The 20 Best Twilight Zone Episodes Of All-Time In Order
One of my all-time favorite TV shows — and perhaps surprisingly, one of the most influential television shows of all-time — is the Twilight Zone. Although not every show was fantastic and more than a few of them were just standard horror schlock, many of the best shows are better than most Hollywood fare today. In fact, the ideas were more original, the acting was better, and the show’s understanding of how the average person views the world was better than 95% of what Hollywood is pumping out today.
That’s why the original Twilight Zone is far better than any of its recent imitators (The Outer Limits, The New: Twilight Zone, & Tales from the Crypt, for example) despite the fact that all the episodes are more than 40 years old at this point and have often been copied on other shows.
With that in mind, here are my all-time favorite Twilight Episodes, in order, with short descriptions cribbed from the fine folks over at TV.Com.
20) One for the Angels (1959): A street salesman cleverly eludes Death. But if he lives, a little girl must die in his place.
19) The Little People (1962): An astronaut declares himself a god when his ship lands on a planet populated by people smaller than ants.
18) The Grave (1961): Before he died, notorious gunslinger Pinto Sykes put a curse on hired-gun Conny Miller. Miller returns to town and is challenged to visit the grave of Sykes, despite the curse.
17) Printer’s Devil (1963): Douglas Winter’s paper, The Courier, is in financial trouble. Mr. Smith appears and offers to pay off the debts, and run the linotype machine. Douglas agrees, but soon regrets when he realizes Mr. Smith is the devil…
16) A Most Unusual Camera (1960): Chester Diedrich and his wife Paula, after burglarizing a curio shop, end up with a camera that takes pictures of events five minutes into the future.
15) The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank (1962): Jeff Myrtlebank comes back to life at his own funeral and soon begins to act very strangely..,
14) Of Late I Think of Cliffordville: A bored, wealthy businessman gets a chance to go back in time and start over, armed with all the knowledge he’s acquired…an arsenal that’s not as powerful as he thinks.
13) Long Distance Call (1961): A young boy finds he can communicate with his dead grandmother through a toy phone.
12) Night Call (1964): Mysterious phone calls haunt a disabled woman.
11) The Invaders (1961): An old woman in an isolated farmhouse encounters tiny, hostile aliens.
10) Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963): Mr. Wilson believes he sees a gremlin on the wing of his commercial aircraft.
9) The Silence (1961): A talkative man takes an offer to keep silent for a year for $500,000.
8) The Howling Man (1960): A man, on a walking trip of Europe, gets caught in a storm. He finds a remote monastery that contains a prisoner.
7) On Thursday We Leave For Home (1963): A man named Benteen leads a colony of Americans stranded on a desert planet for 30 years.
6) The Eye of the Beholder (1960): A young woman undergoes “experimental treatments” in an attempt to make her appear “normal”.
5) To Serve Man (1962): The Kanamits, 9 foot tall aliens, arrive on Earth with one lofty goal: To Serve Man.
4) Time Enough at Last (1959): A bank teller, longs for time alone to read. He gets his wish…
3) Dust (1961): After selling the rope for a hanging, a conscienceless peddler, tries to sell the condemned man’s father a bag of “magic dust”.
2) It’s A Good Life (1961): Little Anthony Fremont controls an entire town with his ability to read minds and make people do as he wishes. Which is a real good thing.
1) The Hunt (1962): On a hunting trip, Hyder Simpson and his dog Rip dive into a lake after a raccoon. When he gets home he finds that no one can see or hear him.