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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Vaughn Taylor

Vaughn Taylor

Mr. Carsville

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Jacqueline deWit

Jacqueline deWit

Helen Bemis

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Lela Bliss

Lela Bliss

Mrs. Chester

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • 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).