List of The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series) episodes

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The original The Twilight Zone 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.

Series overview[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 Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Pilot November 24, 1958 (1958-11-24)
1 36 October 2, 1959 (1959-10-02) July 1, 1960 (1960-07-01)
2 29 September 30, 1960 (1960-09-30) June 2, 1961 (1961-06-02)
3 37 September 15, 1961 (1961-09-15) June 1, 1962 (1962-06-01)
4 18 January 3, 1963 (1963-01-03) May 23, 1963 (1963-05-23)
5 36 September 27, 1963 (1963-09-27) June 19, 1964 (1964-06-19)

Episodes[edit]

Concept (1958)[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 considered the seed 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 ReisnerRod SerlingNovember 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.

Pilot (1959)[edit]

The pilot episode for the series was called "Where is Everybody?" The episode was reformatted when included in the series. It differs from the broadcast episode in only minor ways.

Season 1 (1959–60)[edit]

Note: Episode titles were not shown on screen, but were 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. They have since been fully restored on the Blu-ray releases.

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
11"Where Is Everybody?"Robert StevensRod SerlingOctober 2, 1959 (1959-10-02)173-3601
22"One for the Angels"Robert ParrishRod SerlingOctober 9, 1959 (1959-10-09)173-3608
33"Mr. Denton on Doomsday"Allen ReisnerRod SerlingOctober 16, 1959 (1959-10-16)173-3609
44"The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine"Mitchell LeisenRod SerlingOctober 23, 1959 (1959-10-23)173-3610
55"Walking Distance"Robert StevensRod SerlingOctober 30, 1959 (1959-10-30)173-3605
66"Escape Clause"Mitchell LeisenRod SerlingNovember 6, 1959 (1959-11-06)173-3603
77"The Lonely"Jack SmightRod SerlingNovember 13, 1959 (1959-11-13)173-3602
88"Time Enough at Last"John BrahmBased on a short story by : Lyn Venable
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
November 20, 1959 (1959-11-20)173-3614
99"Perchance to Dream"Robert FloreyCharles BeaumontNovember 27, 1959 (1959-11-27)173-3616
1010"Judgment Night"John BrahmRod SerlingDecember 4, 1959 (1959-12-04)173-3604
1111"And When the Sky Was Opened"Douglas HeyesBased on a short story by : Richard Matheson
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
December 11, 1959 (1959-12-11)173-3611
1212"What You Need"Alvin GanzerBased on a short story by : Lewis Padgett
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
December 25, 1959 (1959-12-25)173-3622
1313"The Four of Us Are Dying"John BrahmBased on a short story by : George Clayton Johnson
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
January 1, 1960 (1960-01-01)173-3618
1414"Third from the Sun"Richard L. BareBased on a short story by : Richard Matheson
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
January 8, 1960 (1960-01-08)173-3615
1515"I Shot an Arrow into the Air"Stuart RosenbergBased on a story by : Madelon Champion
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
January 15, 1960 (1960-01-15)173-3626
1616"The Hitch-Hiker"Alvin GanzerBased on the radio play by : Lucille Fletcher
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
January 22, 1960 (1960-01-22)173-3612
1717"The Fever"Robert FloreyRod SerlingJanuary 29, 1960 (1960-01-29)173-3627
1818"The Last Flight"William ClaxtonRichard MathesonFebruary 5, 1960 (1960-02-05)173-3607
1919"The Purple Testament"Richard L. BareRod SerlingFebruary 12, 1960 (1960-02-12)173-3619
2020"Elegy"Douglas HeyesCharles BeaumontFebruary 19, 1960 (1960-02-19)173-3625
2121"Mirror Image"John BrahmRod SerlingFebruary 26, 1960 (1960-02-26)173-3623
2222"The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street"Ronald WinstonRod SerlingMarch 4, 1960 (1960-03-04)173-3620
2323"A World of Difference"Ted PostRichard MathesonMarch 11, 1960 (1960-03-11)173-3624
2424"Long Live Walter Jameson"Anton LeaderCharles BeaumontMarch 18, 1960 (1960-03-18)173-3621
2525"People Are Alike All Over"Mitchell LeisenBased on a short story by : Paul Fairman
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
March 25, 1960 (1960-03-25)173-3613
2626"Execution"David Orrick McDearmonBased on a short story by : George Clayton Johnson
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
April 1, 1960 (1960-04-01)173-3628
2727"The Big Tall Wish"Ronald WinstonRod SerlingApril 8, 1960 (1960-04-08)173-3630
2828"A Nice Place to Visit"John BrahmCharles BeaumontApril 15, 1960 (1960-04-15)173-3632
2929"Nightmare as a Child"Alvin GanzerRod SerlingApril 29, 1960 (1960-04-29)173-3635
3030"A Stop at Willoughby"Robert ParrishRod SerlingMay 6, 1960 (1960-05-06)173-3629
3131"The Chaser"Douglas HeyesBased on a short story by : John Collier
Teleplay by : Robert Presnell, Jr.
May 13, 1960 (1960-05-13)173-3636
3232"A Passage for Trumpet"Don MedfordRod SerlingMay 20, 1960 (1960-05-20)173-3633
3333"Mr. Bevis"William AsherRod SerlingJune 3, 1960 (1960-06-03)173-3631
3434"The After Hours"Douglas HeyesRod SerlingJune 10, 1960 (1960-06-10)173-3637
3535"The Mighty Casey"Alvin Ganzer and Robert ParrishRod SerlingJune 17, 1960 (1960-06-17)173-3617
3636"A World of His Own"Ralph NelsonRichard MathesonJuly 1, 1960 (1960-07-01)173-3634


Season 2 (1960–61)[edit]

Unlike season 1, episode titles were shown on screen during the end credits.

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
371"King Nine Will Not Return"Buzz KulikRod SerlingSeptember 30, 1960 (1960-09-30)173-3639
382"The Man in the Bottle"Don MedfordRod SerlingOctober 7, 1960 (1960-10-07)173-3638
393"Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room"Douglas HeyesRod SerlingOctober 14, 1960 (1960-10-14)173-3641
404"A Thing About Machines"David Orrick McDearmonRod SerlingOctober 28, 1960 (1960-10-28)173-3645
415"The Howling Man"Douglas HeyesCharles BeaumontNovember 4, 1960 (1960-11-04)173-3642
426"Eye of the Beholder"
"The Private World of Darkness"
Douglas HeyesRod SerlingNovember 11, 1960 (1960-11-11)173-3640
437"Nick of Time"Richard L. BareRichard MathesonNovember 18, 1960 (1960-11-18)173-3643
448"The Lateness of the Hour"Jack SmightRod SerlingDecember 2, 1960 (1960-12-02)173-3652
459"The Trouble with Templeton"Buzz KulikE. Jack NeumanDecember 9, 1960 (1960-12-09)173-3649
4610"A Most Unusual Camera"John RichRod SerlingDecember 16, 1960 (1960-12-16)173-3606
4711"The Night of the Meek"Jack SmightRod SerlingDecember 23, 1960 (1960-12-23)173-3663
4812"Dust"Douglas HeyesRod SerlingJanuary 6, 1961 (1961-01-06)173-3653
4913"Back There"David Orrick McDearmonRod SerlingJanuary 13, 1961 (1961-01-13)173-3648
5014"The Whole Truth"James SheldonRod SerlingJanuary 20, 1961 (1961-01-20)173-3666
5115"The Invaders"Douglas HeyesRichard MathesonJanuary 27, 1961 (1961-01-27)173-3646
5216"A Penny for Your Thoughts"James SheldonGeorge Clayton JohnsonFebruary 3, 1961 (1961-02-03)173-3650
5317"Twenty-Two"Jack SmightBased on an anecdote from : Bennett Cerf's "Famous Ghost Stories"
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
February 10, 1961 (1961-02-10)173-3664
5418"The Odyssey of Flight 33"Jus AddissRod SerlingFebruary 24, 1961 (1961-02-24)173-3651
5519"Mr. Dingle, the Strong"John BrahmRod SerlingMarch 3, 1961 (1961-03-03)173-3644
5620"Static"Buzz KulikBased on a story by : OCee Rich
Teleplay by : Charles Beaumont
March 10, 1961 (1961-03-10)173-3665
5721"The Prime Mover"Richard L. BareCharles BeaumontMarch 24, 1961 (1961-03-24)173-3647
5822"Long Distance Call"James SheldonCharles Beaumont and William IdelsonMarch 31, 1961 (1961-03-31)173-3667
5923"A Hundred Yards Over the Rim"Buzz KulikRod SerlingApril 7, 1961 (1961-04-07)173-3654
6024"The Rip Van Winkle Caper"Jus AddissRod SerlingApril 21, 1961 (1961-04-21)173-3655
6125"The Silence"Boris SagalRod SerlingApril 28, 1961 (1961-04-28)173-3658
6226"Shadow Play"John BrahmCharles BeaumontMay 5, 1961 (1961-05-05)173-3657
6327"The Mind and the Matter"Buzz KulikRod SerlingMay 12, 1961 (1961-05-12)173-3659
6428"Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?"Montgomery PittmanRod SerlingMay 26, 1961 (1961-05-26)173-3660
6529"The Obsolete Man"Elliot SilversteinRod SerlingJune 2, 1961 (1961-06-02)173-3661


Season 3 (1961–62)[edit]

Beginning with this season, episode titles were shown on screen after Serling's opening monologues.

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
661"Two"Montgomery PittmanMontgomery PittmanSeptember 15, 1961 (1961-09-15)4802
672"The Arrival"Boris SagalRod SerlingSeptember 22, 1961 (1961-09-22)4814
683"The Shelter"Lamont JohnsonRod SerlingSeptember 29, 1961 (1961-09-29)4803
694"The Passersby"Elliot SilversteinRod SerlingOctober 6, 1961 (1961-10-06)4817
705"A Game of Pool"Buzz KulikGeorge Clayton JohnsonOctober 13, 1961 (1961-10-13)4815
716"The Mirror"Don MedfordRod SerlingOctober 20, 1961 (1961-10-20)4819
727"The Grave"Montgomery PittmanMontgomery PittmanOctober 27, 1961 (1961-10-27)3656
738"It's a Good Life"James SheldonBased on a short story by : Jerome Bixby
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
November 3, 1961 (1961-11-03)4801
749"Deaths-Head Revisited"Don MedfordRod SerlingNovember 10, 1961 (1961-11-10)4804
7510"The Midnight Sun"Anton LeaderRod SerlingNovember 17, 1961 (1961-11-17)4818
7611"Still Valley"James SheldonBased on a short story by : Manly Wade Wellman
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
November 24, 1961 (1961-11-24)4808
7712"The Jungle"William ClaxtonCharles BeaumontDecember 1, 1961 (1961-12-01)4806
7813"Once Upon a Time"Norman Z. McLeodRichard MathesonDecember 15, 1961 (1961-12-15)4820
7914"Five Characters in Search of an Exit"Lamont JohnsonBased on a short story by : Marvin Petal
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
December 22, 1961 (1961-12-22)4805
8015"A Quality of Mercy"Buzz KulikBased on an idea by : Sam Rolfe
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
December 29, 1961 (1961-12-29)4809
8116"Nothing in the Dark"Lamont JohnsonGeorge Clayton JohnsonJanuary 5, 1962 (1962-01-05)3662
8217"One More Pallbearer"Lamont JohnsonRod SerlingJanuary 12, 1962 (1962-01-12)4823
8318"Dead Man's Shoes"Montgomery PittmanCharles BeaumontJanuary 19, 1962 (1962-01-19)4824
8419"The Hunt"Harold SchusterEarl Hamner, Jr.January 26, 1962 (1962-01-26)4810
8520"Showdown with Rance McGrew"Christian NybyBased on an idea by : Frederic Louis Fox
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
February 2, 1962 (1962-02-02)4812
8621"Kick the Can"Lamont JohnsonGeorge Clayton JohnsonFebruary 9, 1962 (1962-02-09)4821
8722"A Piano in the House"David GreeneEarl Hamner, Jr.February 16, 1962 (1962-02-16)4825
8823"The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank"Montgomery PittmanMontgomery PittmanFebruary 23, 1962 (1962-02-23)4811
8924"To Serve Man"Richard L. BareBased on a story by : Damon Knight
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
March 2, 1962 (1962-03-02)4807
9025"The Fugitive"Richard L. BareCharles BeaumontMarch 9, 1962 (1962-03-09)4816
9126"Little Girl Lost"Paul StewartRichard MathesonMarch 16, 1962 (1962-03-16)4828
9227"Person or Persons Unknown"John BrahmCharles BeaumontMarch 23, 1962 (1962-03-23)4829
9328"The Little People"William ClaxtonRod SerlingMarch 30, 1962 (1962-03-30)4822
9429"Four O'Clock"Lamont JohnsonBased on a short story by : Price Day
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
April 6, 1962 (1962-04-06)4832
9530"Hocus-Pocus and Frisby"Lamont JohnsonBased on a story by : Frederic Louis Fox
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
April 13, 1962 (1962-04-13)4833
9631"The Trade-Ins"Elliot SilversteinRod SerlingApril 20, 1962 (1962-04-20)4831
9732"The Gift"Allen H. MinerRod SerlingApril 27, 1962 (1962-04-27)4830
9833"The Dummy"Abner BibermanBased on a story by : Lee Polk
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
May 4, 1962 (1962-05-04)4834
9934"Young Man's Fancy"John BrahmRichard MathesonMay 11, 1962 (1962-05-11)4813
10035"I Sing the Body Electric"William Claxton and James SheldonRay BradburyMay 18, 1962 (1962-05-18)4826
10136"Cavender Is Coming"Christian NybyRod SerlingMay 25, 1962 (1962-05-25)4827
10237"The Changing of the Guard"Robert Ellis MillerRod SerlingJune 1, 1962 (1962-06-01)4835


Season 4 (1963)[edit]

This season was used as a mid-season replacement for the Fair Exchange 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
1031"In His Image"Perry LaffertyCharles BeaumontJanuary 3, 1963 (1963-01-03)4851
1042"The Thirty Fathom Grave"Perry LaffertyRod SerlingJanuary 10, 1963 (1963-01-10)4857
1053"Valley of the Shadow"Perry LaffertyCharles BeaumontJanuary 17, 1963 (1963-01-17)4861
1064"He's Alive"Stuart RosenbergRod SerlingJanuary 24, 1963 (1963-01-24)4856
1075"Mute"Stuart RosenbergRichard MathesonJanuary 31, 1963 (1963-01-31)4858
1086"Death Ship"Don MedfordRichard MathesonFebruary 7, 1963 (1963-02-07)4850
1097"Jess-Belle"Buzz KulikEarl Hamner, Jr.February 14, 1963 (1963-02-14)4855
1108"Miniature"Walter GraumanCharles BeaumontFebruary 21, 1963 (1963-02-21)4862
1119"Printer's Devil"Ralph SenenskyCharles BeaumontFebruary 28, 1963 (1963-02-28)4864
11210"No Time Like the Past"Jus AddissRod SerlingMarch 7, 1963 (1963-03-07)4853
11311"The Parallel"Alan Crosland, Jr.Rod SerlingMarch 14, 1963 (1963-03-14)4859
11412"I Dream of Genie"Robert GistJohn Furia, Jr.March 21, 1963 (1963-03-21)4860
11513"The New Exhibit"John BrahmCharles BeaumontApril 4, 1963 (1963-04-04)4866
11614"Of Late I Think of Cliffordville"David Lowell RichBased on the short story "Blind Valley" by : Malcolm Jameson
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
April 11, 1963 (1963-04-11)4867
11715"The Incredible World of Horace Ford"Abner BibermanReginald RoseApril 18, 1963 (1963-04-18)4854
11816"On Thursday We Leave for Home"Buzz KulikRod SerlingMay 2, 1963 (1963-05-02)4868
11917"Passage on the Lady Anne"Lamont JohnsonCharles BeaumontMay 9, 1963 (1963-05-09)4869
12018"The Bard"David ButlerRod SerlingMay 23, 1963 (1963-05-23)4852


Season 5 (1963–64)[edit]

In the fifth and final season, the series went back to a half-hour format, returned to a fall start, and aired Friday nights at 9:30 pm (EST) on CBS.

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
1211"In Praise of Pip"Joseph M. NewmanRod SerlingSeptember 27, 1963 (1963-09-27)2607
1222"Steel"Don WeisRichard MathesonOctober 4, 1963 (1963-10-04)2602
1233"Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"Richard DonnerRichard MathesonOctober 11, 1963 (1963-10-11)2605
1244"A Kind of a Stopwatch"John RichBased on a story by : Michael D. Rosenthal
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
October 18, 1963 (1963-10-18)2609
1255"The Last Night of a Jockey"Joseph M. NewmanRod SerlingOctober 25, 1963 (1963-10-25)2616
1266"Living Doll"Richard C. SarafianCharles BeaumontNovember 1, 1963 (1963-11-01)2621
1277"The Old Man in the Cave"Alan Crosland, Jr.Based on the short story "The Old Man" by : Henry Slesar
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
November 8, 1963 (1963-11-08)2603
1288"Uncle Simon"Don SiegelRod SerlingNovember 15, 1963 (1963-11-15)2604
1299"Probe 7, Over and Out"Ted PostRod SerlingNovember 29, 1963 (1963-11-29)2622
13010"The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms"Alan Crosland Jr.Rod SerlingDecember 6, 1963 (1963-12-06)2606
13111"A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain"Bernard GirardBased on a story by : Lou Holz
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
December 13, 1963 (1963-12-13)2614
13212"Ninety Years Without Slumbering"Roger KayStory by : Johnson Smith
Teleplay by : Richard De Roy
December 20, 1963 (1963-12-20)2615
13313"Ring-a-Ding Girl"Alan Crosland, Jr.Earl Hamner, Jr.December 27, 1963 (1963-12-27)2623
13414"You Drive"John BrahmEarl Hamner, Jr.January 3, 1964 (1964-01-03)2625
13515"The Long Morrow"Robert FloreyRod SerlingJanuary 10, 1964 (1964-01-10)2624
13616"The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross"Don SiegelBased on a short story by : Henry Slesar
Teleplay by : Jerry McNeely
January 17, 1964 (1964-01-17)2612
13717"Number 12 Looks Just Like You"Abner BibermanCharles Beaumont and John TomerlinJanuary 24, 1964 (1964-01-24)2618
13818"Black Leather Jackets"Joseph M. NewmanEarl Hamner, Jr.January 31, 1964 (1964-01-31)2628
13919"Night Call"Jacques TourneurRichard MathesonFebruary 7, 1964 (1964-02-07)2610
14020"From Agnes – With Love"Richard DonnerBernard C. SchoenfeldFebruary 14, 1964 (1964-02-14)2629
14121"Spur of the Moment"Elliot SilversteinRichard MathesonFebruary 21, 1964 (1964-02-21)2608
14222"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"Robert EnricoFrom a story by : Ambrose Bierce
Adapted by : Robert Enrico
February 28, 1964 (1964-02-28)N/A
14323"Queen of the Nile"John BrahmCharles BeaumontMarch 6, 1964 (1964-03-06)2626
14424"What's in the Box"Richard L. BareMartin M. GoldsmithMarch 13, 1964 (1964-03-13)2635
14525"The Masks"Ida LupinoRod SerlingMarch 20, 1964 (1964-03-20)2601
14626"I Am the Night—Color Me Black"Abner BibermanRod SerlingMarch 27, 1964 (1964-03-27)2630
14727"Sounds and Silences"Richard DonnerRod SerlingApril 3, 1964 (1964-04-03)2631
14828"Caesar and Me"Robert ButlerAdele T. StrassfieldApril 10, 1964 (1964-04-10)2636
14929"The Jeopardy Room"Richard DonnerRod SerlingApril 17, 1964 (1964-04-17)2639
15030"Stopover in a Quiet Town"Ron WinstonEarl Hamner, Jr.April 24, 1964 (1964-04-24)2611
15131"The Encounter"Robert ButlerMartin M. GoldsmithMay 1, 1964 (1964-05-01)2640
15232"Mr. Garrity and the Graves"Ted PostBased on a story by : Mike Korologos
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
May 8, 1964 (1964-05-08)2637
15333"The Brain Center at Whipple's"Richard DonnerRod SerlingMay 15, 1964 (1964-05-15)2632
15434"Come Wander with Me"Richard DonnerAnthony WilsonMay 22, 1964 (1964-05-22)2641
15535"The Fear"Ted PostRod SerlingMay 29, 1964 (1964-05-29)2633
15636"The Bewitchin' Pool"Joseph M. NewmanEarl Hamner, Jr.June 19, 1964 (1964-06-19)2619


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