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)

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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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Release Date:

18 May 1962 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


After The Twilight Zone: Walking Distance (1959), The Twilight Zone: Time Enough at Last (1959) and The Twilight Zone: I Shot an Arrow into the Air (1960), this is the fourth and final episode in which Rod Serling uses a mid-episode narration. Of those four, this is the only one which was not produced in Season One. 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 »


[opening narration]
Narrator: They make a fairly convincing pitch here. It doesn't seem possible, though, to find a woman who must be ten times better than Mother, in order to seem half as good - except, of course, in The Twilight Zone.
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Ray Bradbury
29 October 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Famed author Ray Bradbury wrote his sole contribution to the series in this tale, which sees a widower trying his best to provide guidance and support to his three children, and decides to take up a suggestion and visit a robotics company with the slogan 'I Sing The Body Electric". He acquires the services of an android nanny that comes in the form of a grandmother figure, who is most patient, wise, and understanding, and will become crucial in guiding the children into the transition of adulthood and a happy life, but must inevitably one day say goodbye when her job is finished.... Most straight-forward plot is pleasant enough though uneventful, and remains unpopular with most fans who expected more given the author, but this still remains a sweet story.

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