The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 21

Kick the Can

Aired Unknown Feb 09, 1962 on CBS

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  • A resident of a nursing home discovers the secret of staying young.

    This is one of my favorite episodes of The Twilight Zone. It is at the same time inspiring and heartbreaking. The idea that the fountain of youth lies simply in living like a child is wonderful. The faith displayed by the old folks is child-like in itself. They fully believe that by playing a game outside, they will secure eternal youth for themselves. The heart-breaking aspect of the episode comes in the form of the old man who refuses to go out and play. He has no faith, and therefore he misses out on the opportunity to regain his youth. The larger message here is that sometimes you have to break the rules in order to be happy. You cannot be happy if you live your life by the rules of other people. Instead, you must forge your own path and follow your heart.