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The Twilight Zone: Button, Button

A young couple strapped for cash are told that if they push a certain button, someone they don't know will die and they will receive $200,000.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x50
Airdate: Friday March 07th, 1986

Guest Stars
Mare WinninghamMare Winningham
As Norma Lewis
Basil HoffmanBasil Hoffman
As Steward
Brad DavisBrad Davis
As Arthur Lewis


Norma Lewis returns home and demands to know why her husband Arthur hasn’t fixed their car yet. She complains that her back hurts from walking to the store and back. She continues on to their cheap apartment and makes supper. Arthur comes to supper before going to work and starts to eat. The doorbell rings and he answers, but there’s no one there. There’s a package on the ground and he brings it inside. It’s addressed to both of them and there’s no return address. Inside the box is a wooden box with a dome and a button underneath it. There’s a note that says that Mr. Steward will visit them at 8 p.m. Norma doesn’t want to meet anyone alone but Arthur insists she find out what’s going on...

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Episode Notes
No opening/closing voiceover

Matheson wrote the teleplay of his own short story under his pen name of Logan Swanson.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerPhilip DeGuere
ProducerHarvey Frand
Production DesignerWard Preston
EditorGreg Wong
CastingGary M. Zuckerbrod
Line ProducerKen Swor
Unit Production ManagerPaul Wurtzel
First Assistant DirectorBob Roe
Second Assistant DirectorKelly Wimberly  |  Dawn Easterling
MusicRobert Folk (4)  |  Marius Constant
Music EditorRobert Takagi
Music SupervisorRobert Drasnin
Costume DesignerRobert M. Moore
HairstylistCharlotte Harvey
Key GripGary A. Bostrom
Set DecoratorRobert L. Zilliox
Property MasterJim Zemansky
Production Sound MixerLowell Harris
Script SupervisorKenneth Gilbert (1)
Re-Recording MixerPhillip Seretti
Director of PhotographyChuck Arnold
Story EditorRockne S. O'Bannon
Creative ConsultantJames Crocker
Sound EditorJeremy Hoenack
Visual Effects CoordinatorBruno George  |  David Sosalla
Main Title ThemeThe Grateful Dead  |  Merl Saunders
Chief Lighting TechnicianGary Haselbusch
Music ConsultantBarry DeVorzon
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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