Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 35

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

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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Josephine Hutchinson ...
Grandma Robot
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George
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Salesman
Doris Packer ...
Nedra
Charles Herbert ...
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Dana Dillaway ...
Karen Rogers - Age 10
Susan Crane ...
Older Ann - Age 19
Paul Nesbitt ...
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Judee Morton ...
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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 the few episodes in which Rod Serling's closing narration doesn't include the phrase, "The Twilight Zone (1959)." See more »

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[opening narration]
Narrator: They make a fairly convincing pitch here. It doesn't seem possible, though, to find a woman who must be ten times better than Mother, in order to seem half as good - except, of course, in The Twilight Zone.
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Edited from Twilight Zone: Young Man's Fancy (1962) 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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