Best Twilight Zone Episodes

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1. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Lonely (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A convict, living alone on an asteroid, receives from the police a realistic woman-robot.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Rod Serling, Jack Warden, John Dehner, Jean Marsh

Votes: 2,393

2. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Mirror Image (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

While waiting in a bus station, Millicent Barnes has the strange feeling that her doppelganger is trying to take over her life.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Rod Serling, Vera Miles, Martin Milner, Joseph Hamilton

Votes: 1,837

3. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

On a peaceful suburban street, strange occurrences and mysterious people stoke the residents' paranoia to a disastrous intensity.

Director: Ron Winston | Stars: Rod Serling, Claude Akins, Barry Atwater, Jack Weston

Votes: 2,862

4. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Nightmare as a Child (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A schoolteacher keeps seeing a strange little girl in her apartment building.

Director: Alvin Ganzer | Stars: Rod Serling, Janice Rule, Shepperd Strudwick, Terry Burnham

Votes: 1,478

5. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Walking Distance (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A man travels back in time to his childhood, arriving just a few miles away from his native town.

Director: Robert Stevens | Stars: Rod Serling, Gig Young, Frank Overton, Irene Tedrow

Votes: 2,712

6. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The After Hours (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A woman is treated badly by some odd salespeople on an otherwise empty department store floor.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Rod Serling, Anne Francis, Elizabeth Allen, James Millhollin

Votes: 2,000

7. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A World of His Own (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A writer demonstrates he can control reality simply by dictating changes.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Keenan Wynn, Phyllis Kirk, Mary LaRoche, Modoc

Votes: 1,524

8. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Nick of Time (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A pair of newlyweds stopping in a small town are trapped by their own superstition when playing a fortune telling machine in a local diner.

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: William Shatner, Patricia Breslin, Guy Wilkerson, Stafford Repp

Votes: 1,894

9. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Invaders (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

When a woman investigates a clamor on the roof of her rural house, she discovers a small UFO and little aliens emerging from it. Or so it seems.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Agnes Moorehead, Douglas Heyes, Rod Serling

Votes: 1,878

10. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Penny for Your Thoughts (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Gaining telepathic abilities when his coin lands on its edge bank clerk Hector B. Poole learns about the difference between other people's plans and fantasies.

Director: James Sheldon | Stars: Dick York, June Dayton, Dan Tobin, Cyril Delevanti

Votes: 1,374

11. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Long Distance Call (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A toy telephone becomes the link between a young boy and his dead grandmother.

Director: James Sheldon | Stars: Philip Abbott, Lili Darvas, Patricia Smith, Bill Mumy

Votes: 1,319

12. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Rip Van Winkle Caper (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

After successfully stealing a gold shipment, a group of criminals and their scientist accomplice put themselves in suspended animation in a remote desert cave. When they awaken decades later, complications ensue when their truck is destroyed.

Director: Justus Addiss | Stars: Simon Oakland, Oscar Beregi Jr., Lew Gallo, John Mitchum

Votes: 1,192

13. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Hundred Yards Over the Rim (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A pioneer from a wagon train in 1847 sets off to find something for his ill son and stumbles into present day New Mexico.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Cliff Robertson, John Crawford, Evans Evans, Edward Platt

Votes: 1,418

14. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Five Characters in Search of an Exit (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

An army major awakens in a small room with no idea of who he is or how he got there. He finds four other people in the same room, and they all begin to question how they each arrived there, and more importantly, how to escape.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Susan Harrison, William Windom, Murray Matheson, Kelton Garwood

Votes: 1,818

15. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A man, newly recovered from a nervous breakdown, becomes convinced that a monster only he sees is damaging the plane he's flying in.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: William Shatner, Christine White, Ed Kemmer, Asa Maynor

Votes: 2,605

16. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Living Doll (1963)

TV-PG | 26 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A frustrated father does battle with his stepdaughter's talking doll, whose vocabulary includes such phrases as "I hate you" and "I'm going to kill you".

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Telly Savalas, Mary LaRoche, Tracy Stratford, June Foray

Votes: 1,762

17. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Time Enough at Last (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A henpecked book lover finds himself blissfully alone with his books after a nuclear war.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Vaughn Taylor, Jacqueline deWit, Lela Bliss

Votes: 3,726

18. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Hitch-Hiker (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A young woman driving cross country becomes frantic when she keeps passing the same man on the side of the road. No matter how fast she drives the man is always up ahead, hitching her for a ride.

Director: Alvin Ganzer | Stars: Inger Stevens, Adam Williams, Lew Gallo, Leonard Strong

Votes: 2,403

19. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A World of Difference (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A businessman sitting in his office inexplicably finds that he is on a production set and in a world where he is a movie star. Uninterested in the newfound fame, he fights to get back to his home and family.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Howard Duff, David White, Frank Maxwell, Eileen Ryan

Votes: 1,579

20. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Arrival (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Federal aviation investigator Grant Sheckly must deal with a mystery when a plane lands at an airport without pilots, passengers or luggage.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Harold J. Stone, Fredd Wayne, Noah Keen, Robert Karnes

Votes: 1,128

21. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Come Wander with Me (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Singer Floyd Burney searches the backwoods for new songs and finds Mary Rachel and much more deep in the Twilight Zone.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Gary Crosby, Bonnie Beecher, Jonathan Bolt, Hank Patterson

Votes: 752

22. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: It's a Good Life (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

On an isolated family farm, a young boy with vast mental powers, but lacking emotional development, holds his terrified family in thrall to his every juvenile wish.

Director: James Sheldon | Stars: John Larch, Cloris Leachman, Don Keefer, Bill Mumy

Votes: 2,082

23. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Encounter (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Post WWII Hawaii. Two men of once-opposing races stuck in an attic full of war trophies, including a samurai sword waiting to dutifully avenge its slain master.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Neville Brand, George Takei, Rod Serling

Votes: 727

24. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: In His Image (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A young man grapples with an urge to kill and confusion about his origins.

Director: Perry Lafferty | Stars: George Grizzard, Gail Kobe, Katherine Squire, Wallace Rooney

Votes: 752

25. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Thirty-Fathom Grave (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

In the early 1960's, as a U.S. Navy ship cruises near Guadalcanal in the South Pacific, its sonar detects muted hammering on metal undersea. The eerie sounds emanate from a submarine on the... See full summary »

Director: Perry Lafferty | Stars: Mike Kellin, Simon Oakland, David Sheiner, John Considine

Votes: 821

26. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Death Ship (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

An interplanetary expedition from Earth finds an exact duplicate of their ship and themselves crashed on the planet they were surveying. Should they stay or risk taking off and crashing?

Director: Don Medford | Stars: Jack Klugman, Ross Martin, Fred Beir, Mary Webster

Votes: 852

27. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Nothing in the Dark (1962)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

An old woman has fought with death a thousand times and has always won. But now she finds herself afraid to let a wounded policeman in her door for fear he is Mr. Death. Is he?

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Gladys Cooper, Robert Redford, R.G. Armstrong, Rod Serling

Votes: 1,571

28. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Fear (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Charlotte Scott and policeman Robert Franklin seem to be stalked by giants.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Peter Mark Richman, Hazel Court, Rod Serling

Votes: 754

29. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Old Man in the Cave (1963)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

In a post-apocalyptic settlement in 1974, the inhabitants' survival is dependent on the advice of an unseen man living in a nearby cave. This dependence is tested when a band of soldiers descends on their town.

Director: Alan Crosland Jr. | Stars: James Coburn, John Anderson, Josie Lloyd, John Craven

Votes: 952

30. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Masks (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Wealthy Jason Foster is dying and he invites his greedy heirs to a Mardi Gras party where they must wear the masks he specially had made for them or else be cut off from their inheritance.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Robert Keith, Milton Selzer, Virginia Gregg, Brooke Hayward

Votes: 1,469

31. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: I am the Night - Color Me Black (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

The Sun doesn't rise on a small town where an execution is scheduled to take place.

Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: Michael Constantine, Paul Fix, George Lindsey, Ivan Dixon

Votes: 873

32. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Jeopardy Room (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A defector is trapped in a hotel room and given 3 hours to find a hidden bomb.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Martin Landau, John Van Dreelen, Bob Kelljan, Rod Serling

Votes: 778