The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Bewitchin' Pool 

Two children escape their bickering parents through a portal in the bottom of their swimming pool to a magical land watched over by a kindly old woman the children call Aunt T.

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Told by their parents that they are getting a divorce, Sport and Jeb Sharewood now have to decide who they are going to live with. They decide they would rather live with Aunt T, the woman they've met by traveling through a portal at the bottom of their swimming pool. At the other end is an idyllic world where children play and there are few adults. Aunt T is a kindly old woman but Sport is far more reluctant than Jeb to accept her invitation to stay with them. Written by garykmcd

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19 June 1964 (USA)  »

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Both children speak with Southern accents while their urbane parents have nondescript American accents. The writer Earl Hamner Jr. (who later created The Waltons (1971)) hearkened back to the children in the film To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). In the film, the children were named Scout and Jem. In this episode, the children are Sport and Jeb. Mary Badham played both Scout and Sport. See more »

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The last time that Sport jumps in the pool to return to Aunt T's house, she is wearing a housecoat over her swimsuit. When she surfaces on 'the other side', she is no longer wearing the coat. Apparently the surfacing scene is the same scene used for their original arrival. See more »

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Narrator: A swimming pool not unlike any other pool, a structure built of tile and cement and money, a backyard toy for the affluent, wet entertainment for the well-to-do. But to Jeb and Sport Sharewood, this pool holds mysteries not dreamed of by the building contractor, not guaranteed in any sales brochure. For this pool has a secret exit that leads to a never-neverland, a place designed for junior citizens who need a long voyage away from reality, into the bottomless regions of the ...
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Aunt Ti's home for the unloved
8 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

Dee Hartford and Tod Andrews are a pair of rich parents who are constantly quarreling and as a result their kids Mary Badham and Jeffrey Byron are left pretty much to themselves. One day a strange Huckleberry Finn type kid played by Kim Hector shows up in their swimming pool out of nowhere and asks them to dive in because he's going to take them to a magical place where kids can laugh and play all day. Who could resist an invitation like that at age 11 or 12.

They dive in and come up in a swimming hole where a whole flock of kids just look like they're having a great old time. It's all presided over by a kindly old woman Aunt Ti played by Georgia Simmons who got the career role of her life.

This is a place where the unwanted kids have a portal open to them and can stay forever should they choose. Badham and Byron have a bit of deciding to do.

This Twilight Zone episode was one of the most imaginative ever done in the series and it's a great one to end the series run. I saw it as a kid and never forgot it. Good thing that The Twilight Zone was so popular and I could see it over and over.

Never miss this one if broadcast.


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