The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 22

A Piano in the House

5
Aired Unknown Feb 16, 1962 on CBS
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Episode Fan Reviews (2)

7.4
out of 10
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97 votes
  • Rod never spares the rod

    8.5

    I've always enjoyed this one, probably because Barry Morse brings such evident relish to the role of that thoroughgoing slimebucket, a typical Rod Serling "hero" (or let's just say main character). Okay, the moral is definitely laid on with a trowel at the end, and the direction gets pretty hammy too (having everybody stand up on cue, for example). But otherwise it's a lot of fun, including of course Cyril Delevanti's final encapsulating line.

  • Theater critic Fitzgerald Fortune buys a player piano for his wife's birthday. Fortune soon discovers that the piano has a magical property: when playing music, the piano causes people to reveal their true selves and feelings.

    1.0
    If "The Invaders" is the best episode of "The Twilight Zone," "A Piano in the House" is no doubt the worst. The dialouge is terrible. The acting is below par and the scenes of the people revealing their true feelings are just plain stupid. By the time the viewer gets to the very predictable ending of Fortune getting his comeuppance, all interest is lost. This is definitely an episode not worth your time. I highly recommend you skip this episode and see better ones like "Living Doll," "Eye of the Beholder" and "Long Live Walter Jameson." This episode is awful!
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