The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 51

Need to Know

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 21, 1986 on CBS
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In a little town people start going crazy. Edward Sayers is sent by the state senator to investigate. He makes the usual tests but doesn't find anything. He traces it to one person with a very special secret...

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  • I WANT TO KNOW!

    8.0
    This episode can shake your religious, philosophical and ethical ideals to the ground, what if there was a phrase or a word that would give meaning to all the deepest questions humanity have. That's the premise on this episode, a word or a phrase that turns people into crazy individuals after being whispered in your ear.



    I WANT TO KNOW!, all throughout this episode I was wishing that such word existed. This episode is one of those i remember from way back, that means that i think it is very good although the ending is a bit too frustrating for me.moreless

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Often the most perplexing mysteries have the simplest solutions, the most complex questions the simplest answers. Sometimes we seek them long and hard only to find the solutions and the answers lie right before us in a reference book under T for the Twilight Zone.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Man is a questioning creature constantly striving for answers. But there is some knowledge for which he's not yet ready. Secrets once learned overwhelm him. Secrets that for now are best left undisturbed in the Twilight Zone.

    • Sayers: Found out what?
      Potts: The Meaning, Mr. Sayers, the Meaning.
      Sayers: The Meaning of what?
      Potts: Everything... God, the Devil, Existence. Everything. And it is so simple. It is all so very simple. You want to know?

  • NOTES (2)

    • The "secret" that drives everyone crazy, was originally supposed to be "Do you want to know what God is?" but was changed to the meaning of life by CBS censors. This is actually revealed on the commentary of another episode, Dead Run about a trucker ferrying souls to Hell.

    • Based on the short story by Sidney Sheldon

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