Best Twilight Zone episodes

by brianscott95 | created - 01 Dec 2014 | updated - 01 Dec 2014 | Public

Some of my all time favorites

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1. 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: 3,730

2. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: And When the Sky Was Opened (1959)

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

Three astronauts return to Earth after seemingly having made an encounter that dooms them and their craft to erasure from existence itself.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Rod Taylor, Jim Hutton, Charles Aidman, Maxine Cooper

Votes: 2,228

3. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Third from the Sun (1960)

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

Two families of Government employees plan to steal a spaceship and travel to another planet just prior to a nuclear war. They must also deal with a stooge who wants to stop them.

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: Fritz Weaver, Edward Andrews, Joe Maross, Denise Alexander

Votes: 2,022

4. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: I Shot an Arrow into the Air (1960)

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

Order breaks down between three surviving crewmen whose rocket ship crashes on an unknown world with limited water and supplies.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Dewey Martin, Edward Binns, Ted Otis, Harry Bartell

Votes: 1,788

5. 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: 2,407

6. 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: 2,866

7. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: People Are Alike All Over (1960)

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

Fearing the worst, the lone survivor of a crash-landing on Mars finds the native inhabitants, to his relief, very hospitable indeed, but there's a catch.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Susan Oliver, Paul Comi, Byron Morrow

Votes: 1,759

8. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Stop at Willoughby (1960)

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

Tired of his miserable job and wife, a businessman starts dreaming on the train each night, about an old, idyllic town called Willoughby. Soon he has to know whether the town is real and fancies the thought of seeking refuge there.

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Rod Serling, James Daly, Howard Smith, Patricia Donahue

Votes: 2,253

9. 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: 2,005

10. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Howling Man (1960)

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

Seeking refuge from a storm, a traveler comes upon a bizarre abbey of monks, who have imprisoned a man who begs for his help. When he confronts the head monk, he is told that the man is the Devil, and he must decide whom to believe.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: John Carradine, H.M. Wynant, Robin Hughes, Friedrich von Ledebur

Votes: 1,843

11. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Eye of the Beholder (1960)

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

A young woman lying in a hospital bed, her head wrapped in bandages, awaits the outcome of a surgical procedure performed by the State in a last-ditch attempt to make her look "normal".

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Maxine Stuart, William D. Gordon, Jennifer Howard, George Keymas

Votes: 2,834

12. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Night of the Meek (1960)

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

After a derelict Santa Claus is fired on Christmas Eve, he finds a mysterious bag that gives out presents. With this bag he sets out to fulfill his one wish - to see the less fortunate inherit the bounties of Christmas.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Art Carney, John Fiedler, Robert P. Lieb, Val Avery

Votes: 1,590

13. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Silence (1961)

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

Annoyed by a club member's constant chatter, a man bets him he cannot remain silent for a year, living in a glass enclosure in the club basement.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Franchot Tone, Liam Sullivan, Cyril Delevanti, Everett Glass

Votes: 1,461

14. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? (1961)

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

Following a frantic phone call about a crashed spaceship, two policeman try and determine who among the passengers of a bus at a snowed-in roadside diner is from another world.

Director: Montgomery Pittman | Stars: John Hoyt, Jean Willes, Jack Elam, Barney Phillips

Votes: 1,926

15. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Obsolete Man (1961)

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

In a future totalitarian society, a librarian is declared obsolete and sentenced to death.

Director: Elliot Silverstein | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Fritz Weaver, Josip Elic, Harry Fleer

Votes: 1,940

16. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Shelter (1961)

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

A suburban dinner party is interrupted by a bulletin warning of an impending nuclear attack. As the neighbors scramble to prepare themselves, they turn against the one family that installed a permanent bomb shelter.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Larry Gates, Joseph Bernard, Jack Albertson, Peggy Stewart

Votes: 1,518

17. 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: 2,085

18. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Midnight Sun (1961)

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

When the Earth falls out of orbit, two women try to cope with increasingly oppressive heat in a nearly abandoned city.

Director: Anton Leader | Stars: Lois Nettleton, Betty Garde, Tom Reese, Jason Wingreen

Votes: 1,740

19. 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: 1,820

20. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Hunt (1962)

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

Upon returning from a coon hunt, Hyder Simpson discovers that no one can see or hear him because he has passed on.

Director: Harold D. Schuster | Stars: Arthur Hunnicutt, Jeanette Nolan, Robert Foulk, Dexter Dupont

Votes: 1,271

21. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: To Serve Man (1962)

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

An alien race comes to Earth, promising peace and sharing technology. A linguist and his team set out to translate the aliens' language, using a book whose title they deduce is "To Serve Man".

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: Lloyd Bochner, Susan Cummings, Richard Kiel, Hardie Albright

Votes: 2,536

22. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Little People (1962)

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

On a desolate planet, two astronauts discover an entire society populated by incredibly small beings. One of them decides to rule the society as god.

Director: William F. Claxton | Stars: Joe Maross, Claude Akins, Michael Ford, Robert Eaton

Votes: 1,160

23. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: He's Alive (1963)

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

A tiny neo-Nazi organization struggles pathetically to succeed in a big city. A mysterious figure begins to ruthlessly guide a young, insecure U.S. Nazi leader, and the group begins to draw more attention.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Ludwig Donath, Paul Mazursky, Howard Caine

Votes: 908

24. 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: 854

25. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Miniature (1963)

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

Mousie misfit Charlie Parkes finds the world unfolding before him in a museum doll house to be more real than his boring job and overbearing mother.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Robert Duvall, Pert Kelton, Barbara Barrie, William Windom

Votes: 885

26. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Printer's Devil (1963)

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

A man sells his soul to the Devil to save his failing newspaper and gets more than he bargained for.

Director: Ralph Senensky | Stars: Robert Sterling, Pat Crowley, Burgess Meredith, Ray Teal

Votes: 850

27. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The New Exhibit (1963)

TV-14 | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A wax-museum employee fights to preserve five figures of famous murderers.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Martin Balsam, Will Kuluva, Margaret Field, William Mims

Votes: 831

28. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: On Thursday We Leave for Home (1963)

TV-14 | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A human colony is rescued from a forsaken planet. But their leader is having a hard time accepting that things will change when they get back to Earth.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: James Whitmore, Tim O'Connor, James Broderick, Paul Langton

Votes: 871

29. 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: 2,606

30. 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: 1,763

31. 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: 954

32. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Number 12 Looks Just Like You (1964)

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

In a future society, everyone must undergo an operation at age 19 to become beautiful and conform to society. One young woman desperately wants to hold onto her own identity.

Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: Collin Wilcox Paxton, Richard Long, Pamela Austin, Suzy Parker

Votes: 1,225

33. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Night Call (1964)

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

Telephone calls begin to haunt a disabled elderly woman.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Gladys Cooper, Nora Marlowe, Martine Bartlett, Rod Serling

Votes: 1,109

34. 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: 1,472