The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 8

Time Enough at Last

Aired Unknown Nov 20, 1959 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A bank teller, Henry Bemis, longs for time alone to read books. He gets his wish...

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  • Brilliance begins with Henry Bemis..

    He played the meek. He played The Devil. Burgess Meridith was THE Twilight Zone's best actor.
  • There Was Time Now!

    One of the best andone of my favourite Twilight Zone episodes. Even if you have never watched the Twilight Zone, you know about this episode.
  • One of the most famous Twilight Zone episodes.

    And it's not very hard to see why. This episode is about a man called Henry Beamis, a man who wants to do nothing other than read, despite the fact that many people, including his wife, will not let him. He is brilliantly played by one of the greatest actors of all time, Burgess Meredith. Towards the end the episode gets quite sad and you are made to sympathise for Meredith's character. I won't give away the ending of this episode. Yes, this episode is a bit overrated and is far from the best but overall it's still definately worth watching.moreless
  • best of the twilight zone

    this twilight zone blew my mind it was amazing burgess was an acting geniuse as always and the story was flawless must see will get you hooked on twilight zone forever
  • Favorite episode

    This is my all time favorite episode. It's not too creepy but it's fun from start till well.......the ending is pretty terrible but hey it is the Twilight zone. A must see episode.
Vaughn Taylor

Vaughn Taylor

Mr. Carsville

Guest Star

Jacqueline deWit

Jacqueline deWit

Helen Bemis

Guest Star

Lela Bliss

Lela Bliss

Mrs. Chester

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Witness Mr. Henry Bemis, a charter member in the fraternity of dreamers. A bookish little man whose passion is the printed page but who is conspired against by a bank president and a wife and a world full of tongue-cluckers and the unrelenting hands of a clock. But in just a moment Mr. Bemis will enter a world without bank presidents or wives or clocks or anything else. He'll have a world all to himself without anyone.

    • Henry: Well, at least I still have my books. And the best thing is, there's time now... all the time I need.

    • Henry: That's not fair! That's not fair at all! There was time now. There was all the time I needed...

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: The best laid plans of mice and men and Henry Bemis, the small man in the glasses who wanted nothing but time. Henry Bemis, now just a part of a smashed landscape, just a piece of the rubble, just a fragment of what man has deeded to himself. Mr. Henry Bemis in the Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (7)

    • This was the first of Burgess Meredith's four appearances on the series.

    • Featured on the volume 2 DVD.

    • This episode was listed as #25 on TV Guide/TV Land's 100 Hundred Most Memorable TV Moments

    • The scene where the character's glasses break has been spoofed many times on such contemporary shows as: The Simpsons' "Strong Arms of the Ma", Family Guy's "Wasted Talent", Jimmy Neutron - Boy Genius' "Return of the Nanobots", Futurama, and The Drew Carey Show.

    • The steps on which Henry Bemis collects a pile of books, is the same site used in the 1960 movie The Time Machine. The steps would also return in Episode 28, "A Nice Place To Visit," directed by John Brahm, the same director of "Time Enough At Last."

    • Included on volume 2 of Image-Entertainment's DVD collection.

    • This episode is based on the short story "Time Enough at Last" by Lynn Venable. This story was first published in If (January, 1953).