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Old 05-27-2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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So what was your favorite twilight zone ep?

On the chance that this thread generates some interest............!

A classic, when an old woman finds a UFO in her attic.
The prisoner on a deserted planet who is given a robot for companionship.
The old pioneer who crosses the time barrier in his search for medicine.
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:34 PM   #2
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On the chance that this thread generates some interest............!

A classic, when an old woman finds a UFO in her attic.
The prisoner on a deserted planet who is given a robot for companionship.
The old pioneer who crosses the time barrier in his search for medicine.
I liked the Dorian Gray-ish episode. I don't remember that many but that one always stood out for me. The UFO one was good too. There was also one I think about astronauts. Crap I can't remember it either, I just remember liking it.
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:37 PM   #3
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Time Enough at Last - A man who loves to read (Burgess Meredith) survives a nuclear explosion.

The Man in the Bottle - A downtrodden antiques dealer (Luther Adler) and his wife are offered four wishes by a genie.

Mr Dingle, the strong - In an experiment, two Martians give vacuum-cleaner salesman and perennial loser Luther Dingle (Burgess Meredith) superhuman strength.

The Rip Van Winkle Caper - A gang of gold thieves use suspended animation to escape to the future.

Once Upon a Time - A janitor (Buster Keaton) from the 1890s uses a time helmet he finds in the lab he is cleaning to travel to the future.
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:44 PM   #4
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There was also one about a woman staying beautiful that kind of reminded me of the Dorian Gray thing too.
Gosh I used to love this show. I'm old and forgetful now. Sad.

ETA: Eye of the Beholder is the name of the episode. Just found it online. Description:
A woman who is physically disfigured wants nothing more than to have her physical deformities corrected.
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:57 PM   #5
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:18 PM   #6
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There were so many good ones!

One that creeped me out as a kid was the one where an old lady kept getting creepy phone calls and it turned out a telephone wire had snapped and was sitting on top of her dead husbands grave.

I need to revisit the eps on DVD some time.
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:38 PM   #7
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I don't know the name of it but the one where people end up in a cage for aliens to look at.
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:43 PM   #8
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"The Howling Man" definitely.
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:52 PM   #9
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Time Enough at Last - A man who loves to read (Burgess Meredith) survives a nuclear explosion..........
Definitely a good one.

Also, the one where an old salesman tricks the angel of death into giving him more time to make a pitch that saves a little girl's life.

And the one with Billy Mumy where he's a tyrannical little boy who has the power to kill anyone who displeases him. Sort of reminds me where I work.
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Old 05-27-2012, 11:15 PM   #10
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My favorite episodes were ones that had great characters and dialog and did not depend on the hook at the end.

Five Characters in Search of an Exit was about an Army Major, a Clown, a Ballerina, a bagpiper, and a hobo trying to figure out how they got into a tall cylinder and how to escape. The clown was creepy, funny, and smart. It had great dialog like a Samuel Beckett play.

"It's a Good Life" is simple story about a child with unlimited powers who punishes anyone who does not have good thoughts. It has an terrific performance by Billy Mumy.
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Old 05-27-2012, 11:23 PM   #11
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I liked the Dorian Gray-ish episode. I don't remember that many but that one always stood out for me. The UFO one was good too. There was also one I think about astronauts. Crap I can't remember it either, I just remember liking it.
I think the twist with the astronaut one had to do with scale - you spend the whole episode thinking that it is about tiny aliens who have arrived on earth, but the final shot makes it clear that the "aliens" are actually normal-sized human astronauts who have landed on a planet of giants. That the one you are thinking of?

For me, the most classic is "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street"
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:31 AM   #12
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"The Howling Man" definitely.
I agree 100%. Someone needs to adapt it into a full length feature.

Doesn't Leo Dicaprio's company have the rights to do so now?
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:01 AM   #13
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I always liked Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up?
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:25 AM   #14
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Definitely "The Howling Man" and who can forget Shatner in "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"... there's something on the wing of the plane!!!! It took John Lithgow in the remake to make Shatner look understated.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:34 AM   #15
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So how many of these made their way into Simpsons or Futurama episodes?
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:42 AM   #16
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Definitely "The Howling Man" and who can forget Shatner in "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"... there's something on the wing of the plane!!!! It took John Lithgow in the remake to make Shatner look understated.

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Old 05-28-2012, 06:46 AM   #17
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To Serve Man. Aliens arrive on earth to cater to humans.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:39 AM   #18
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"I'm Talking Tina, and I don't like you very much!!"

I used to have nightmares about that doll.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:40 AM   #19
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I used to have nightmares about that doll.
I remember this one. It's the one that inspired the "Chucky" movies!
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The Silence - A loquacious man takes a bet for half a million dollars that he can't keep silent for exactly one full year, and goes to extreme lengths to make sure he wins the wager.
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:26 AM   #21
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To Serve Man. Aliens arrive on earth to cater to humans.
That's my all time fav. The greatest reveal ever.
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:27 AM   #22
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This thread has inspired me to buy the entire series. It's on the way to me now!
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:35 AM   #23
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So many good episodes, but I'll limit myself to three:
  1. "Little Girl Lost" (Richard Matheson)
  2. "It's a Good Life" (Jerome Bixby)
  3. "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (Richard Matheson)

P.S. if you haven't seen it already, check out John Scalzi's entry on his blog Whatever where he reports There's Something on the Wing.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:26 AM   #24
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This thread has inspired me to buy the entire series. It's on the way to me now!
It's a great box! Yes, I am easily entertained, but I just love the irridescence of the TZ box.

Anyway, as to fav eps - so very many and I think they've all been mentioned already. Two that I consider the absolute standards of the series were the Shatner 'Nightmare' episode and the Meredith 'Time Enough' episode.
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:58 AM   #25
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The one where Charles Bronson and Elizabeth Montgomery are the last two surviving soldiers of an Armageddon war, but they had fought on opposite sides. Montgomery only spoke one word in the entire episode; Bronson had all the dialogue.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:02 PM   #26
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The more I think about, the longer my list grows

To Serve Man
It's a Good Life
Living Doll ("My name is Talky Tina and I'm going to kill you!")
The Midnight Sun

Anything with Burgess Meredith

Any of the Cold War inspired episodes

Good old fashioned ghost stories:
The Hitch-Hiker
Ring A Ding Girl (Bunny Blake)
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:09 PM   #27
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I thought I would be the only one to say The Midnight Sun, but JG beat me by an hour.

There are others I've loved and enjoyed over the years, Rip Van Winkle Caper, A Hundred Yards Over The Rim (amusingly enough Rim and RVWCaper are the same basic twist AND were sequential episodes) Where is Everybody?, The Hitch-hiker, all tried and true favorites, but Midnight Sun is the one I always come back to.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:34 PM   #28
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Good grief... so many to love. I'm especially drawn to the time travel/time out-of-joint episodes, and A Hundred Yards Over the Rim tops my list.

Other favorites:

One For the Angels – Aging salesman delays being taken by the angel of death, by making the "pitch of a lifetime" to him.
And When the Sky Was Opened – Returning astronauts who experience issues with reality.
The Last Flight – WWI pilot lands in modern airbase and discovers a connection to present-day officer.
Nothing in the Dark – Robert Redford, as "Death", comes to collect an aged woman who fears dying.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:46 PM   #29
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I loved this show as a kid, and in recalling certain episodes mentioned in this thread I am starting to confuse other storyline recollections with "Night Gallery" episodes.
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I loved this show as a kid, and in recalling certain episodes mentioned in this thread I am starting to confuse other storyline recollections with "Night Gallery" episodes.
I have to say, Night Gallery, though good, wasn't up there with TZ. I also wasn't crazy about "The Sixth Sense" which they merged into NG for syndication purposes.

I do remember one episode of NG which I'd love to see again. I forget the episode name but (Ron's brother) Clint Howard played a psychic who predicted the end of the world by our sun going supernova. I think his character's name was Herby Bickman.

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