The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Lateness of the Hour 

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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Release Date:

2 December 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The first of six The Twilight Zone (1959) episodes to be shot on video tape. The short-lived experiment resulted in editing and quality issues, and it was ultimately scrapped. See more »


As Jana and her father are arguing in the study, the camera cuts to a shot of Mrs. Loren sitting in an overstuffed chair watching them. At that moment a shadow passes across her body; it's either a crew member of a piece of equipment - possibly a camera - since there are only two other characters in the scene and neither of them are near Mrs. Loren. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] Let this be the postscript, should you be worn out by the rigors of competing in a very competive world, if you're distraught from having to share your existence with the noises and neurosises of the twentieth century, if you crave serenity but want it full time and with no string attached, get yourself a workroom in a basement, and then drop a note to Dr. and Mrs. William Loren. They're a childless couple who made comfort a life's work, and maybe there are a few ...
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Perfect domicile
6 May 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Twilight Zone episode finds brilliant inventor John Hoyt and wife Irene Tedrow living in a perfect domicile with a staff of servants to cater to their every whim. If he was actually paying these people it would take a Donald Trump to pay for this staff. But it costs them nothing as these people are as life like robots as you'll find anywhere.

Hoyt and Tedrow have a daughter played by Inger Stevens who is one beautiful woman as we well remember. But oddly enough Inger has no social life. Her universe is her parents and these robot servants. Thirsting for some human contact she makes some demands that are first granted, but later when she mentions some of her aspirations, she has to hear some very hard truths.

This was an episode a little too way out for me. Hoyt and Tedrow have to be some very strange people to allow this to go on.

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