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"Twilight Zone" (1959) More at IMDbPro »"The Twilight Zone" (original title), TV series 1959-1964

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Twilight Zone: :  -- A reporter interviews a Hollywood movie queen who has a secret to her eternal beauty.
Twilight Zone: :  -- A man makes a time travel to his childhood, when he's just a few miles away from his native town.
Twilight Zone: Season 5: Episode 36 -- Two children escape their bickering parents through a portal in the bottom of their swimming pool to a magical land watched over by a kindly old woman the children call Aunt T.
Twilight Zone: Season 5: Episode 35 -- Charlotte Scott and policeman Robert Franklin seem to be stalked by giants.
Twilight Zone: Season 5: Episode 34 -- Singer Floyd Burney searches the backwoods for new songs and finds Mary Rachel and much more deep in the Twilight Zone.

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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Release Date:
2 October 1959 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Rod Serling's seminal anthology series focused on ordinary folks who suddenly found themselves in extraordinary, usually supernatural, situations. The stories would typically end with an ironic twist that would see the guilty punished.
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 1 of 227)

Rod Serling ... Narrator / ... (156 episodes, 1959-1964)
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Series Directed by
John Brahm (12 episodes, 1959-1964)
Douglas Heyes (9 episodes, 1959-1961)
Buzz Kulik (9 episodes, 1960-1963)
Lamont Johnson (8 episodes, 1961-1963)
Richard L. Bare (7 episodes, 1960-1964)
James Sheldon (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Richard Donner (6 episodes, 1963-1964)
Don Medford (5 episodes, 1960-1963)
Montgomery Pittman (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jack Smight (4 episodes, 1959-1961)
Alvin Ganzer (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
Ted Post (4 episodes, 1960-1964)
William F. Claxton (4 episodes, 1960-1962)
Elliot Silverstein (4 episodes, 1961-1964)
Abner Biberman (4 episodes, 1962-1964)
Joseph M. Newman (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
Alan Crosland Jr. (4 episodes, 1963)
Robert Florey (3 episodes, 1959-1964)
Mitchell Leisen (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Robert Parrish (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Ron Winston (3 episodes, 1960-1964)
Stuart Rosenberg (3 episodes, 1960-1963)
David Orrick McDearmon (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Jus Addiss (3 episodes, 1961-1963)
Perry Lafferty (3 episodes, 1963)
Robert Stevens (2 episodes, 1959)
John Rich (2 episodes, 1960-1963)
Anton Leader (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Boris Sagal (2 episodes, 1961)
Christian Nyby (2 episodes, 1962)
Don Siegel (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Robert Butler (2 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Writing credits
Rod Serling (156 episodes, 1959-1964)
Charles Beaumont (22 episodes, 1959-1964)
Richard Matheson (16 episodes, 1959-1964)
Earl Hamner Jr. (8 episodes, 1962-1964)
George Clayton Johnson (7 episodes, 1960-1963)
Montgomery Pittman (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jerry Sohl (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Oceo Ritch (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Frederick Louis Fox (2 episodes, 1962)
Henry Slesar (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Martin Goldsmith (2 episodes, 1964)

Series Produced by
Buck Houghton .... producer (102 episodes, 1959-1962)
Rod Serling .... executive producer: Cayuga Productions (36 episodes, 1959-1960)
Del Reisman .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1960-1961)
William Froug .... producer (22 episodes, 1963-1964)
Bert Granet .... producer (18 episodes, 1963-1964)
Herbert Hirschman .... producer (12 episodes, 1963)
Murray Golden .... associate producer (10 episodes, 1963)
 
Series Original Music by
Van Cleave (12 episodes, 1959-1964)
Jerry Goldsmith (8 episodes, 1960-1964)
Bernard Herrmann (7 episodes, 1959-1963)
Fred Steiner (7 episodes, 1960-1963)
René Garriguenc (4 episodes, 1960-1964)
Tommy Morgan (3 episodes, 1962-1964)
Jeff Alexander (2 episodes, 1960-1964)
Lucien Moraweck (2 episodes, 1960-1964)
Nathan Scott (2 episodes, 1960-1962)
 
Series Cinematography by
George T. Clemens (117 episodes, 1959-1964)
Robert Pittack (20 episodes, 1962-1964)
Jack Swain (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Fred Mandl (2 episodes, 1964)
Charles F. Wheeler (2 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Film Editing by
Bill Mosher (43 episodes, 1959-1962)
Jason H. Bernie (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
Richard V. Heermance (18 episodes, 1963-1964)
Joseph Gluck (15 episodes, 1959-1960)
Thomas Scott (12 episodes, 1963-1964)
Leon Barsha (11 episodes, 1960-1961)
Richard W. Farrell (10 episodes, 1963-1964)
Edward Curtiss (4 episodes, 1963)
Eda Warren (4 episodes, 1963)
Everett Dodd (3 episodes, 1963)
Fred Maguire (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Al Clark (2 episodes, 1963)
 
Series Casting by
Patricia Mock (25 episodes, 1963-1964)
Millie Gusse (24 episodes, 1959-1960)
Ethel Winant (21 episodes, 1960-1961)
Larry Stewart (10 episodes, 1964)
Robert Walker (9 episodes, 1962)
 
Series Art Direction by
George W. Davis (148 episodes, 1959-1964)
Philip Barber (51 episodes, 1960-1962)
William Ferrari (26 episodes, 1959-1963)
Merrill Pye (20 episodes, 1960-1962)
Walter Holscher (13 episodes, 1963-1964)
Malcolm Brown (12 episodes, 1963-1964)
Eddie Imazu (10 episodes, 1964)
Edward C. Carfagno (7 episodes, 1963)
Paul Groesse (5 episodes, 1963)
John J. Thompson (4 episodes, 1963)
William Craig Smith (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Robert Tyler Lee (3 episodes, 1961)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Henry Grace (116 episodes, 1959-1964)
H. Web Arrowsmith (49 episodes, 1960-1962)
Robert R. Benton (25 episodes, 1963-1964)
Rudy Butler (21 episodes, 1959-1960)
F. Keogh Gleason (20 episodes, 1960-1962)
Frank R. McKelvy (13 episodes, 1963-1964)
Don Greenwood Jr. (8 episodes, 1963)
Edward M. Parker (5 episodes, 1963)
Jerry Wunderlich (3 episodes, 1960-1964)
Arthur Jeph Parker (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Buck Henshaw (3 episodes, 1961)
Budd Friend (2 episodes, 1960)
George R. Nelson (2 episodes, 1962)
 
Series Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup artist / makeup designer / ... (12 episodes, 1960-1964)
 
Series Production Management
Ralph W. Nelson .... production manager (139 episodes, 1959-1964)
E. Darrell Hallenbeck .... production manager (7 episodes, 1960-1961)
Sidney S. Van Keuren .... production manager (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
E. Darrell Hallenbeck .... assistant director (53 episodes, 1960-1962)
Edward O. Denault .... assistant director (25 episodes, 1959-1960)
Charles Bonniwell .... assistant director (25 episodes, 1963-1964)
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (12 episodes, 1963-1964)
Marty Moss .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1964)
Donald C. Klune .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1960)
John D. Bloss .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1963)
Ray DeCamp .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1963)
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Kurt Neumann .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1960)
Henry Weinberger .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
 
Series Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... sound (148 episodes, 1959-1964)
Bill Edmondson .... sound (44 episodes, 1961-1962)
Joe Edmondson .... sound (40 episodes, 1963-1964)
Van Allen James .... sound effects editor (36 episodes, 1959-1960)
Philip Mitchell .... sound (27 episodes, 1959-1964)
Jean G. Valentino .... sound (21 episodes, 1959-1960)
Charles Scheid .... sound (16 episodes, 1960-1961)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
James V. King .... camera operator (54 episodes, 1963-1964)
Tom Schamp .... lighting director (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
 
Series Casting Department
Ethel Winant .... casting (1 episode, 1961)
 
Series Editorial Department
Scott Lawson .... colorist (156 episodes, 1959-1964)
 
Series Music Department
Bernard Herrmann .... composer: theme music / conductor / ... (23 episodes, 1959-1963)
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor / composer: stock music / ... (8 episodes, 1959-1961)
Van Cleave .... conductor (8 episodes, 1961-1964)
Fred Steiner .... conductor (7 episodes, 1960-1963)
René Garriguenc .... composer: stock music / stock music cues (6 episodes, 1959-1961)
Lud Gluskin .... conductor (6 episodes, 1960-1964)
Lucien Moraweck .... composer: stock music (5 episodes, 1959-1960)
Jeff Alexander .... conductor (2 episodes, 1960-1964)
Tommy Morgan .... conductor / music playing (2 episodes, 1962-1964)
 
Series Other crew
Herbert Klynn .... title designer (36 episodes, 1959-1960)
Richard P. McDonagh .... story consultant (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
John Conwell .... assistant to producer (18 episodes, 1963)
Jim Brady .... technical director (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
James B. Clark .... associate director (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Nature's Haven (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Twilight Zone" - USA (original title)
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Runtime:
51 min (18 episodes) (season 4) | 25 min (138 episodes) (season 1-3 and season 5)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes) | USA:TV-PG

Did You Know?

Trivia:
CBS wanted Orson Welles as the narrator/host, but the producers felt that he asked for too much money.See more »
Quotes:
[Opening narration - season 3]
Narrator:You are traveling through 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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Soundtrack:
Twilight Zone ThemeSee more »

FAQ

Why are season four's episodes an hour long?
Why were some episodes shot on videotape?
Was there a pilot script proposed that wasn't made?
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96 out of 109 people found the following review useful.
When It Worked, No TV Show Was (Or Is) More Imaginative, 4 November 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

Rod Serling's distinctive approach gave "The Twilight Zone" a unique character that will always keep it among the best-remembered of all classic television shows. Not only that, but it set high goals for itself, and it took a lot of chances - and not chances in the phony, trivial sense in which a lot of more recent series "take chances" by resorting to unnecessarily provocative or indecent material that actually guarantees them attention and acclaim.

"The Twilight Zone" took chances by experimenting with many different kinds of stories and material, and by aiming to provide high-quality entertainment while simultaneously giving you something to think about. As a result, there were a few episodes that didn't quite click, and that seem odd or even dull. But when it worked - as it did a great deal of the time - no television show then or now was more imaginative.

In a short review, it would be impossible to list all of the memorable episodes, or even to cover the full range of the kinds of material that it used. There were chilling episodes like "To Serve Man", which is often remembered by those who saw it decades ago, and there were thought-provoking episodes like "In the Eye of the Beholder", which was also imaginatively filmed.

Many episodes relied primarily on a well-written and well-conceived story, while others, like "The Invaders", relied heavily on excellent acting performances (in that case, by Agnes Moorehead). There were occasional light-hearted episodes like "Once Upon a Time", which was also a nice showcase for the great Buster Keaton.

It's too bad that these anthology-style series went out of fashion, because a number of them were of high quality. This one, in particular, stands well above its subsequent imitators. The best science fiction, like the best of any genre or art form, appeals to the imagination, not to the senses, and imagination is what "The Twilight Zone" was all about.

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