The Twilight Zone

I Sing the Body Electric

Season 3, Ep 35, Aired 5/18/62
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  • Episode Description
  • A widower buys a robot grandmother for his three children.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Doris Packer


  • Charles Herbert

    Tom Rogers (age 12)

  • Veronica Cartwright

    Anne Rogers (age 11)

  • Dana Dillaway

    Karen Rogers (age 10)

  • Susan Crane

    Anne Rogers (age 19)

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Ubermelodramatic futuristic Sci-Fi fare.

    By tvking1, Nov 18, 2010

  • I hope you don't have kids

    By hbrennan, Oct 01, 2013

  • This was a really great episode.

    By MagicCastle92, Jul 10, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • (Opening Narration) Narrator: They make a fairly convincing pitch here, It doesn't seem possible, though, to find a woman who might be ten times better than mother in order to seem half as good--except, of course, in the Twilight Zone.

    • Grandma: She'll accept me. Eventually. You see, Mr. Rogers, children are the most complicated things in the world. I could be the greatest cook in the world, the finest most exciting playmate, the most incredibly interesting companion. But those are very tiny niches, a shelf in the stomach, a small ledge in the brain. It's the heart I have to enter. A child's heart. It's a deep place, difficult to reach. But that too will come.

    • Grandma: Anne, Anne. You'd be surprised, my dear, how much a machine can do besides playing and cooking. This machine for example, this machine can love. Anne: Love? Love who. Grandma: You, Anne. I can love you, and I do. I love you more than... more than tongue can tell.

    • Narrator: As of this moment, the wonderful electric grandmother moved into the lives of children and father. She became integral and important, she became the essence. As of this moment they would never see lightning, never hear poetry read, never listen to foreign tongues, without thinking of her. Everything they would ever see, hear, taste, feel, would remind them of her. She was all life, and all life was wondrous, quick, electrical, like Grandma.

    • Grandma: You're going off to college now, you won't need me. That's the way it should be. I'm not the world. The world's out there, and it needs you.

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    Notes (3)

    • One of only a handful of episodes, and the only one past the first season, that includes narration in the middle of the episode.

    • The part of Aunt Nedra was originally filmed using another actress but was reshot for the final cut.

    • Although there were various discussions between Serling and Bradbury for more Bradbury-scripted episodes, this was the only episode that Bradbury contributed to.

    Allusions (1)

    • Title This episode's title came from the title of a poem by Walt Whitman which appeared in his book Leaves of Grass.

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