Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 1

Where Is Everybody? (2 Oct. 1959)
"The Twilight Zone" Where Is Everybody? (original title)

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Mike Ferris finds himself alone in the small Oakwood town and without recollection about his name, where he is or who he is. Mike wanders through the town trying to find a living soul. The tension increases and Mike has a breakdown.

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Mike Ferris
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Air Force General
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James McCallion ...
Reporter #1
John Conwell ...
Air Force Colonel
Jay Overholts ...
Reporter #2 (as Jay Overholt)
Carter Mullally Jr. ...
Air Force Captain (as Carter Mullaly)
Garry Walberg ...
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Jim Johnson ...
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Mike Ferris finds himself alone in the small Oakwood town and without recollection about his name, where he is or who he is. Mike wanders through the town trying to find a living soul. The tension increases and Mike has a breakdown.

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Near the beginning Ferris knocks over an alarm clock. The close-up of the clock on the floor shows a shattered crystal and the time of 6:15. At the end when he is compulsively tapping the clock in the isolation both, the crystal is also shattered and the time on it is 6:15. See more »

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In the police station, Ferris' right hand touches a jail cell bar, causing the entire cell wall to wobble flimsily. See more »

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Air Force General: You see, we can feed the stomach with concentrates. We can supply microfilm for reading, recreation - even movies of a sort. We can pump oxygen in and waste material out. But there's one thing we can't simulate that's a very basic need. Man's hunger for companionship. The barrier of loneliness - that's one thing we haven't licked yet.
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Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »

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Music by Eric Cook
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The Twilight Zone begins and whole towns go quiet.
24 March 2012 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

The pilot episode of The Twilight Zone is an enjoyable affair that hints at the air of mystery and the level of intelligence the show would impressively maintain for a full five seasons.

Director Robert Stevens handles the Rod Serling tale with expertise, keeping the focus on our main man (Earl Holliman) and the details that appear around him. While he doesn't remember his own name or what he has done or even where he is, the main character wouldn't really care about all of that if he could just find somebody nearby. Anybody.

This tale kicks off the season nicely. It may not be an absolute classic but it's memorable enough and features a great central performance from Holliman, who carries most of the episode on his own (of course).

Others do eventually appear on screen but this episode revolves around that one lead performance, great writing (a factor of almost every episode) and a superb atmosphere.

I was hooked on The Twilight Zone many years ago but I never watched the show in the proper order until now. If I'd started off with this episode all those years ago then I would have been just as hooked. Which should tell you how good this episode is.


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