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The Twilight Zone: The Monsters are Due on Maple Street

An unexplainable power failure causes paranoid suburban residents to suspect one another of being visitors from outer space.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x22
Production Number: 173-3620
Airdate: Friday March 04th, 1960

Director: Ron Winston
Writer: Rod Serling

  • Currently 8.3/10
8.3/10 (3 Votes cast)


After what is believed to be a meteor flies overhead, Maple Street experiences a total power failure. Pete Van Horn checks to see what has happened. Young Tommy, a reader of science fiction books, says human looking aliens have infiltrated Maple Street. No one takes this seriously at first until Mr. Goodman's car cranks for a few seconds. Suspicion falls on him, made stronger by a neighbor's memory of seeing him looking up at the stars at night. Everyone begins to panic as the evening approaches. When a mysterious figure walks towards them in the dark, Charlie Farnsworth takes a neighbor's rifle and begins to shoot. The mysterious figure turns out to be a returning Pete Van Horn. Charlie is then accused of being the alien, then Tommy, then total madness breaks out. As various houses lights begin to flash on and off, rioting breaks out. Two nearby aliens watch these events on monitors. One alien tells the other that just by manipulating electricity, it is easy to turn neighbor against neighbor. Maple Street is just a beginning...

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