooting some episodes on videotape rather than film. Because videotape was a relatively primitive medium in the early 1960s, the editing of tape was next to impossible. Thus, each of the six episodes was "camera-cut", as in live television, on a studio soundstage, using a total of four cameras. The requisite multicamera set-up of the videotape experiment pretty much precluded location shooting, severely limiting the potential scope of the storylines, and so the short-lived experiment was ultimately abandoned. The limitations of using videotape (e.g., it could not be edited as cleanly as film, and its visual quality was poorer) led the network to switch back to film for the rest of the series, despite the greater cost. The six videotaped episodes were titled: The Twilight Zone: The Lateness of the Hour (1960); The Twilight Zone: Static (1961); The Twilight Zone: The Whole Truth (1961); The Twilight Zone: The Night of the Meek (1960); The Twilight Zone: Twenty Two (1961); and The Twilight Zone: Long Distance Call (1961); and then transferred to film for broadcast, which saved the producers about five thousand dollars per episode. See more »

Quotes

[Opening narration-Season 1 alternate]
Narrator: You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!
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Alternate Versions

The series' last produced episode, "An Occurrance at Owl Creek Bridge," was originally released as a short film in Europe called Rivière du hibou, La (1962). Serling bought the rights, added Twilight Zone credits and narration, and made it into an episode. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Twilight Zone Theme
(theme song)
Composed by Bernard Herrmann
(season 1)
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User Reviews

A Show of Depth Well Ahead of it's Time
7 December 2002 | by yarboroughSee all my reviews

"The Twilight Zone" brought a complexity and maturity to television that had never existed before and probably hasn't been seen since. The stories were always ironic, briliant, and fascinating, and they often came with a moral lesson. Episodes like "A Kind of a Stopwatch", with Richard Erdmann, "Time Enough At Last", with Burgess Meredith, "Nightmare at 20,00 Feet", with William Shatner, and "Where is Everybody," with Earl Holliman, dove into concepts and situations no other show would have even touched. The entertainment brought on by "The Twilight Zone" was as vast as the Zone itself. Its principal writers, Sterling, Beaumont, and Matheson, were the best of their era. For sheer television entertainment, nothing compares to the brilliant, heavyweight stories of "The Twilight Zone." TO be frank, "The Twilight Zone" was the first show that didn't insult the viewer's intelligence.


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