Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 8

It's a Good Life (3 Nov. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" It's a Good Life (original title)

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On an isolated family farm, a young boy with vast mental powers, but lacking emotional development, holds his terrified family in thrall to his every juvenile wish.

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In a small farming community in Ohio, a young boy by the name of Anthony Fremont terrorizes those around him. Anthony has the ability to command anything he wants simply by thought. The community is cut off from the outside world and the boy insists that those around him think only pleasant thoughts, and if they don't, he eliminates them. Everyone walks in fear of the lad who ably demonstrates what he's prepared to do at a small party in his home. Written by garykmcd

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In 1974, Rod Serling finished a screenplay for a feature film version of this episode. Serling died in 1975 and the film was never produced. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] Tonight's story on The Twilight Zone is somewhat unique and calls for a different kind of introduction. This, as you may recognize, is a map of the United States, and there's a little town there called Peaksville. On a given morning not too long ago, the rest of the world disappeared and Peaksville was left all alone. Its inhabitants were never sure whether the world was destroyed and only Peaksville left untouched or whether the village had somehow been taken ...
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This episode makes me soooooo angry!
7 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

I voted that it's awful, but maybe the visceral reaction I get to watching this episode is what was intended? Children that are catered to like this are part of the problem in the world today, so this is still quite a timely episode. I can never watch it again though, for fear I will seek and destroy the boy! In the Twilight Zone New Year marathon they interviewed the boy in this episode (who is now, obviously a man) and he seemed quite nice, so I give him credit for being an excellent actor. They redid this episode for The Twilight Zone movie, I believe and the resolution was different enough that you could watch both and not see one as a rehash of the other.


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