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Twilight Zone

Year:
Duration:
51 min (18 episodes) (season 4) | 25 min (138 episodes) (season 1-3 and season 5)
Genres:
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
IMDB rate:
9
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1959-10-02
Filming Locations: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA
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Trivia
Rod Serling wanted Richard Egan to do the narration because of his rich, deep voice. However, due to strict studio contracts of the time, Egan was unable to. Serling said, "It's Richard Egan or no one. It's Richard Egan, or I'll do the thing myself," which is exactly what happened.
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Rod Serling invited any viewers to submit a script. He was flooded with over 14,000 scripts, and he actually got around to reading 500 of them. But only two were any good, and he couldn't use them because they didn't fit the format of the show.
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Rod Serling thought he had come up with the term "Twilight Zone" on his own (he liked the sound of it), but after the show aired he found out that it is an actual term used by Air Force pilots when crossing the day / night sides above the world.
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Quotes
Narrator: You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension - a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.
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Narrator: 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.
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Narrator: 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!
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Faq
Q
Is the pilot episode, "Where is Everybody," part of season 1?
A
It was not originally, but has been ever since.While the book "The Twilight Zone Companion" by Zicree does not list it as a season 1 episode the author states it was aired on Oct 2, 1959 as the premier episode of season 1 . Further, the Definitive DVD collection lists it as Episode 1. Of course this applies to the episode as aired and as shown all these years since, edited from the pilot. The original version of the pilot, used to sell the series to sponsors, had a different opening & closing, a different narrator, and had slight differences in the first few minutes, which was not shown until on DVD.
Q
What are the various incarnations of The Twilight Zone?
A
As the landmark series which it was, there have been several attempts to revive it in some way without its creator Rod Serling. The first was "Twilight Zone: The Movie", a theatrical anthology film released in 1983, with most of the stories being remakes of episodes of the original series. Two years later saw a new series for television which is known as "The New Twilight Zone", it lasted for three seasons. In 1994, a television movie was produced called "Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics" and it consisted of two previously unmade stories written by Serling. 2002 saw both a new, ultimately short-lived, revival series hosted by Forest Whitaker on UPN, and a radio drama series hosted by Stacy Keach. As of 2012, a new Twilight Zone film is apparently still in development, which will be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.
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Why are season four's episodes an hour long?
A
The Twilight Zone was about to be canceled after the third season, because Rod Serling took up teaching. However, at the half of the next season (1962-1963) another CBS show was canceled and TZ was put in it's place as a replacement. Because this show was an hour long, new TZ episodes had to be produced in this format. The resulting hour-long episodes are generally considered weaker, save for a few exceptions. This was due mostly to episodes becoming overly padded in their hour-long running time. The experiment was considered a failure, and the next (and final) season, the show returned to its original format.
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Photos from cast
Donald Pleasence Sally Kellerman Patrick Macnee Dean Stockwell Morgan Brittany Edgar Buchanan Michael Constantine Laura Devon