Twilight Zone (Original Series 1959 – 1964)
“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone”. Rod Serling’s classic opening narration.
Here’ s my second best (I have to admit it, it ain’t the whole truth, though) tv series of all time, after The Fugitive. Twilight Zone was Rod Serling’s seminal anthology series focused on ordinary folks who suddenly found themselves in extraordinary, usually supernatural, situations. The stories would typically end with an ironic twist that would see the guilty punished. The first episode was aired in October 1959 and the filming location was Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Studios, in Culver City of California.
Twilight Zone’s writers frequently used science fiction as a vehicle for social comment; networks and sponsors who had censored all potentially “inflammatory” material from the then-predominant live dramas were ignorant of the methods developed by writers such as Ray Bradbury for dealing with important issues through seemingly innocuous fantasy.
The original series ran five seasons (1959 – 1964) containing 156 episodes and constisting of 25-minutes format. The success of the series led to a feature film, a radio series, a comin book, a magazine, and various other spin offs that spanned five decades, including revival television series.
“Where is everybody”, aired 2/10/1959 ( first episode ever, introduced by himself, Rod Serling, movie starts at 7′ 4o”)
“The Obsolete Man”, aired on CBS 2/6/1961
“Escape Clause”, aired 6/11/1959
Listen: Opening Twilight Zone Cult Theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVSRm80WzZk