The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 35

I Sing the Body Electric

Aired Unknown May 18, 1962 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • Title
      This episode's title came from the title of a poem by Walt Whitman which appeared in his book Leaves of Grass.