The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Where Is Everybody? 

Mike Ferris finds himself alone in the small Oakwood town and without recollection about his name, where he is or who he is. Mike wanders through the town trying to find a living soul. The tension increases and Mike has a breakdown.


Robert Stevens


Rod Serling

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Episode complete credited cast:
Earl Holliman ... Mike Ferris
James Gregory ... Air Force General
Paul Langton ... Doctor
James McCallion ... Reporter #1
John Conwell John Conwell ... Air Force Colonel
Jay Overholts Jay Overholts ... Reporter #2 (as Jay Overholt)
Carter Mullally Jr. Carter Mullally Jr. ... Air Force Captain (as Carter Mullaly)
Garry Walberg ... Reporter #3 (as Gary Walberg)
Jim Johnson Jim Johnson ... Air Force Staff Sergeant


A man finds himself walking down a country road, not knowing where nor who he is. He comes across a diner with a jukebox blaring and hot coffee on the stove - only there's no one there. A little further down the road, he comes to the picturesque town of Oakwood, and finds, it too, seems deserted. The only sounds he hears are a clock tower, and a pay phone ringing. At the local movie theater, an ad for Battle Hymn (1957) leads him to believe he's in the Air Force. In spite of no people to be found, he can't shake off the feeling, he's being watched. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

2 October 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Rod Serling -?while discussing this episode during a 1975 lecture at Sherwood Oaks College, Earl Holliman was running a fever of over 100°F during the filming of this episode. See more »


When Ferris pokes his head in the doorway of the bakery, several moving crew members heads can be seen reflected in the front glass window- at about the level where the pies are displayed. See more »


Mike Ferris: [to his reflection] I'm sorry, old buddy; I don't recollect the name. The face is vaguely familiar but the name escapes me.
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Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »


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Music by Eric Cook
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Your next stop: the Twilight Zone!
29 August 2011 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

It is testament to the brilliance of Rod Serling that the pilot episode for his classic series The Twilight Zone can consist almost entirely of one man wandering around a deserted town and still be a hugely entertaining experience. 'Where Is Everybody?' begins with a man (Earl Holliman) wandering down a dusty road with no recollection of how he came to be there, or any knowledge of who he is. On arriving at a town (the same Universal back-lot used for Back To The Future and Gremlins), he continues his search for signs of life, but starts to crack up when he realises that he is all alone.

A thoroughly engrossing study of the fragility of the human psyche, convincingly portrayed by Holliman and brilliantly directed by Robert Stevens, this story is extremely eerie throughout, provides a smashing 'shock' midway through, and packs a terribly dated but still very cool twist ending, thus setting the high standard for many more episodes to come.

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