The Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 35

I Sing the Body Electric (18 May 1962)

TV Episode  |  TV-G  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Josephine Hutchinson ...
Grandma Robot
Doris Packer ...
Charles Herbert ...
Dana Dillaway ...
Karen Rogers - Age 10
Susan Crane ...
Older Ann - Age 19
Paul Nesbitt ...
Older Tom - Age 20
Judee Morton ...
Older Karen - Age 18


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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18 May 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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One of four The Twilight Zone (1959) episodes where Rod Serling offered a mid-episode narration, and the last since The Twilight Zone: I Shot an Arrow into the Air (1960). See more »


[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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Remade as The Electric Grandmother (1982) See more »

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A Classic, sentimental and precious
1 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was such a beautiful, special episode that it stayed with me for years. And it was such lovely story that years later it was made into a special one-hour movie starring Maureen Stapleton, called "The Electric Grandmother".

Very touching, I can't believe all these other comments about how it was flat and not very well acted, I think this episode was just marvelous.

Not a scary episode, like some of the other old TZ episodes (like the one where the old lady in the wheelchair was getting crank calls on stormy nights, or where the kid could wish you into a cornfield, or where Talky Tina the doll would come kill the evil stepfather), although I did appreciate those other episodes for their uniqueness, as well.

Safe to watch with your kids, it won't scare them, and I have to recommend it, as someone who deals with the griefstricken in my work, as a great show to help people start addressing their grief, which usually includes - and usually starts with - anger.

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