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

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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series season 2)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 29
Original network CBS
Original release September 30, 1960 (1960-09-30) – June 2, 1961 (1961-06-02)
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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.


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.


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
37 1 "King Nine Will Not Return" Buzz Kulik Rod Serling September 30, 1960 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.
38 2 "The Man in the Bottle" Don Medford Rod Serling October 7, 1960 173-3638
A genie (Joseph Ruskin) grants four wishes to an unsuccessful pawnbroker (Luther Adler) and his wife (Vivi Janiss).
39 3 "Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room" Douglas Heyes Rod Serling October 14, 1960 173-3641
A nervous gangster (Joe Mantell)) faces himself when his boss (William D. Gordon) gives him his latest assignment.
40 4 "A Thing About Machines" David Orrick McDearmon Rod Serling October 28, 1960 173-3645
A writer (Richard Haydn) believes machines are conspiring against him.
41 5 "The Howling Man" Douglas Heyes Charles Beaumont November 4, 1960 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.
42 6 "Eye of the Beholder"
"The Private World of Darkness"
Douglas Heyes Rod Serling November 11, 1960 173-3640
A woman (Maxine Stuart) wrapped in bandages after facial surgery hopes that she will no longer be ugly.
43 7 "Nick of Time" Richard L. Bare Richard Matheson November 18, 1960 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.
44 8 "The Lateness of the Hour" Jack Smight Rod Serling December 2, 1960 173-3652
A woman (Inger Stevens) disapproves of the robot servants of her father (John Hoyt).
45 9 "The Trouble with Templeton" Buzz Kulik E. Jack Neuman December 9, 1960 173-3649
A Broadway actor (Brian Aherne) yearning for the days when his wife (Pippa Scott) was alive gets his wish.
46 10 "A Most Unusual Camera" John Rich Rod Serling December 16, 1960 173-3606
A thieving couple (Fred Clark, Jean Carson) 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 173-3663
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.
48 12 "Dust" Douglas Heyes Rod Serling January 6, 1961 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.
49 13 "Back There" David Orrick McDearmon Rod Serling January 13, 1961 173-3648
A professor (Russell Johnson) travels through time to the date of Abraham Lincoln's assassination and tries to change history.
50 14 "The Whole Truth" James Sheldon Rod Serling January 20, 1961 173-3666
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.
51 15 "The Invaders" Douglas Heyes Richard Matheson January 27, 1961 173-3646
A woman (Agnes Moorehead) 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 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.
53 17 "Twenty-Two" Jack Smight Rod Serling
Based on an Anecdote from:
Bennett Cerf's "Famous Ghost Stories"
February 10, 1961 173-3664
A dancer (Barbara Nichols) hospitalized for exhaustion has a recurring nightmare in which she is led to Room Twenty-Two, the morgue, by a sinister nurse (Arlene Martel).
54 18 "The Odyssey of Flight 33" Jus Addiss Rod Serling February 24, 1961 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 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.
56 20 "Static" Buzz Kulik Charles Beaumont
Based on a Story by: OCee Rich
March 10, 1961 173-3665
A radio allows an old man (Dean Jagger) to listen to programs from his past.
57 21 "The Prime Mover" Richard L. Bare Charles Beaumont March 24, 1961 173-3647
A gambler (Dane Clark) uses the telekinetic powers of his friend (Buddy Ebsen) to win big in Las Vegas.
58 22 "Long Distance Call" James Sheldon Charles Beaumont and William Idelson March 31, 1961 173-3667
A boy (Bill Mumy) talks with his dead grandmother (Lili Darvas) 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 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 mid-20th century.
60 24 "The Rip Van Winkle Caper" Jus Addiss Rod Serling April 21, 1961 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.
61 25 "The Silence" Boris Sagal Rod Serling April 28, 1961 173-3658
An aristocratic club member (Franchot Tone) bets that a talkative acquaintance (Liam Sullivan) cannot stay silent for an entire year.
62 26 "Shadow Play" John Brahm Charles Beaumont May 5, 1961 173-3657
A man (Dennis Weaver) convicted of murder and awaiting execution insists that everything happening is just a dream.
63 27 "The Mind and the Matter" Buzz Kulik Rod Serling May 12, 1961 173-3659
A man (Shelley Berman) 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 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.
65 29 "The Obsolete Man" Elliot Silverstein Rod Serling June 2, 1961 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.