List of The Twilight Zone episodes

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The following is a list of The Twilight Zone episodes. The anthology series began on October 2, 1959 and ended on June 19, 1964—with five seasons and 156 episodes. It was created by Rod Serling and broadcast on CBS.

Later popularity of the series brought about a 1983 feature film and two "revival" television series in 1985 and 2002.

Pre-series pilot[edit]

Rod Serling wrote a teleplay intending for it to be the pilot episode of a new series called The Twilight Zone. Although it ended up airing on a different show, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, it is still considered the pilot episode and has even been adapted as one of The Twilight Zone radio-show episodes.

Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"The Time Element" Allen Reisner Rod Serling November 24, 1958 (1958-11-24)
A man (William Bendix) visits a psychoanalyst, complaining about a recurring dream in which he imagines waking up in Honolulu just prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which takes a major psychological toll.

The Twilight Zone television series (1959–64)[edit]

Except for season four, each episode is 30 minutes long (including commercials). Season four episodes ran for a full hour. The series is hosted by Rod Serling.

Season Episodes Premiered Ended Time slot DVD/Blu-ray release
Region 1 Region 2 Region A
1 36 October 2, 1959 (1959-10-02) July 1, 1960 (1960-07-01) Fridays at 10:00-10:30 pm on CBS December 28, 2004 (2004-12-28) August 22, 2005 (2005-08-22) September 14, 2010 (2010-09-14)
2 29 September 30, 1960 (1960-09-30) June 2, 1961 (1961-06-02) March 29, 2005 (2005-03-29) October 3, 2005 (2005-10-03) November 16, 2010 (2010-11-16)
3 37 September 15, 1961 (1961-09-15) June 1, 1962 (1962-06-01) June 28, 2005 (2005-06-28) March 20, 2006 (2006-03-20) February 15, 2011 (2011-02-15)
4 18 January 3, 1963 (1963-01-03) May 23, 1963 (1963-05-23) Thursdays at 9:00-10:00 pm on CBS October 18, 2005 (2005-10-18) September 18, 2006 (2006-09-18) May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17)
5 36 September 27, 1963 (1963-09-27) June 19, 1964 (1964-06-19) Fridays at 9:30-10:00 pm on CBS December 26, 2005 (2005-12-26) November 13, 2006 (2006-11-13) August 30, 2011 (2011-08-30)

Season 1 (1959–60)[edit]

Note: Episode titles were shown at the beginning of the end credits, and also announced by Serling at the end of the preceding week's episode. "Where is Everybody?" is an exception, as it was the first episode. Serling's promotional announcements were stripped from syndicated versions of season one, but restored (often only in audio form) on the Image Entertainment DVD releases.

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
1 1 "Where Is Everybody?" Robert Stevens Rod Serling October 2, 1959 (1959-10-02) 173-3601
2 2 "One for the Angels" Robert Parrish Rod Serling October 9, 1959 (1959-10-09) 173-3608
3 3 "Mr. Denton on Doomsday" Allen Reisner Rod Serling October 16, 1959 (1959-10-16) 173-3609
4 4 "The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine" Mitchell Leisen Rod Serling October 23, 1959 (1959-10-23) 173-3610
5 5 "Walking Distance" Robert Stevens Rod Serling October 30, 1959 (1959-10-30) 173-3605
6 6 "Escape Clause" Mitchell Leisen Rod Serling November 6, 1959 (1959-11-06) 173-3603
7 7 "The Lonely" Jack Smight Rod Serling November 13, 1959 (1959-11-13) 173-3602
8 8 "Time Enough at Last" John Brahm Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Short Story by: Lyn Venable
November 20, 1959 (1959-11-20) 173-3614
9 9 "Perchance to Dream" Robert Florey Charles Beaumont November 27, 1959 (1959-11-27) 173-3616
10 10 "Judgment Night" John Brahm Rod Serling December 4, 1959 (1959-12-04) 173-3604
11 11 "And When the Sky Was Opened" Douglas Heyes Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Short Story by: Richard Matheson
December 11, 1959 (1959-12-11) 173-3611
12 12 "What You Need" Alvin Ganzer Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on the Short Story by: Lewis Padgett
December 25, 1959 (1959-12-25) 173-3622
13 13 "The Four of Us Are Dying" John Brahm Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Short Story by: George Johnson
January 1, 1960 (1960-01-01) 173-3618
14 14 "Third from the Sun" Richard L. Bare Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on the Short Story by: Richard Matheson
January 8, 1960 (1960-01-08) 173-3615
15 15 "I Shot an Arrow into the Air" Stuart Rosenberg Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on the Story by: Madelon Champion
January 15, 1960 (1960-01-15) 173-3626
16 16 "The Hitch-Hiker" Alvin Ganzer Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on the Radio Play by: Lucille Fletcher
January 22, 1960 (1960-01-22) 173-3612
17 17 "The Fever" Robert Florey Rod Serling January 29, 1960 (1960-01-29) 173-3627
18 18 "The Last Flight" William Claxton Richard Matheson February 5, 1960 (1960-02-05) 173-3607
19 19 "The Purple Testament" Richard L. Bare Rod Serling February 12, 1960 (1960-02-12) 173-3619
20 20 "Elegy" Douglas Heyes Charles Beaumont February 19, 1960 (1960-02-19) 173-3625
21 21 "Mirror Image" John Brahm Rod Serling February 26, 1960 (1960-02-26) 173-3623
22 22 "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" Ronald Winston Rod Serling March 4, 1960 (1960-03-04) 173-3620
23 23 "A World of Difference" Ted Post Richard Matheson March 11, 1960 (1960-03-11) 173-3624
24 24 "Long Live Walter Jameson" Anton Leader Charles Beaumont March 18, 1960 (1960-03-18) 173-3621
25 25 "People Are Alike All Over" Mitchell Leisen Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Short Story by: Paul Fairman
March 25, 1960 (1960-03-25) 173-3613
26 26 "Execution" David Orrick McDearmon Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Short Story by: George Clayton Johnson
April 1, 1960 (1960-04-01) 173-3628
27 27 "The Big Tall Wish" Ronald Winston Rod Serling April 8, 1960 (1960-04-08) 173-3630
28 28 "A Nice Place to Visit" John Brahm Charles Beaumont April 15, 1960 (1960-04-15) 173-3632
29 29 "Nightmare as a Child" Alvin Ganzer Rod Serling April 29, 1960 (1960-04-29) 173-3635
30 30 "A Stop at Willoughby" Robert Parrish Rod Serling May 6, 1960 (1960-05-06) 173-3629
31 31 "The Chaser" Douglas Heyes Teleplay: Robert Presnell, Jr.
Based on the Short Story by: John Collier
May 13, 1960 (1960-05-13) 173-3636
32 32 "A Passage for Trumpet" Don Medford Rod Serling May 20, 1960 (1960-05-20) 173-3633
33 33 "Mr. Bevis" William Asher Rod Serling June 3, 1960 (1960-06-03) 173-3631
34 34 "The After Hours" Douglas Heyes Rod Serling June 10, 1960 (1960-06-10) 173-3637
35 35 "The Mighty Casey" Alvin Ganzer and Robert Parrish Rod Serling June 17, 1960 (1960-06-17) 173-3617
36 36 "A World of His Own" Ralph Nelson Richard Matheson July 1, 1960 (1960-07-01) 173-3634


Season 2 (1960–61)[edit]

Six episodes of this season were recorded on videotape (not on film as were all other episodes) at CBS Television City, as a cost-cutting measure mandated by CBS programming head James T. Aubrey. They are "The Lateness of the Hour", "The Night of the Meek", "The Whole Truth", "Twenty-Two", "Static", and "Long Distance Call". These have a visual appearance which is distinctly different from those of episodes shot on film. In addition, videotape was a relatively primitive medium in the early 1960s; the editing of tape was next to impossible. Each of the episodes was therefore "camera-cut" as in live TV—on a studio sound stage, using a total of four cameras. The requisite multi-camera setup of the videotape experiment made location shooting difficult, severely limiting the potential scope of the storylines, so the short-lived experiment was abandoned.

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
37 1 "King Nine Will Not Return" Buzz Kulik Rod Serling September 30, 1960 (1960-09-30) 173-3639
38 2 "The Man in the Bottle" Don Medford Rod Serling October 7, 1960 (1960-10-07) 173-3638
39 3 "Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room" Douglas Heyes Rod Serling October 14, 1960 (1960-10-14) 173-3641
40 4 "A Thing About Machines" David Orrick McDearmon Rod Serling October 28, 1960 (1960-10-28) 173-3645
41 5 "The Howling Man" Douglas Heyes Charles Beaumont November 4, 1960 (1960-11-04) 173-3642
42 6 "The Eye of the Beholder"
"The Private World of Darkness"
Douglas Heyes Rod Serling November 11, 1960 (1960-11-11) 173-3640
43 7 "Nick of Time" Richard L. Bare Richard Matheson November 18, 1960 (1960-11-18) 173-3643
44 8 "The Lateness of the Hour" Jack Smight Rod Serling December 2, 1960 (1960-12-02) 173-3652
45 9 "The Trouble with Templeton" Buzz Kulik E. Jack Neuman December 9, 1960 (1960-12-09) 173-3649
46 10 "A Most Unusual Camera" John Rich Rod Serling December 16, 1960 (1960-12-16) 173-3606
47 11 "The Night of the Meek" Jack Smight Rod Serling December 23, 1960 (1960-12-23) 173-3663
48 12 "Dust" Douglas Heyes Rod Serling January 6, 1961 (1961-01-06) 173-3653
49 13 "Back There" David Orrick McDearmon Rod Serling January 13, 1961 (1961-01-13) 173-3648
50 14 "The Whole Truth" James Sheldon Rod Serling January 20, 1961 (1961-01-20) 173-3666
51 15 "The Invaders" Douglas Heyes Richard Matheson January 27, 1961 (1961-01-27) 173-3646
52 16 "A Penny for Your Thoughts" James Sheldon George Clayton Johnson February 3, 1961 (1961-02-03) 173-3650
53 17 "Twenty Two" Jack Smight Rod Serling
Based on an Anecdote from:
Bennett Cerf's "Famous Ghost Stories"
February 10, 1961 (1961-02-10) 173-3664
54 18 "The Odyssey of Flight 33" Jus Addiss Rod Serling February 24, 1961 (1961-02-24) 173-3651
55 19 "Mr. Dingle, the Strong" John Brahm Rod Serling March 3, 1961 (1961-03-03) 173-3644
56 20 "Static" Buzz Kulik Charles Beaumont
Based on a Story by: OCee Rich
March 10, 1961 (1961-03-10) 173-3665
57 21 "The Prime Mover" Richard L. Bare Charles Beaumont March 24, 1961 (1961-03-24) 173-3647
58 22 "Long Distance Call" James Sheldon Charles Beaumont and William Idelson March 31, 1961 (1961-03-31) 173-3667
59 23 "A Hundred Yards Over the Rim" Buzz Kulik Rod Serling April 7, 1961 (1961-04-07) 173-3654
60 24 "The Rip Van Winkle Caper" Jus Addiss Rod Serling April 21, 1961 (1961-04-21) 173-3655
61 25 "The Silence" Boris Sagal Rod Serling April 28, 1961 (1961-04-28) 173-3658
62 26 "Shadow Play" John Brahm Charles Beaumont May 5, 1961 (1961-05-05) 173-3657
63 27 "The Mind and the Matter" Buzz Kulik Rod Serling May 12, 1961 (1961-05-12) 173-3659
64 28 "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" Montgomery Pittman Rod Serling May 26, 1961 (1961-05-26) 173-3660
65 29 "The Obsolete Man" Elliot Silverstein Rod Serling June 2, 1961 (1961-06-02) 173-3661


Season 3 (1961–62)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
66 1 "Two" Montgomery Pittman Montgomery Pittman September 15, 1961 (1961-09-15) 4802
67 2 "The Arrival" Boris Sagal Rod Serling September 22, 1961 (1961-09-22) 4814
68 3 "The Shelter" Lamont Johnson Rod Serling September 29, 1961 (1961-09-29) 4803
69 4 "The Passersby" Elliot Silverstein Rod Serling October 6, 1961 (1961-10-06) 4817
70 5 "A Game of Pool" Buzz Kulik George Clayton Johnson October 13, 1961 (1961-10-13) 4815
71 6 "The Mirror" Don Medford Rod Serling October 20, 1961 (1961-10-20) 4819
72 7 "The Grave" Montgomery Pittman Montgomery Pittman October 27, 1961 (1961-10-27) 3656
73 8 "It's a Good Life" James Sheldon Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Short Story by: Jerome Bixby
November 3, 1961 (1961-11-03) 4801
74 9 "Deaths-Head Revisited" Don Medford Rod Serling November 10, 1961 (1961-11-10) 4804
75 10 "The Midnight Sun" Anton Leader Rod Serling November 17, 1961 (1961-11-17) 4818
76 11 "Still Valley" James Sheldon Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Short Story by: Manly Wade Wellman
November 24, 1961 (1961-11-24) 4808
77 12 "The Jungle" William Claxton Charles Beaumont December 1, 1961 (1961-12-01) 4806
78 13 "Once Upon a Time" Norman Z. McLeod Richard Matheson December 15, 1961 (1961-12-15) 4820
79 14 "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" Lamont Johnson Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Short Story by: Marvin Petal
December 22, 1961 (1961-12-22) 4805
80 15 "A Quality of Mercy" Buzz Kulik Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on an Idea by: Sam Rolfe
December 29, 1961 (1961-12-29) 4809
81 16 "Nothing in the Dark" Lamont Johnson George Clayton Johnson January 5, 1962 (1962-01-05) 3662
82 17 "One More Pallbearer" Lamont Johnson Rod Serling January 12, 1962 (1962-01-12) 4823
83 18 "Dead Man's Shoes" Montgomery Pittman Charles Beaumont January 19, 1962 (1962-01-19) 4824
84 19 "The Hunt" Harold Schuster Earl Hamner January 26, 1962 (1962-01-26) 4810
85 20 "Showdown with Rance McGrew" Christian Nyby Rod Serling
Based on an Idea by: Frederic L. Fox
February 2, 1962 (1962-02-02) 4812
86 21 "Kick the Can" Lamont Johnson George Clayton Johnson February 9, 1962 (1962-02-09) 4821
87 22 "A Piano in the House" David Greene Earl Hamner February 16, 1962 (1962-02-16) 4825
88 23 "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank" Montgomery Pittman Montgomery Pittman February 23, 1962 (1962-02-23) 4811
89 24 "To Serve Man" Richard L. Bare Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Story by: Damon Knight
March 2, 1962 (1962-03-02) 4807
90 25 "The Fugitive" Richard L. Bare Charles Beaumont March 9, 1962 (1962-03-09) 4816
91 26 "Little Girl Lost" Paul Stewart Richard Matheson March 16, 1962 (1962-03-16) 4828
92 27 "Person or Persons Unknown" John Brahm Charles Beaumont March 23, 1962 (1962-03-23) 4829
93 28 "The Little People" William Claxton Rod Serling March 30, 1962 (1962-03-30) 4822
94 29 "Four O'Clock" Lamont Johnson Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Short Story by: Price Day
April 6, 1962 (1962-04-06) 4832
95 30 "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby" Lamont Johnson Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Story by: Frederic Louis Fox
April 13, 1962 (1962-04-13) 4833
96 31 "The Trade-Ins" Elliot Silverstein Rod Serling April 20, 1962 (1962-04-20) 4831
97 32 "The Gift" Allen H. Miner Rod Serling April 27, 1962 (1962-04-27) 4830
98 33 "The Dummy" Abner Biberman Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Story by: Lee Polk
May 4, 1962 (1962-05-04) 4834
99 34 "Young Man's Fancy" John Brahm Richard Matheson May 11, 1962 (1962-05-11) 4813
100 35 "I Sing the Body Electric" William Claxton and James Sheldon Ray Bradbury May 18, 1962 (1962-05-18) 4826
101 36 "Cavender Is Coming" Christian Nyby Rod Serling May 25, 1962 (1962-05-25) 4827
102 37 "The Changing of the Guard" Robert Ellis Miller Rod Serling June 1, 1962 (1962-06-01) 4835


Season 4 (1963)[edit]

This season was used as a mid-season replacement for the The Nurses on the 1962 fall schedule. To fill the time slot, episodes were lengthened to one hour and moved to Thursday nights.

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
103 1 "In His Image" Perry Lafferty Charles Beaumont January 3, 1963 (1963-01-03) 4851
104 2 "The Thirty-Fathom Grave" Perry Lafferty Rod Serling January 10, 1963 (1963-01-10) 4857
105 3 "Valley of the Shadow" Perry Lafferty Charles Beaumont January 17, 1963 (1963-01-17) 4861
106 4 "He's Alive" Stuart Rosenberg Rod Serling January 24, 1963 (1963-01-24) 4856
107 5 "Mute" Stuart Rosenberg Richard Matheson January 31, 1963 (1963-01-31) 4858
108 6 "Death Ship" Don Medford Richard Matheson February 7, 1963 (1963-02-07) 4850
109 7 "Jess-Belle" Buzz Kulik Earl Hamner, Jr. February 14, 1963 (1963-02-14) 4855
110 8 "Miniature" Walter Grauman Charles Beaumont February 21, 1963 (1963-02-21) 4862
111 9 "Printer's Devil" Ralph Senensky Charles Beaumont February 28, 1963 (1963-02-28) 4864
112 10 "No Time Like the Past" Jus Addiss Rod Serling March 7, 1963 (1963-03-07) 4853
113 11 "The Parallel" Alan Crosland, Jr. Rod Serling March 14, 1963 (1963-03-14) 4859
114 12 "I Dream of Genie" Robert Gist John Furia, Jr. March 21, 1963 (1963-03-21) 4860
115 13 "The New Exhibit" John Brahm Charles Beaumont April 4, 1963 (1963-04-04) 4866
116 14 "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville" David Lowell Rich Rod Serling
Based on a Short Story "Blind Valley" by: Malcolm Jameson
April 11, 1963 (1963-04-11) 4867
117 15 "The Incredible World of Horace Ford" Abner Biberman Reginald Rose April 18, 1963 (1963-04-18) 4854
118 16 "On Thursday We Leave for Home" Buzz Kulik Rod Serling May 2, 1963 (1963-05-02) 4868
119 17 "Passage on the Lady Anne" Lamont Johnson Charles Beaumont May 9, 1963 (1963-05-09) 4869
120 18 "The Bard" David Butler Rod Serling May 23, 1963 (1963-05-23) 4852


Season 5 (1963–64)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
121 1 "In Praise of Pip" Joseph M. Newman Rod Serling September 27, 1963 (1963-09-27) 2607
122 2 "Steel" Don Weis Richard Matheson October 4, 1963 (1963-10-04) 2602
123 3 "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" Richard Donner Richard Matheson October 11, 1963 (1963-10-11) 2605
124 4 "A Kind of a Stopwatch" John Rich Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Story by: Michael D. Rosenthal
October 18, 1963 (1963-10-18) 2609
125 5 "The Last Night of a Jockey" Joseph M. Newman Rod Serling October 25, 1963 (1963-10-25) 2616
126 6 "Living Doll" Richard C. Sarafian Charles Beaumont November 1, 1963 (1963-11-01) 2621
127 7 "The Old Man in the Cave" Alan Crosland, Jr. Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Short Story "The Old Man" by: Henry Slesar
November 8, 1963 (1963-11-08) 2603
128 8 "Uncle Simon" Don Siegel Rod Serling November 15, 1963 (1963-11-15) 2604
129 9 "Probe 7, Over and Out" Ted Post Rod Serling November 29, 1963 (1963-11-29) 2622
130 10 "The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms" Alan Crosland Jr. Rod Serling December 6, 1963 (1963-12-06) 2606
131 11 "A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain" Bernard Girard Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Story by: Lou Holz
December 13, 1963 (1963-12-13) 2614
132 12 "Ninety Years Without Slumbering" Roger Kay Teleplay: Richard De Roy
Story: Johnson Smith
December 20, 1963 (1963-12-20) 2615
133 13 "Ring-a-Ding Girl" Alan Crosland, Jr. Earl Hamner, Jr. December 27, 1963 (1963-12-27) 2623
134 14 "You Drive" John Brahm Earl Hamner, Jr. January 3, 1964 (1964-01-03) 2625
135 15 "The Long Morrow" Robert Florey Rod Serling January 10, 1964 (1964-01-10) 2624
136 16 "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross" Don Siegel Teleplay: Jerry McNeely
Based on a Short Story by: Henry Slesar
January 17, 1964 (1964-01-17) 2612
137 17 "Number 12 Looks Just Like You" Abner Biberman Charles Beaumont and John Tomerlin January 24, 1964 (1964-01-24) 2618
138 18 "Black Leather Jackets" Joseph M. Newman Earl Hamner, Jr. January 31, 1964 (1964-01-31) 2628
139 19 "Night Call" Jacques Tourneur Richard Matheson February 7, 1964 (1964-02-07) 2610
140 20 "From Agnes – With Love" Richard Donner Bernard C. Schoenfeld February 14, 1964 (1964-02-14) 2629
141 21 "Spur of the Moment" Elliot Silverstein Richard Matheson February 21, 1964 (1964-02-21) 2608
142 22 "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" Robert Enrico From a Story by: Ambrose Bierce
Adapted by: Robert Enrico
February 28, 1964 (1964-02-28) N/A
143 23 "Queen of the Nile" John Brahm Charles Beaumont March 6, 1964 (1964-03-06) 2626
144 24 "What's in the Box" Richard L. Bare Martin M. Goldsmith March 13, 1964 (1964-03-13) 2635
145 25 "The Masks" Ida Lupino Rod Serling March 20, 1964 (1964-03-20) 2601
146 26 "I Am the Night – Color Me Black" Abner Biberman Rod Serling March 27, 1964 (1964-03-27) 2630
147 27 "Sounds and Silences" Richard Donner Rod Serling April 3, 1964 (1964-04-03) 2631
148 28 "Caesar and Me" Robert Butler Adele T. Strassfield April 10, 1964 (1964-04-10) 2636
149 29 "The Jeopardy Room" Richard Donner Rod Serling April 17, 1964 (1964-04-17) 2639
150 30 "Stopover in a Quiet Town" Ron Winston Earl Hamner, Jr. April 24, 1964 (1964-04-24) 2611
151 31 "The Encounter" Robert Butler Martin M. Goldsmith May 1, 1964 (1964-05-01) 2640
152 32 "Mr. Garrity and the Graves" Ted Post Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Story by: Mike Korologos
May 8, 1964 (1964-05-08) 2637
153 33 "The Brain Center at Whipple's" Richard Donner Rod Serling May 15, 1964 (1964-05-15) 2632
154 34 "Come Wander with Me" Richard Donner Anthony Wilson May 22, 1964 (1964-05-22) 2641
155 35 "The Fear" Ted Post Rod Serling May 29, 1964 (1964-05-29) 2633
156 36 "The Bewitchin' Pool" Joseph M. Newman Earl Hamner, Jr. June 19, 1964 (1964-06-19) 2619


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