12 of Television’s Best Anthologies

Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves has officially been attached to The Twilight Zone film remake, which will be written by freshman scribe Jason Rothenberg. Reeves edged out some pretty big names for the job, including directors Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaron, and Michael Bay. The Leo DiCaprio-produced film will be ” … a big science fiction action movie with a single freestanding story that is linked to the original series mainly in that it shares that familiarly eerie feel.” While The Twilight Zone is certainly one of the more well-known television anthologies — thanks to its mysterious, chilling plotlines and universal themes that still ring true to this day — there are several other fantastic programs that used the anthology format to explore their stories. Click through for a look at some of TV’s best anthology series, and let us know which ones you miss the most.

ABC Afterschool Special

Even if you didn’t watch the delightfully hokey ABC Aftershchool Special during its run from the early ’70s to the mid ’90s, you undoubtedly know what the legendary program was about. The anthology series presented situations to young viewers — who usually caught the show in the afternoons once arriving home from school — that aroused questions about various teen issues. Sex, drug addiction, alcoholism, bullying, and family life were amongst the topics covered with earnest, but cheesy, conviction. Many famous faces were able to get their start in Hollywood thanks to the series. Memorable and ridiculous titles like “My Dad Lives in a Downtown Hotel” and “Have You Ever Been Ashamed of Your Parents?” will live on in our hearts forever.