The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Eye of the Beholder 

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".



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Episode complete credited cast:
William D. Gordon ...
Jennifer Howard ...
Joanna Heyes ...
Reception Nurse


Janet Tyler is in hospital having undergone treatment to make her look normal. It's her 11th trip to the hospital for treatment and she is desperate to look like everyone else. Some of her earliest childhood memories are of people looking away, horrified by her appearance. Her bandages will soon come off and she can only hope that this, her last treatment, will have done the trick. If not, her doctor has told she will be segregated with a colony of similar looking people. All that to say that truth is truly in the eye of the beholder. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

11 November 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Leader's hand-movements were meant to resemble the gestures made often during speeches by Adolf Hitler. See more »


Before the post operation surgery is revealed, one of the doctor's faces, even though still in the shadows, is noticeable. See more »


The Leader: Blanket the Earth, and infiltrate and weaken! And now we know that there must be a single purpose, a single norm, a single approach, a single entity of peoples, a single virtue, a single morality, a single frame of reference, a single philosophy of government! We must cut out all that is different, like a cancerous growth! It is essential that in this society, that we not only HAVE a norm, but that we CONFORM to that norm! Differences weaken us! Variations destroy us! An incredible ...
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THIS is what The Twilight Zone is all about!
8 March 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

I've just finished watching this episode of The Twilight Zone, and am still trying to catch my breath. What I thought was going to turn out to be just a deviation on the French classic 'Eyes without a Face' turned out to be something much, much more! As the title suggests, this tale is based on the old saying 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder', and we are introduced to a woman dressed in bandages. She's in a hospital, and it soon becomes apparent that she is the victim of a horrible facial disfigurement. However, it seems she has undergone some of surgery to reverse the disability; and it's almost time for the bandages to be removed. This episode is great because it presents a real dream-like atmosphere, and it's easy to believe that this story really is taking place in the 'The Twilight Zone'. Our heroine is kept wrapped up in bandages for almost the entire running time, and with that in mind it's not unreasonable to expect a huge payoff once the bandages are removed. To say it delivers would be an enormous understatement - Eye of the Beholder gives the audience their due payoff and then some! I'm not going to say any more - just see this as soon as possible.

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