The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 14

Third From the Sun

Aired Unknown Jan 08, 1960 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Quitting time at the plant. Time for supper now. Time for families. Time for a cool drink on a porch. Time for the quiet rustle of leaf-laden trees that screen out the moon. And underneath it all, behind the eyes of the men, hanging invisible over the summer night, is a horror without words. For this is the stillness before storm. This is the eve of the end.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Behind a tiny ship heading into space is a doomed planet on the verge of suicide. Ahead lies a place called Earth, the third planet from the sun. And for William Sturka and the men and women with him, it's the eve of the beginning in the Twilight Zone.

  • Notes

    • The spaceship prop was the same one used in the classic 1956 film Forbidden Planet. Footage from the film was also used to depict the ship in space.

    • This episode is based on the short story "Third From the Sun" by Richard Matheson. This story was first published in Galaxy (October, 1950).

  • Allusions

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