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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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 ...
Older Tom - Age 20
Judee Morton ...
Older Karen - Age 18
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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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18 May 1962 (USA)  »

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One of the few episodes in which Rod Serling's closing narration doesn't include the phrase, "The The Twilight Zone (1959)." 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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Edited from The Twilight Zone: Young Man's Fancy (1962) See more »

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'I can win any game of marbles with those!'.....????????
13 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The line above is spoken by a little boy to his robot grandma regarding her eyes. I'm glad she didn't pull them out for him to play marbles with. On the rare occasions when TZ went in deep for sentimentality (like 'Night Of The Meek') it tended to fail, even though there are many wonderful moving moments in the series. This robo-grandma-knows-best tale is a mess (two directors). I wish I could say otherwise as it was written by the normally indescribably brilliant Ray Bradbury, and this was his one contribution to the Zone. The story is a little silly, as a father (David White) takes his three children to a showroom of Facsimiles Limited to pick out the components that will make up their robot grandma. The children opt for parts that make up a gentle character played by Josephine Hutchinson. The dissenter, Anne (Veronica Cartwright- always has been a very good actress) needs a lot more convincing of Grandma's worth and is still angry from her mother's death. A strong theme but is a robot the answer?

Please don't judge 'The Twilight Zone' or Ray Bradbury's writing by this anomalous effort.


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