The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Time Enough at Last 

A henpecked book lover finds himself blissfully alone with his books after a nuclear war.

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Henry Bemis loves to read. The only problem is that he can find neither the time nor the place to enjoy his pastime. At work, his boss has let him know in no uncertain terms that he is not to read during working hours. At home, his shrewish wife won't even let him read a newspaper, let alone a book. One day, he sneaks down to the vault in the bank's basement to read a bit and suddenly, there is a huge explosion above. He emerges to find the world destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. He does find books from the library and he sees a great deal of reading time ahead of him. Except for one small unintended event. Written by garykmcd

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In 1960, John Brahm was awarded a Director's Guild award for his work on this episode. See more »

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Mr. Bemis expects to live "years and years and years" post-attack. In 1959, the effects of nuclear fallout were still under initial study and not widely understood. We see Bemis emerging from the bank vault more or less immediately after a thermonuclear blast (bomb-shelter protocol says to wait at least two weeks for the worst of the radioactivity to decay), eating packaged food that was probably irradiated, etc. So even with his glasses, Bemis would have not lived to enjoy his books for very long. See more »

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Henry Bemis: And the best thing, the very best thing of all, is there's time now... there's all the time I need and all the time I want. Time, time, time. There's time enough at last.
[goes to pick up a book, but in doing so his glasses fall off and break. He slowly raises his glasses to his face, seeing they are completely broken]
Henry Bemis: That's not fair. That's not fair at all. There was time now. There was, was all the time I needed...
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Ironic Episode
11 January 2014 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The bank clerk Henry Bemis (Burgess Meredith) loves to read but his nagging and selfish wife Helen Bemis (Jaqueline deWit) does not let him read in his leisure time. Henry tries to read at work in the bank, but his boss Mr. Carsville (Vaughn Taylor) threatens to fire him. One day, Henry sneaks in the bank vault to read and out of the blue, there is an explosion. When Henry leaves the place, he finds everything destroyed but the National Library full of books. Henry selects the book to read for the next years, but a tragic incident happens.

"Time Enough at Last" is an ironic episode of "The Twilight Zone", with a tragicomic conclusion. Henry Bemis sees his dream coming true after a nuclear holocaust where only the books of a great library and him survive. But a small incident dooms the life of Henry. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Além da Imaginação - Time Enough at Last" ("Beyond Imagination - Time Enough at Last")


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