Rod Serling — Writer

Episodes 95

Rod Serling Video Pitch for his product, known as "The Twilight Zone," to the sponsors of Instant Sanka and CBS network executives giving them a preview to the strangeness, the creepiness, and the amazement of the Twilight Zone itself.

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November 24, 1958

A man (William Bendix) visits a psychoanalyst, complaining about a recurring dream in which he imagines waking up in Honolulu just prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Rod Serling wrote a teleplay intending for it to be the pilot episode of a new series called The Twilight Zone. Although it ended up airing on a different show, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse S01E06, it is still considered the pilot episode of The Twilight Zone.

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October 2, 1959

Mike Ferris finds himself in a town strangely devoid of people. But despite the emptiness, he has the odd feeling that he's being watched...

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October 9, 1959

A street salesman cleverly eludes Death. But if he lives, a little girl must die in his place.

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October 16, 1959

A has-been, drunk gunslinger finds his fast-draw abilities magically restored.

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October 23, 1959

An aging, former movie star lives and dreams in the past, constantly watching her old movies alone in her room.

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October 30, 1959

Martin Sloan, driving through the country, leaves his car and starts to walk toward his hometown, Homewood. He finds things exactly as they were when he was a child. He soon realizes he's gone back in time.

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7.3

Escape Clause

1x6
November 6, 1959

A hypochondriac exchanges his soul for immortality and indestructibility.

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7.5

The Lonely

1x7
November 13, 1959

Corry, a man stranded on an asteroid after being convicted of a crime, receives a present of a robot who looks and sounds like a real woman.

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November 20, 1959

A bank teller, obsessed with reading, finds himself alone after a nuclear blast.

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6.6

Judgment Night

1x10
December 4, 1959

In 1942, a German wonders why he's on the deck of a British steamship, with no memory of how he got there, and an overwhelming sense of impending doom.

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December 11, 1959

Three astronauts have returned from this first space flight. Major Gart is hospitalized with a broken leg. The other two, Colonels Harrington and Forbes head for a bar. Harrington gets a strange feeling.

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7.3

What You Need

1x12
December 25, 1959

A two-bit thug thinks he's found the key to a better life in an old sidewalk salesman who has the uncanny ability to tell people what they need the most.

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January 1, 1960

A man who can change his face to resemble others gets into hot water with gangsters.

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January 8, 1960

With all-out nuclear war about to ignite, a scientist and his pilot friend plot to escape on an experimental spaceship.

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January 15, 1960

Three astronauts believe they have crashed on an asteroid.

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7.6

The Hitch-Hiker

1x16
January 22, 1960

Alone on a cross-country trip, a woman continually sees the same hitch-hiker everywhere she looks.

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5.0

The Fever

1x17
January 29, 1960

Tight fisted Franklin Gibbs is not pleased when his wife wins a trip for two to Las Vegas. But things change when he falls under the spell of a slot machine that calls his name.

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February 12, 1960

Lt. Fitzgerald has found his own special wartime hell. Looking into the faces of his men prior to battle, he has the disquieting ability to see who is about to die.

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7.3

Mirror Image

1x21
February 26, 1960

Millicent Barnes sees her double at a bus terminal.

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March 4, 1960

Paranoia strikes the residents of Maple Street when they believe human-looking aliens have invaded the neighborhood.

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March 25, 1960

When a space exploration crashes on Mars, the surviving passenger is surprised to find that Martians are human-looking, very friendly and apparently just like us...

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6.3

Execution

1x26
April 1, 1960

Just before being hanged for shooting a man in the back, a man in 1880 is transported into the future.

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April 8, 1960

Even though Jackson breaks his hand prior to the fight, he wins because Henry - a boy who adores the fighter and believes in magic - made the ""big, tall wish."" After the fight the boxer refuses to believe in magic. Henry tells him if he doesn't believe, it won't be true. Jackson just can't believe. Suddenly, Jackson is back in the ring, and counted out.

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April 29, 1960

Schoolteacher Helen Foley finds a strange and very serious little girl on the stairs outside her apartment. The little girl seems to know her, and tries to jog her memory about a man she saw earlier that day. The man arrives at Helen's door.

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May 6, 1960

Riding home on the train one day, a man falls asleep and dreams it is 1880, and he is entering a small town called Willoughby.

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May 20, 1960

A trumpet player who's convinced he'll never amount to anything attempts suicide and finds himself in a world where no one can hear or see him.

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5.0

Mr. Bevis

1x33
June 3, 1960

A man (Bevis) meets his guardian angel.

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8.2

The After Hours

1x34
June 10, 1960

A woman discovers that the floor of a department store, on which she bought a gold thimble, doesn't exist - and that her ""saleslady"" is really a mannequin!

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5.0

The Mighty Casey

1x35
June 17, 1960

Dr. Stillman arranges to have his human-looking robot signed up as the star pitcher of the Hoboken Zephyrs. The team zooms to fourth place thanks to Casey. After he's beaned by a ball, a doctor discovers Casey has no heart. The rules say nine men make up a team, and without a heart Casey is not a man. Dr. Stillman gives Casey a heart, but he becomes too compassionate to strike out other players. The Zephyrs lose the pennant, and Casey is washed up in baseball. Dr. Stillman gives the coach, Mouth McGarry, Casey's blueprints as a momento. Looking at them, Mcgarry gets a sudden inspiration, and chases after the doctor

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September 30, 1960

A WWII captain finds himself in the desert, next to his crashed plane. Where is his crew? And why are futuristic jet planes flying overhead?

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October 7, 1960

A discontented curio shop owner thinks he's finally found happiness when a genie he discovers in an old bottle grants him four wishes.

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October 14, 1960

Ordered to commit a murder he doesn't want to perform, a smalltime hood nervously looks in the mirror and sees the man he could have been--confident, strong...and determined to get out.

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October 28, 1960

A writer feels that the machines in his house are conspiring against him.

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November 11, 1960

A young woman is forced to undergo experimental treatments in an attempt to make her appear "normal."

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December 2, 1960

Dr. Loren enjoys the faultless robot servants he has invented. His daughter, however, feels imprisoned by them--and soon learns how right she is.

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December 16, 1960

Chester Diedrich and his wife Paula, after burglarizing a curio shop, end up with a camera that takes pictures of events five minutes into the future.

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December 23, 1960

A down-on-his-luck department store Santa Claus discovers a bottomless sack of toys.

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5.5

Dust

2x12
January 6, 1961

After selling the rope for a hanging, a greedy peddler, tries to sell the condemned man's father a bag of "magic dust."

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6.3

Back There

2x13
January 13, 1961

It's April 14, 1961. Peter Corrigan and friends are discussing time travel at their men's club. Corrigan suddenly becomes dizzy. When his head clears, he has moved back to April 14, 1865 - the date of Lincoln's assassination.

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4.8

The Whole Truth

2x14
January 20, 1961

A peculiar Model A automobile compels a used car dealer to tell only the truth.

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7.2

Twenty-Two

2x17
February 10, 1961

Miss Powell has a recurring nightmare about room 22 – a morgue.

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February 24, 1961

A commercial aircraft mysteriously travels back through time.

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March 3, 1961

Martians give Luther Dingle the strength of 300 men.

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April 7, 1961

In 1847 a western settler sets out to find medicine for his dying son - and stumbles into modern-day New Mexico.

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April 21, 1961

Thieves put themselves into suspended animation for 100 years after hiding a million dollars worth of gold bars.

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8.8

The Silence

2x25
April 28, 1961

A talkative man takes an offer to keep silent for a year for $500,000.

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May 12, 1961

A book on the power of thought enables an irritable worker to re-create the world exactly as he wants it. But what he wants and what he gets are two different things!

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State Troopers follow the tracks from a frozen pond, into a diner. Inside they find a soda jerk, a bus driver and his seven passengers. The bus driver is certain only six people boarded his bus…

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8.2

The Obsolete Man

2x29
June 2, 1961

In a future state where religion and books have been banned, a librarian is judged obsolete and sentenced to death.

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6.0

The Arrival

3x2
September 22, 1961

A plane lands safely, but all its passengers, pilot and crew are missing!

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7.8

The Shelter

3x3
September 29, 1961

When a nuclear attack appears imminent, several suburban friends and neighbors fight over control of a single bomb shelter.

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6.7

The Passersby

3x4
October 6, 1961

On the road home from the Civil War, a Confederate soldier stops at a burned-out house and gets to know the owner, a recent widow.

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6.0

The Mirror

3x6
October 20, 1961

After a poor but ambitious Central American farm worker overthrows his country's tyrannical leader, he believes he sees assassins everywhere. A look in the mirror reveals his most dangerous enemy.

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November 3, 1961

Little Anthony Fremont controls an entire town with his ability to read minds and make people do as he wishes. Which is a real good thing.

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November 10, 1961

A former Nazi SS Captain returns to the ruins of a concentration camp to reminisce, and is met by one of his victims.

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7.8

The Midnight Sun

3x10
November 17, 1961

The Earth's orbit has been changed, drawing ever closer to the sun and promising eminent destruction.

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7.0

Still Valley

3x11
November 24, 1961

Confederacy scout Sgt. Joseph Paradine finds a town town full of Union soldiers, and an old man who claims he used witchcraft to paralyze them.

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December 22, 1961

A hobo, clown, bagpipe player, ballerina and military officer are trapped in a huge cylinder.

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December 29, 1961

A gung ho young soldier gets a new viewpoint on war when he inexplicably changes places with a Japanese officer trying to stop his superior from leading a charge against American forces.

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January 12, 1962

Paul Radin has invited three people to join him in his bomb shelter.

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February 2, 1962

Actor Rance McGrew makes TV Westerns for a living, but he's a lousy actor and a worse cowboy. Despite that, each week he "wins" against the bad guys. Finally the bad guys have enough and send Jesse James to Earth to teach McGrew a lesson.

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8.5

To Serve Man

3x24
March 2, 1962

The Kanamits, 9 foot tall aliens, arrive on Earth with one lofty goal: To Serve Man.

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March 30, 1962

An astronaut declares himself a god when his ship lands on a planet populated by people smaller than ants.

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6.0

Four O'Clock

3x29
April 6, 1962

Oliver Crangle is a bitter, prejudiced man. Through unknown means he intends to shrink every evil person in the world at four o'clock.

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April 13, 1962

A loud-mouthed braggart's boasts attract the attention of some aliens.

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6.0

The Trade-Ins

3x31
April 20, 1962

An elderly couple visit the New Life Corporation, hoping to transport their personalities into youthful artificial bodies.

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7.0

The Gift

3x32
April 27, 1962

An alien who crash-lands into a remote mountain village stirs up the villagers' fears and animosity, but he befriends a little boy and gives him a mysterious present.

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7.0

The Dummy

3x33
May 4, 1962

A ventriloquist is convinced that his dummy, Willie, is alive and evil. He makes plans for a new act with a new dummy: plans that Willie doesn't support!

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May 25, 1962

Cavender, an angel trying to win his wings, tries to help down-on-her-luck Agnes, who has just been fired.

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June 1, 1962

An elderly private school teacher wonders if his life has meant anything as he contemplates suicide on Christmas Eve and is reminded by former students that he has, indeed, made an effect on the lives of his students over the years.

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January 10, 1963

A US naval destroyer investigates a mysterious tapping sound coming from a sunken submarine.

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8.0

He's Alive

4x4
January 24, 1963

Peter Vollmer, a small-time neo-Nazi leader, yearns for more power. Advised by a shadowy benefactor, Vollmer's following grows, as does his ego...

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March 7, 1963

A man travels back in time to try to prevent some of history's catastrophes.

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6.0

The Parallel

4x11
March 14, 1963

An astronaut blacks out while orbiting the earth and ends up in a parallel universe.

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April 11, 1963

A bored, wealthy businessman gets a chance to go back in time and start over, armed with all the knowledge he's acquired...an arsenal that's not as powerful as he thinks.

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May 2, 1963

The leader of an expedition on an asteroid tries to convince the others that Earth is not worth returning to.

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4.0

The Bard

4x18
May 23, 1963

An untalented would-be writer's career takes off when the ghost of William Shakespeare writes his script.

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September 27, 1963

Max Phillips is an alcoholic bookie that regrets that he wasn't a better father to his son, Pip, critically wounded in South Vietnam. A visit to an amusement park gives them both a second chance.

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October 18, 1963

The world's biggest bore and most avid talker gets a magical stopwatch that can stop everything except him.

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October 25, 1963

Barred from the track for life, crooked jockey Grady boozily expresses the wish to escape his sordid surroundings and become a truly "big man." His wish is granted by his lookalike alter ego, but there's a heavy price to be paid at fadeout time.

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November 8, 1963

A mysterious guardian helps a tiny community survive after the Bomb destroys much of the Earth.

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6.0

Uncle Simon

5x8
November 15, 1963

To inherit her insufferable Uncle's estate, a woman learns she must serve his latest invention, which is endowed with his own persona.

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November 29, 1963

The lone survivors of two annihilated worlds are stranded on a distant planet.

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December 6, 1963

A modern day National Guard unit find themselves in the middle of Custer's Last Stand at the Battle of Little Big Horn.

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December 13, 1963

Trying to keep up with his younger wife, Harmon convinces his brother to inject him with an experimental youth serum.

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0.0

The Long Morrow

5x15
January 10, 1964

Before leaving on a decades long mission, astronaut Douglas Stansfield meets a woman and falls in love.

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8.3

The Masks

5x25
March 20, 1964

A dying man demands his family wear masks that he's given them at a Mardi Gras party.

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March 27, 1964

On the day an unpopular idealist is to be executed for the killing of a racist bully, the townsfolk are shocked to see the skies have turned pitch black.

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April 3, 1964

A man's wish to listen to loud noise backfires.

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April 17, 1964

A KGB agent plays games with a defector, whose life he's been ordered to take, by giving him three hours to find and defuse a bomb he has hidden in his room.

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May 8, 1964

Jared Garrity arrives in the Old West town of Happiness, Arizona, proclaiming he can revive the dead.

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May 15, 1964

A factory CEO replaces human workers with machines.

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7.0

The Fear

5x35
May 29, 1964

Two people in a remote cabin find signs of an extraterrestrial.

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0.0

Suspense:

0x6
March 31, 1986

In the only episode of this live television anthology to be written by Rod Serling, a scientist plans his wife's untimely demise at a nuclear test site.

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