The Twilight Zone had the ability to make a person think. It wasn't just mindless entertainment. Some of the episodes scared me senseless when I was young. Other stories inspired me to use my imagination on the playground. Rod Serling was certainly a gifted writer-too bad we lost him at such a young age.
Most of the stories had a message to get across (usually commented on at the end by Mr. Serling himself). I remember asking myself, "What would I do in that situation? What if…."
And so we had the thinking person's series that was also very entertaining. A rare combination in any age.