|The final season of The Twilight Zone found itself moved back to a half hour format. With Charles Beaumont now out of the picture, although he would ghost write some episodes with Jerry Sohl and John Tomerlin, Bert Granet would produce just 13 episodes before leaving and being replaced by William Froug. Froug would start off badly by making some unwise decisions, such as shelving a script by Richard Matheson, named "The Doll," which would receive a Writer's Guild Award when used for Amazing Stories in 1986. Next, he alienated writer George Clayton Johnson by hiring Richard deRoy to rewrite his story "Tick of Time," which would be known to Zone fans as "Ninety Years Without Slumbering."|
This season would produce some of the most recognized episodes ever, and they would receive an Oscar for best short film with a French produced piece called "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." This made the Zone only the second series to ever win an Emmy and an Oscar. After the season finished the series was canceled, although they did have an offer from ABC to move the show there, but Rod Serling was done.