The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 30

A Stop at Willoughby

Aired Unknown May 06, 1960 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Riding home on the train one day, a man falls asleep and dreams it is 1880, and he is entering a small town called Willoughby.

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  • one of the best

    this episode shows what we all wish to do just to slow down and relax in this face paced world this one is a real beuty
  • thank you, Mr H G Wells...

    Another revolt by Serling against the "push push push" world of the 1950s. This one though comes off a little flat and didn't engage me nearly as much as "Walking Distance." Btw this episode is very similar to a story by H G Wells called "The Door in the Wall," even though that fact is not acknowledged in the credits (and even Marc Zicree's Twilight Zone Companion fails to mention the debt).moreless
  • A classic episode from the masterpiece that is the Twilight Zone.

    One of my all time favorite episodes A Stop at Willoughby stars James Daly as advertising executive Gart Williams who is stressed out from his job and stressed out at his home. Gart takes a train home from work each day and falls asleep and dreams a peaceful, happy little town called Willoughby.

    When you first see A Stop at Willoughby it is not easy to predict the twist at the end but after seeing it a few more times you start to realize that you can actually see it coming. Once again the Twilight Zone at it's very best, A Stop at Willoughby is sure to please a true Twilight Zone fanatic.moreless
  • Great piece of work!

    It is a dream of every one to find their little piece of utopia. To see a man get treated like a work horse and a money hungry wife who just keeps pushing him to be some one he is not made me so angry at her. Oh how I wanted to reach in the screen and strangle her. The icing on it was when he needed her the most and she hung up on him!

    That so called boss would have me breaking things to!

    This episode will have your emotions pulled every which way. This is a great episode!moreless
  • While riding the train home from work, ad executive Gart Williams dreams of a town named Willoughby, where the pressures and difficulties of life do not exist and a person can live the easy life. As things get bad at his job, Gart's dreams continue.moreless

    This is an episode of "The Twilight Zone" that I'm sure a great many people can relate to. Which one of us has not wished for a life where our stress levels and sanity are not pushed to the limit? One of the many highlights of this episode is the character development. The viewer does feel for Gart Williams as his demanding and uncaring boss pressures him more and more each day. Having had a boss at a previous job who was just as bad (but obviously did not drive me to suicide) helped me to relate to Gart's situation.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: This is Gart Williams, age thirty-eight, a man protected by a suit of armor all held together by one bolt. Just a moment ago, someone removed the bolt, and Mr. Williams's protection fell away from him and left him a naked target. He's been cannonaded this afternoon by all the enemies of his life. His insecurity has shelled him, his sensitivity has straddled him with humiliation, his deep-rooted disquiet about his own worth has zeroed in on him, landed on target, and blown him apart. Mr. Gart Williams, ad agency exec, who in just a moment will move into the Twilight Zone, in a desperate search for survival.

    • Mr. Misrell: A push, push business -- push and drive -- all the way, all the time.

    • Secretary: Can I get you anything, sir?
      Gart: Yes, a sharp razor and a chart of the human anatomy showing all the arteries.

    • Conductor: Willoughby -- this stop, Willoughby.

    • Gart: Fat boy, why don't you shut your mouth!

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Willoughby? Maybe it's wishful thinking nestled in a hidden part of a man's mind, or maybe it's the last stop in the vast design of things, or perhaps, for a man like Mr. Gart Williams, who climbed on a world that went by too fast, it's a place around the bend where he could jump off. Willoughby? Whatever it is, it comes with sunlight and serenity, and is a part of the Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Mr. Serling said that this was his favorite episode of the first season.

    • Williams' mention of "The Bradbury Account" is an in-joke reference by Serling to legendary fantasy writer Ray Bradbury, of whom Serling was a big fan (and whose story "I Sing the Body Electric" was later adapted as a TZ episode).