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)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Maxine Stuart ... Janet Tyler (under bandages)
William D. Gordon William D. Gordon ... Doctor
Jennifer Howard 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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Release Date:

11 November 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally a "The" preceded the title, until television producer Stuart Reynolds threatened to sue Rod Serling for the use of the name because at the time he was selling an educational film of the same name to public schools. Reruns following the initial broadcast featured the title screen "The Private World of Darkness". See more »


Before the post operation surgery is revealed, one of the doctor's faces, even though still in the shadows, is noticeable. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] Now there're questions that come to mind. Where is this place, and when is it? What kind of world where ugliness is the norm and beauty the deviation from that norm? You want an answer? The answer is, it doesn't make any difference. Because the old saying happens to be true. Beauty *is* in the eye of the beholder, in this year or a hundred years hence. On this planet or wherever there is human life, perhaps out amongst the stars. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Lesson ...
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Referenced in Night Court: Dan's Escort (1986) See more »

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THIS is what The Twilight Zone is all about!
8 March 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

I've just finished watching this episode of The Twilight Zone, and am still trying to catch my breath. What I thought was going to turn out to be just a deviation on the French classic 'Eyes without a Face' turned out to be something much, much more! As the title suggests, this tale is based on the old saying 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder', and we are introduced to a woman dressed in bandages. She's in a hospital, and it soon becomes apparent that she is the victim of a horrible facial disfigurement. However, it seems she has undergone some of surgery to reverse the disability; and it's almost time for the bandages to be removed. This episode is great because it presents a real dream-like atmosphere, and it's easy to believe that this story really is taking place in the 'The Twilight Zone'. Our heroine is kept wrapped up in bandages for almost the entire running time, and with that in mind it's not unreasonable to expect a huge payoff once the bandages are removed. To say it delivers would be an enormous understatement - Eye of the Beholder gives the audience their due payoff and then some! I'm not going to say any more - just see this as soon as possible.

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