The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series) season 5

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The Twilight Zone
Season 5
No. of episodes36
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 27, 1963 (1963-09-27) –
June 19, 1964 (1964-06-19)
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The fifth and final season of The Twilight Zone aired Fridays at 9:30–10:00 pm (EST) on CBS from September 27, 1963 to June 19, 1964. It featured the same intro as the fourth season, but reverted to the original half-hour format.[1] A color version of the opening was later used for Twilight Zone: The Movie.


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byMusic byOriginal air dateProd.
1211"In Praise of Pip"Joseph M. NewmanRod SerlingRene GarriguencSeptember 27, 1963 (1963-09-27)2607
A bookie (Jack Klugman) receives news that his son Pip (Bobby Diamond) has been seriously wounded in combat. He soon gets the chance to not only see his son one last time but also to save him.
1222"Steel"Don WeisRichard MathesonVan CleaveOctober 4, 1963 (1963-10-04)2602
In 1974, a boxing promoter (Lee Marvin) tries to get the most out of his broken-down robot boxer.
1233"Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"Richard DonnerRichard MathesonN/AOctober 11, 1963 (1963-10-11)2605

A salesman (William Shatner) recovering from a nervous breakdown sees a creature on the wing of the airplane he is on, but no one believes him.

Note: This was remade as Segment IV of Twilight Zone: The Movie, with George Miller directing. It is also the basis for "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet", the second episode of the fourth Twilight Zone series.
1244"A Kind of a Stopwatch"John RichBased on a story by : Michael D. Rosenthal
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
Van CleaveOctober 18, 1963 (1963-10-18)2609
A talkative bore (Richard Erdman) acquires a stopwatch that halts time.
1255"The Last Night of a Jockey"Joseph M. NewmanRod SerlingN/AOctober 25, 1963 (1963-10-25)2616
A disgraced jockey (Mickey Rooney) is granted his wish to be "big."
1266"Living Doll"Richard C. SarafianCharles BeaumontBernard HerrmannNovember 1, 1963 (1963-11-01)2621
A man (Telly Savalas) finds himself being actually physically threatened by his stepdaughter's (Tracy Stratford) new talking doll (voiced by June Foray).
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
N/ANovember 8, 1963 (1963-11-08)2603
In 1974, a former soldier (James Coburn) and his band of scavengers cause discord for a community of atomic war survivors who are being guided by an unseen cave dweller.
1288"Uncle Simon"Don SiegelRod SerlingN/ANovember 15, 1963 (1963-11-15)2604
The long-suffering niece (Constance Ford) of a grumpy inventor (Cedric Hardwicke) finds no peace after his death.
1299"Probe 7, Over and Out"Ted PostRod SerlingN/ANovember 29, 1963 (1963-11-29)2622
An astronaut (Richard Basehart) crash-lands on a distant planet and learns that his own planet has been destroyed by nuclear war. He soon discovers that he is not alone on this new world when he meets a humanoid alien survivor (Antoinette Bower) from a runaway planet.
13010"The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms"Alan Crosland Jr.Rod SerlingN/ADecember 6, 1963 (1963-12-06)2606
Three National Guardsmen (Ron Foster, Randy Boone, and Warren Oates) exploring the site of Custer's Last Stand wind up getting involved in the actual battle.
13111"A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain"Bernard GirardBased on a story by : Lou Holz
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
N/ADecember 13, 1963 (1963-12-13)2614
An old man (Patrick O'Neal) married to a younger self-absorbed woman (Ruta Lee) takes an untested youth serum.
13212"Ninety Years Without Slumbering"Roger KayStory by : George Clayton Johnson[a]
Teleplay by : Richard De Roy
Bernard HerrmannDecember 20, 1963 (1963-12-20)2615
An old man (Ed Wynn) believes he will die the moment his grandfather clock stops ticking.
13313"Ring-a-Ding Girl"Alan Crosland, Jr.Earl Hamner, Jr.N/ADecember 27, 1963 (1963-12-27)2623
A movie star (Maggie McNamara) receives a ring from her fan club that draws her back to her home town, where she offers to do a one-woman show to stop plans for a town picnic.
13414"You Drive"John BrahmEarl Hamner, Jr.N/AJanuary 3, 1964 (1964-01-03)2625
A hit-and-run driver (Edward Andrews) is haunted by his car after he runs into a paperboy (Michael Gorfain).
13515"The Long Morrow"Robert FloreyRod SerlingN/AJanuary 10, 1964 (1964-01-10)2624
In 1987, an astronaut (Robert Lansing) falls in love with a woman (Mariette Hartley) before going on a 40-year mission into space.
13616"The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross"Don SiegelBased on a short story by : Henry Slesar
Teleplay by : Jerry McNeely
N/AJanuary 17, 1964 (1964-01-17)2612
A suitor (Don Gordon) discovers he can trade his physical assets for those of others.
13717"Number 12 Looks Just Like You"Abner BibermanCharles Beaumont and John TomerlinN/AJanuary 24, 1964 (1964-01-24)2618
In a future society, a young woman (Collin Wilcox) resists having the surgery that her society requires to make everyone beautiful and identical.
13818"Black Leather Jackets"Joseph M. NewmanEarl Hamner, Jr.Van CleaveJanuary 31, 1964 (1964-01-31)2628
Three motorcycle-riding young men (Lee Kinsolving, Michael Forest and Tom Gilleran) are actually part of an alien invasion force. One of them falls for a local teenage girl (Shelley Fabares).
13919"Night Call"Jacques TourneurRichard MathesonN/AFebruary 7, 1964 (1964-02-07)[b]2610

An old woman (Gladys Cooper) keeps receiving frightening phone calls.

This episode was originally scheduled to air on November 22, 1963, but was delayed due to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It is listed on Paramount+ with its intended air date between "Uncle Simon" and "Probe 7, Over and Out".
14020"From Agnes – With Love"Richard DonnerBernard C. SchoenfeldVan CleaveFebruary 14, 1964 (1964-02-14)2629
A computer programmer (Wally Cox) receives advice on his love life from a computer that is in love with him.
14121"Spur of the Moment"Elliot SilversteinRichard MathesonRene GarriguencFebruary 21, 1964 (1964-02-21)2608
In 1939, an engaged woman (Diana Hyland) is chased for some unknown reason by a woman in black on horseback.
14222"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"Robert EnricoFrom a story by : Ambrose Bierce
Adapted by : Robert Enrico
Henri LanoeFebruary 28, 1964 (1964-02-28)N/A
A Confederate sympathizer (Roger Jacquet) is about to be hanged when the rope breaks, allowing him to escape and return home.
14323"Queen of the Nile"John BrahmCharles BeaumontLucien MoraweckMarch 6, 1964 (1964-03-06)2626
A columnist (Lee Philips) discovers the secret behind the apparent eternal youth of a film actress (Ann Blyth).
14424"What's in the Box"Richard L. BareMartin M. GoldsmithN/AMarch 13, 1964 (1964-03-13)2635
After the TV set is fixed by a strange TV repairman (Sterling Holloway), an unhappy couple's (William Demarest, Joan Blondell) TV set shows them hurting each other.
14525"The Masks"Ida LupinoRod SerlingN/AMarch 20, 1964 (1964-03-20)2601
At Mardi Gras, a wealthy dying man (Robert Keith) orders his daughter (Virginia Gregg) and her family (Milton Selzer, Alan Sues and Brooke Hayward) to wear masks that show their true selves as part of a requirement to obtain his inheritance.
14626"I Am the Night—Color Me Black"Abner BibermanRod SerlingN/AMarch 27, 1964 (1964-03-27)2630
A man (Terry Becker) is to be hanged at sunrise. On the appointed day, the sun fails to rise which starts the sheriff (Michael Constantine) and the rest of the civilians wondering why there is only darkness.
14727"Sounds and Silences"Richard DonnerRod SerlingN/AApril 3, 1964 (1964-04-03)2631
A man (John McGiver) has an obsession with loud noises which causes his wife (Penny Singleton) to leave him. Then all of the sounds in his life go haywire.
14828"Caesar and Me"Robert ButlerAdele T. StrassfieldRichard ShoresApril 10, 1964 (1964-04-10)2636
A struggling ventriloquist (Jackie Cooper) has a dummy who talks him into a life of crime.
14929"The Jeopardy Room"Richard DonnerRod SerlingN/AApril 17, 1964 (1964-04-17)2639
A political defector (Martin Landau) is forced into a game of cat-and-mouse with a rather artistic and sadistic hitman (John Van Dreelan).
15030"Stopover in a Quiet Town"
"Strangers in Town"
Ron WinstonEarl Hamner, Jr.N/AApril 24, 1964 (1964-04-24)2611
A married couple (Barry Nelson, Nancy Malone) wakes up after drinking too much at a party and find themselves in a strange town devoid of life – except for the distant laughter of a child.
15131"The Encounter"Robert ButlerMartin M. GoldsmithN/AMay 1, 1964 (1964-05-01)2640
A samurai sword sparks a conflict between a World War II veteran (Neville Brand) and a Japanese-American (George Takei).
15232"Mr. Garrity and the Graves"Ted PostBased on a story by : Mike Korologos
Teleplay by : Rod Serling
Tommy MorganMay 8, 1964 (1964-05-08)2637
In 1890, a strange traveling peddler (John Dehner) brings a dog back from the dead and offers to do the same for those in the town cemetery, making the townsfolk of Happiness, Arizona uneasy.
15333"The Brain Center at Whipple's"Richard DonnerRod SerlingN/AMay 15, 1964 (1964-05-15)2632
A factory owner (Richard Deacon) decides to replace his human employees with machines.
15434"Come Wander with Me"Richard DonnerAnthony WilsonJeff AlexanderMay 22, 1964 (1964-05-22)2641
A professional rockabilly singer (Gary Crosby) looks for an authentic song in the mountains, where he gets in trouble with the locals.
15535"The Fear"Ted PostRod SerlingN/AMay 29, 1964 (1964-05-29)2633
A state trooper (Peter Mark Richman) and a secluded woman (Hazel Court) experience strange incidents after the woman reports seeing lights in the sky.
15636"The Bewitchin' Pool"Joseph M. NewmanEarl Hamner, Jr.N/AJune 19, 1964 (1964-06-19)2619
Two children (Mary Badham, Jeffrey Byron) escape from their bickering parents (Tod Andrews, Dee Hartford) by way of their swimming pool to a special place where the mysterious Aunt T (Georgia Simmons) lives.


  1. ^ Credited as Johnson Smith
  2. ^ Originally scheduled for November 22, 1963, but delayed due to the assassination of John F. Kennedy