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‘The Twilight Zone’: The 5 Scariest Episodes of the Series

‘The Twilight Zone’: The 5 Scariest Episodes of the Series

More than 64 years after its premiere, Odometer is taking a look at the top 5 scariest episodes of the long-running sci-fi series, The Twilight Zone. 

The classic TV show, which first premiered in 1959, features stories of unusual events. The first series ran from 1959 to 1964; the show returned for the second series from 1985 to 1989; the third series appeared from 2002 to 2003; and finally, the fourth series was from 2019 to 2020. 

Here are the top 5 scariest episodes of The Twilight Zone you have to see during this spooky season.

1. ‘The Twilight Zone’ Episode ‘The Dummy’

An inspiration for other horror genre creators, The Twilight Zone’s episode The Dummy featured a ventriloquist dummy with a mind of its own. While on stage performing, the ventriloquist dummy the show quickly turned into something absolutely terrifying.

2. ‘The Silence’

Interesting and strange, this The Twilight Zone episode featured a man by the name of Colonel Archie Taylor, who became annoyed with a club member, Jamie Tennyson, who was constantly chatting. Taylor decided to make a bet with Tennyson that he couldn’t remain silent for a year. Along with the silence bet, Tennyson would have to live in a glass enclosure in the club basement during that year. 

Although Taylor expected to win the best within a matter of weeks, Tennyson continued on and remained silent for nine months. Taylor attempted to bribe Tennyson as well as found ways to upset him by saying Tennyson’s wife was planning to leave him. Despite being upset about the news, Tennyson continued to remain silent. 

At one year, Tennyson left the class enclosure and Taylor silently gave him his bet money. Years later, Taylor would end up losing all his money. 

3. ‘Stopover In A Quiet Town’ 

In the 1964 episode of The Twilight Zone, Stopover in a Quiet Town follows a married couple, Bob and Millie Frazier, as they wake up in an unfamiliar house. Millie revealed that she remembered Bob consuming way too much alcohol the night before. The couple had been heading to their Manhattan home when a “shadow” appeared over their car while driving near the Riverdale neighborhood. 

After discovering the house is full of fake items, including a telephone, the couple hears a strange little girl’s laughter. They go outside and discover a child nearby. The couple then figures out they are in the middle of nowhere and cannot find their way home. Although they found a parked car in the small town, they found that a mannequin was in the driver’s seat. The keys were in the ignition, but there was no engine. 

As Millie begins to lose hope, she and Bob find a train. However, they then discover that the locomotive goes into a complete circle and they are back to where they start again. 

4. ‘Little Girl Lost’

In this episode of The Twilight Zone, the story follows a lost little girl by the name of Bettina, known as Tina, Miller. The 6-year-old is described as being of average height and build with light brown hair. Her parents woke up one morning to discover their little girl, Tina, was whimpering. Her father, Chris, went to investigate the situation but was unable to find Tina. After Chris called in Tina’s mother Ruth to help find the little girl, the duo was left stunned with confusion as they weren’t able to find Tina. 

Tina’s parents continued to search the house from top to bottom with the help of numerous people, including Chris’ physicist friend Bill. It was discovered that Tina was in the fourth dimension. The family’s dog Mack also helped with the search and Chris used the pup to help lead Tina to the source of his force. But they were unable to find the entrance to the dimension. Finally, Tina was able to get back out of the dimension, but her father ended up being stuck in between dimensions. 

5. ‘Night Call’

The final episode we are going to look into is The Twilight Zone episode known as Night Call.

This episode follows a woman named Elva Keene, who lives alone in the rural community in Maine known as the London Flats. One stormy night, Keene receives strange phone calls in which all she hears is static. During one of the phone calls, Keene hears a man moaning. He continues to call and keeps repeating “Hello?” then eventually says “Where are you? I want to talk to you.” 

Keene tells the man to leave her alone and then calls a phone company, which then traces the call to a phone line in a nearby cemetery. Upon her and her housekeeper going to the cemetery to investigate, Keene went and visited her late fiancé, who died in a car accident. That was when she discovered that the phone call was from the ghost of her dead fiancé. After pleading for him to talk to her, the ghost says that she told him to leave her alone. He then added that he always does what she tells him to do.