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")
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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1.33 : 1
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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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Heartwarming Christmas fable
26 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For this Christmas-aired episode of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE, viewers were treated to NIGHT OF THE MEEK, a heartwarming tale in which a department store Santa discovers the true meaning of Christmas. The tale, which is apparently a remake of an episode from the original series, sees a down-on-his-luck Santa Claus bemoaning the lack of gifts for poor children, only to be visited by a magical ability to give them the very best presents.

The episode is notable for the appearance of William Atherton, playing EXACTLY the same jerk character as he did in GHOSTBUSTERS and DIE HARD. Atherton is a hoot as the snooty boss, as always, although the twist ending sees his character thaw a little, which is great. Overall this isn't a particularly fantastic story and I usually hate the sentimental stuff, but NIGHT OF THE MEEK isn't bad at all.

The two following segments of the episode are less impressive. BUT CAN SHE TYPE? tells the story of a put-upon secretary who finds herself teleported to a remote planet where typists are venerated for their skill and prowess. It's all done as a humorous fantasy, probably to appeal to low-skilled workers stuck in similar professions, but it's very slight.

The final segment, THE STAR, actually has a huge back story about a dying planet and an exploding star. Unfortunately, the budget is so limited that the whole thing consists of two men standing in front of a screen and talking. It's not like the dialogue is Oscar worthy either; in this instance, it's a bore.

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