During its original run on CBS, The Twilight Zone produced numerous episodes highlighting the human condition. Episodes focused on terror and evil with a dash of awe and wonderment. Show creator Rod Serling would introduce episodes in a very smooth, monotone voice. His short narrations provide key information to the story viewers are about to see.
Also, talk about guest stars! William Shatner, Burgess Meredith, Buddy Ebsen, Agnes Moorehead, Donna Douglas, Robert Redford, and many others appeared in this series. For some, The Twilight Zone would provide the runway to future success in show business. IMDb lets us know what the top 5 ranked episodes are, so see if you agree.
Eye of the Beholder: The Top-Rated ‘Twilight Zone’ Episode
The State goes to work on making a young woman look “normal” through a surgical procedure. Throughout most of the episode, we see a young woman whose face is wrapped up. Members of the State are quite anxious to see what has become of this individual. They then have a wild look to their faces. Donna Douglas appears in this second-season episode of The Twilight Zone.
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
In this episode, we get a look at a man dealing with the power of his mind. But it’s not easy sailing for this man, who just got over having a nervous breakdown. William Shatner powerfully plays a man who swears he’s seen a monster on the plane’s wing. The Twilight Zone is hitting on all cylinders in this Season 5 epic.
To Serve Man
In this Season 3 episode of The Twilight Zone, we see that an alien race has come down to Earth. They are promising to show people about both peace and technology. How will they do this? Through a book that they have with the title “To Serve Man”. Veteran character actor Lloyd Bochner stars in this one along with Richard Kiel, whom you might remember from the James Bond film series.
Time Enough at Last
If you love to read books, then one thing you wish for is more time to do it. We get to see one book lover have his dream come true. Burgess Meredith exquisitely plays that book lover in this first-season episode of The Twilight Zone. Yet this comes at a cost. He gets his book time but only after a nuclear war has come to an end.
The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street
Paranoia starts to take over on this neighborly street. Things are usually peaceful on Maple Street, but that’s been upset due to a number of mysterious people and additional strange occurrences. Claude Akins stars and Jack Weston makes an appearance in another outstanding Season 1 episode.
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