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.
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.