The Twilight Zone (2002–2003)
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Eye of the Beholder 

Janet Tyler, a woman with facial deformities in a totalitarian society that emphasizes conformity even in in physical appearance, is undergoing her twelfth surgery in an attempt to make her... See full summary »


David Ellis


Rod Serling (created by), Rod Serling


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Episode cast overview:
Forest Whitaker ... Himself - Host
Molly Sims ... Janet Tyler
Reginald C. Hayes ... Dr. Bernardi (as Reggie Hayes)
Roger Cross ... The Leader
Allison Hossack Allison Hossack ... Janet's Nurse
Chris Kramer ... Mr. Smith
June B. Wilde ... Nurse #2
Michael Karl Richards ... Orderly


Janet Tyler, a woman with facial deformities in a totalitarian society that emphasizes conformity even in in physical appearance, is undergoing her twelfth surgery in an attempt to make her appear normal. It is the last chance she can legally receive to alter her looks, and if it succeeds, she will fit in with those around her for the first time in her life. If it fails, she must be transported to a "segregated" colony of those who look like her rather than as the norm do. Written by

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Release Date:

30 April 2003 (Canada) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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June B. Wilde (Nurse #2) later played a state trooper in The Twilight Zone: A Traveler (2019). See more »


Janet Tyler: Mr. Smith?
Walter Smith: Yes?
Janet Tyler: Why are some of us born so ugly?
Walter Smith: I don't know, Miss Tyler. I really don't know. But you know something? It doesn't really matter. There's an old saying - very, very old saying: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." When we leave here, when we go to the village, keep that in mind. Try, Miss Tyler, say it over and over in your mind. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
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Remake of The Twilight Zone: Eye of the Beholder (1960) See more »

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The beautiful people
4 August 2016 | by kapelusznik18See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Re-make of a 1960 "Twilight Zone" episode of the same title "Eye of the Beholder" has to do with a future society where being ugly or deformed is almost considered a crime and those who don't measure to the standards of being normal are locked away from the population in hippie like communes where they can't scare anyone with their shocking appearances. This has incredibly ugly looking Janet Tyler, Molly Sims, who's face is so hideous looking that were-the audience-not allowed to see it, it's covered with surgical bandages until the very end of the episode, to keep us from passing out! Janet who had already had 11 previous operations to improve her looks and make her at least look like a normal human being is now on her last leg or operation and if this don't work she's to be locked away with those, ugly people, of her own kind on some island or commune in the Atlantic Ocean for the rest of her sorry life.

The hospital staff including her doctor the strikingly handsome Reginald C. Hayes who's shown only in shadow almost throughout the entire episode: In that a little bit of him goes a long long way. That in order to keep the ladies in the audience from getting excited passing out and overheating-at the very sight of his good looks-tells Janet that this operation is it and if it doesn't work she'll have to be put away for life or, with government approval,euthanize if that what she wants. During all this time we see the "Leader" or "Furher",Roger Cross, also shown in shadow bellowing about how to make America beautiful by creating a "Master Race" of beautiful people and weeding out the sick deformed and ugly, like Janet,among us that's a scourge to the entire population.

***SPOILERS*** The shocking ending has the bandages removed from Janet's face to reveal her incredibly ugly, to those present, looks where she completely freaks out and tries to jump out of the nearest window to her death. It's finally when Janet is sedated and introduced to fellow likewise looking ugly person Mr. Smith,Chris Kramer,that she finally accepts her fate and goes off with him to a place-Hippie like commune-where being ugly is no big deal or a crime. With everyone there-Man & Women-looking like extras from a Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello "Beach Blanket Bingo" movie.

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