The Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 20

Static (10 Mar. 1961)

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An old radio is taking bitter bachelor Ed Lindsay back to a happier time before what he considers worthless tripe on television when he starts picking up radio programs from the 1930's and 1940's.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ed Lindsay
Robert Emhardt ...
Professor Ackerman
Roscoe Bragg (as Arch W. Johnson)
Mrs. Nielson
Clegg Hoyt ...
The Boy
Lillian O'Malley ...
Miss Meredith
Pat O'Malley ...
Mr. Llewellyn


Ed Lindsay has been living in the same boarding house for over 20 years and he has become an embittered old man. He doesn't like how the world has changed around him and his crotchety behavior has made him certainly the most disliked man there. When he turns on his old radio however, he gets music from the 1940's on a station that, it turns out, has been off the air for 15 years. There's a reason he hears the music however, a reason a fellow boarder reminds him of. Written by garykmcd

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10 March 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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This was Bob Crane's first television appearance. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: Around and around she goes, and where she stops, nobody knows. All Ed Lindsay knows is that he desperately wanted a second chance, and he finally got it - through a strange and wonderful time machine called a radio - in The Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in The Pinball Arcade (2012) See more »


I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
Music by George Bassman
Performed by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
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Listen to the Radio!
17 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is more a story about loneliness and what we humans do to each other. It's a story of what if and why didn't I? Time often takes away the spark and this happens here. The old radio is at the center of all this. Dean Jagger's character is fed up with the modern world and its shallowness, but he also has lost the potential joy he once had. There is a wonderful scene where he lies back and listens to some old comedy from the thirties on the magical radio. He laughs in a touching, natural way. He has regained some of his youth. The problem is that we don't get to live back there; or do we? My question is: Is what happens at the end in his imagination, or has he actually been transported? We'll never know. Is it a happy ending? I don't know.

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