The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 31

It's Still a Good Life (19 Feb. 2003)

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40 years later, god-like Anthony Fremont is still holding Peaksville, Ohio under a reign of terror. However, things are about to change when his daughter turns out to have similar powers.



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40 years later, god-like Anthony Fremont is still holding Peaksville, Ohio under a reign of terror. However, things are about to change when his daughter turns out to have similar powers.

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Produced as a sequel to the classic Twilight Zone: It's a Good Life (1961), this episode holds the record - 41 years and three months - for the longest interval between a television episode and its sequel. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: Forty years ago, Rod Serling introduced us to a monster. A monster so powerful, he was able to make the world disappear, just by using his mind. For the residents of Peaksville, Ohio, the nightmare had begun. The monster knew their every thought, could feel their every emotion, and when they made him angry, which was often, he would banish them into a cornfield, from which there was no return. And the most frightening about this monster was that he was only six years old. Now...
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References Twilight Zone: It's a Good Life (1961) See more »

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This should had been a 2 part episode
29 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The original "It's a good Life" was one of the creepiest show I have ever seen, with a terrifying 6 year old Bill Mumy as Anthony Fremont.

Now, 40 years later, Bill Mumy reprises his role. Try as his may, it's just not as good. Bill Mumy was a great child actor but only a good adult actor. A better actor like Edward Norton could had sold over an older Fremont as terrifying, although it seems more plausible to have a 25 year old Anthony. Cloris Leachman was outstanding and Bill Mumy's daughter was up to the job of being Anthony's daughter.

There are 2 reasons why this should had been a 2 part episode: 1. what happened to Anthony's girlfriend/wife? That could had made a good back story. I would had had her character breaking from fear of Anthony, getting married out of fear as much as love, and incapacitated some way, not put in the cornfield and 2. A half hour TV show in 1961 is now just a 25 minute show in 2003, with the extra commercials. The plot and suspense couldn't develop now as the did 40 years ago in the original Twilight Zone.

This was still a very good story and keeps in spirit with the original. Given a long history of great successful shows with disastrous sequels, that is an achievement.

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