The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series) (season 2)

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The Twilight Zone (season 2)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 29
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run September 30, 1960 (1960-09-30) – June 2, 1961 (1961-06-02)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 March 29, 2005 (2005-03-29)
Region 2 October 3, 2005 (2005-10-03)
Blu-ray Disc release
Region A November 16, 2010 (2010-11-16)
Season chronology
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List of The Twilight Zone episodes

The second season of The Twilight Zone aired Fridays at 10:00–10:30 pm (EST) on CBS from September 30, 1960 to June 2, 1961. There are 29 episodes.

Intro[edit]

This season debuted the theme music by Marius Constant most often associated with The Twilight Zone, replacing the first season music written by Bernard Herrmann. The graphics used for the intro were a hybrid of the two sets of graphics used for the first season, with some slight modifications to Rod Serling's narration. For the first three episodes Serling's narration went as follows:

"You're traveling through 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."

For the subsequent episodes some phrases were added, with the same set of graphics:

"You're traveling through another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead. Your next stop—The Twilight Zone."[1]

This opening was added to some first season episodes that were aired as repeats during the summer of 1961. In most of these Herrmann's theme music continued to be played for the closing credits.

Episodes[edit]

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
The sole survivor of a World War II bomber crash cannot find any trace of his crew, but he does see jet planes flying overhead.
38 2 "The Man in the Bottle" Don Medford Rod Serling October 7, 1960 (1960-10-07) 173-3638
A genie grants four wishes to a pawnbroker.
39 3 "Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room" Douglas Heyes Rod Serling October 14, 1960 (1960-10-14) 173-3641
A nervous hoodlum faces himself when his contact gives him his latest assignment.
40 4 "A Thing About Machines" David Orrick McDearmon Rod Serling October 28, 1960 (1960-10-28) 173-3645
A writer believes his machines are conspiring against him.
41 5 "The Howling Man" Douglas Heyes Charles Beaumont November 4, 1960 (1960-11-04) 173-3642
A man gets lost in a storm and comes upon a monastery where the monks claim a howling prisoner is the Devil himself.
42 6 "The Eye of the Beholder"
"The Private World of Darkness"
Douglas Heyes Rod Serling November 11, 1960 (1960-11-11) 173-3640
A woman lies in a hospital bed with her head wrapped in bandages after having facial surgery, hoping that her dreaded ugliness has at last been fixed.
43 7 "Nick of Time" Richard L. Bare Richard Matheson November 18, 1960 (1960-11-18) 173-3643
A superstitious newlywed becomes convinced that a fortune-teller's predictions are quite accurate.
44 8 "The Lateness of the Hour" Jack Smight Rod Serling December 2, 1960 (1960-12-02) 173-3652
A woman disapproves of her father's robot servants.
45 9 "The Trouble with Templeton" Buzz Kulik E. Jack Neuman December 9, 1960 (1960-12-09) 173-3649
A Broadway actor yearning for the days when his wife was alive gets his wish.
46 10 "A Most Unusual Camera" John Rich Rod Serling December 16, 1960 (1960-12-16) 173-3606
A thieving couple discover that a camera that they have stolen takes pictures of the future.
47 11 "The Night of the Meek" Jack Smight Rod Serling December 23, 1960 (1960-12-23) 173-3663
A drunken department store Santa Claus is fired on Christmas Eve – then finds a bag that gives people anything they want.
48 12 "Dust" Douglas Heyes Rod Serling January 6, 1961 (1961-01-06) 173-3653
The father of a man about to be hanged buys "magic dust" from a peddler, hoping to save his son.
49 13 "Back There" David Orrick McDearmon Rod Serling January 13, 1961 (1961-01-13) 173-3648
A man finds himself back in time to the date of Lincoln's assassination.
50 14 "The Whole Truth" James Sheldon Rod Serling January 20, 1961 (1961-01-20) 173-3666
A used-car dealer is forced to tell the truth after buying a car from an old man who says it is haunted.
51 15 "The Invaders" Douglas Heyes Richard Matheson January 27, 1961 (1961-01-27) 173-3646
A woman living alone in a rural house is stalked by tiny beings from another planet.
52 16 "A Penny for Your Thoughts" James Sheldon George Clayton Johnson February 3, 1961 (1961-02-03) 173-3650
When a coin lands on its edge, a bank clerk gains the ability to hear other people's thoughts – and soon learns that you cannot always believe what you hear.
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
While in the hospital, a dancer keeps having the same nightmare about being led to room twenty-two – the morgue.
54 18 "The Odyssey of Flight 33" Jus Addiss Rod Serling February 24, 1961 (1961-02-24) 173-3651
A strange increase in speed causes a jet airliner to travel back in time.
55 19 "Mr. Dingle, the Strong" John Brahm Rod Serling March 3, 1961 (1961-03-03) 173-3644
A meek vacuum cleaner salesman is given incredible strength by a pair of Martians as part of an experiment.
56 20 "Static" Buzz Kulik Charles Beaumont
Based on a Story by: OCee Rich
March 10, 1961 (1961-03-10) 173-3665
A radio allows an old man to listen to programs from his past.
57 21 "The Prime Mover" Richard L. Bare Charles Beaumont March 24, 1961 (1961-03-24) 173-3647
A gambler uses his friend's telekinesis to win big in Las Vegas.
58 22 "Long Distance Call" James Sheldon Charles Beaumont and William Idelson March 31, 1961 (1961-03-31) 173-3667
A boy talks with his beloved, dead grandmother on the toy telephone she gave him before she died.
59 23 "A Hundred Yards Over the Rim" Buzz Kulik Rod Serling April 7, 1961 (1961-04-07) 173-3654
A pioneer traveling west with his family and friends in 1847 goes over the horizon to find food and water – only to find himself in the mid-20th century.
60 24 "The Rip Van Winkle Caper" Jus Addiss Rod Serling April 21, 1961 (1961-04-21) 173-3655
A gang of criminals needs a place to hide out with the gold they have stolen. The leader designs suspended animation chambers set to open in a hundred years.
61 25 "The Silence" Boris Sagal Rod Serling April 28, 1961 (1961-04-28) 173-3658
An aristocrat bets a million dollars that a talkative acquaintance cannot stay silent for a year.
62 26 "Shadow Play" John Brahm Charles Beaumont May 5, 1961 (1961-05-05) 173-3657
A man convicted of murder keeps insisting that everything happening is a bad dream.
63 27 "The Mind and the Matter" Buzz Kulik Rod Serling May 12, 1961 (1961-05-12) 173-3659
A man uses the power of concentration to remake the world in his image.
64 28 "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" Montgomery Pittman Rod Serling May 26, 1961 (1961-05-26) 173-3660
State troopers investigating a UFO sighting track footprints to a diner, where they try to determine which one of seven bus passengers is really a Martian.
65 29 "The Obsolete Man" Elliot Silverstein Rod Serling June 2, 1961 (1961-06-02) 173-3661
In a future society without books, a librarian is declared obsolete and makes rather unusual requests for his execution.


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