The Twilight Zone (2002 TV series)

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The Twilight Zone
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Genre Science fiction
Format Anthology
Created by Rod Serling
(a second revival of the 1959 TV series)
Presented by Forest Whitaker
Composer(s) Mark Snow
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 44 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Ira Steven Behr
Jim Rosenthal
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s) New Line Television
Spirit Dance Entertainment
Trilogy Entertainment Group
Joshmax Productions Services
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original channel UPN
Audio format 5.1 Surround Sound
Original run September 18, 2002 (2002-09-18) – May 21, 2003 (2003-05-21)
Preceded by The Twilight Zone (1985 series)

The Twilight Zone is a 2002 revival of Rod Serling's 1950/60s television series, The Twilight Zone. It aired for one season on the UPN network, with actor Forest Whitaker assuming Serling's role as narrator and on-screen host.[1]

Series history[edit]

Broadcast in an hour format with two half-hour stories, it was canceled after one season. Reruns continue to air in syndication, and have aired on MyNetworkTV since summer 2008. The opening theme music was provided by Jonathan Davis (of the rock group Korn).

The series tended to address contemporary issues head-on; i.e. terrorism, racism, gender roles, sexuality, and stalking. Noteworthy episodes featured Jason Alexander as Death wanting to retire from harvesting souls, Lou Diamond Phillips as a swimming pool cleaner being shot repeatedly in his dreams, Susanna Thompson as a woman whose stated wish results in an "upgrading" of her family, Usher as a policeman being bothered by telephone calls from beyond the grave, and Katherine Heigl playing a nanny who went back in time to kill the infant Adolf Hitler.

The series also includes remakes and updates of stories presented in the original Twilight Zone television series, including the famous "The Eye of the Beholder". One of the updates, "The Monsters Are on Maple Street", is a modernized version of the classic episode similarly called "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street". The original show was about the paranoia surrounding a neighborhood-wide blackout. In the course of the episode, somebody suggests an alien invasion being the cause of the blackouts, and that one of the neighbors may be an alien. The anti-alien hysteria is an allegory for the anti-communist paranoia of the time, and the 2003 remake, starring Andrew McCarthy, replaces aliens with terrorists. The show also contains "It's Still a Good Life", a sequel to the events of "It's a Good Life", an episode of the original series produced 41 years earlier. Bill Mumy returned to play the adult version of Anthony, the demonic child he had played in the original story, with Mumy's daughter, Liliana, appearing as Anthony's daughter, a more benevolent but even more powerful child. Cloris Leachman also returned as Anthony's mother. Mumy went on to serve as screenwriter for other episodes in the revival.

Other guest stars include, but not are limited to: Jessica Simpson, Wayne Knight, Christopher Titus, Eriq La Salle, Jason Bateman, James Remar, Method Man, Linda Cardellini, Jaime Pressly, Jeremy Sisto, Molly Sims, Tangi Miller, Portia de Rossi, Christopher McDonald, Wallace Langham, Jeremy Piven, Samantha Mathis, Ethan Embry, Shannon Elizabeth, Jonathan Jackson, Amber Tamblyn, Penn Badgley, Dylan Walsh, Robin Tunney, Michael Shanks, Gordon Michael Woolvett, Keith Hamilton Cobb, Xander Berkeley, Lukas Haas, Emily Perkins, and Elizabeth Berkley. McDonald, Langham, Xander Berkeley, and Haas had all previous guest starred on the 1980s revival.

The series did not enjoy the same level of critical or ratings success as the original series or the 1980s revival, and only lasted one season.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1 "Evergreen" Allan Kroeker Jill Blotevogel September 18, 2002 (2002-09-18) 106
The family of a rebellious teenager (Amber Tamblyn) moves to a gated community which has a unique and grisly way of dealing with troubled youth.
2 "One Night at Mercy" Peter O'Fallon Christopher Mack September 18, 2002 (2002-09-18) 103
A doctor saves a strange patient (Jason Alexander) from suicide, only to learn that he is Death incarnate looking to take a break from his life's work.
3 "Shades of Guilt" Perry Lang Ira Steven Behr September 25, 2002 (2002-09-25) 107
After leaving a dark-skinned man (Hill Harper) who's asking for help, Matt McGreevy (Vincent Ventresca) soon learns to regret his action as he slowly begins to resemble the man.
4 "Dream Lover" Peter O'Fallon Frederick Rappaport September 25, 2002 (2002-09-25) 105
Andrew Lomax (Adrian Pasdar) somehow makes his dream girl (Shannon Elizabeth) real to help him with his writer's block. However, who is real and who is fictional becomes unclear.
5 "Cradle of Darkness" Jean de Segonzac Kamran Pasha October 2, 2002 (2002-10-02) 104
A woman who possesses the gift of time-travel (Katherine Heigl) uses her powers to go back to when Adolf Hitler was born and kill him to prevent the future dictator's notorious reign from happening.
6 "Night Route" Jean de Segonzac Jill Blotevogel October 2, 2002 (2002-10-02) 102
After nearly being hit by a car, a woman (Ione Skye) is haunted by a strange bus appearing in her street.
7 "Time Lapse" John T. Kretchmer James Crocker October 9, 2002 (2002-10-09) 109
A man (Ethan Embry), suffering from blackouts, learns that the gaps in time that he can't remember were the result of a cop—briefly switching bodies with him—trying to prevent the assassination of the President's daughter.
8 "Dead Man's Eyes" Jerry Levine Frederick Rappaport October 9, 2002 (2002-10-09) 108
After a woman's (Portia de Rossi) husband is murdered, she is inconsolable. At the trial, she absentmindedly places his glasses on her face—and suddenly, she is able to see through his eyes. The glasses recorded the man's last moments, so his wife decides to try and solve the case—but she must face a very dangerous and familiar murderer.
9 "The Pool Guy" Paul Shapiro Hans Beimler October 16, 2002 (2002-10-16) 111
A pool cleaner (Lou Diamond Phillips) is haunted by a deceased man who keeps telling him to wake up before shooting him.
10 "Azoth the Avenger Is a Friend of Mine" Brad Turner Brent V. Friedman October 16, 2002 (2002-10-16) 112
A young boy (Rory Culkin), beset by an abusive father and neighborhood bullies, wills his favorite superhero (Patrick Warburton) to life, who teaches him about vengeance and courage.
11/12 "The Lineman" Jonathan Frakes Pen Densham October 23, 2002 (2002-10-23) 101
After being struck by lightning, Tyler (Jeremy Piven) gains the ability to hear other people's thoughts. Using his newfound powers for his own personal and financial gain, he soon realizes that everything comes with a price.
13 "Harsh Mistress" Brad Turner Bradley Thompson & David Weddle October 30, 2002 (2002-10-30) 110
A struggling musician named Cory (Lukas Haas) purchases an infamous guitar, which leads to him gaining vast international stardom and wealth, but both come with a surprising price tag.
14 "Upgrade" Joe Chappelle Robert Hewitt Wolfe October 30, 2002 (2002-10-30) 113
A housewife (Susanna Thompson), humiliated by her loutish husband and unruly children, wishes for a better life, only to find that reality wants to replace her as well.
15 "To Protect and Serve" Joe Chappelle Kamran Pasha November 6, 2002 (2002-11-06) 115
An idealistic cop (Usher), determined to keep a prostitute (Samantha Becker) safe from her pimp, will stop at nothing in this world to protect her.
16 "Chosen" Winrich Kolbe Ira Steven Behr November 6, 2002 (2002-11-06) 114
A hopeless and destitute man (Jake Busey) angrily rebuffs two persistent missionaries who may well have the answer to all of his problems.
17 "Sensuous Cindy" John T. Kretchmer James Crocker November 13, 2002 (2002-11-13) 116
Having sworn off all other women upon getting engaged, a man (Greg Germann) is put to the test by a virtual-reality beauty (Jaime Pressly).
18 "Hunted" Patrick Norris Christopher Mack November 13, 2002 (2002-11-13) 117
A futuristic society is attacked by a vicious and mysterious murderer.
19 "Mr. Motivation" Deran Sarafian Teleplay by: Brent V. Friedman
Story by: Steven Aspis
November 20, 2002 (2002-11-20) 118
A sinister toy doll encourages a timid man (Wallace Langham) to stand up to his boss (Christopher McDonald) and take control of his life.
20 "Sanctuary" Patrick Norris James Crocker November 20, 2002 (2002-11-20) 119
Stranded in a modern day Garden of Eden, a man (Rob Estes) and woman (Elizabeth Berkley) soon find their idyllic world crumbling thanks to an injured motorcyclist (Nicki Aycox) and her working cell phone.
21 "Future Trade" Bob Balaban Clyde Hayes November 27, 2002 (2002-11-27) 121
A man (Frank Whaley) with a dead-end job and a dysfunctional family is lured into trading his future for that of a seemingly privileged man with a trophy wife (Sofia Milos). But he must have forgotten the age-old cliche: if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
22 "Found and Lost" Vern Gillum Teleplay by: Frederick Rappaport
Story by: Bill Mumy
November 27, 2002 (2002-11-27) 120
A businessman (Brian Austin Green) gets a chance to revisit the past and make another bid for the woman (Moira Kelly) he loved.
23 "Gabe's Story" Allan Kroeker Dusty Kay December 11, 2002 (2002-12-11) 123
A man (Christopher Titus) suffering from consistent bad luck is given a surprising chance to change his destiny.
24 "Last Lap" Brad Turner Rob Hedden December 11, 2002 (2002-12-11) 122
A terminally ill young man (Clifton Collins, Jr.) and his best friend (Greg Serano) take a final ride in their souped-up racer that results in unexpected consequences for both.
25 "The Path" Jerry Levine James Crocker January 8, 2003 (2003-01-08) 125
A dissatisfied tabloid writer (Linda Cardellini) entrusts her fate in the hands of a fortune teller named Kamayo (Method Man) who gives her scoops in advance. However, her "sure thing" has hidden problems.
26 "Fair Warning" John T. Kretchmer David Weddle & Bradley Thompson January 8, 2003 (2003-01-08) 124
A flower shop clerk (Taryn Manning) is viciously stalked by one of the multiple personalities of a troubled pet store employee (Devon Gummersall).
27 "Another Life" Risa Bramon Garcia Amir Mann & Brent V. Friedman February 5, 2003 (2003-02-05) 126
Famous rapper Marvin Gardens (Wood Harris) overcame a tough childhood in the projects to become a millionaire with a wife, son, and mansion. However, painful, confusing visions plague him to the point that the thin line between real and fantasy is crossed.
28 "Rewind" Kevin Bray James Crocker February 5, 2003 (2003-02-05) 127
A compulsive gambler (Eddie Kaye Thomas) who mysteriously learns how to travel back in time, believes he has found a sure bet to win big at the casinos. He soon discovers, however, that everything is a gamble.
29 "Tagged" James Head Story by: Charles Largent
Teleplay by: Michael Angeli
February 12, 2003 (2003-02-12) 129
A gang member (Todd Williams) confesses to murder when a mural painted by the victim transforms itself into a version of the crime scene.
30 "Into the Light" Lou Diamond Phillips Moira Kirland Dekker February 12, 2003 (2003-02-12) 128
A teacher (Samantha Mathis) gains the power to predict death.
31 "It's Still a Good Life" Allan Kroeker Ira Steven Behr
Based on Characters Created by: Jerome Bixby
February 19, 2003 (2003-02-19) 131
In the sequel to the 1961 episode, "It's a Good Life", Anthony Fremont—the young boy (Bill Mumy) who once terrorized his town with his amazing mental powers—is now a man and the proud father of a little girl (Liliana Mumy) whose mental powers are stronger than his.
32 "The Monsters Are on Maple Street" Debbie Allen Teleplay by: Erin Maher & Kay Reindl
Story by: Rod Serling
February 19, 2003 (2003-02-19) 130
In this update of the 1960 episode "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street," a neighborhood begins suspecting their new neighbors of terrorism after the power and water get cut off.
33 "Memphis" Eriq La Salle Eriq La Salle February 26, 2003 (2003-02-26) 133
A law clerk (Eriq La Salle) with only six months to live due to a brain tumor finds himself in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968 on the day Martin Luther King, Jr. is going to be assassinated.
34 "How Much Do You Love Your Kid?" Allison Liddi-Brown Michael Angeli February 26, 2003 (2003-02-26) 132
A woman (Bonnie Somerville) who is contemplating divorce gets a phone call from the police that her son has been kidnapped -- which is part of a twisted reality show hosted by a man known as Nick Dark (Wayne Knight).
35 "The Placebo Effect" Jerry Levine Teleplay by: Brent V. Friedman
Story by: Rebecca Swanson
April 2, 2003 (2003-04-02) 134
A hypochondriac's (Jeffrey Combs) description of an unnamed disease he supposedly has comes to life when those around him become infected.
36 "Cold Fusion" Eli Richbourg Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz April 2, 2003 (2003-04-02) 135
A brilliant physicist (Sean Patrick Flanery) is ordered by the military to a remote Arctic lab where the final start-up preparations for an infinite power source are taking place. He becomes involved in a deadly psychological struggle with the device's creator (Ian McShane).
37 "The Pharaoh's Curse" Bob Balaban Stephen Beck April 23, 2003 (2003-04-23) 139
An aspiring magician (Shawn Hatosy) seeks to learn the secret behind a legendary trick.
38 "The Collection" John T. Kretchmer Erin Maher & Kay Reindl April 23, 2003 (2003-04-23) 138
A night of babysitting turns to cold terror when a young woman (Jessica Simpson) realizes that the child's eerily lifelike doll collection may explain the mysterious disappearances of the previous sitters.
39 "Eye of the Beholder" David R. Ellis Rod Serling April 30, 2003 (2003-04-30) 140
In this remake of the classic Twilight Zone episode, a beautiful woman (Molly Sims) in a futuristic society where everyone is hideous undergoes her 11th attempt at surgically being like everyone else.
40 "Developing" Allison Liddi-Brown Moira Kirland Dekker April 30, 2003 (2003-04-30) 141
A young woman (Robin Tunney) discovers photos of her dead fiancé that could never had been taken and remains convinced that it is her deceased lover calling her to be with him in death.
41 "The Executions of Grady Finch" John Peter Kousakis Teleplay by: Ira Steven Behr and Brent V. Friedman
Story by: Frederick Rappaport
May 7, 2003 (2003-05-07) 143
After three gruesome execution attempts, a death row inmate (Jeremy Sisto) is granted a new trial. His lawyer (Alicia Witt) succeeds in freeing him, only to see a greater justice prevail.
42 "Homecoming" Risa Bramon Garcia Teleplay by: Michael Angeli
Story by: Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
May 7, 2003 (2003-05-07) 142
An Army officer (Gil Bellows) comes home to try and make amends with his wayward son (Penn Badgley) before the boy learns his terrible secret.
43 "Sunrise" Tim Matheson Teleplay by: Frederick Rappaport
Story by: Katrina Cabrera Ortega
May 21, 2003 (2003-05-21) 137
Five college students explore an Aztec site. They carelessly knock over a jug filled with blood — and in an instant, the sun goes out. The Earth will die unless something is done — and according to some carvings, the only way to reverse the curse is to sacrifice someone.
44 "Burned" John T. Kretchmer Seth Weisburst & Daniel Wolowicz May 21, 2003 (2003-05-21) 136
An agoraphobic man (Jason Bateman) is haunted by the ghosts of children killed in an arson he paid a man to commit.

DVD release[edit]

The complete series was released on DVD by New Line in a six disc box set on September 7, 2004. The episodes are presented in their production order, not their broadcast order.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shows A-Z - twilight zone, the on upn". Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ Lacey, Gord (September 7, 2004). "The Twilight Zone - Complete Series Review". Retrieved March 14, 2011. 

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