Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 8

Uncle Simon (15 Nov. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" Uncle Simon (original title)

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Caregiver Barbara Polk must take care of her uncle's robot after his untimely and accidental death.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Uncle Simon Polk
Constance Ford ...
Barbara Polk


Barbara Polk takes care of her elderly and mean-spirited uncle Simon. He is a scientist who spends much of his time in his basement laboratory but when he's not there, he seems to take great pleasure in demeaning his niece. She can't wait for him to die and doesn't hesitate to tell him so. When he dies from an accidental fall down the stairs, she is free. She does inherit his wealth but can only keep it if she stays in the house. She also has to care for the thing he created in his lab - a life-sized robot into which Simon Polk has programmed his own personality. Written by garykmcd

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15 November 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The next installment of "The Twilight Zone" would not air for two weeks. The following week's episode had been canceled - due to the assassination that day of President John F. Kennedy. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] Dramatis personae: Mr. Simon Polk, a gentlemen who has lived out his life in a gleeful rage; and the young lady who's just beat the hasty retreat is Mr. Polk's niece, Barbara. She's lived her life as if during each ensuing hour, she had a dentist appointment. There's yet a third member of the company soon to be seen. He now resides in the laboratory and he is the kind of character to be found only in the Twilight Zone.
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References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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Rather antiquated but equally well played.
26 November 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

English knighted Shakespearean actor Cedric Hardwicke finished his long, distinguished and varied career appearing in TZ and The Outer Limits. Here he plays the obnoxious inventor Uncle Simon. His long-suffering carer niece, the stoical Barbara (Constance Ford), is the victim of this twisted old rattlesnake's venom.

The story has to be taken as a playful and now rather antiquated scenario from Serling's typewriter. Yet the script and solid playing by Constance Ford should get you on Barbara's side even though she has become consumed by hate. Simon is too hateful to evoke any sympathy. When Serling appears he outlines Barbara as having lived her life 'as though in each ensuing hour she had a dentist appointment'. I never liked the obsessive-cantankerous-mad-old-goat episodes like A Thing About Machines or Sounds And Silences, but this is infinitely better than those monstrosities due to Barbara counter punching.

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