Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 3

The Shelter (29 Sep. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" The Shelter (original title)

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A suburban dinner party is interrupted by a bulletin warning of an impending nuclear attack. As the neighbors scramble to prepare themselves, they turn against the one family that installed a permanent bomb shelter.

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Larry Gates ...
Dr. Bill Stockton
Joseph Bernard ...
Marty Weiss
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Jerry Harlowe
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Grace Stockton
Sandy Kenyon ...
Frank Henderson
Michael Burns ...
Paul Stockton
Jo Helton ...
Martha Harlowe
Moria Turner ...
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Mary Gregory ...
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Dr. Bill Stockton has prepared well for any eventuality. He's built a bomb shelter for himself, his wife and his child. His neighbors on the other hand have done nothing to prepare. During a dinner party, there is an emergency announcement on the radio that unidentified objects have been sighted en route to the US and they may be under attack. As the Stockton's prepare to use their shelter their neighbors panic asking to be let into the shelter with them. Stockton refuses leading to an angry confrontation. Written by garykmcd

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One of four episodes that, notably, contains no science fiction or fantasy elements. See more »

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Man: Why don't we get some kind of battering ram?
Frank Henderson: Yeah, we could go over to Bennett Avenue, Phil Cline has some heavy pipe in his basement, I've seen it.
Man: No, no, that would bring him into the act too, and who cares about saving him? No, if we do that, we'll let all those people know we have a shelter on our street. We'll have a whole mob to contend with, with a whole bunch of strangers.
Mrs. Henderson: Sure, and what right have they got to come over here? This isn't their street, this isn't *their* shelter.
Jerry Harlowe: Ohhhh, ...
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A wonderful parable--and one parodied on The Simpsons, believe it or not!
29 January 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

There is a surprise announcement that a nuclear attack is coming and at that point the citizens of a town are forced to deal with impending annihilation. However, amidst all this panic is the realization that one person in the community has a bomb shelter and people might be able to survive if only they can manage to get inside.

I guess I am a real cynic, as among my very favorite episodes of The Twilight Zone are those that expose how fundamentally screwed up people are--particularly when we are in groups. My favorite of these is probably THE MONSTERS ARE DUE ON MAPLE STREET, but this one is very close and very similar in its view of mankind at its worst.

By the way, this was parodied on an older episode of The Simpsons, in which Ned Flanders and his family are going to be the only residents of Springfield who will survive the impact of a meteorite and so, naturally, all his neighbors want inside as well.


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