The Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 8

It's a Good Life (3 Nov. 1961)

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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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Episode complete credited cast:
John Larch ...
Anthony Fremont (as Billy Mumy)
Alice Frost ...
Pat Riley (as Casey Adams)
Jeanne Bates ...
Lenore Kingston ...
Tom Hatcher ...


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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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Contains the longest opening narration of any segment of any Twilight Zone series. See more »


[first lines]
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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Spoofed in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror X (1999) See more »


Music by Will Hudson and Irving Mills
played on piano by the character named Pat Riley
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The biggest scare of my life
14 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

All other positive reviewers of this episode are on-target. I first saw it when broadcast, when I was all of 14 years old. And I saw it re-broadcast last night (2012) 51 years later. It has haunted me ever since, and is absolutely, positively the most frightening thing I have ever seen.

The typical Twilight Zone episode hinged on a twist ending. Lots of fun, but by definition short on set-up; the ending came out of left field. This episode is absolutely chilling from the get-go. Seen over 50 years later the final jolt is visually wanting... but in the imagination (and where else IS the Twilight Zone?) it is totally vivid. I was scared shitless then, and I am today.

Suffice it to say that "the cornfield" is the ultimate dread... without recourse and against which we are totally at another's random mercy.

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