The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street 

On a peaceful suburban street, strange occurrences and mysterious people stoke the residents' paranoia to a disastrous intensity.


(as Ronald Winston)



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
Steve Brand
Barry Atwater ...
Les Goodman
Charlie Farnsworth
Jan Handzlik ...
Amzie Strickland ...
Burt Metcalfe ...
Don Martin
Mary Gregory ...
Jason Johnson ...
Anne Barton ...
Myra Brand
Leah Waggner ...
Mrs. Goodman (as Lea Waggner)
Joan Sudlow ...
Old Woman
Ben Erway ...
Pete Van Horn
Lyn Guild ...
Mrs. Farnsworth
Sheldon Allman ...


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 garykmcd

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Release Date:

4 March 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A radio dramatization was produced in the mid-2000s with Frank John Hughes playing Steve Brand, and was included in The Twilight Zone (1959): Radio Dramas collection in Volume 2. See more »


After all the power goes off, Steve tries to start his car. The starter can be heard turning the engine over. But, with all electricity neutralized, the engine wouldn't even turn over, much less start. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] 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.
Narrator: [Continued Opening Narration subsequent to character dialogue] 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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Referenced in The Mist (2007) See more »

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What a GREAT episode
9 September 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is among the very best episodes of THE TWILIGHT ZONE because it is such a great look at human nature. The show is set in a typical American city circa 1960 and has a very large and capable ensemble cast.

The show begins with strange things happening. Cars inexplicably stop, as do the televisions, radios and telephones. In fact, life pretty much comes to a grinding halt and everyone is naturally left confused and worried. Initially, the community in which this is set comes together with neighbors going out in the streets to ask what is happening. However, in a sinister twist, over time, instead of banding together, they begin sniping at each other--and people start blaming each other for the weird happenings. This is a great look at human nature and the very end of the show is a terrific twist.

This is a great episode for psychology and sociology lovers, though anyone can enjoy this subtle episode.

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