The Twilight Zone

CBS (ended 1989)
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  • This show is based on Rod Serling's classic TV anthology show, The Twilight Zone. Redoing some episodes and doing new ones 20 years laters after the originals, these are made in color and in one-hour episodes. Most of the episodes contained two or three stories, and were broken up in half hour episodes for syndication. CBS cancelled the show in its second season, but it was picked up by a Canadian producer and aired in syndication in a half-hour format. The show contains mostly ironic or special situations with a twist at the end, which show the human nature, coupled with science fiction, horror or fantasy. Some of the show's writers are well known: Harlan Ellison, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Sidney Sheldon and J. Michael Straczynski. The opening and closing music was done by The Grateful Dead.moreless

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  • S 3 : Ep 30

    Father and Son Game

    Aired 4/15/89

  • S 3 : Ep 29

    Crazy as a Soup Sandwich

    Aired 4/1/89

  • S 3 : Ep 28

    Love is Blind

    Aired 3/25/89

  • S 3 : Ep 27

    Special Service

    Aired 4/8/89

  • S 3 : Ep 26

    Rendezvous in a Dark Place

    Aired 3/12/89

  • Cast & Crew
  • Charles Aidman


  • Peter Coyote

  • Guy Boyd

  • Deborah May

  • Janet Eilber

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  • Quotes (192)

    • (Opening Narration) Narrator: Some push for what they need; some push for what they want. Some people, like Peter Jay Novins, just push. If they do it hard enough and long enough, something might just push back... from the Twilight Zone.

    • Peter Jay Novins: Yeah, it's me. So, how'd you enjoy your first day being in my skin? Alter Ego: Fine. How'd you enjoy your first day out of it?

    • Peter Jay Novins: Why are you doing this to me?!? Alter Ego: You got it all wrong, Novins. You did this to yourself.

    • (Closing Narration) Narrator: Peter Jay Novins, both victor and victim, of a brief struggle for custody of a man's soul. A man who lost himself... and found himself... on a lonely battlefield, somewhere in the Twilight Zone.

    • (Opening Narration) Narrator: Wouldn't it be nice if once in a while everyone would just shut up and stop pestering you. Wouldn't it be great to have the time to finish a thought or spin a daydream. To think out loud without being required to explain exactly what you meant. If you had the power, would you dare to use it, even knowing that silence may have voices of it's own... to the Twilight Zone?

    • (Closing Narration) Narrator: A question trembles in the silence: Why did this remarkable thing happen to this perfectly ordinary man? It may not matter why the world shifted so drastically for him. Existence is slippery at the best of times. What does matter is that Bill Lowery isn't ordinary. He's one of us. A man determined to prevail in the world that was, and the world that is, or the world that will be. In the Twilight Zone.

    • Curt Lockridge: But, wait, wait, wait, tell me, why did you come here! ...why? Alien/Dr.Vaugh Heilman: Just curious.

    • (Closing Narration) Host: Imagine yourself a visitor to many worlds, drifting on the solar wind, a thousand voices singing in your memory. Now imagine you're this man, who can only guess at the wonders he might have known, wonders that exist for him now only as a riddle from The Twilight Zone.

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    Notes (149)

    • In its original run in its first two seasons, Twilight Zone ran for an hour with typically two half-hour segments. However, occasionally three shorter segments would run in a single show, and occasionally there would be one "full-length" episode. Individual segments are sequentially listed as individual "episodes" - check air date to see what other episode/segments they aired with.

    • Narrator Charles Aidman has a distinguished pedigree: he appeared in two episodes of the original Twilight Zone: "And When the Sky Was Opened" and "Little Girl Lost."

    • This episode is based on the short story "Shatterday" by Harlan Ellison. The story was first published in Gallery (September, 1975).

    • Episode Length: 24 minutes

    • This episode is similar in theme to two episodes of the original The Twilight Zone: "Time Enough at Last" and "A Kind of Stopwatch". The latter involves stopping time while the former involves a man who seeks a refuge from life while reading when the world ends through a nuclear war.

    • This episode features no closing narration.

    • Episode Length: 24 minutes

    • This episode features no opening narration.

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    Trivia (24)

    • The "New York Art Expo 1982" picture on the wall of Peter's apartment shows different color shavings from up-close.

    • Trivia: Danny (the boy) never says anything the entire episode.

    • Trivia: Some of the changed words: Wednesday = dog; Dinosaur = lunch; Lunch = a light shade of red; Stepdad = seatbelt; Elephant = emergency

    • Trivia: Some of the dream machines are: Country Picnic, Jail Escape and Caribbean Cruise.

    • Thoroughout the episode we see the dreamer's badge (#17) on the left part of his chest but when she is shown dead in the last segment of the show her badge is now on the center.

    • Trivia: The dream machine's maker is Dreamatron.

    • We are told the shuttle in the first scene is the Discovery but the one shown landing is the Challenger.

    • No opening nor closing narration.

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    Allusions (14)

    • Movies on the Marquee: Fail Safe and Dr. Strangelove In the final sequence as Penny looks up to see the nuclear missle floating overhear, you can see a theater marquee. It reveals a double feature of Fail Safe and Dr. Strangelove. These two films are cold war thrillers about a nuclear exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union.

    • Bob Spindler: (Singing) Some guys have all the luck, Some guys have all the pain, Some guys get all the breaks. Referencing Some Guys Have All The Luck (4'35") by Rod Stewart from the album: The Story So Far (CD1).

    • Theater Marquee: Beverly Hills Cop (1984). This movie features Eddie Murphy as a cop looking for clues leading to the killers of his best friend.

    • Mary Ellen: Straight out of The Thief of Baghdad The Thief of Baghdad (1940) starred Conrad Veidt and Sabu. Ahmad the king od Baghdad is tricked into leaving the city dressed as a poor man by his Grand Vizier Jaffar. The Grand Vizier Jaffar has Ahmad arrested and thrown in jail and seizes control of the kingdom.

    • David: Story of Vincent Chin
      The details of the Vincent Chin case as related in the dialogue are correct, with the additional irony that even the conviction of one of Chin's killers was later overturned on a technicality (after the episode aired).

    • The Devil: If you mention Dante nowadays, they ask you how did you like Gremlins.
      A reference to Joe Dante, born November 28, 1946, in Morristown, New Jersey, who directed a previous episode "The Shadow Man" and the movie Gremlins. Joe always references a Warner Bros cartoon somewhere in his movies.

    • Mr. Michaels: Toby, keep watching the skies. A line made famous in the movie The Thing from Another World (1951) in which a crew of scientists fight an evil plant-alien at a remote arctic outpost.

    • Delegate: Halley's Comet - it's gone!
      The episode's air date occurred just prior to Comet Halley's February 1986 perihelion, making the reference quite timely.

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  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • What's better than the original twilight zone? nothing, but the twilight zone (1985) comes real close.

    By twilightboy, Nov 24, 2006

  • Its close to the original twilight zone and arguably just as good.

    By tacoman771, Jun 27, 2011

  • Eighties relauch of the classic Twilight Zone series.

    By mikegarrigan, Dec 26, 2005

  • This show features everyday people put in strange out-of-this-world experiences.

    By vicmackey31, Apr 13, 2006

  • Another great Sci-Fi TV series that was originally created by Rod Serling.

    By QuadzillaNU, Nov 23, 2006