The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series) (season 3)

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The Twilight Zone (season 3)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 37
Original channel CBS
Original release September 15, 1961 (1961-09-15) – June 1, 1962 (1962-06-01)
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List of The Twilight Zone episodes

The third season of The Twilight Zone aired Fridays at 10:00–10:30 pm (EST) on CBS from September 15, 1961 to June 1, 1962. There are 37 episodes.

Continuing with Marius Constant's theme music, a different set of graphics was used for the opening, consisting of a rotating cone with concentric circles suggesting a spiral, receding into a star field. Rod Serling's narration from the second season was used, with the verse "That's the signpost up ahead" taken out:

"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. Your next stop—The Twilight Zone."[1] Some subtle changes in the opening's acoustics were made beginning with "Person or Persons Unknown".


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
66 1 "Two" Montgomery Pittman Montgomery Pittman September 15, 1961 (1961-09-15) 4802
A man and a woman are the only survivors of a war – and they are from opposing sides.
67 2 "The Arrival" Boris Sagal Rod Serling September 22, 1961 (1961-09-22) 4814
Three men investigate a plane that arrives without a single person onboard – and each sees it differently.
68 3 "The Shelter" Lamont Johnson Rod Serling September 29, 1961 (1961-09-29) 4803
An alert is issued for an imminent nuclear attack, prompting neighbors to unite against the man whose bomb shelter has room enough only for his family.
69 4 "The Passersby" Elliot Silverstein Rod Serling October 6, 1961 (1961-10-06) 4817
Wounded soldiers pass by a woman's house after the Civil War.
70 5 "A Game of Pool" Buzz Kulik George Clayton Johnson October 13, 1961 (1961-10-13) 4815
A legendary pool player returns from the dead to meet the challenge of a pool shark, with the shark's life at stake.
71 6 "The Mirror" Don Medford Rod Serling October 20, 1961 (1961-10-20) 4819
A mirror allows a tyrant to see the faces of his enemies.
72 7 "The Grave" Montgomery Pittman Montgomery Pittman October 27, 1961 (1961-10-27) 3656
A hired killer is challenged to visit the grave of the outlaw who died swearing vengeance against him.
73 8 "It's a Good Life" James Sheldon Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Short Story by: Jerome Bixby
November 3, 1961 (1961-11-03) 4801
A six-year-old boy controls and terrorizes the residents of an isolated village, because of his special powers to make everything the way he wants. The remake of this, which Joe Dante directed, was Segment III of Twilight Zone: The Movie.
74 9 "Deaths-Head Revisited" Don Medford Rod Serling November 10, 1961 (1961-11-10) 4804
A former Nazi visits the ruins of a concentration camp, where he is tried for his crimes by the ghosts of his prisoners.
75 10 "The Midnight Sun" Anton Leader Rod Serling November 17, 1961 (1961-11-17) 4818
A woman and her tenant struggle to survive when the Earth changes its orbit and begins moving toward the sun.
76 11 "Still Valley" James Sheldon Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Short Story by: Manly Wade Wellman
November 24, 1961 (1961-11-24) 4808
During the Civil War, a Confederate scout finds Yankee soldiers frozen in place.
77 12 "The Jungle" William Claxton Charles Beaumont December 1, 1961 (1961-12-01) 4806
An engineer has a curse placed on him by natives objecting to his building a dam on their land.
78 13 "Once Upon a Time" Norman Z. McLeod Richard Matheson December 8, 1961 (1961-12-08) 4820
A janitor travels from 1890 to 1962, courtesy of a time helmet.
79 14 "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" Lamont Johnson Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Short Story by: Marvin Petal
December 15, 1961 (1961-12-15) 4805
A clown, a hobo, a ballet dancer, a bagpipe player, and an Army major find themselves in a cylinder.
80 15 "A Quality of Mercy" Buzz Kulik Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on an Idea by: Sam Rolfe
December 22, 1961 (1961-12-22) 4809
During World War II, a U.S. lieutenant gets a unique opportunity to see the conflict from the Japanese point of view.
81 16 "Nothing in the Dark" Lamont Johnson George Clayton Johnson January 5, 1962 (1962-01-05) 3662
A lone old woman facing imminent eviction refuses to open her apartment door, and she tries to keep everyone else out for fear that any visitor could be death incarnated, which she wants to keep away. But she takes pity on a wounded young police officer.
82 17 "One More Pallbearer" Lamont Johnson Rod Serling January 12, 1962 (1962-01-12) 4823
Staging a fake nuclear war, a millionaire offers shelter to three people he believes wronged him in the past.
83 18 "Dead Man's Shoes" Montgomery Pittman Charles Beaumont January 19, 1962 (1962-01-19) 4824
A bum literally walks into another life when he steals the shoes from a corpse.
84 19 "The Hunt" Harold Schuster Earl Hamner January 26, 1962 (1962-01-26) 4810
A mountain man goes hunting for raccoons with his dog. When he returns, he comes to realize that something is much changed.
85 20 "Showdown with Rance McGrew" Christian Nyby Rod Serling
Based on an Idea by: Frederic L. Fox
February 2, 1962 (1962-02-02) 4812
The star of a western TV series comes face to face with the real Jesse James.
86 21 "Kick the Can" Lamont Johnson George Clayton Johnson February 9, 1962 (1962-02-09) 4821
The dispirited residents of a nursing home are urged by one of their number to believe that they can recapture their youth by playing children's games. When Steven Spielberg remade this as Segment II of Twilight Zone: The Movie, he showed the nursing-home residents being offered a second chance at youth by their new arrival, Mr. Bloom("Scatman" Benjamin Crothers); all but one of them rejected it.
87 22 "A Piano in the House" David Greene Earl Hamner February 16, 1962 (1962-02-16) 4825
A cynical theater critic takes advantage of a player piano that reveals people's hidden selves.
88 23 "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank" Montgomery Pittman Montgomery Pittman February 23, 1962 (1962-02-23) 4811
When a "dead" man sits up in the coffin at his funeral, the townsfolk shun rather than embrace him.
89 24 "To Serve Man" Richard L. Bare Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Story by: Damon Knight
March 2, 1962 (1962-03-02) 4807
Representatives of an alien race come to Earth and offer mankind cures for all earthly ills.
90 25 "The Fugitive" Richard L. Bare Charles Beaumont March 9, 1962 (1962-03-09) 4816
A fugitive from another world befriends a handicapped girl.
91 26 "Little Girl Lost" Paul Stewart Richard Matheson March 16, 1962 (1962-03-16) 4828
A little girl disappears from her bedroom without a trace.
92 27 "Person or Persons Unknown" John Brahm Charles Beaumont March 23, 1962 (1962-03-23) 4829
A man discovers that all traces of his identity have been erased when no one, including his own wife, recognizes him.
93 28 "The Little People" William Claxton Rod Serling March 30, 1962 (1962-03-30) 4822
One of two astronauts becomes a god to a race of tiny people on a distant planet.
94 29 "Four O'Clock" Lamont Johnson Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Short Story by: Price Day
April 6, 1962 (1962-04-06) 4832
A demented man devoting himself to justice decides to shrink those he deems evil at four o'clock.
95 30 "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby" Lamont Johnson Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Story by: Frederic Louis Fox
April 13, 1962 (1962-04-13) 4833
A teller of tall tales attracts unwanted attention from aliens.
96 31 "The Trade-Ins" Elliot Silverstein Rod Serling April 20, 1962 (1962-04-20) 4831
An elderly couple want new, young bodies for the two of them, but can pay for only one.
97 32 "The Gift" Allen H. Miner Rod Serling April 27, 1962 (1962-04-27) 4830
A visitor from outer space tries to present a gift to a Mexican village that greets him only with suspicion.
98 33 "The Dummy" Abner Biberman Teleplay: Rod Serling
Based on a Story by: Lee Polk
May 4, 1962 (1962-05-04) 4834
A ventriloquist believes his dummy is alive.
99 34 "Young Man's Fancy" John Brahm Richard Matheson May 11, 1962 (1962-05-11) 4813
A newlywed husband refuses to give up his childhood home.
100 35 "I Sing the Body Electric" William Claxton and James Sheldon Ray Bradbury May 18, 1962 (1962-05-18) 4826
A widower buys a robot grandmother for his children.
101 36 "Cavender Is Coming" Christian Nyby Rod Serling May 25, 1962 (1962-05-25) 4827
A clumsy woman meets her equally bumbling guardian angel.
102 37 "The Changing of the Guard" Robert Ellis Miller Rod Serling June 1, 1962 (1962-06-01) 4835
A professor who is forced into retirement contemplates suicide, but changes his mind when the ghosts of his former students, who were killed in the war, persuade him of his worth.