The Twilight Zone

Season 2 Episode 8

The Lateness of the Hour

Aired Unknown Dec 02, 1960 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: The residence of Dr. William Loren, which is in reality a menagerie for machines. We're about to discover that sometimes the product of man's talent and genius can walk amongst us untouched by the normal ravages of time. These are Dr. Loren's robots, built to functional as well as artistic perfection. But in a moment Dr. William Loren, wife and daughter will discover that perfection is relative, that even robots have to be paid for, and very shortly will be shown exactly what is the bill.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Let this be the postscript: should you be worn out by the rigors of competing in a very competitive world, if you're distraught from having to share your existence with the noises and neuroses of the twentieth century, if you crave serenity but want it full time and with no strings attached, get yourself a workroom in a basement and then drop a note to Dr. and Mrs. William Loren. They're a childless couple who made comfort a life's work, and maybe there are a few do-it-yourself pamphlets still available in the Twilight Zone.

  • Notes

    • This episode ends with a rare moving image instead of a still photograph: the clock that's the centerpiece of the study.

    • The six videotaped episodes were originally shown on the network in videotape form, and later transferred to 16mm "kinescope" film when the series went into syndication in 1964. Not every local TV station had videotape facilities at the time, and CBS "kinnied" those episodes to make them compatible with the rest of the filmed episodes in the "package."

    • This is one of six episodes originally shot on videotape, then transferred to sixteen-millimeter film for broadcast. This was done as a cost-cutting measure.

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