On a pleasant day, the residents of Maple Street feel something akin to a tremor and hear a loud noise. Steve Brand thinks it's a meteorite though they didn't hear a create. When young Tommy tells them the science fiction story he read about an alien invasion where they were first sent among humans to live with them in disguise, paranoia sets in. They first suspect Les Goodman and loudmouth Charlie Farnsworth then points the finger at Steve and then Tommy. Events turn on Charlie as everyone runs amok. Written by
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When the neighbors go over to talk to Les Goodman about his car starting, as he walks onto his porch, you can see his address is 321, and there is a porch light. When he starts to explain his insomnia, you can see there are just holes on the front of the house where the address and light were. Then, as night falls and his wife brings his a glass of milk on the porch, the address and light are there again. See more »
Maple Street, U.S.A. Late summer. A tree-lined little world of front porch gliders, barbecues, the laughter of children, and the bell of an ice cream vendor. At the sound of the roar and the flash of light, it will be precisely 6:43 P.M. on Maple Street.
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This is Maple Street on a late Saturday afternoon. Maple Street in the last calm and reflective moment - before the monsters came.
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There is an old adage which says, "throw ten people in a room together and they may not pick a leader but they'll darn sure pick someone to hate." Serling plays out this adage on the screen wonderfully. A normal street in a normal town in Anywhere U.S.A. is the setting. As strange occurrences begin to happen in the neighborhood, a child's explanation of the events sparks a wave of fear and prejudice in a group of neighbors. The ensuing panic causes otherwise friendly people to turn on one another. This is a short episode (30 min), but it is flawless in portraying the truth about how people can tear themselves apart when fear and panic set in. Pay close attention to the ending - it is a statement of the human condition that still rings true today. This is perhaps my favorite episode of the entire series.
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