The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series) (season 1)

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The Twilight Zone (season 1)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 36
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run October 2, 1959 (1959-10-02) – July 1, 1960 (1960-07-01)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 December 28, 2004 (2004-12-28)
Region 2 August 22, 2005 (2005-08-22)
Blu-ray Disc release
Region A September 14, 2010 (2010-09-14)
Season chronology
Next →
Season 2
List of The Twilight Zone episodes

The first season of The Twilight Zone aired Fridays at 10:00–10:30 pm (EST) on CBS from October 2, 1959 to July 1, 1960. There are 36 episodes, including the pilot, "Where Is Everybody?". The theme music for this season, written by Bernard Herrman, is different from the music most commonly associated with the series, written by Marius Constant for the second season onwards.

Intro[edit]

The opening intro for most of these episodes features a series of lagoon graphics by UPA, with Rod Serling's narration:

"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, 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."

A different intro was used for the final five episodes, featuring an animated close-up of an eye that metamorphosed into a setting sun and an abridged version of Herrman's theme music. Serling's narration for this went as follows:

"You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop—The Twilight Zone."

The graphics for this opening were by Pacific Title, as were those for the openings in the subsequent seasons.[1]

At least one episode, "Mr. Denton on Doomsday", is known to have had this opening dubbed over the original lagoon opening when it was aired as a summer repeat in 1960. The following summer, a number of first season episodes had the second season intro dubbed over the original when they were aired as repeats. The original openings have since been restored for those episodes.

Segments of the original first season intro continued to be used as an intermission graphic up through season three.[2]

Episodes[edit]

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
A man with no memory of who he is finds himself in a strange empty town.
2 2 "One for the Angels" Robert Parrish Rod Serling October 9, 1959 (1959-10-09) 173-3608
A salesman talks Death into sparing his life until he makes one last great pitch, but threatens the life of a little girl in the process.
3 3 "Mr. Denton on Doomsday" Allen Reisner Rod Serling October 16, 1959 (1959-10-16) 173-3609
A town drunk faces an infamous killer after magically regaining his gunfighting skills.
4 4 "The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine" Mitchell Leisen Rod Serling October 23, 1959 (1959-10-23) 173-3610
An aging movie star rewatches her old films in an attempt to recapture her youth.
5 5 "Walking Distance" Robert Stevens Rod Serling October 30, 1959 (1959-10-30) 173-3605
An ad executive under pressure at his job visits his old hometown, only to find himself returned to his childhood.
6 6 "Escape Clause" Mitchell Leisen Rod Serling November 6, 1959 (1959-11-06) 173-3603
A hypochondriac exchanges his soul for immortality.
7 7 "The Lonely" Jack Smight Rod Serling November 13, 1959 (1959-11-13) 173-3602
A convicted man serving his sentence on an uninhabited asteroid is given a female robot for companionship.
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
A bank teller yearning for more time to read gets his wish when he becomes the sole survivor of a nuclear holocaust.
9 9 "Perchance to Dream" Robert Florey Charles Beaumont November 27, 1959 (1959-11-27) 173-3616
A man who has been awake for a long time tells his psychiatrist that he will die if he goes to sleep, because a vixen is trying to kill him.
10 10 "Judgment Night" John Brahm Rod Serling December 4, 1959 (1959-12-04) 173-3604
In 1942, a man from Germany does not remember how he boarded a British ship heading for New York, but he does have a feeling the ship will be sunk.
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
Three astronauts return from the desert where their spacecraft crashed, but cannot remember what happened during their flight.
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
A thug tries to exploit a peddler's ability to see into the future and discern just what a person will need in an emergency.
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
A small-time crook with the ability to change his face assumes the identities of a musician, a gangster, and a boxer.
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
With atomic war on the horizon, a pilot and a scientist plot to board their families on a spaceship and escape to another planet.
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
Astronauts are deserted on what appears to be an uncharted asteroid.
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
A woman driving cross-country keeps seeing a hitch-hiker everywhere she goes.
17 17 "The Fever" Robert Florey Rod Serling January 29, 1960 (1960-01-29) 173-3627
A man whose wife won them tickets to Las Vegas gets addicted to gambling, courtesy of a slot machine that calls his name.
18 18 "The Last Flight" William Claxton Richard Matheson February 5, 1960 (1960-02-05) 173-3607
A British World War I fighter pilot flies through a strange cloud and lands his biplane on a modern-day American airbase.
19 19 "The Purple Testament" Richard L. Bare Rod Serling February 12, 1960 (1960-02-12) 173-3619
An Army lieutenant serving in World War II has the ability to see who will die.
20 20 "Elegy" Douglas Heyes Charles Beaumont February 19, 1960 (1960-02-19) 173-3625
Astronauts land on an asteroid resembling Earth – but its inhabitants appear motionless.
21 21 "Mirror Image" John Brahm Rod Serling February 26, 1960 (1960-02-26) 173-3623
A woman in a bus depot is treated by strangers as if they have seen her before, and soon realizes that she has a doppelganger.
22 22 "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" Ronald Winston Rod Serling March 4, 1960 (1960-03-04) 173-3620
A power failure causes the residents of a suburban neighborhood to suspect one another of being monsters from outer space planning an invasion.
23 23 "A World of Difference" Ted Post Richard Matheson March 11, 1960 (1960-03-11) 173-3624
A businessman finds himself in another life as an actor playing a character in a movie.
24 24 "Long Live Walter Jameson" Anton Leader Charles Beaumont March 18, 1960 (1960-03-18) 173-3621
A history professor is revealed to have lived for thousands of years.
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
Two astronauts take an expedition to Mars, where one dies in a crash landing and the other learns how alike people really are.
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
A cowboy about to be hanged in 1880 is brought to the 20th century by a time machine.
27 27 "The Big Tall Wish" Ronald Winston Rod Serling April 8, 1960 (1960-04-08) 173-3630
A boy makes a wish for a boxer to win a comeback match.
28 28 "A Nice Place to Visit" John Brahm Charles Beaumont April 15, 1960 (1960-04-15) 173-3632
A thief is shot by police and winds up in a place where he has everything he has ever wanted.
29 29 "Nightmare as a Child" Alvin Ganzer Rod Serling April 29, 1960 (1960-04-29) 173-3635
A strange little girl reveals secrets about a schoolteacher's past.
30 30 "A Stop at Willoughby" Robert Parrish Rod Serling May 6, 1960 (1960-05-06) 173-3629
A stressed-out ad executive discovers a quiet town in his dreams.
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
A lovestruck man buys a love potion that works too well.
32 32 "A Passage for Trumpet" Don Medford Rod Serling May 20, 1960 (1960-05-20) 173-3633
A down-and-out trumpet player gets another chance at life after attempting suicide.
33 33 "Mr. Bevis" William Asher Rod Serling June 3, 1960 (1960-06-03) 173-3631
An angel offers to help a good-natured man who is having a bad day.
34 34 "The After Hours" Douglas Heyes Rod Serling June 10, 1960 (1960-06-10) 173-3637
A woman is told that the floor of a department store where she made a purchase does not exist.
35 35 "The Mighty Casey" Alvin Ganzer and Robert Parrish Rod Serling June 17, 1960 (1960-06-17) 173-3617
A baseball manager takes his team to the championships thanks to a robot pitcher.
36 36 "A World of His Own" Ralph Nelson Richard Matheson July 1, 1960 (1960-07-01) 173-3634
A playwright has the ability to bring anything to life by describing it to a tape recorder.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visions from the Twilight Zone" by Arlen Schumer, ISBN 0877016828
  2. ^ episode list at TV.com