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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Episode complete credited cast:
Mike Ferris
Air Force General
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 ...
Reporter #3 (as Gary Walberg)
Jim Johnson ...
Air Force Staff Sergeant


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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2 October 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »


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


Narrator: [closing narration] Up there, up there in the vastness of space, in the void that is sky, up there is an enemy known as isolation. It sits there in the stars waiting, waiting with the patience of eons, forever waiting... in the Twilight Zone.
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Turkish Delight
Music by Eric Cook
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When was that set built, anyway?
25 June 2008 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

It's been a couple years since I first found the first season of the Twiilight Zone at my local library in Santa Monica. At the time I thought I would check it out because it's probably one of the most famous of the classic TV shows that I had never seen a single episode of, and as soon as I started watching "Where is Everybody" I almost fell out of my chair when I noticed that it was filmed on what, to me, will always be known as the "Back to the Future set" at Universal Studios. Of course, there are many sets used in the Back to the Future movies, but the courthouse set at Universal Studios is the most recognizable one to me.

The story of Rod Serling's pilot episode sets the perfect tone of bizarre occurrences that would permeate the rest of the series and win its way to the heart of millions of fans, although it also has a perfect example of what I think has always been one of the show's biggest shortcomings.

The acting style between the late 50s and 60s was so different today that it's easy to label it bad acting, but to me one of the biggest problems with the series has been that, anytime anyone finds themselves mysteriously alone, they continually call out into empty space, spending most of the episode making long winded explanations and calling question after question into nothingness. This also brought down the first episode in Season 2, "King Nine Will Not Return." "Where is Everybody," however, is not only a fascinating look at the Universal Studios backlot of 50 years ago, but also an interesting and fun introduction to what became one of the most successful science fiction TV shows of all time.

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