The Twilight Zone

I Am the Night - Color Me Black

Season 5, Ep 26, Aired 3/27/64
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  • Episode Description
  • On the day an unpopular idealist is to be executed for the killing of a racist bully, the townsfolk are shocked to see the skies have turned pitch black.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ivan Dixon

    Rev. Anderson

  • Eve McVeagh

    Ella Koch

  • Terry Becker


  • Douglas Bank

    Man #1

  • Ward Wood

    Man #2

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Eternal Darkness

    By sh811a, Jul 07, 2012

  • On the morning of a condemned man's hanging, the townspeople wonder why the sun has not risen.

    By puddleglum5999, Apr 22, 2009

  • This episode demonstrates one reason Serling was special.

    By tagger1948, Jul 03, 2008

  • As a condemmend murderer awaits his execution, he and the rest of the town wonder why the sun has not risen.

    By XMLarry, May 22, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Rev. Anderson: In all this darkness, is there anybody who can make out the truth? He hated, and he killed, and now he died. And you hate, and you kill. And now there's not one of you, not one of you, who isn't doomed. Do you know why it's dark? Do you know why it's night all around us? Do you know what the blackness is? It's the hate he felt. The hate you felt. The hate all of us feel. And it's too much of it, it's just too much. And so we had to vomit it up, and now it's coming up all around us and choking us. So much hate, so much misery and hate.

    • Jagger: It's important to get with the majority, isn't it? That's... oh, that's a big thing nowadays, isn't it, Reverend? Rev. Anderson: That's all there is, is the majority. The minority must have died on the cross two thousand years ago.

    • (Closing Narration) Narrator: A sickness known as hate; not a virus, not a microbe, not a germ--but a sickness nonetheless, highly contagious, deadly in its effects. Don't look for it in the Twilight Zone--look for it in a mirror. Look for it before the light goes out altogether.

    • (Opening Narration) Narrator: Sheriff Charlie Koch on the morning of an execution. As a matter of fact, it's seven-thirty in the morning. Logic and natural laws dictate that at this hour there should be daylight. It is a simple rule of physical science that the sun should rise at a certain moment and supersede the darkness. But at this given moment, Sheriff Charlie Koch, a deputy named Pierce, a condemned man named Jagger and a small, inconsequential village will shortly find out that there are causes and effects that have no precedent. Such is usually the case--in the Twilight Zone.

    Notes (1)

    • Included on Volume 29 of Image-Entertainment's DVD collection.

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    • mexicanleaf420 Dec 23, 2013

      I love the overall message of this episode. The public majority of Hate tainting the world with something only black can symbolize.