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The Twilight Zone: To See the Invisible Man

For the crime of emotional coldness, Mitchell Chaplin is sentenced to a year of social invisibility, a punishment with far-reaching consequences.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x40
Production Number: 45
Airdate: Friday January 31st, 1986

Director: Noel Black
Story: Robert Silverberg
Teleplay: Steven Barnes

Guest Stars
Cotter SmithCotter Smith
As Mitchell Chaplin
Karlene CrockettKarlene Crockett
As Invisible Woman
Mary-Robin ReddMary-Robin Redd
As Margaret
Peter HobbsPeter Hobbs
As Bennett Gersh

Co-Guest Stars
Chris McCartyChris McCarty
As Business Man
Karla RichardsKarla Richards
As Waitress
Whitby HertfordWhitby Hertford
As Young Boy

Kenneth DanzigerKenneth Danziger
As Maitre'd
Main Cast
Charles AidmanCharles Aidman
voiced Narrator


In a future society, Mitchell Chaplin is sentenced for the crime of emotional coldness. He is taken to a shadowy chamber where the sentence is passed. A faceless voice informs Chaplin that he is sentenced to one year of invisibility. Chaplin is unimpressed as the trial is adjourned. The guards press a device to his head and burn a raised imprint on his forehead. They then walk away, ignoring Chaplin and everything he says. Chaplin insists that he can do a year standing on his head...

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Episode Notes
This episode is based on the short story of the same name by Robert Silverburg, published in Worlds of Tomorrow (April 1963).

Episode Quotes
(Opening Voiceover)
Narrator: It's a world much like our own, yet much unlike it. A twisted mirror of reality, in which a man can find himself cast out, made invisible by public acclamation, belonging no longer to society, but only to the gray reaches of the Twilight Zone.

(Closing Voiceover)
Narrator: A small footnote found in the court records of some parallel world. The name of Mitchell Chaplin, who served his sentence of invisibility and learned his lesson well. Too well. This time, however, he will wear his invisibility like a shield of glory. A shield forged in the very heart of the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerPhilip DeGuere
Supervising ProducerJames Crocker
ProducerHarvey Frand
Production DesignerWard Preston
EditorTom Pryor
CastingPenny Ellers  |  Joyce Robinson
Line ProducerKen Swor
Unit Production ManagerPaul Wurtzel
First Assistant DirectorRichard Luke Rothschild  |  Paul Deason
Second Assistant DirectorDawn Easterling  |  Kelly Wimberly
MusicCraig Safan  |  Marius Constant
Music EditorRobert Takagi
Music SupervisorRobert Drasnin
Costume DesignerRobert M. Moore
HairstylistCharlotte Harvey
Set DecoratorRobert L. Zilliox  |  Rochelle Moser
Property MasterJim Zemansky
Production Sound MixerLowell Harris
Re-Recording MixerPhillip Seretti
Director of PhotographyFrank Beascoechea
Story EditorRockne S. O'Bannon
Creative ConsultantHarlan Ellison
Sound EditorJeremy Hoenack  |  Joseph Zappala
Visual Effects CoordinatorBruno George  |  David Sosalla
Main Title ThemeThe Grateful Dead  |  Merl Saunders
CostumerJudith Grant
Production ExecutivePaul Tucker
Executive Story ConsultantAlan Brennert
Post Production ExecutiveCosmas P. Bolger
Makeup ArtistCharlene Roberson
Sound DesignMickey Hart (1)
Accoustic ConsultantBetsy Cohen
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