The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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I Sing the Body Electric 

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:
Grandma Robot
George Rogers
Doris Packer ...
Charles Herbert ...
Dana Dillaway ...
Karen Rogers
Susan Crane ...
Older Ann
Paul Nesbitt ...
Older Tom
Judee Morton ...
Older Karen


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)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Ray Bradbury
29 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Famed author Ray Bradbury wrote his sole contribution to the series in this tale, which sees a widower trying his best to provide guidance and support to his three children, and decides to take up a suggestion and visit a robotics company with the slogan 'I Sing The Body Electric". He acquires the services of an android nanny that comes in the form of a grandmother figure, who is most patient, wise, and understanding, and will become crucial in guiding the children into the transition of adulthood and a happy life, but must inevitably one day say goodbye when her job is finished.... Most straight-forward plot is pleasant enough though uneventful, and remains unpopular with most fans who expected more given the author, but this still remains a sweet story.

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