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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Twilight Zone: Probe 7, Over and Out (1963), the next installment of Twilight Zone (1959), would not air for two weeks. The following week's episode on November 22, 1963 - which was to have been _"The Twilight Zone" (1959) {Night Call (#5.19)_ - was cancelled due to the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas that day. 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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Bar-ba-ra, Bar=ba-ra!
11 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's awfully hard not to feel sorry for Barbara. She's in a no-win situation. She truly has been pushed as far as a person can be pushed. She is an indentured servant of the worst kind. She can't even escape when death rears its head. The strength of the episode is the build up. This guy is about as bad as they get: selfish, self-centered, and mean. She tries to appease him and all she gets is more attitude. Unfortunately, in the Twilight Zone, people often don't get their just deserts. The acting here is quite good. A classic performance by Uncle Simon played by Cedrick Hardwick. I wanted to rescue the young lady but, like a cancer, this guy has invaded her heart and soul.

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