The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 14

Third from the Sun (8 Jan. 1960)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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Two families of Government employees plan to steal a spaceship and travel to another planet just prior to a nuclear war. They must also deal with a stooge who wants to stop them.



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Episode complete credited cast:
William Sturka
Joe Maross ...
Jerry Riden
Denise Alexander ...
Jody Sturka
Lori March ...
Eve Sturka
Jeanne Evans ...
Ann Riden


William Surka works as a hydrogen specialist in a highly secure plant. Conditions are tense and there are constant rumors of war. The latest is that it's going to happen in the next 48 hours. Unbeknown to his wife Eve and daughter Jody, he and his friend Jerry Riden have been planning an escape of sorts for themselves and their families. Jerry is a test pilot and they plan to steal the government's latest spacecraft heading off to a planet they believe may sustain life. Their biggest challenge is Carling, a security officer who seems to be onto their plan. Written by garykmcd

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8 January 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The title refers to the position of our planet Earth in its order revolving around the sun. Earth comes after Mercury and Venus, whose orbits are closer to our sun. See more »


When the Sturka car is being driven, there is engine noise but no road noise. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] Behind a tiny ship heading into space is a doomed planet on the verge of suicide. Ahead lies a place called Earth, the third planet from the sun. And for William Sturka and the men and women with him, it's the eve of the beginning - in the Twilight Zone.
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What Planet Could It Be?
25 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Fritz Weaver and Joe Maross play two government employees who come to the awful realization that a terrible apocalyptic war is imminent, and how both men must prepare their families to make a dangerous journey to escape their doomed world in a government spacecraft, and how a sneaky government agent(played by Edward Andrews) tries to uncover their plan, and stop them, regardless of whether he even believes their doomsday prophecy or not... Utterly predictable story is helped by a fine cast and inspired direction, making this effort better than it has any business being. Still, this is highly regarded by many, who found the final twist a surprise!

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