The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
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Night of the Meek/But Can She Type?/The Star 

Henry Corwin, a department store Santa Claus, is fired from his job, but finds his toy sack is a magical deliverer of Christmas cheer. In "But Can She Type?," miserable secretary Karen ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Henderson ...
Older Cop (segment "Night of the Meek")
Teddy Wilson ...
Henderson (segment "Night of the Meek")
Mother of Little Boy (segment "Night of the Meek")
Mrs. Beacham (segment "Night of the Meek")
Businessman (segment "Night of the Meek")
Hugo Stanger ...
Dobson (segment "Night of the Meek")
Charles Sweigart ...
Bruno the Bartender (segment "Night of the Meek")
Wayne Morton ...
Manager (segment "Night of the Meek")
Monty Ash ...
Younger Cop (segment "Night of the Meek")
Patricia Wilson ...
Woman Caroler (segment "Night of the Meek")
Wilson Camp ...
Man (segment "Night of the Meek")
Boy (segment "Night of the Meek") (as Benjie Gregory)


Henry Corwin, a department store Santa Claus, is fired from his job, but finds his toy sack is a magical deliverer of Christmas cheer. In "But Can She Type?," miserable secretary Karen Billings comes across a copy machine that transports her to a world where secretaries are adored and honored. And, in "The Star," space archaeologists stumble upon a planet whose civilization died about two thousand years ago when its star went super nova. Written by Good2Go

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20 December 1985 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Mr Dundee (William Atherton) receives a baseball signed by the 1961 New York Yankees, including Roger Maris. In real life, Maris died on December 14, 1985 at the age of 51, only six days before this episode was originally broadcast. See more »


Remake of The Twilight Zone: The Night of the Meek (1960) See more »

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Nice little Christmas treat with Night of the Meek!
29 December 2006 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

This 1985 episode is special for it's episode "Night of the Meek" which is actually a remake of an original episode with Art Carney. This time around you have veteran Richard Mulligan who plays a lonely and depressed drunken Santa who works for a cruel store manager. After being fired this Santa receives a bit of Christmas magic and a miracle, a magical bag of gifts for the most needy and poor! A night to remember, certainly one of the best Twilight episodes ever because it brings good joy, and it was only fitting this episode aired right before Christmas in 1985 and Richard Mulligan done such a great job as Santa! The second little piece is nothing special, but just a glance into the future and it showed how technology came to help us! It stars Pam Dawber as an overworked and under-appreciated secretary who finds that magic can come from a copy machine and help with work! And finally the third story involves a space tale which is dull in my opinion with genre sci-fi legend Fritz Weaver as a space explorer who discovers an old planet. Really just watch this episode for the first story "Night of the Meek" it's heart touching and well done with Richard Mulligan, especially watch it at Christmas. This episode is available on the season 1 set of the 1985 series.

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