The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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It's a Good Life 

On an isolated family farm, a young boy with vast mental powers, but lacking emotional development, holds his terrified family in thrall to his every juvenile wish.


James Sheldon


Rod Serling (teleplay by), Jerome Bixby (based on a short story by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
John Larch ... Mr. Fremont
Cloris Leachman ... Mrs. Fremont
Don Keefer ... Dan Hollis
Bill Mumy ... Anthony Fremont (as Billy Mumy)
Alice Frost Alice Frost ... Aunt Amy
Max Showalter ... Pat Riley (as Casey Adams)
Jeanne Bates ... Ethel Hollis
Lenore Kingston Lenore Kingston ... Thelma Dunn
Tom Hatcher Tom Hatcher ... Bill Soames


In a small farming community in Ohio, a young boy by the name of Anthony Fremont terrorizes those around him. Anthony has the ability to command anything he wants simply by thought. The community is cut off from the outside world and the boy insists that those around him think only pleasant thoughts, and if they don't, he eliminates them. Everyone walks in fear of the lad who ably demonstrates what he's prepared to do at a small party in his home. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

3 November 1961 (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?


Cloris Leachman and Bill Mumy returned in 2003 to play the same characters in The Twilight Zone episode "It's Still a Good Life," the only sequel to any episode of the original Twilight Zone. In this sequel, Anthony has a daughter with stronger powers than him. See more »


(At around 9:30) As Mr. Fremont is putting on his tie, he turns around to Anthony and the tie is loose. After a shot showing Anthony the camera returns to Mr. Fremont, who hasn't moved. But now his tie is neat and tight around his neck. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: [Opening Narration] Tonight's story on The Twilight Zone is somewhat unique and calls for a different kind of introduction. This, as you may recognize, is a map of the United States, and there's a little town there called Peaksville. On a given morning not too long ago, the rest of the world disappeared and Peaksville was left all alone. Its inhabitants were never sure whether the world was destroyed and only Peaksville left untouched or whether the village had somehow been taken ...
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Referenced in Bunheads: It's Not a Mint (2013) See more »


Music by Will Hudson and Irving Mills
played on piano by the character named Pat Riley
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Still scary
11 July 2018 | by Talon JensenSee all my reviews

The lack of wisdom of a child with great power is, indeed scary.

I first watched this as a six year old and it scared me, I watched it again as a 60+ year old and it is more scary because I feel it reflects some of the recent behaviors of 20+ year olds. Even at my young age I recognized the horror. To see something so scary now reflected in real life is beyond scary. This is one of the few episodes that I never forgot and that is definitely meaningful in a horrifying way.

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