The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 35

I Sing the Body Electric

Aired Unknown May 18, 1962 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A widower buys a robot grandmother for his three children.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Ubermelodramatic futuristic Sci-Fi fare.

    (ADDENDUM: To the troll who was so indignant about this review, which was originally posted in 2010, that he/she registered on this site just to use the review format to say so: Get a life!)

    Don't get me wrong. I actually loved this episode. The thought of a "Grandmother", even a robotic one, taking over parenting duties after the death of a mother is touching. And one who's a teacher to boot. Still, you have to wonder about the girl who wouldn't accept her, or it, because she was still mad at her mother for dying. The girl looked like she was old enough to realize that her mother had no choice in the matter, unless it was suicide, and there was nothing to indicate that it was. And the dad, played by David White. He looked like he was at least in his 40s, and yet never forgave his own mother for dying? Grow up, man!moreless
  • I hope you don't have kids

    Are you kidding me? You expect rational emotions from a CHILD whose mother had passed away and is expected to accept a replacement made from machinery? I just hope YOU never had these things expected of you (either as a child or at 40). But, somehow, judging by your "ill informed comments" I feel that maybe this is not the case...
  • This was a really great episode.

    I love this episode. It's about how a robot grandmother is built for a bunch of kids. When I saw this episode I knew that the actress who plays Anne was the person I thought it was. When I saw her she looked like Angela Cartwright who I saw in The Sound of Music but since I know Angela has never been on this show I thought that it was possible that it could be her sister and I was right! I like Veronica Cartwright's acting in this episode. I like how her character didn't like the robot grandmother and then she gets into an accident and starts to like her.moreless
Doris Packer

Doris Packer


Guest Star

Charles Herbert

Charles Herbert

Tom Rogers (age 12)

Guest Star

Veronica Cartwright

Veronica Cartwright

Anne Rogers (age 11)

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • 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.

    • Grandma: For a reasonable creature, I have an unreasonable dream. Some day, after... three hundred years, if I'm very wise and very good, perhaps I'll gain the greatest gift of all. Life.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: A fable? Most assuredly. But who's to say at some distant moment there might not be an assembly line producing a gentle product in the form of a grandmother whose stock in trade is love? Fable, sure - but who's to say?

  • 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.