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The Twilight Zone




You've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone...

One of TVs most revered Sci-Fi series, The Twilight Zone (CBS, 1959-64) stands as the precursor for TV anthologies.

A majority of scripts were written and produced by creator Rod Serling along with now-legendary writers such as Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont. The series also featured such soon-to-be-famous actors as Robert Redford, William Shatner, Burt Reynolds, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Carol Burnett, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Peter Falk and Bill Mumy, along with such established stars as silent-film giant Buster Keaton, Art Carney, Mickey Rooney, Ida Lupino and John Carradine.

The Twilight Zone ran from 1959-64 but was replaced for half a season in 1962-63. The series was then brought back for 18 episodes in a one-hour format. They would return for one more full year in the half hour format, being canceled at the end of the 1964 season. Four decades later the Twilight Zone remains as a truly classic series.


Broadcast History
Season 1: Oct. 2, 1959 - July 1, 1960 Fridays @ 10:00 - 10:30 PM
Season 2: Sept. 30, 1960 - June 2, 1961 Fridays @ 10:00 - 10:30 PM
Season 3: Sept 15, 1961 - June 1, 1962 Fridays @ 9:30 - 10:00 PM
Season 4: Jan. 3, 1963 - May 23, 1963 Thursdays @ 9:00 -10:00 PM
Season 5: Sept 27, 1963 - June 19, 1964 Fridays @ 9:30 - 10:00 PM



Original Introduction:
There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition; and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone.


Second Season Introduction:
You're traveling through another dimension--a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind, a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead: Your next stop, The Twilight Zone.


Third Season Introduction:
You're traveling through another dimension--a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind, a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Your next stop: The Twilight Zone.


Fourth & Fifth Season Introduction:
You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension - a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.


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Episode Info

Final: 5x36 -- The Bewitchin' Pool (Jun/19/1964)


Two children escape their bickering parents by wandering into a world of happiness from the bottom of the swimming pool.
Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host

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Recaps
5x36: The Bewitchin' Pool recap: Jeb and Sport follow a young boy into their swimming pool. They emerge in a paradise of happy children, presided over by Aunt T, a loving old lady. She explains this is a haven for children who's parents don't love them. Sport objects, saying their parents do love them. Believing there arrival was a mistake, she sends them back home. When they arrive, their parents tell them they are getting a divorce, and they must choose which parent to live with. Rather than choose, they dive back in the pool and return to Aunt T forever... read more.

5x35: The Fear recap: Trooper Franklin investigates lights in the sky reported by Charles Scott. While there his car is flipped over. Later he finds his car has been righted and there are huge fingerprints on the side. Next morning they see a huge, one-eyed space man. Franklin shoots it and it collapses - it was just a balloon. They find the real aliens, tiny creatures that flee at the site of the huge humans... read more.

5x34: Come Wander with Me recap: While searching for a folk song, Floyd hears a girl humming a tune outside a store. He finds Mary Rachael who's engaged to Billy Rayford. Suddenly, Billy appears and threaten Floyd. Floyd hits him with his guitar and kills him. The tape recording of Mary Rachael starts playing, and now there's a lyric about Floyd killing Billy. Mary Rachael tells him not to run because Billy will catch him again, like he always does. Confused, Floyd goes back to the store , and kills an old man after he refuses to help him. But by then, Billy is back at the store... read more.

5x33: The Brain Center at Whipple's recap: Wallace V. Whipple is a businessman always looking to the future. He sees that he can increase productivity, and cut costs at the same time by automating his business. This will put thousands out of work, but Whipple doesn't seem to mind. An employee, Dickerson, confronts Mr. Whipple and tries to help him see what it is he will be doing by ridding the business of human employees. Dickerson tries to destroy the computers and Whipple has him arrested. Whipple himself is found to be unnecessary by the computer and is fired, and replaced by a robot... read more.

5x32: Mr. Garrity and the Graves recap: Mr. Jared Garrity, a "salesman" walks into a local saloon of Happiness, Arizona, and orders a beer. He then engages in a conversation with the bartender, who tells Garrity about the town's lawless past before law & order was finally restored. The bartender also mentions Boot Hill Cemetery, with 128 interred, all except one having died from gunshot wounds. When the barkeep asks Garrity about his line of work, Garrity calmly responds that he resurrects the dead. This revelation causes the bartender to drop his glass and call for the sheriff... read more.
Recurring Guests

Jay Overholts as Reporter Two (8 eps)
Vaughn Taylor as The Old Man/Teague (5 eps)
Robert L. McCord as 1st Fireman (5 eps)
John Anderson (1) as Gabe (4 eps)
Cyril Delevanti as L.J. Smithers (4 eps)
George Mitchell as Gas Station Attendant (4 eps)
J. Pat O'Malley as Old Man (4 eps)
Burgess Meredith as Henry Bemis (4 eps)
Jon Lormer as Reverend (4 eps)
Barney Phillips as Captain Gunther (4 eps)

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Warning: The Twilight Zone guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Anthology | Drama | Sci-Fi
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: CBS ( USA)
Airs: Fridays
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: October 02, 1959
Ended: June 19, 1964
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