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10 of the Best ‘Twilight Zone’ Episodes

This week marks the 54th anniversary of Rod Serling’s seminal sci-fi series that transported viewers into an unknown dimension, “between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge.” The Twilight Zone boasted dramatic writing, shocking plot twists, and oodles of Kafkaesque terror. We revisited ten of the series’ greatest episodes that haven’t been lost to a dimension “as vast as space and as timeless as infinity.” Feel free to mention your own favorites, below.

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“Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”

William “Captain Kirk” Shatner stars in what might be the most famous and revered of all Twilight Zone episodes. He plays a man traveling aboard a commercial flight with his wife. When he spots a “gremlin” on the wing, he tries to alert the crew and other passengers to the potential danger lurking just outside his window seat. However, our clever Gremlin makes sure to duck out of view every time someone else peers through the glass, leaving Shatner to look foolish and delusional (a fact compounded by the knowledge that his character had a severe nervous breakdown on a plane months earlier… ). In typical Twilight Zone fashion, the final shot is the stinger. “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” was revisited in Twilight Zone: The Movie, starring John Lithgow in the famous role.

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KennethLien
KennethLien

Hm, I don't recognize the screen-cap from Nightmare at 20000 feet as even happening in the episode. Anyone?

akPhilly444
akPhilly444

I just got done watching an all day TZ marathon on Syfy, which was great because there were so many of these episodes that I'd never seen in their entirety. Even so, I still have this one particular favorite TZ episode, which I didn't see today, nor is it on the list, & that's 'A Hundred Yards Over the Rim', the one where a man named Christian is with a wagon train & his son is sick. They stop for a little bit while he goes looking for water, & just a short distance later he finds himself in present day (well, the early 60s). Great episode, definitely my favorite. 

jesuschristhimself
jesuschristhimself

Wow living doll was on here(worst episode) yet the Obsolete man isn't(best episode) wtf

Alex Vranas
Alex Vranas

Just looked up Bill Mumy (It's a good life) and found out that he plays Ralph Waldo Picklechips in Pendleton Ward's "The Bravest Warriors".


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