The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street 

On a peaceful suburban street, strange occurrences and mysterious people stoke the residents' paranoia to a disastrous intensity.


Ron Winston (as Ronald Winston)


Rod Serling




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Serling ... Narrator (voice)
Claude Akins ... Steve Brand
Barry Atwater ... Les Goodman
Jack Weston ... Charlie Farnsworth
Jan Handzlik ... Tommy
Amzie Strickland ... Woman
Burt Metcalfe Burt Metcalfe ... Don Martin
Mary Gregory Mary Gregory ... Sally
Jason Johnson ... Man
Anne Barton Anne Barton ... Myra Brand
Leah Waggner Leah Waggner ... Mrs. Goodman (as Lea Waggner)
Joan Sudlow Joan Sudlow ... Old Woman
Ben Erway ... Pete Van Horn
Lyn Guild ... Mrs. Farnsworth
Sheldon Allman Sheldon Allman ... Alien


On a pleasant day, the residents of Maple Street feel something akin to a tremor and hear a loud noise. Steve Brand thinks it's a meteorite though they didn't hear a create. When young Tommy tells them the science fiction story he read about an alien invasion where they were first sent among humans to live with them in disguise, paranoia sets in. They first suspect Les Goodman and loudmouth Charlie Farnsworth then points the finger at Steve and then Tommy. Events turn on Charlie as everyone runs amok. Written by garykmcd

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A graphic novel version was published by the Savannah College of Art and Design along with with Walker & Co. See more »


After all the power goes off, Steve tries to start his car. The starter can be heard turning the engine over. But, with all electricity neutralized, the engine shouldn't even turn over, much less start. See more »


Steve Brand: [Trying to expain the odd occurences] Meteors can do crazy things you know. Like sunspots.
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Panic on the block
25 October 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Character actors Claude Akins and Jack Weston are the most prominent names in the Twilight Zone Story about someone spotting a flying saucer overhead which gets all the neighbors out of their houses on Maple Street USA.

Then all kinds of strange things start happening. Power going on and off and all kinds of finger pointing is started. Could one of these neighbors not be what they seem?

Claude Akins for once not a cruel and psychotic villain tries to be the voice of reason. Counterbalancing Akins is Jack Weston who starts throwing suspicion in every direction.

The story fresh from the paranoid McCarthy 50s is a warning about not rushing to judgment and giving way to panic. We could use a little of that today, wisdom from Rod Serling in a timeless classic.

Almost like Vladimir Putin watched this show.

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Release Date:

4 March 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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