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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Anthony Fremont (as Billy Mumy)
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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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3 November 1961 (USA)  »

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Time Magazine named this the third-best Twilight Zone episode, behind "Time Enough At Last" and "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street". 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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Remade as Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) See more »

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Happy Birthday
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Performed by Don Keefer
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Not In Peaksville It Isn't
28 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Bill Mumy plays Anthony Fremont, an ordinary-looking boy who in reality is anything but, since little Anthony is in fact a monster, a kid with omnipotent powers who has removed his town of Peaksville Ohio from the world, and re-located somewhere else, holding the residents in a state of perpetual fear, as they must think happy thoughts and say good things that Anthony likes, or he will send them to the cornfield, which is presumably death. Even his parents(played by John Larch & Cloris Leachman) are terrified of him, and await the day someone has the courage to kill him... Famous episode is certainly distinctive and memorable, though also nihilistic, with little point behind it, other than this is perhaps the darkest corner of the Twilight Zone...


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