The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Eye of the Beholder 

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."


Douglas Heyes


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Maxine Stuart ... Janet Tyler (under bandages)
William D. Gordon ... Doctor
Jennifer Howard ... Janet's Nurse
George Keymas ... The Leader
Joanna Heyes Joanna Heyes ... Reception Nurse
Edson Stroll ... Walter Smith
Donna Douglas ... Janet Tyler (revealed)


Janet Tyler is in hospital having undergone treatment to make her look normal. It's her 11th trip to the hospital for treatment and she is desperate to look like everyone else. Some of her earliest childhood memories are of people looking away, horrified by her appearance. Her bandages will soon come off and she can only hope that this, her last treatment, will have done the trick. If not, her doctor has told she will be segregated with a colony of similar looking people. All that to say that truth is truly in the eye of the beholder. Written by garykmcd

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Because CBS consulted different prints over the years for syndication packages, the closing credits vary from side to side, depending on what TV station is used for what version, and this made a complicated job for the filmmakers. In The Twilight Zone (1959)'s original DVD release, the syndicated version was marketed as an "alternate version." See more »


At the end, when the doctor is unwrapping the bandages, the view from her is a different direction than the doctor is undoing them. Clockwise from her view, and counterclockwise from his. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] Suspended in time and space for a moment, your introduction to Miss Janet Tyler, who lives in a very private world of darkness, a universe whose dimensions are the size, thickness, length of a swath of bandages that cover her face. In a moment, we'll go back into this room, and also in a moment, we'll look under those bandages, keeping in mind, of course, that we're not to be surprised by what we see, because this isn't just a hospital, and this patient 307 is not just a ...
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Alternate Versions

Syndication prints list the episode title as "A Private World Of Darkness". See more »


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Twilight Zone Theme
(theme song)
Composed by Marius Constant
(seasons 2-5)
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26 October 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Maxine Stuart is the voice viewer hears as Janet Tyler, a bandaged patient in a hospital who is undergoing her eleventh and final operation in order to make her look normal, as this society doesn't tolerate any deviation from its norms, and its carefully chosen and protected ideas of beauty. Janet is desperate to look normal, but the odds are against her, though her sympathetic doctor(played by William D. Gordon) does what he can for her, even after the bandages are removed, and the truth found out... Unforgettable episode is masterfully directed by Douglas Heyes, who cleverly hides the faces of the cast to grand effect, and the final reveal and end narration by Rod Serling still packs a wallop.

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11 November 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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