The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Cavender Is Coming 

Inept guardian angel Harmon Cavender is given a chance to earn his wings by helping an unconventional big city woman, the young, awkward Agnes Grep.


Christian Nyby (as Chris Nyby)


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Jesse White ... Harmon Cavender
Carol Burnett ... Agnes Grep
Howard Smith ... Polk
Frank Behrens Frank Behrens ... Stout
Sandra Gould ... Woman #1
Albert Carrier ... Frenchman
Barbara Morrison ... Matron
Donna Douglas ... Debutante
Danny Kulick Danny Kulick ... Child
Jack Younger Jack Younger ... Truck Driver
John Fiedler ... Field Rep #3


Inept guardian angel Harmon Cavender is given a chance to finally earn his wings by helping an unconventional big city woman, the young, awkward Agnes Grep, who has just been fired. Cavender doesn't ask her wishes, instead he puts her in posh clothes, provides her with a fortune, and moves her uptown to a fancy Park Avenue address. Written by David Stevens

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Release Date:

25 May 1962 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In her youth, Carol Burnett (Agnes Grep) was fired from a job as an usherette at Hollywood's Warner Brothers Theater, which was owned by an eccentric man who forbade the usherettes from speaking to him and communicated exclusively with hand signals. At her request, her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was placed directly in front of the theater's former address at Hollywood and Wilcox. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: A word to the wise now to any and all who might suddenly feel the presence of a cigar-smoking helpmate who takes bankbooks out of thin air. If you're suddenly aware of any such celestial aids, it means that you're under the beneficent care of one Harmon Cavender, guardian angel. And this message from the Twilight Zone: lotsa luck!
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Alternate Versions

This episode originally aired with an added laugh track. The laugh track was removed for the DVD release. See more »


Spoofed in Weird Science: Sci-Fi Zoned (1995) See more »

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10 August 2012 | by papabearEGSee all my reviews

I know you can't please everyone, nor should you try. That said, I'm surprised by the depth of loathing by some reviews of this episode. I grew up on twilight zone. The Carroll Burnett show was a staple in our weekly fair as well.

Back when this show aired, Carroll was a young, budding comedian. All these shows were competing for the same audiences in a small market compared to today. There were only 3 channels available. Likewise, the actors and writers all knew each other and often worked in the same complex of buildings. In context of the era, this show makes complete sense to me. It was a breath of fresh air to see the Zone not take itself so seriously, and as a result, strengthened my appreciation for the show. Puzzlement aside, this is a brilliant episode from this time period in television history. As said in other reviews, this episode is a tip of the hat to "It's a wonderful life", and is a cleaver tribute to it at that.

I suppose your attitude toward certain episodes depends on how much of a purist you are, how much humor you have towards yourself, and how old you are. I don't know anyone my age who dislikes this episode with the venom I see here.

As far as likes and dislikes. I am under the impression those buttons are a poll as to how helpful a review is to me personally. If I find a critical review that I feel is way off the mark, I tend to mark it unhelpful. For my purposes, a review that misses the point IS unhelpful to me. If a criticism of a show is warranted, then it is helpful to me and i mark it as such. Getting bent out of shape over how your review polls may have a lot to do with why you may find this particular episode so distasteful. (wicked grin)

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