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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 & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Show of Depth Well Ahead of it's Time See more (120 total) »

Cast

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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)
Bernard Herrmann (7 episodes, 1959-1963)
Fred Steiner (7 episodes, 1960-1963)
Jerry Goldsmith (7 episodes, 1960-1961)
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

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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 6 episodes was "camera-cut" as in live TV, on a studio sound stage, using a total of four cameras. The requisite multicamera setup of the videotape experiment, pretty much precluded location shooting, severely limiting the potential scope of the story-lines, 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 them to switch back to film for the rest of the series, despite the greater cost. The 6 videotaped episodes were titled: "Twilight Zone: The Lateness of the Hour (#2.8)" (1960); "Twilight Zone: Static (#2.20)" (1961); "Twilight Zone: The Whole Truth (#2.14)" (1961); "Twilight Zone: The Night of the Meek (#2.11)" (1960); "Twilight Zone: Twenty Two (#2.17)" (1961); "Twilight Zone: Long Distance Call (#2.22)" (1961) and then transferred to film for broadcast, which saved the producers about $5,000 per episode.See more »
Quotes:
[Opening narration - season 2]
Narrator: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!
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Why are season four's episodes an hour long?
Why were some episodes shot on videotape?
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59 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
A Show of Depth Well Ahead of it's Time, 7 December 2002
Author: yarborough from northridge, ca

"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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