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1960s Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone:
The Definitive Collection


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Season 1 (1959)
Season 2 (1960)
Season 3 (1961)
Season 4 (1962)
Season 5 (1963)




The Twilight Zone

October 2, 1959 - June 19, 1964
(156) 1/2 hour episodes (5 seasons) except season #4 which were 1 hour episodes
in B&W on CBS
Created by: Rod Serling
also written by: Rod Serling (Serling actually wrote 92 of the 156 episodes)
Produced by: Cayuga Productions and CBS Productions and Rod Serling

CAST

The only regular cast in this anthology show was the host
Rod Serling ... Host and Commentator
Following is a list of guest stars that appeared in 2 or more episodes: (in no particular order)
  • Robert Redford
  • William Shatner
  • Burt Reynolds
  • Robert Duvall
  • Dennis Hopper
  • Carol Burnett
  • James Coburn
  • Martin Landau
  • Anne Francis
  • Jack Klugman
  • Inger Stevens
  • Burgess Meredith
  • J. Pat O'Malley
  • Dick York
  • Cliff Robertson
  • Charles Bronson
  • Lee Marvin
  • Peter Falk
  • Bill Mumy
  • Buster Keaton
  • Art Carney
  • Mickey Rooney
  • John Carradine





Opening Theme

"Twilight Zone Theme"
Composed by: Bernard Herrmann (season1)
Marius Constant (the remainder of the show)

Opening Narration

You're traveling through another dimension,
a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind;
a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination.
That's the signpost up ahead—your next stop, the Twilight Zone.


STORYLINE

This was anthology type sci-fi series which featured a different plot line and cast for every episode. Episodes typically dealt with regular people who through some twist of fate find themselves in some sort of supernatural or alien situation. They could be scary or thought provoking and almost always had an unexpected twist in the end. The stories always had a moral lesson (at least by the end of the episode) and some dealt with topical social issues.

The Twilight Zone was a first of its kind. It re-created the sci-fi / horror genre by including fantasy / psychological thriller into the mix. These were not just scripts for tv this was storytelling at its finest. Each episode easily stood on its own as a piece of history and these diverse stories became cult classics.

During season 4 the show was suddenly replaced with an hour long show then that show didn't make it and the network asked Twilight Zone to return as an hour long program. This necessitated the rewriting of the scripts and refilming of the episodes that had been completed. The episodes were written to be mini-movies, to play out over the 25 minutes of a 1/2 hour time slot and stretching them really hurt the quality. The next season they returned to the 1/2 hour format.

Falling ratings and rising costs doomed the show at the end of its fifth season. Serling did not venture back into the supernatural until 1970 when he was invited to host and co-write a new series called Night Gallery.

Video Clip of The Twilight Zone





Passings

Rod Serling died in 1975 after his third heart attack in 4 weeks, he was only 50 years old
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