The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 9

Perchance to Dream

Aired Unknown Nov 27, 1959 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: They say a dream takes only a second or so, and yet in that second a man can live a lifetime. He can suffer and die, and who's to say which is the greater reality: the one we know or the one in dreams, between heaven, the sky, the earth in the Twilight Zone.

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Twelve o'clock noon. An ordinary scene, an ordinary city. Lunchtime for thousands of ordinary people. To most of them, this hour will be a rest, a pleasant break in the day's routine. To most, but not all. To Edward Hall, time is an enemy, and the hour to come is a matter of life and death.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • The title is taken from Shakespeare's Hamlet. It is part of the "To Be or Not to Be" soliloquy wherein Hamlet ponders the nature of life, death and his very existence. The full line reads:
      "To die, - To sleep, -
      To sleep ! Perchance to dream: - ay, there's the rub;
      For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
      When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
      Must give us pause: there's the respect
      That makes calamity of so long life;"