Season 1 Episode 1

The Twisted Image

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 13, 1960 on NBC
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The Twisted Image
A wealthy advertising executive finds himself caught between a psychopathic mail-room clerk who covets his success and a disturbed young woman who wants to steal him away from his family.

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  • A businessman might fought the advances of a woman infatuated with him and a clerk who wants to use his identify for his own purposes.

    Well I can't vouch if this was copied of Alfred Hitchcock, nor do I think that matters much as these type of stories get repeated over and over again.

    Take this for instance, a woman wants a relationship/affair with a married man, he denies only to have her still coming on to him. She'll do anything for his attention including lie to his wife that they have a thing going on. I mean come on all throughout history before TV there must be cases like this.

    Anyways, Leslie Nielsen was at one point a really great dramatic actor before he decided to do comedy. He was great as the lead star (the married man Alan Patterson) who can't shake of this obsessive girl and another compulsive man who wants to use his identity to seduce woman.

    The guy playing the loser Merle Jenkins was George Grizzard. It's great to see him lose it at times when his con job is exposed (at one point he gets slapped in the face then thrown out out of a bar for almost attacking a woman).

    Normally, you don't feel sorry for the obsessive woman but you deel a little sympathy for the obsessed young girl.

    The ending was satisfying we get a happy ending but the other crazies get what they deserved. For a pilot episode this was great even it aired today it still be a lot better than the crap on TV nowadays.moreless

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    • At one point, Thriller and Alfred Hitchcock Presents both aired on NBC on the same night, back to back. Ratings for Thriller averaged a 29% share, which was considered average at that time.

    • Within weeks of Thriller's premiere, Allstate (one of the show's sponsors) found some of the content objectionable, especially scenes of an axe murder and a strangulation.

    • Reactions to the first episode of Thriller, "The Twisted Image", were mixed. The Los Angeles Times wrote "slightly out of focus, but there was still enough flesh-crawling qualities to keep one fascinated." Variety wrote "Cavanaugh seemed more anxious to make his script a heart stopper than an engrossing, plausible play. He succeeded in neither."