My first episode had to be "Time Enough at Last"
"WHAT A TWIST!" I thought. Obviously, I didn't know that was common in the TZ universe. Oh yes
CBS (ended 1964)
I saw A Stop At Wiloughby and it was pretty good. Kept me watching enough to see Stopover in a Quiet Town, which really freaked me out, and made me a major TZ addict.
The first episode of TZ I ever saw I can recall easily. I was a kid and I had asked and pleaded that my mother permit me to see the episode that I'd seen promos for through the week, that being the one where the man buys the waxworks statues of infamous murderers from a closing down exhibition hall. This was about 1963, when they were first run.
Well I finally did stay up to see it and it scared the Hell out of me! So much so that I didn't even stick around to see most of it! I have seen it again in the intervening years, and now it looks pretty weak. It's amazing how such a lackluster product can be taken so earnestly by a child, even moreso when I was that child. But at the time I believed in Father Christmas and the Easter Bunny. So the magic of fantasy, especially in the deft hands of Rod Serling & Company, had the power to reach everyone in those days.
I wonder if kids today could be so affected. Maybe not the "scary" stuff so much, but I'd like to assume that the thought-provoking fables of good and evil, of loneliness and uncertainty that were TZ's stock-in-trade could still evoke the same excitement now.
In the 1960's to about 1980, TZ was a staple of syndication to every U.S. & Canadian market, usually shown in the afternoon for the benefit of kids returning from school. At the time we lamented that they were being cut down for extra commercial time. When you consider that in their original run, the sponsor (usually American Tobacco company) had three ads in a half hour. One in the middle and one at each end.
But the running of TZ on "SCI-FI" cable network is just intolerable. There's 15 or more ads per half hour! The shows have lots of interesting atmosphere stuff eviscerated! And the leavings are slightly speeded up to boot. They even steal the ending credits by squeezing it down to postage stamp size and cut out the sound to plaster over it another running of one of their three or four commercials selling other Sci-Fi shows. This is no way to treat one of the top five TV series of all time! Hell! This is no way to see anything!
I'm not sure... but I think "People are alike all over" was my first journey over the fifth dimension... after that, I became a fan of TZ... One episode could be better than others, but I think there's no a "bad" episode in the series.
|"Printer's Devil", with Burgess Meredith. It is one of the hour-long episodes, and still one of my favorites.|
|The first episode I saw was the one with Talking Tina...I forget the name of the ep.|
The name of the episode is "Living Doll".
Anyway, the first Twilight Zone episode I ever saw was "A Piano In The House" from Season Three. A pretty good episode as well I might add.