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
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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Rod Serling does not appear for his speech until almost 7 minutes in, which is unusually late for this series. 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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Perfection isn't always perfect
10 March 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

The Lateness of the Hour represents another sterling success for The Twilight Zone! The plot idea behind this episode has been used many times since, and it follows the idea of perfection. We are acquainted with a family; mother, father, daughter and servants. However, the daughter has become bored with their existence. The family lives in the perfect environment, with no contact with the outside world; and she craves more. More than what her parents and the servants can give her… The brains of this tale make up its backbone. I love the way that the writers can take twenty five minute of screen time and give you a tale that makes you think more than most feature films do! The way that the story takes place in what seems like a whole other world ensures that it very much feels like a part of The Twilight Zone. All the trademarks of the show; from the over the top music score, to Rod Serling making an appearance to add in important plot details every now again feature, and I've got to say that this is one of the most ingenious episodes of the classic TV show that I've seen yet! Highly recommended like all the other episodes.

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