The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
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Teacher's Aide/Paladin of the Lost Hour 

"Teacher's Aide": A teacher at a tough inner-city school is possessed by a malevolent spirit. "Paladin of the Lost Hour": An old man with a special watch bonds with a tormented veteran.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ms. Peters (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Adam Postil ...
Wizard (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Trojan (segment "Teacher's Aide") (as Miguel Nunez)
Josh Richman ...
Fury (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Fred Morsell ...
Hugh Costin (segment "Teacher's Aide")
12th Grader (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Sarah Partridge ...
Student Teacher (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Richard Brainard ...
Younger Brother (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Susanne Sasson ...
Jennifer (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Al Christy ...
Security Guard (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Noelle Harling ...
Amanda (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Gaspar (segment "Paladin of the Lost Hour")
Billy Kinetta (segment "Paladin of the Lost Hour")
John Bryant ...
Punk #1
Corkey Ford ...
Punk #2 (segment "Paladin of the Lost Hour") (as Corky Ford)


"Teacher's Aide": A teacher at a tough inner-city school is possessed by a malevolent spirit. "Paladin of the Lost Hour": An old man with a special watch bonds with a tormented veteran.

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Release Date:

8 November 1985 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Harlan Ellison's short story "Paladin of the Lost Hour" won him the 1986 Hugo for Best Novelette. See more »


Gaspar: You show me anyone who'll eat lima beans without being at gunpoint, and I'll show you a pervert!
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References Lost Horizon (1937) See more »

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A possessed Adrienne Barbeau? Count me in!
28 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

TEACHER'S AIDE is the kind of story I was hoping for from THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE. It stars cult favourite Adrienne Barbeau as a struggling teacher in an inner city area who finds herself cursed with some new powers thanks to a sinister gargoyle sitting atop the school roof. Soon she's beating up students with aplomb but her newly-found demonic powers demand payment.

This is cheesy in the extreme and chock-full of dated special effects, but most importantly it's fun! The simple story is just enough to fill the scant running time and Barbeau is always good value too, making this one of the more enjoyable episodes of the series I've experienced.

PALADIN OF THE LOST HOUR isn't too bad either. It's an effective two-hander featuring old-time actor Danny Kaye in one of his last performances as an old-timer in possession of a special fob watch. The story begins with him being ambushed by a gang of robbers, only to have a young guy fend them off and help him out. It soon turns out the guy has issues of his own, but a touching relationship develops between the two men. The fantasy aspects are limited here but I appreciated the acting and the mature storytelling.

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