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 robot created by Uncle Simon is played by "Robby" the robot from "Forbidden Planet". The dome was modified by adding a crude head inside for this appearance. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] Dramatis personae: a metal man, who will go by the name of Simon, whose life as well as his body has been stamped out for him; and the woman who tends to him, the lady Barbara, who's discovered belatedly that all bad things don't come to an end, and that once a bed is made, it quite necessary that you sleep in it. Tonight's uncomfortable little exercise in avarice and automatons - from the Twilight Zone.
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References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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Uncle Simon Torments his Caregiver Niece beyond his Grave
11 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was an excellent Twilight Zone. Cedric Hardwicke was brilliantly rude and mean as Uncle Simon. The direction by Don Siegel - of Dirty Harry fame - was first-rate and creative. The story and dialogue were also extremely sharp. As was often the case with the Twilight Zone, the script was of more movie quality than TV quality.

I'm not sure what the 7.1 rating is all about: it's way too low. The overall score for The Twilight Zone is 9.6, but the individual episodes rarely even get an 8.0. This makes no sense and shows that the raters aren't very good at this kind of thing. Come on people, if you're going to rate these shows make sure you know what you're doing!

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