40 Very Best Twilight Zone Episodes

by redcatswithteeth | created - 10 Jun 2012 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

Best of the 25-minute episodes from Seasons 1-3 and 5

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1. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: To Serve Man (1962)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

9.2
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An alien race comes to earth, promising peace and sharing technology. A linguist and his team set out to translate the alien's language, using a book whose title they deduce is "To Serve Man".

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: Lloyd Bochner, Susan Cummings, Richard Kiel, Hardie Albright

Votes: 2,360

2. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Time Enough at Last (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

9.1
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A henpecked book lover finds himself blissfully alone with his books after a nuclear war.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Vaughn Taylor, Jacqueline deWit, Lela Bliss

Votes: 3,456

3. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

9.2
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A man, newly recovered from a nervous breakdown, becomes convinced that a monster only he sees is damaging the plane he's flying in.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: William Shatner, Christine White, Ed Kemmer, Asa Maynor

Votes: 2,434

4. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Eye of the Beholder (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

9.2
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A young woman lying in a hospital bed, her head wrapped in bandages, awaits the outcome of a surgical procedure performed by the State in a last-ditch attempt to make her look "normal".

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Maxine Stuart, William D. Gordon, Jennifer Howard, George Keymas

Votes: 2,634

5. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Penny for Your Thoughts (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.2
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Gaining telepathic abilities when his coin lands on its edge bank clerk Hector B. Poole learns about the difference between other people's plans and fantasies.

Director: James Sheldon | Stars: Dick York, June Dayton, Dan Tobin, Cyril Delevanti

Votes: 1,260

6. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Stop at Willoughby (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.7
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Tired of his miserable job and wife, a businessman starts dreaming on the train each night, about an old, idyllic town called Willoughby. Soon he has to know whether the town is real and fancies the thought of seeking refuge there.

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Rod Serling, James Daly, Howard Smith, Patricia Donahue

Votes: 2,096

7. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Hitch-Hiker (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.4
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A young woman driving cross country becomes frantic when she keeps passing the same man on the side of the road. No matter how fast she drives the man is always up ahead, hitching her for a ride.

Director: Alvin Ganzer | Stars: Inger Stevens, Adam Williams, Lew Gallo, Leonard Strong

Votes: 2,201

8. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Nick of Time (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.5
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A pair of newlyweds stopping in a small town are trapped by their own superstition when playing a fortune telling machine in a local diner.

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: William Shatner, Patricia Breslin, Guy Wilkerson, Stafford Repp

Votes: 1,743

9. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Number 12 Looks Just Like You (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.3
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In a future society, everyone must undergo an operation at age 19 to become beautiful and conform to society. One young woman desperately wants to hold onto her own identity.

Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: Collin Wilcox Paxton, Richard Long, Pamela Austin, Suzy Parker

Votes: 1,125

10. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Midnight Sun (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.6
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When the Earth falls out of orbit, two women try to cope with increasingly oppressive heat in a nearly abandoned city.

Director: Anton Leader | Stars: Lois Nettleton, Betty Garde, Tom Reese, Jason Wingreen

Votes: 1,611

11. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Shadow Play (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.5
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Adam Grant is trapped in a recurring nightmare, in which he is sentenced to death by execution. He tries to convince the people around him that they are imaginary and that they will cease to exist if the execution is carried out.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Dennis Weaver, Harry Townes, Wright King, William Edmonson

Votes: 1,226

12. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Mirror Image (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.1
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While waiting in a bus station, Millicent Barnes has the strange feeling that her doppelganger is trying to take over her life.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Rod Serling, Vera Miles, Martin Milner, Joseph Hamilton

Votes: 1,667

13. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: And When the Sky Was Opened (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.6
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Three astronauts return to Earth after seemingly having made an encounter that dooms them and their craft to erasure from existence itself.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Rod Taylor, Jim Hutton, Charles Aidman, Maxine Cooper

Votes: 2,041

14. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Silence (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.6
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Annoyed by a club member's constant chatter, a man bets him he cannot remain silent for a year, living in a glass enclosure in the club basement.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Franchot Tone, Liam Sullivan, Cyril Delevanti, Everett Glass

Votes: 1,337

15. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Lonely (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.3
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A convict, living alone on an asteroid, receives from the police a realistic woman-robot.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Rod Serling, Jack Warden, John Dehner, Jean Marsh

Votes: 2,198

16. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Third from the Sun (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.3
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Two families of Government employees plan to steal a spaceship and travel to another planet just prior to a nuclear war. They must also deal with a stooge who wants to stop them.

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: Fritz Weaver, Edward Andrews, Joe Maross, Denise Alexander

Votes: 1,869

17. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The After Hours (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.6
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A woman is treated badly by some odd salespeople on an otherwise empty department store floor.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Rod Serling, Anne Francis, Elizabeth Allen, James Millhollin

Votes: 1,855

18. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

9.0
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On a peaceful suburban street, strange occurrences and mysterious people stoke the residents' paranoia to a disastrous intensity.

Director: Ron Winston | Stars: Rod Serling, Claude Akins, Barry Atwater, Jack Weston

Votes: 2,636

19. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Where Is Everybody? (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.1
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Mike Ferris finds himself alone in the small Oakwood town and without recollection about his name, where he is or who he is. Mike wanders through the town trying to find a living soul. The tension increases and Mike has a breakdown.

Director: Robert Stevens | Stars: Earl Holliman, James Gregory, Paul Langton, James McCallion

Votes: 2,909

20. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Walking Distance (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.4
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A man travels back in time to his childhood, arriving just a few miles away from his native town.

Director: Robert Stevens | Stars: Rod Serling, Gig Young, Frank Overton, Irene Tedrow

Votes: 2,499

21. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Odyssey of Flight 33 (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.1
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Passing through the sound barrier a commercial airliner inadvertently travels back in time.

Director: Jus Addiss | Stars: John Anderson, Paul Comi, Sandy Kenyon, Wayne Heffley

Votes: 1,416

22. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Masks (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.7
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Wealthy Jason Foster is dying and he invites his greedy heirs to a Mardi Gras party where they must wear the masks he specially had made for them or else be cut off from their inheritance.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Robert Keith, Milton Selzer, Virginia Gregg, Brooke Hayward

Votes: 1,361

23. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: People Are Alike All Over (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.3
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Fearing the worst, the lone survivor of a crash-landing on Mars finds the native inhabitants, to his relief, very hospitable indeed, but there's a catch.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Susan Oliver, Paul Comi, Byron Morrow

Votes: 1,611

24. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Game of Pool (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.1
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A frustrated pool champ has beaten everyone. Everyone except one man; the legend, Fats Brown. Brown is dead, and the champ can only curse his name. But guess who just walked in.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Jack Klugman, Jonathan Winters, Dee Sharon, Margie Liszt

Votes: 1,234

25. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: It's a Good Life (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.9
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On an isolated family farm, a young boy with vast mental powers, but lacking emotional development, holds his terrified family in thrall to his every juvenile wish.

Director: James Sheldon | Stars: John Larch, Cloris Leachman, Don Keefer, Bill Mumy

Votes: 1,929

26. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Little People (1962)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.1
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On a desolate planet, two astronauts discover an entire society populated by incredibly small beings. One of them decides to rule the society as god.

Director: William F. Claxton | Stars: Joe Maross, Claude Akins, Michael Ford, Robert Eaton

Votes: 1,056

27. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Hundred Yards Over the Rim (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.3
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A pioneer from a wagon train in 1847 sets off to find something for his ill son and stumbles into present day New Mexico.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Cliff Robertson, John Crawford, Evans Evans, Edward Platt

Votes: 1,303

28. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A World of Difference (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.9
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A businessman sitting in his office inexplicably finds that he is on a production set and in a world where he is a movie star. Uninterested in the newfound fame, he fights to get back to his home and family.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Howard Duff, David White, Frank Maxwell, Eileen Ryan

Votes: 1,456

29. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Person or Persons Unknown (1962)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.9
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David Gurney wakes up to another ordinary day. Except today, nobody knows who he is.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Richard Long, Frank Silvera, Shirley Ballard, Julie Van Zandt

Votes: 936

30. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.8
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Following a frantic phone call about a crashed spaceship, two policeman try and determine who among the passengers of a bus at a snowed-in roadside diner is from another world.

Director: Montgomery Pittman | Stars: John Hoyt, Jean Willes, Jack Elam, Barney Phillips

Votes: 1,769

31. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Long Morrow (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.8
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Before leaving on a decades long mission, astronaut Douglas Stansfield meets a woman and falls in love.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Robert Lansing, Mariette Hartley, Edward Binns, George Macready

Votes: 821

32. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Howling Man (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.4
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Seeking refuge from a storm, a traveler comes upon a bizarre abbey of monks, who have imprisoned a man who begs for his help. When he confronts the head monk, he is told that the man is the Devil, and he must decide whom to believe.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: John Carradine, H.M. Wynant, Robin Hughes, Friedrich von Ledebur

Votes: 1,701

33. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Stopover in a Quiet Town (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.3
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A hung-over couple awaken to find themselves not only in a strange house, but in a deserted town, where nothing is as it should be.

Director: Ron Winston | Stars: Barry Nelson, Nancy Malone, Denise Lynn, Karen Norris

Votes: 1,065

34. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Invaders (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.4
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When a woman investigates a clamor on the roof of her rural house, she discovers a small UFO and little aliens emerging from it. Or so it seems.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Agnes Moorehead, Douglas Heyes, Rod Serling

Votes: 1,748

35. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Fugitive (1962)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.6
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Jenny and the other kids don't realize that the kindly yet magical old duffer they play with in the park is really an intergalactic fugitive hiding out till two serious men come looking for him, asking questions that test their friendship.

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: Susan Gordon, J. Pat O'Malley, Nancy Kulp, Wesley Lau

Votes: 971

36. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Living Doll (1963)

TV-PG | 26 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.9
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A frustrated father does battle with his stepdaughter's talking doll, whose vocabulary includes such phrases as "I hate you" and "I'm going to kill you".

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Telly Savalas, Mary LaRoche, Tracy Stratford, June Foray

Votes: 1,626

37. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Night Call (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.3
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Telephone calls begin to haunt a disabled elderly woman.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Gladys Cooper, Nora Marlowe, Martine Bartlett, Rod Serling

Votes: 1,020

38. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Twenty Two (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.0
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While in the hospital recovering from overwork, Liz Powell keeps dreaming about going down to the hospital morgue.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Barbara Nichols, Jonathan Harris, Fredd Wayne, Arlene Martel

Votes: 1,288

39. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Four O'Clock (1962)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

6.8
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A very obsessed man wants to expose evil in the world, investigating people he sees as murderers, subversives, perverts and communists, then attempting to ruin their lives.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Theodore Bikel, Phyllis Love, Linden Chiles, Moyna MacGill

Votes: 862

40. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Fear (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.3
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Charlotte Scott and policeman Robert Franklin seem to be stalked by giants.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Peter Mark Richman, Hazel Court, Rod Serling

Votes: 692