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."

Director:

Douglas Heyes

Writers:

Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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Trivia

This is the highest rated episode of the original Twilight Zone series. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Night Court: Dan's Escort (1986) See more »

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The best episode IMO
19 December 2018 | by UW21UCLA16See all my reviews

Having watch the twilight zone in syndication as a kid and getting DVD's of seasons & now through Amazon. This is the one episode that truly is the twilight zone finest moment, I would put this one up against any episode.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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