Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 35

I Sing the Body Electric (18 May 1962)
"The Twilight Zone" I Sing the Body Electric (original title)

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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.

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George is a widower with three children and he is being criticized for trying to raise his children on his own. His son Tom shows him an ad from a company with the motto 'I Sing the Body Electric' that advertises an electronic data processing system to meet anyone's needs - essentially, a robot. They set off and everyone seems to like the idea of having a grandmotherly robot housekeeper except for Anne, who has yet to come to grips with her mother's death. Her rejection of the new member of their family will have serious repercussions but also lead to closure. Written by garykmcd

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One of four Twilight Zone (1959) episodes where Rod Serling offered a mid-episode narration, and the last since Twilight Zone: I Shot an Arrow into the Air (1960). See more »

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[closing narration]
Narrator: A fable? Most assuredly. But who's to say at some distant moment there might be an assembly line producing a gentle product in the form of a grandmother, whose stock in trade is love? Fable, sure - but who's to say?
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Totally average (at best) and a tad 'schmatzy'
29 January 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A widower needs a woman's influence in raising his kids, so he brings home a grandmotherly type woman to be a housekeeper and nanny. The only problem is, she's a robot and one of the kids is freaked out about having a robotic caretaker. Frankly, when I thought about it, I agreed with the kid and was amazed at how quickly the other siblings accepted her! Regardless of my feelings, when the robotic nanny receives hatred and distrust from the child, she cannot handle the rejection--leading to a "heart-warming" and very, very schmaltzy conclusion. 'Schmaltzy', if you don't know, is a word that means overly sentimental and saccharine--and that is a good description of this rather forgettable show. Now I am not saying it is bad, per se, as it did have a few interesting elements but overall it's at best an average episode and one you shouldn't rush to see.


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