Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 8

The Lateness of the Hour (2 Dec. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" The Lateness of the Hour (original title)

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The daughter of an inventor objects to their "perfect" home where they are waited on by mechanical servants.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Loren
Irene Tedrow ...
Mrs. Loren
Tom Palmer ...
Mary Gregory ...
Valley Keene ...
Doris Karnes ...
Jason Johnson ...


Jana Loren is an attractive young woman who lives at home with her parents. She feels suffocated living there however, surrounded by their many servants - that are in fact human-looking robots created by her inventor father. Her parents are quite happy with the life they lead but realize the they're going to have to do something about the rebellious Jana, including revealing at least one secret they have kept from her. Written by garykmcd

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2 December 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The first of six Twilight Zone (1959) episodes to be videotaped. See more »


After Jana (the daughter) finishes banging her fist on the staircase handrail, a shadow moves behind her. As it moves it appears to be an arm shadow, but not from Jana. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] The residence of Dr. William Loren, which is in reality a menagerie for machines. We're about to discover that sometimes the product of man's talent and genius can walk amongst us untouched by the normal ravages of time. These are Dr. Loren's robots, built to function, as well as artistic perfection. But in a moment, Dr. William Loren, wife, and daughter will discover that perfection is relative, that even robots have to be paid for, and very shortly will be shown exactly ...
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Bad...real bad.
13 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode starts off very poorly. John Hoyt and Inger Stevens are at home as the mother (Irene Tedrow) sits there--making orgasmic sounds as the maid massages her shoulders. It's a horrible case of overacting and the show's director SHOULD have told the veteran actress to emote a lot less! Sadly, it comes off rather badly as a result.

Soon, Stevens begins having a bit of a hissy-fit. Sure, the character was right that Tedrow's sounds of pleasure were overboard and her contention that having all these perfect robot servants was bad might have made sense...had she, too, not overacted during this soliloquy! It's ironic--think about a person overacting as they comment about another overacting! Again, poor direction was perhaps the problem.

Stevens also seems to hate how she's been locked up in this house all her life. She hates this as she feels like a prisoner in her own home. What happens next (and it's not even halfway through the show) is 100% predictable. And with all these histrionics, it's a LONG way to the end! This is an odd episode, because usually no matter how bad the plot, the acting is always top-notch on this series. Here, however, THE weakest link clearly is the acting--which is often histrionic and fake. As for the plot, it's okay but not enough to support the half-hour format, as the twist is very, very clear from the onset. Not a good show by any standard.

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