The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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I Sing the Body Electric 

A recent widower, needing loving care for his three young children, orders a cybernetic "grandmother". While two of the children accept her, one of his daughters fiercely rejects her, with near tragic consequences.


William F. Claxton (as William Claxton), James Sheldon


Ray Bradbury, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Josephine Hutchinson ... Grandma Robot
David White ... George Rogers
Vaughn Taylor ... Salesman
Doris Packer Doris Packer ... Nedra
Charles Herbert ... Tom Rogers
Veronica Cartwright ... Anne Rogers
Dana Dillaway Dana Dillaway ... Karen Rogers
Susan Crane ... Older Ann
Paul Nesbitt Paul Nesbitt ... Older Tom
Judee Morton Judee Morton ... Older Karen


George is a widower with three children and he is being criticized for trying to raise his children on his own. His son Tom shows him an ad from a company with the motto 'I Sing the Body Electric' that advertises an electronic data processing system to meet anyone's needs - essentially, a robot. They set off and everyone seems to like the idea of having a grandmotherly robot housekeeper except for Anne, who has yet to come to grips with her mother's death. Her rejection of the new member of their family will have serious repercussions but also lead to closure. Written by garykmcd

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In the opening shot of the house, it is the same shot of the house used in The Twilight Zone: Young Man's Fancy (1962). See more »


At the beginning of the episode when George Rogers is talking to Aunt Nedra in the living room, the boom mic is visible in the far left-hand corner. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: A fable? Most assuredly. But who's to say at some distant moment there might be an assembly line producing a gentle product in the form of a grandmother, whose stock in trade is love? Fable, sure - but who's to say?
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Featured in Pioneers of Television: Science Fiction (2011) See more »


Twilight Zone Theme
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Composed by Marius Constant
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'I can win any game of marbles with those!'.....?
13 January 2014 | by darrenpearce111See all my reviews

The line above is spoken by a little boy to his robot grandma regarding her eyes. I'm glad she didn't pull them out to play marbles with. On the rare occasions when TZ went in deep for sentimentality (like 'Night Of The Meek') it tended to fail, even though there are many wonderful moving moments in the series. This robo-grandma-knows-best tale is a mess (two directors). I wish I could say otherwise as it was written by the normally indescribably brilliant Ray Bradbury, and this was his one contribution to the Zone. The story is a little silly, as a father (David White) takes his three children to a showroom of Facsimiles Limited to pick out the components that will make up their robot grandma. The children opt for parts that make up a gentle character played by Josephine Hutchinson. The dissenter, Anne (Veronica Cartwright- always has been a very good actress) needs a lot more convincing of Grandma's worth and is still angry from her mother's death. A strong theme but is a robot the answer?

Please don't judge 'The Twilight Zone' or Ray Bradbury's writing by this anomalous effort.

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18 May 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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