Twilight Zone episodes based on short stories

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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Time Enough at Last (1959)
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A henpecked book lover finds himself blissfully alone with his books after a nuclear war. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "Time Enough at Last" by Lynn Venable. This story was first published in If (January, 1953). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Perchance to Dream (1959)
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A fatigued man fights to stay awake as he explains to a psychiatrist that if he falls asleep it will trigger a nightmare, which will cause his heart to fail. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "Perchance to Dream" by Charles Beaumont. The story was first published in Playboy (November, 1958). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
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Three U.S. astronauts blast off from Earth on an initial test flight in an experimental rocket-ship... (51 mins.)
“ This episode is loosely based on the short story "Disappearing Act" by Richard Matheson. The story was first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (March, 1953). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: What You Need (1959)
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A small time crook plans to exploit an old street peddler who has the uncanny knack of selling people exactly what they will shortly need. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "What You Need" by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore. This story was first published in Astounding Science Fiction (October, 1945). Before the Twilight Zone, this story was adapted as an episode of the classic sci-fi anthology Tales of Tomorrow (under the same title). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: The Four of Us Are Dying (1960)
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A man who can change his face to look like other people uses his ability to improve his life regardless of his affect on others. (51 mins.)
“ This episode was based on George Clayton Johnson's short story "All of Us Are Dying" which was unpublished at the time it was sold to Rod Serling for the show. It has been subsequently published in the May, 1982 issue of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine. ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Third from the Sun (1960)
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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. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "Third From the Sun" by Richard Matheson. This story was first published in Galaxy (October, 1950). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Elegy (1960)
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Three astronauts touch down on an asteroid, where they discover a world of people that appear to be frozen in time. Confused, they theorize as to why everyone is motionless, until a man springs to life and explains. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "Elegy" by Charles Beaumont. The story was first published in Imagination (February, 1953). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
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Biologist Sam Conrad is scheduled to go on a mission to Mars and is genuinely concerned about what they will find there... (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "Brothers Beyond the Void" by Paul Fairman. The story was first published in Fantastic Adventures (March, 1952). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Execution (1960)
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When a 20th-century scientist tests out his time machine he accidentally retrieves a 19th-century murderer - saving him from the hangman's noose. Unaware of the man's history, the two attempt to acclimatize him to his new surroundings. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on a short story by George Clayton Johnson. ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: The Howling Man (1960)
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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. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on Charles Beaumont's short story "The Howling Man" originally published in the November, 1959 issue of Rogue Magazine. ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Static (1961)
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An old radio is taking bitter bachelor Ed Lindsay back to a happier time before what he considers worthless tripe on television when he starts picking up radio programs from the 1930's and 1940's. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the unpublished short story "Static" by Ocee Ritch. ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Shadow Play (1961)
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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. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on Charles Beaumont's short story "Traumerei" originally published in the February, 1956 issue of Infinity Science Fiction Magazine. ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: It's a Good Life (1961)
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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. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "It's a Good Life" by Jerome Bixby. The story was first published in the Frederik Pohl edited anthology Star Science Fiction Stories #2 (1953). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Still Valley (1961)
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In June 1863, Confederate soldiers come across a warlock who can help bring victory to the Southern cause. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "The Valley Was Still" by Manly Wade Wellman. This story was first published in Weird Tales (August, 1939). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: The Jungle (1961)
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A businessman who has recently returned from Africa is stalked by the superstitions and warnings of a witch doctor. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "The Jungle" by Charles Beaumont. The story was first published in If (December, 1954). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
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An army major awakens in a small room with no idea of who he is or how he got there. He finds four other people in the same room, and they all begin to question how they each arrived there, and more importantly, how to escape. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "The Depository" by Marvin Petal. ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: To Serve Man (1962)
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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". (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "To Serve Man" by Damon Knight. The story was first published in Galaxy (November, 1950). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Little Girl Lost (1962)
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Awakened in the middle of the night by the cries of his daughter, a father enters the girl's room to find that she has vanished - even though he can still hear her crying out for help. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "Little Girl Lost" by Richard Matheson. The story was first published in Amazing Stories (November 1953). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Four O'Clock (1962)
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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. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "Four O'Clock" by Price Day. This story was first published in Alfred Hitchcock Presents: 14 of My Favorites in Suspense (1959). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: I Sing the Body Electric (1962)
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A recent widower, needing loving care for his three young children, orders a cybernetic "grandmother". While two of the children accept her, one of his daughters fiercely rejects her, with near tragic consequences. (51 mins.)
“ The script, written by Ray Bradbury, later became the basis for his short story of the same name, published in 1969. ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: In His Image (1963)
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A young man grapples with an urge to kill and confusion about his origins. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "In His Image" by Charles Beaumont. The story was first published in Imagination (February, 1957). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Mute (1963)
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The orphaned daughter of telepathic parents must learn to speak and deal with a world she cannot communicate in. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "Mute" by Richard Matheson. ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Death Ship (1963)
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An interplanetary expedition from earth finds an exact duplicate of their ship and themselves crashed on the planet they were surveying. Should they stay or risk taking off and crashing? (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "Death Ship" by Richard Matheson. The story was first published in Fantastic Story Magazine (March, 1953). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Printer's Devil (1963)
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A man sells his soul to the Devil to save his failing newspaper and gets more than he bargained for. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "The Devil, You Say?" by Charles Beaumont. The story was first published in Amazing Stories (January, 1951). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
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Aging tycoon William Feathersmith is bored with life and makes arrangements through a devilish travel agency to return to the Cliffordville of his youth and start all over again. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "Blind Alley" by Malcolm Jameson. The story was first published in Unknown Worlds (June, 1943). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Passage on the Lady Anne (1963)
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A young American couple, the Ransomes, who are trying to salvage their troubled marriage, insist on booking passage on an old trans-Atlantic cruise liner. But other passengers try to persuade them to disembark immediately. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "Song For a Lady" by Charles Beaumont. The story was first published in Beaumont's collection Night Ride and Other Journeys (1960). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Steel (1963)
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In the near future, boxing has been outlawed and is performed by mechanical robots. With his next and possibly last fight approaching and his robot in need of repair, he resorts to one last desperate gamble. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "Steel" by Richard Matheson, originally published in the May, 1956, issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963)
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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. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" by Richard Matheson. The story was first published in the anthology Alone by Night (1961). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: The Old Man in the Cave (1963)
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In a post-apocalyptic settlement in 1974, the inhabitants' survival is dependent on the advice of an unseen man living in a nearby cave. This dependence is tested when a band of soldiers descends on their town. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "The Old Man" by Henry Slesar. The story was first published in The Diners Club Magazine (1962). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
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Salvadore Ross has a unique talent where he can trade physical characteristics with other people and will do anything to get the love of Leah Maitland. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross" by Henry Slesar. This story was first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (May, 1961). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
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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. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "The Beautiful People" by Charles Beaumont. The story was first published in If (September, 1952). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Night Call (1964)
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Telephone calls begin to haunt a disabled elderly woman. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "Sorry, Right Number" by Richard Matheson. The story was first published in Beyond Fantasy Fiction (November, 1953). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
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During the American Civil War in 1862, a condemned Confederate prisoner, Peyton Farquhar, is due to the hanged by Union troops. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce. The story was first published in Bierce's story collection Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (1891). ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Hocus-Pocus and Frisby (1962)
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A rural gas station attendant given to telling tall tales about himself is kidnapped by aliens who believe him to be one of Earth's leading intellects. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on an unpublished story by Frederic Louis Fox. ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: The Dummy (1962)
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Ventriloquist Jerry Etherson is convinced that his dummy, Willie, is alive and evil. He locks Willie in a trunk and makes plans for a new act with a new dummy. Too bad he didn't clear those plans with Willie first. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on an unpublished story by Lee Polk. ” - got519
 
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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: A Kind of a Stopwatch (1963)
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A man is given a stopwatch that halts time. (51 mins.)
“ This episode is based on an unpublished story by Michael D. Rosenthal. ” - got519