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?


Because CBS consulted different prints over the years for syndication packages, the closing credits vary from one side to side depending on what TV station is used for what version, and 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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Syndication prints list the episode title as "A Private World Of Darkness". See more »


Referenced in Brows Held High: Vase De Noces (2012) See more »

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One of the Best Episodes
23 April 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The ugly Janet Tyler is submitted to the eleventh treatment trying to look normal. She has anxiety expecting the doctor to remove her bandages in her last attempt to improve her face. When the doctor and nurses remove her bandages, her expectation ends and she learns the procedure has not worked.

"Eye of the Beholder" is one of the best episodes of "The Twilight Zone" even when the viewer is watching for the third or fourth time. The greatest message of this show is the saying beauty is in the eye of the beholder, meaning the perception of beauty is subjective. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "A Beleza Está Apenas em Quem Olha" ("The Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder")

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