The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series, season 2)

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The Twilight Zone
Season 2
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes29
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 30, 1960 (1960-09-30) –
June 2, 1961 (1961-06-02)
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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.


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.


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byMusic byOriginal air dateProd.
371"King Nine Will Not Return"Buzz KulikRod SerlingFred SteinerSeptember 30, 1960 (1960-09-30)173-3639
The sole survivor of a World War II bomber crash (Robert Cummings) cannot find any trace of his crew, but he does see jet planes flying overhead.
382"The Man in the Bottle"Don MedfordRod SerlingN/AOctober 7, 1960 (1960-10-07)173-3638
A genie (Joseph Ruskin) grants four wishes to an unsuccessful pawnbroker (Luther Adler) and his wife (Vivi Janiss).
393"Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room"Douglas HeyesRod SerlingJerry GoldsmithOctober 14, 1960 (1960-10-14)173-3641
A nervous gangster (Joe Mantell) faces himself when his boss (William D. Gordon) gives him his latest assignment.
404"A Thing About Machines"David Orrick McDearmonRod SerlingN/AOctober 28, 1960 (1960-10-28)173-3645
A writer (Richard Haydn) believes machines are conspiring against him.
415"The Howling Man"Douglas HeyesCharles BeaumontN/ANovember 4, 1960 (1960-11-04)173-3642
A man (H.M. Wynant) lost in a storm finds a monastery where the monks (John Carradine, Frederic Ledebur) claim a howling prisoner (Robin Hughes) is the Devil himself.
426"Eye of the Beholder"
"The Private World of Darkness"
Douglas HeyesRod SerlingBernard HerrmannNovember 11, 1960 (1960-11-11)173-3640
A woman (Donna Douglas) wrapped in bandages after facial surgery hopes that she will no longer be ugly. Maxine Stuart voices Douglas' role while the latter's character is wrapped in bandages.
437"Nick of Time"Richard L. BareRichard MathesonN/ANovember 18, 1960 (1960-11-18)173-3643
A superstitious newlywed (William Shatner) becomes convinced, in spite of the protests of his bride (Patricia Breslin), that a fortune-telling machine's predictions are quite accurate.
448"The Lateness of the Hour"Jack SmightRod SerlingN/ADecember 2, 1960 (1960-12-02)173-3662
A woman (Inger Stevens) disapproves of the robot servants of her father (John Hoyt). NOTE: First of six episodes shot on video.
459"The Trouble with Templeton"Buzz KulikE. Jack NeumanJeff AlexanderDecember 9, 1960 (1960-12-09)173-3649
A Broadway actor (Brian Aherne) yearning for the days when his wife (Pippa Scott) was alive gets his wish.
4610"A Most Unusual Camera"John RichRod SerlingN/ADecember 16, 1960 (1960-12-16)173-3606
A thieving couple (Fred Clark, Jean Carson) discover that a camera that they have stolen takes pictures of the future.
4711"The Night of the Meek"Jack SmightRod SerlingN/ADecember 23, 1960 (1960-12-23)173-3665
A drunken department store Santa Claus (Art Carney) is fired by his boss (John Fiedler) on Christmas Eve and then finds a sack that gives people anything they want. NOTE: Fourth of six episodes shot on video.
4812"Dust"Douglas HeyesRod SerlingJerry GoldsmithJanuary 6, 1961 (1961-01-06)173-3653
In the Old West, the desperate father (Vladimir Sokoloff) of a condemned man (John A. Alonzo) buys "magic dust" from a peddler (Thomas Gomez) to save his son.
4913"Back There"David Orrick McDearmonRod SerlingJerry GoldsmithJanuary 13, 1961 (1961-01-13)173-3648
An engineer (Russell Johnson) travels through time to the date of Abraham Lincoln's assassination and tries to change history.
5014"The Whole Truth"James SheldonRod SerlingN/AJanuary 20, 1961 (1961-01-20)173-3664
A used-car dealer (Jack Carson) is forced to tell the truth after buying a car from an old man (George Chandler) who says it is haunted. NOTE: Third of six episodes shot on video.
5115"The Invaders"Douglas HeyesRichard MathesonJerry GoldsmithJanuary 27, 1961 (1961-01-27)173-3646
A woman (Agnes Moorehead) living alone in a rural house is stalked by tiny beings from another planet.
5216"A Penny for Your Thoughts"James SheldonGeorge Clayton JohnsonN/AFebruary 3, 1961 (1961-02-03)173-3650
When a coin lands on its edge, a bank clerk (Dick York) gains the ability to hear other people's thoughts – and soon learns that you cannot always believe what you hear.
5317"Twenty Two"Jack SmightBased on an anecdote by : Bennett Cerf
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
N/AFebruary 10, 1961 (1961-02-10)173-3666
A dancer (Barbara Nichols) hospitalized for exhaustion has a recurring nightmare in which she is led to Room 22, the morgue, by a sinister nurse (Arlene Martel). NOTE: Fifth of six episodes shot on video.
5418"The Odyssey of Flight 33"Jus AddissRod SerlingN/AFebruary 24, 1961 (1961-02-24)173-3651
A strange increase in speed causes a jet airliner to travel back in time.
5519"Mr. Dingle, the Strong"John BrahmRod SerlingN/AMarch 3, 1961 (1961-03-03)173-3644
A meek vacuum cleaner salesman (Burgess Meredith) is given incredible strength by a two-headed Martian (Douglas Spencer, Michael Fox) as part of an experiment.
5620"Static"Buzz KulikBased on a story by : OCee Ritch
Teleplay by : Charles Beaumont
N/AMarch 10, 1961 (1961-03-10)173-3663
A radio allows an old man (Dean Jagger) to listen to programs from his past. NOTE: Second of six episodes shot on video.
5721"The Prime Mover"Richard L. BareCharles BeaumontN/AMarch 24, 1961 (1961-03-24)173-3647
A gambler (Dane Clark) uses the telekinetic powers of his friend (Buddy Ebsen) to win big in Las Vegas.
5822"Long Distance Call"James SheldonCharles Beaumont and William IdelsonN/AMarch 31, 1961 (1961-03-31)173-3667
A boy (Bill Mumy) talks with his dead grandmother (Lili Darvas) on the toy telephone she gave him before she died. NOTE: Sixth of six episodes shot on video.
5923"A Hundred Yards Over the Rim"Buzz KulikRod SerlingFred SteinerApril 7, 1961 (1961-04-07)173-3654
In the year 1847, a pioneer (Cliff Robertson) traveling west with his family and friends scouts ahead for food and water and finds himself in the year 1961.
6024"The Rip Van Winkle Caper"Jus AddissRod SerlingN/AApril 21, 1961 (1961-04-21)173-3655
A gang of gold thieves (Oscar Beregi, Jr., John Mitchum, Simon Oakland, Lew Gallo) use suspended animation chambers, set to revive them in a hundred years, to evade the authorities.
6125"The Silence"Boris SagalRod SerlingN/AApril 28, 1961 (1961-04-28)173-3658
An aristocratic club member (Franchot Tone) bets that a talkative acquaintance (Liam Sullivan) cannot stay silent for an entire year.
6226"Shadow Play"John BrahmCharles BeaumontN/AMay 5, 1961 (1961-05-05)173-3657
A man (Dennis Weaver) convicted of murder and awaiting execution insists that everything happening is just a dream.
6327"The Mind and the Matter"Buzz KulikRod SerlingN/AMay 12, 1961 (1961-05-12)173-3659
A man (Shelley Berman) uses the power of concentration to remake the world in his image.
6428"Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?"Montgomery PittmanRod SerlingN/AMay 26, 1961 (1961-05-26)173-3660
State troopers (John Archer, Morgan Jones) investigating a UFO sighting track footprints to a diner, where they try to determine which one of seven bus passengers is really a Martian.
6529"The Obsolete Man"Elliot SilversteinRod SerlingN/AJune 2, 1961 (1961-06-02)173-3661
In a future totalitarian society, a librarian (Burgess Meredith) is declared obsolete and makes rather unusual requests to the Chancellor (Fritz Weaver) as to the manner of his execution.