The Twilight Zone (2002 TV series)

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The Twilight Zone
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GenreScience fiction
Based onThe Twilight Zone
by Rod Serling
Presented byForest Whitaker
Composer(s)Mark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes44[1]
Executive producer(s)John Watson
Mark Stern
Ira Steven Behr
Pen Densham
Production location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Spirit Dance Entertainment
Trilogy Entertainment Group
Joshmax Productions Services
New Line Television
Original networkUPN
Audio format5.1 Surround Sound
Original releaseSeptember 18, 2002 (2002-09-18) –
May 21, 2003 (2003-05-21)
Preceded byThe Twilight Zone (1985–89)
Followed byThe Twilight Zone (2019)

The Twilight Zone is the second of three revivals of Rod Serling's original 1959–64 television series. It aired for one season on the UPN network, with actor Forest Whitaker assuming Serling's role as narrator and on-screen host.[2] It premiered on September 18, 2002, and aired its final episode on May 21, 2003.

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 (singer of the band 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 police officer being bothered by telephone calls from beyond the grave, Brian Austin Green as a businessman who encounters items from his past that somehow reappear, Jeffrey Combs as a hypochondriac whose diseases become reality, and Katherine Heigl playing a woman who went back in time on a suicide mission 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" starring Molly Sims. 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 and Titus Welliver, 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 are not limited to: Penn Badgley, Scott Bairstow, Jason Bateman, Gil Bellows, Elizabeth Berkley, Xander Berkeley, Linda Cardellini, Keith Hamilton Cobb, Rory Culkin, Reed Diamond, Shannon Elizabeth, Ethan Embry, Sean Patrick Flanery, Lukas Haas, Wood Harris, Hill Harper, Jonathan Jackson, Moira Kelly, Erik King, Wayne Knight, Wallace Langham, Method Man, Samantha Mathis, Christopher McDonald, Tangi Miller, Pat O'Brien, Adrian Pasdar, Emily Perkins, Jeremy Piven, Jaime Pressly, James Remar, Portia de Rossi, Eriq La Salle, Michael Shanks, Jeremy Sisto, Jessica Simpson, Ione Skye, Amber Tamblyn, Christopher Titus, Robin Tunney, Vincent Ventresca, Dylan Walsh, Frank Whaley, Alicia Witt, and Gordon Michael Woolvett. McDonald, Langham, Xander Berkeley, and Haas had all previously guest starred in 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.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
1"Evergreen"Allan KroekerJill BlotevogelSeptember 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'FallonChristopher MackSeptember 18, 2002 (2002-09-18)103
A doctor named Dr. Jay Ferguson (Tyler Christopher) 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 LangIra Steven BehrSeptember 25, 2002 (2002-09-25)107
After refusing to help a black professor (Hill Harper) who's being beaten up by skinheads, a white man named Matt McGreevy (Vincent Ventresca) finds himself becoming the victimized professor and ends up targeted for racial hatred.
4"Dream Lover"Peter O'FallonFrederick RappaportSeptember 25, 2002 (2002-09-25)105
A comic book graphic artist named 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 SegonzacKamran PashaOctober 2, 2002 (2002-10-02)104
A woman (Katherine Heigl) working for a time travel organization is sent back in time to kill Adolf Hitler in infancy and prevent his reign of terror.
6"Night Route"Jean de SegonzacJill BlotevogelOctober 2, 2002 (2002-10-02)102
After nearly being hit by a car, a female English professor named Melina Kroner (Ione Skye) is haunted by a strange bus appearing in her street.
7"Time Lapse"John T. KretchmerJames CrockerOctober 9, 2002 (2002-10-09)109
An orderly named Zack Walker (Ethan Embry), suffering from blackouts, learns that his condition is the result of a cop using his body to stop an assassination attempt on the U.S. President and his daughter.
8"Dead Man's Eyes"Jerry LevineFrederick RappaportOctober 9, 2002 (2002-10-09)108
A widow named Lauren Janus (Portia di Rossi) discovers that she can see her deceased husband's life through his glasses...and uses the ability to figure out who the murderer is when she's called into court as a witness.
9"The Pool Guy"Paul ShapiroHans BeimlerOctober 16, 2002 (2002-10-16)111
A pool cleaner named Richie Almares (Lou Diamond Phillips) is having a recurring nightmare of a deceased man (Mackenzie Gray) who keeps telling him to wake up before shooting him.
10"Azoth the Avenger Is a Friend of Mine"Brad TurnerBrent V. FriedmanOctober 16, 2002 (2002-10-16)112
A young boy named Craig Henson (Rory Culkin), beset by abuse from the neighborhood bullies and his alcoholic, short-tempered father, wills his favorite superhero Azoth the Avenger (Patrick Warburton) to life, who teaches him about vengeance and courage.
11–12"The Lineman"Jonathan FrakesPen DenshamOctober 23, 2002 (2002-10-23)101
After being struck by lightning, a lineman named Tyler Ward (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 TurnerBradley Thompson & David WeddleOctober 30, 2002 (2002-10-30)110
A struggling musician named Cory Williams (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 ChappelleRobert Hewitt WolfeOctober 30, 2002 (2002-10-30)113
A housewife named Annie (Susanna Thompson) wishes for a better life, only to find that reality wants to replace her as well.
15"To Protect and Serve"Joe ChappelleKamran PashaNovember 6, 2002 (2002-11-06)115
Eric Boggs (Usher), an idealistic police officer, tries to rescue a prostitute from her pimp -- even if it means going into the afterlife.
16"Chosen"Winrich KolbeIra Steven BehrNovember 6, 2002 (2002-11-06)114
A hopeless and destitute man named Vincent Hansen (Jake Busey) angrily rebuffs two persistent missionaries who may well have the answer to all of his problems at the time when some people start to disappear.
17"Sensuous Cindy"John T. KretchmerJames CrockerNovember 13, 2002 (2002-11-13)116
Having sworn off all other women upon getting engaged, a man named Benjamin Baker (Greg Germann) is put to the test by a virtual-reality beauty named Cindy (Jaime Pressly) who wants him all to herself.
18"Hunted"Patrick NorrisChristopher MackNovember 13, 2002 (2002-11-13)117
A futuristic society is attacked by a vicious and mysterious murderer named Kreetor.
19"Mr. Motivation"Deran SarafianTeleplay by: Brent V. Friedman
Story by: Steven Aspis
November 20, 2002 (2002-11-20)118

A sinister toy doll (voiced by Pat O'Brien) encourages a timid man named Charles Stickney (Wallace Langham) to stand up to his boss Rick (Christopher McDonald) and take control of his life.

Note: An interesting Easter Egg found in this episode shows a poster in the background of a scene advertising "Nerverol Xanax 30mg".
20"Sanctuary"Patrick NorrisJames CrockerNovember 20, 2002 (2002-11-20)119
Stranded in a modern-day Garden of Eden, a sports agent named Scott Turner (Rob Estes) and a real estate agent named Marisa Sanborn (Elizabeth Berkley) soon find their idyllic world crumbling thanks to an injured motorcyclist (Nicki Aycox) and her working cell phone.
21"Future Trade"Bob BalabanClyde HayesNovember 27, 2002 (2002-11-27)121
A man named Martin Donner (Frank Whaley) with a dead-end job at a big-box store and a dysfunctional family is lured into trading his future for that of a seemingly privileged man with a trophy wife (Sofia Milos)...only to find out that the privileged life isn't everything.
22"Found and Lost"Vern GillumTeleplay by: Frederick Rappaport
Story by: Bill Mumy
November 27, 2002 (2002-11-27)120
A businessman named Sean Moore (Brian Austin Green) gets a chance to revisit the past and make another bid for Elizabeth Wicker (Moira Kelly) who was the woman that he loved.
23"Gabe's Story"Allan KroekerDusty KayDecember 11, 2002 (2002-12-11)123
A deliveryman named Gabe O'Brien (Christopher Titus) suffering from consistent bad luck is given a surprising chance to change his destiny.
24"Last Lap"Brad TurnerRob HeddenDecember 11, 2002 (2002-12-11)122
A terminally ill young man named Andy Perez (Clifton Collins, Jr.) and his best friend Marco Flores (Greg Serano) take a final ride in their souped-up racer that results in unexpected consequences for both.
25"The Path"Jerry LevineJames CrockerJanuary 8, 2003 (2003-01-08)125
A dissatisfied tabloid journalist named Ally Warner (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. KretchmerDavid Weddle & Bradley ThompsonJanuary 8, 2003 (2003-01-08)124
A flower shop clerk named Tina Bishop (Taryn Manning) is viciously stalked by one of the multiple personalities of a troubled pet store employee named George Straitton (Devon Gummersall).
27"Another Life"Risa Bramon GarciaAmir Mann & Brent V. FriedmanFebruary 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 reality and fantasy is crossed.
28"Rewind"Kevin BrayJames CrockerFebruary 5, 2003 (2003-02-05)127
A compulsive gambler named Jonah Beach (Eddie Kaye Thomas) who's given an old tape recorder which allows him to rewind 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 HeadStory by: Charles Largent
Teleplay by: Michael Angeli
February 12, 2003 (2003-02-12)129
A gang member and tagger named Marcus Fisher (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 PhillipsMoira Kirland DekkerFebruary 12, 2003 (2003-02-12)128
A teacher (Samantha Mathis) gains the power to predict death.
31"It's Still a Good Life"Allan KroekerIra 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 (Bill Mumy), the young boy 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 AllenTeleplay 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 SalleEriq La SalleFebruary 26, 2003 (2003-02-26)133
A law clerk named Ray Ellison (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-BrownMichael AngeliFebruary 26, 2003 (2003-02-26)132
A woman named Donna Saicheck (Bonnie Somerville) who is contemplating divorce from her husband Ted (Steve Bacic) gets a phone call from the police that her son has been kidnapped. Donna then sees this as part of a twisted reality game show hosted by a man known as Nick Dark (Wayne Knight).
35"The Placebo Effect"Jerry LevineTeleplay by: Brent V. Friedman
Story by: Rebecca Swanson
April 2, 2003 (2003-04-02)134
A description of an unnamed disease that the hypochondriac Harry Raditch (Jeffrey Combs) supposedly has comes to life when those around him become infected.
36"Cold Fusion"Eli RichbourgAshley Edward Miller & Zack StentzApril 2, 2003 (2003-04-02)135
A brilliant physicist named Paul Thorson (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 BalabanStephen BeckApril 23, 2003 (2003-04-23)139
An aspiring magician named Mario Devlin (Shawn Hatosy) seeks to learn the secret behind a legendary trick by legendary magician Harry Kellogg (Xander Berkeley).
38"The Collection"John T. KretchmerErin Maher & Kay ReindlApril 23, 2003 (2003-04-23)138
A night of babysitting turns to cold terror when a young woman named Miranda Evans (Jessica Simpson) realizes that the eerily lifelike doll collection of her client Danielle Rander (Ashley Edner) may explain the mysterious disappearances of the previous babysitters.
39"Eye of the Beholder"David R. EllisRod SerlingApril 30, 2003 (2003-04-30)140
In this remake of the classic Twilight Zone episode, a beautiful woman named Janet Tyler (Molly Sims) in a futuristic society where everyone is hideous undergoes her 11th attempt at surgically being like everyone else.
40"Developing"Allison Liddi-BrownMoira Kirland DekkerApril 30, 2003 (2003-04-30)141
A young photographer named Edie Durant (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 KousakisTeleplay by: Ira Steven Behr and Brent V. Friedman
Story by: Frederick Rappaport
May 7, 2003 (2003-05-07)143
A death row inmate named Grady Finch (Jeremy Sisto) claims to his lawyer Liz (Alicia Witt) that he is innocent as an unknown force ends up interfering in his executions.
42"Homecoming"Risa Bramon GarciaTeleplay by: Michael Angeli
Story by: Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
May 7, 2003 (2003-05-07)142
An army officer named Rob Malone (Gil Bellows) comes home to try and make amends with his wayward son Trace (Penn Badgley) before the boy learns his terrible secret.
43"Sunrise"Tim MathesonTeleplay by: Frederick Rappaport
Story by: Katrina Cabrera Ortega
May 21, 2003 (2003-05-21)137
Five college students named Marty (Jonathan Jackson), Amber (Sarah Carter), Noah (Michael Peña), Eve (Lauren Lee Smith), and Wesley (Tyler Labine) 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. According to some carvings, the only way to reverse the curse is to sacrifice someone.
44"Burned"John T. KretchmerSeth Weisburst & Daniel WolowiczMay 21, 2003 (2003-05-21)136
An agoraphobic real-estate mogul named Scott Crane (Jason Bateman) is haunted by the ghosts of twin children killed in an arson he paid a man to commit.

Home media[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.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lambert, David (June 22, 2004). "The Twilight Zone - Cover Art & More Details for Forest Whitaker-Hosted Version". Archived from the original on August 28, 2016. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  2. ^ "Shows A-Z – twilight zone, the on upn". Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  3. ^ Lacey, Gord (September 7, 2004). "The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review". Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2011.

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