The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series) (season 5)

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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series season 5)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 36
Original network CBS
Original release September 27, 1963 (1963-09-27) – June 19, 1964 (1964-06-19)
Season chronology
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List of The Twilight Zone episodes

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.


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
121 1 "In Praise of Pip" Joseph M. Newman Rod Serling September 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.
122 2 "Steel" Don Weis Richard Matheson October 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.
123 3 "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" Richard Donner Richard Matheson October 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.
124 4 "A Kind of a Stopwatch" John Rich Teleplay by: Rod Serling
Based on a Story by: Michael D. Rosenthal
October 18, 1963 (1963-10-18) 2609
A talkative bore (Richard Erdman) acquires a stopwatch that halts time.
125 5 "The Last Night of a Jockey" Joseph M. Newman Rod Serling October 25, 1963 (1963-10-25) 2616
A disgraced jockey (Mickey Rooney) is granted his wish to be "big."
126 6 "Living Doll" Richard C. Sarafian Charles Beaumont November 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).
127 7 "The Old Man in the Cave" Alan Crosland, Jr. Teleplay by: Rod Serling
Based on a Short Story "The Old Man" by: Henry Slesar
November 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.
128 8 "Uncle Simon" Don Siegel Rod Serling November 15, 1963 (1963-11-15) 2604
The long-suffering niece (Constance Ford) of a grumpy inventor (Cedric Hardwicke) finds no peace after his passing.
129 9 "Probe 7, Over and Out" Ted Post Rod Serling November 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.
130 10 "The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms" Alan Crosland Jr. Rod Serling December 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.
131 11 "A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain" Bernard Girard Teleplay by: Rod Serling
Based on a Story by: Lou Holz
December 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.
132 12 "Ninety Years Without Slumbering" Roger Kay Teleplay by: Richard De Roy
Story by: Johnson Smith
December 20, 1963 (1963-12-20) 2615
An old man (Ed Wynn) believes he will die the moment his grandfather clock stops ticking.
133 13 "Ring-a-Ding Girl" Alan Crosland, Jr. Earl Hamner, Jr. December 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.
134 14 "You Drive" John Brahm Earl Hamner, Jr. January 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).
135 15 "The Long Morrow" Robert Florey Rod Serling January 10, 1964 (1964-01-10) 2624
An astronaut (Robert Lansing) falls in love with a woman (Mariette Hartley) before going on a 40-year mission into space.
136 16 "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross" Don Siegel Teleplay by: Jerry McNeely
Based on a Short Story by: Henry Slesar
January 17, 1964 (1964-01-17) 2612
A suitor (Don Gordon) discovers he can trade his physical assets for those of others.
137 17 "Number 12 Looks Just Like You" Abner Biberman Charles Beaumont and John Tomerlin January 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.
138 18 "Black Leather Jackets" Joseph M. Newman Earl Hamner, Jr. January 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).
139 19 "Night Call" Jacques Tourneur Richard Matheson February 7, 1964 (1964-02-07) 2610
An old woman (Gladys Cooper) keeps receiving frightening phone calls.
140 20 "From Agnes – With Love" Richard Donner Bernard C. Schoenfeld February 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.
141 21 "Spur of the Moment" Elliot Silverstein Richard Matheson February 21, 1964 (1964-02-21) 2608
An engaged woman (Diana Hyland) is terrorized for some unknown reason by a woman in black on horseback.
142 22 "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" Robert Enrico From a Story by: Ambrose Bierce
Adapted by: Robert Enrico
February 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.
143 23 "Queen of the Nile" John Brahm Charles Beaumont March 6, 1964 (1964-03-06) 2626
A columnist (Lee Philips) discovers the secret behind the apparent eternal youth of a film actress (Ann Blyth).
144 24 "What's in the Box" Richard L. Bare Martin M. Goldsmith March 13, 1964 (1964-03-13) 2635
The television of an unhappy couple (William Demarest, Joan Blondell) that was repaired by a strange TV repairman (Sterling Holloway) set shows them hurting each other.
145 25 "The Masks" Ida Lupino Rod Serling March 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.
146 26 "I Am the Night—Color Me Black" Abner Biberman Rod Serling March 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.
147 27 "Sounds and Silences" Richard Donner Rod Serling April 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.
148 28 "Caesar and Me" Robert Butler Adele T. Strassfield April 10, 1964 (1964-04-10) 2636
A struggling ventriloquist (Jackie Cooper) has a dummy who talks him into a life of crime.
149 29 "The Jeopardy Room" Richard Donner Rod Serling April 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).
150 30 "Stopover in a Quiet Town" Ron Winston Earl Hamner, Jr. April 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.
151 31 "The Encounter" Robert Butler Martin M. Goldsmith May 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).
152 32 "Mr. Garrity and the Graves" Ted Post Teleplay by: Rod Serling
Based on a Story by: Mike Korologos
May 8, 1964 (1964-05-08) 2637
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.
153 33 "The Brain Center at Whipple's" Richard Donner Rod Serling May 15, 1964 (1964-05-15) 2632
A factory owner (Richard Deacon) decides to replace his human employees with machines.
154 34 "Come Wander with Me" Richard Donner Anthony Wilson May 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.
155 35 "The Fear" Ted Post Rod Serling May 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.
156 36 "The Bewitchin' Pool" Joseph M. Newman Earl Hamner, Jr. June 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.