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The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 1

Where is Everybody?

Aired Unknown Oct 02, 1959 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Mike Ferris finds himself in a town strangely devoid of people. But despite the emptiness, he has the odd feeling that he's being watched...

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  • First of Many

    As everyone knows, The Twilight Zone went on to much bigger and much better things. While the first episode was not the best the series had to offer, it certainly wasn't bad. The use of things such as the smoking cigar in the ashtray, the coffee pot perking on the stove and the shaving cream brush all looking as if someone just walked away from them set an eerie tone which turned out to be far more sinister than the real situation.moreless
  • Watching

    Great ending. The rest made sense after the ending. I'm an Air Force guy. Lived through the Cold War. I'm sure in THIS day and age, similar psych training is more realistic. Very insightful premise and good storytelling.
  • Where Am I?

    Is this an internet review? what's happening? where am i?


    this episode kicked off a great series. I watched as the main character (let's call him Grange) graced the town with his solitary presence for a half hour. Actually, just a little bit less.

    I liked when he almost locked himself in jail, but saved himself from locking himself at just the last second. Grange is a solid actor with a+ credentials and i get tired of wannabes putting on their Stanislavsky hats and dropping hitler references like a moustache salesman with a magic marker.

    I think, hundreds of years from now tv experts will look back at this era and find it to be golden. This is back when it was cool at least pretend to try to have meaning. now, if someone tries to tell a story, they are immediately sequestered into some nonsensical interview where they drop a one-liner like Steven-Dwight drops french toast during the renaissance.

    The phone booth was a welcomed blast from the past. I remember trying to call my sister collect from the bowling alley and she got all weird about because she was all drunk and her friends were having a burping contest. I smiled during this part.

    Well, too bad none of us will ever see Grange again. In a way, he is forever locked in that episode, never to be let out. Never to pet a pop of Potter or outlie in Twilight or have a beer with Cheers or eat taterMash with Alan Alda. Sad sad fake reality for Grange.

    I give this movie an 8.5, twas sightly.

  • Good Pilot

    A good way to start off the series. There is nothing especially startling about it, but the story comes full circle. There is probably too much explanation at the end of the episode, but as a pilot I enjoyed it.
  • Lame ending

    I like the entire episode except for the ending explanation. So I feel it is just an average episode with nothing too much special. The strange town where the guy is located at is Hill Valley, California from "Back to the future." Also known as the Universal back lot.
James McCallion

James McCallion

Reporter #1

Guest Star

John Conwell

John Conwell

Air Force Colonel

Guest Star

Jay Overholts

Jay Overholts

Reporter Two

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Ferris: Anybody want a sundae? I'm sorry, old buddy, I don't recollect the name. The face is vaguely familiar, but the name escapes me. I'll tell you what my problem is. I'm in the middle of a nightmare I can't wake up from. And you're part of it. You and the ice cream and the police station and the phone booth., that little mannequin. This whole bloody town wherever it is - whatever it is. I just remembered something, Scrooge said it, you remember Scrooge, old buddy, Ebeneezer Scrooge? That's what he said to that ghost Jacob Marley. He said, "You may be an undigested bit of beef, a crumb of cheese, a blot of mustard, a fragment of an undone potato, but there's more of gravy than of grave about you." You see, that's what you are. You're what I had for dinner last night. You must be. But now I've had it, I'd like to wake up. I'd like to wake up now. If I can't wake up, at least I'd like to find somebody to talk to. Well, I must be a very imaginative guy. Nobody in the whole bloody world could have a dream as complete as mine. Right down to the last detail.

    • Reporter #2: What happened to him toward the end, General, before he pushed that button or whatever it was?
      Air Force General: What happened to him is that he cracked. Delusions of some kind we assume. But let me tell you all something, gentlemen. If any one of you were confined in a box five feet square for two and a half weeks, all by your lonesome without hearing a human voice other than your own, I'll give you especially good odds that your imagination would run away with you, too, such as his obviously did.

    • Ferris: Just off my rocker, huh, doc?
      Doctor: Just a kind of a nightmare that your mind manufactured for you. You see, we can feed the stomach with concentrates, we can supply microfilm for reading, recreation, even movies of a sort. We can pump oxygen in and waste material out, but there's one thing we can't simulate that's a very basic need. Man's hunger for companionship. The barrier of loneliness. That's one thing we haven't licked yet.
      Ferris: Next time it won't just be just a box in a hanger, will it?
      Air Force General: No, Mike. Next time you'll really be alone.

    • Ferris: Hey, don't go away up there. Next time, it won't be a dream or a nightmare. Next time, it'll be for real. So don't go away. We'll be up there in a little while.

    • Colonel: What was it like, sir? Where did you think you were?
      Mike: A place I don't want to go again, sir. A town. A town without people.

    • Mike: (unknowingly addressing a mannequin) Look, I don't want you to think I'm nuts or anything. It's nothing like that. It's just that, well... it's just that I don't seem to remember who I am.

    • Narrator: There is a sixth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the sunlight of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area that might be called the Twilight Zone.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Up there, up there in the vastness of space, in the void that is sky, up there is an enemy known as isolation. It sits there in the stars waiting. Waiting with the patience of eons. Forever waiting...in the Twilight Zone.

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: The place is here, the time is now, and the journey into the shadows that we're about to watch could be OUR journey.

  • NOTES (13)

    • The city lot that can be seen in this episode is the same city block that was used in all of the Back to the Future movies.

    • The pilot episode was filmed at Universal-International studios [which is why a movie marquee announced the studio's Battle Hymn (1956), starring Rock Hudson, was playing in the theater]. The series was filmed at MGM.

    • In the original unaired version of the pilot episode, Westbrook Van Voohris (better known as the narrator of the radio and newsreel series The March Of Time") was the narrator. Serling and CBS decided not use him in the series because he sounded "too pompous". Orson Welles' name was then suggested, but his asking price as narrator was considered too high for primary sponsor General Foods {Sanka}. Then someone suggested that Rod himself be the narrator...

    • The pilot version of this episode is included on Image-Entertainment's Volume 43 DVD. It includes an 8 minute intro from Rod Serling, directed at companies considering sponsoring the show.

    • The intro that was used during the first season was as follows: "There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition; and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone."

    • This episode features no fantastical, science fiction, or supernatural elements. Serling was purportedly dissatisfied with this and when he wrote up the story for one of the TZ anthologies, he added a bit at the end where Ferris finds a movie ticket in his pocket from his "hallucination."

    • The broadcast version of this episode is included on Image-Entertainment's Treasures of The Twilight Zone DVD.

    • In the original version of the episode, the opening sequence was different and all narration was done by Westbrook Van Voorhis.

    • The opening narration in the original pilot version was slightly different than what was used for the series: "There is a sixth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the sunlight of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area that might be called 'The Twilight Zone'"

    • This is the only episode to be filmed at Universal Studios. The rest were filmed at MGM studios.

    • This episode was rehearsed and shot in 9 days. It was dubbed, scored and edited in 3 days.

    • According to Producer William Self, this episode's budget was "around $75,000...in those days very high for a half-hour pilot."

    • The original pilot version of this episode ran a total of 35 minutes (without commercials) and included a "pitch" from Rod Serling aimed at selling the series to potential advertisers. This version is included on volume 43 of Image-Entertainment's DVD collection.