The Twilight Zone: Season 1 (1959 - 1960)

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Season 1
The Twilight Zone

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You're about to enter a show, a show not only of frights and fears but of mind. A journey into the limitless world of imagination. A show that pushes the boundaries of what a show can be. Next stop, The Twilight Zone.

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Critic Ratings: 22

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Audience Score

User Ratings: 67
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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 2, 1959
2
Air date: Oct 9, 1959
3
Air date: Oct 16, 1959
4
Air date: Oct 23, 1959
5
Air date: Oct 30, 1959
6
Air date: Nov 6, 1959
7
Air date: Nov 13, 1959
8
Air date: Nov 20, 1959
9
Air date: Nov 27, 1959
10
Air date: Dec 4, 1959
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A collection of sci-fi, suspense and goose-bump-inducing tales.

Cast

Jack Warden
as James Corry
Burgess Meredith
as Henry Bemis
Howard Duff
as Arthur Curtis
Kim Hamilton
as Mother
Steve Cochran
as Fred Renard
Vivi Janiss
as Flora Gibbs
Earl Holliman
as Mike Ferris
Fritz Weaver
as William Sturka
Edgar Stehli
as Prof. Samuel Kittridge
James Daly
as Gart Williams
Keenan Wynn
as Gregory West
Lew Gallo
as Mechanic
William Kendis
as Publicity Agent
Alexander Scourby
as General Harper
Dick York
as Capt. Riker
James Maloney
as Conductor No. 2
Dana Dillaway
as Little Girl/Maggie
Thomas Gomez
as Cadwallader
Rod Taylor
as Col. Clegg Forbes
Martin Balsam
as Danny Weiss
Irene Tedrow
as Mrs. Sloan
Joe Maross
as Jerry Riden
Jeff Morrow
as Kurt Meyers
Martin Milner
as Paul Grinstead
Suzanne Cupito
as Little Girl
Henry Jones
as J. Hardy Hempstead
Abraham Sofaer
as Dr. Stillman
John Dehner
as Captain Allenby
John Larch
as Rathmann
Dody Heath
as Susanna Kittridge
James Gregory
as Air Force General
Malcolm Atterbury
as Henry J. Fate
Kevin Hagen
as Capt. James Webber
Gail Kobe
as Sally
J. Pat O'Malley
as Man in Homburg
Russell Trent
as Rifle Range Barker
Ted Otis
as Pierson
Estelle Winwood
as Laurette Bowen
Than Wyenn
as Johnson
Ivan Dixon
as Bolie Jackson
Joseph Perry
as Policeman
Phyllis Kirk
as Victoria West
Gig Young
as Martin Sloan
Jim Hutton
as Maj. William Gart
Russ Bender
as Counterman
Art Lewis
as Drunk
Simon Scott
as Major Wilson
Paul Comi
as Warren Marcusson
Larry Blyden
as Rocky Valentine
Patricia Donahue
as Jane Williams
Charles Lane
as Peckinpaugh
Merritt Bohn
as Truck Driver
Patrick Macnee
as First Officer
Barney Phillips
as Capt. Gunther
Joe Hamilton
as Ticket Agent
Howard I. Smith
as Mr. Misrell
Naomi Stevens
as Woman Attendant
Roddy McDowall
as Sam Conrad
Everett Sloane
as Franklin Gibbs
Vera Miles
as Millicent Barnes
David White
as Brinkley
Jerome Cowan
as Jerry Hearndan
Lela Bliss
as Woman in Bank
Jack Klugman
as Joey Crown
Robert Warwick
as Air Marshal Mackaye
Don Dubbins
as Peter Kirby
Kevin McCarthy
as Walter Jameson
John Close
as Policeman
Howard Smith
as Mr. Misrell
Warren Oates
as Ambulance Driver
Noami Stevens
as Woman Attendant
Claude Akins
as Steve Brand
Albert Salmi
as Joe Caswell
Janice Rule
as Helen Foley
Jason Wingreen
as Conductor No. 1
Ed Wynn
as Lew Bookman
Richard Conte
as Edward Hall
Eddie Marr
as Girlie Barker
Milton Frome
as Detective
Eleanor Audley
as Mrs. Whitney
Cecil Kellaway
as Jeremy Wickwire
Doug McClure
as Pete Grant
George Grizzard
as Roger Shackleforth
Ida Lupino
as Barbara Jean Trenton
Byron Morrow
as Martian No. 1
James Flavin
as Truck Driver
Nancy Rennick
as Miss Pettigrew
S. John Launer
as Mr. Harrington
Eddie Hall
as Girlie Barker
Harry Bartell
as Langford
Vic Perrin
as Martian No. 2
Sandra Warner
as First Beautiful Girl
Ned Glass
as Pawnshop Owner
Anne Francis
as Marsha White
Michael Montgomery
as Young Martin
Arline Sax
as Girl in Bar
Kenneth Haigh
as Flight Lt. Decker
Marc Cavell
as Freeman
Mary Gregory
as Tommy's Mother
Peter Walker
as Endicott
Orson Bean
as James B.W. Bevis
Mickey Maga
as Little Boy
Therese Lyon
as Old Woman
Charles Horvath
as Other Fighter
Ted de Corsia
as Marty Sall
Charles Aidman
as Col. Ed Harrington
Peter Brocco
as Pop Marshak
Lee Sands
as Floor Manager
Jon Lormer
as Reverend
Alan Dexter
as Beasley
John Clarke
as Hearndan in Film
Deirdre Owen
as Barbara
Gloria Pall
as Girl in Bar
Harry Townes
as Arch Hammer
Rusty Lane
as Commissioner
Terese Lyon
as Old Woman
Anne Barton
as Mrs. Brand
Vernon Gray
as Martian No. 3
House Peters Jr.
as 2nd Policeman
Carl McIntyre
as Announcer
Peter Hornsby
as Crap Dealer
Buzz Martin
as Teenager
Dick Wilson
as First Adjuster
Billy Booth
as Boy One
Joe Flynn
as Second Adjuster
Frankie Van
as Referee
Butch Hengen
as Boy Two
Duane Grey
as Bartender
Edwin Rand
as Bus Driver
Paul Bryar
as Bartender
William Reynolds
as Lt. Fitzgerald
Susan Dorn
as Marian
Dan Duryea
as Al Denton
Lee Millar
as Photographer
Richard Karlan
as Bartender
Nels Nelson
as Midget Policeman
Ken Lynch
as Charlie
Ben Erway
as Pete Van Horn
Bill Mullikin
as Parking Attendant
Ryan Hayes
as Trainman
David Wayne
as Walter Bedeker
Kendrick Huxham
as Bartender
Harry Jackson
as Trumpet Player
Leonard Strong
as Hitchhiker
Logan Field
as Investigator
Paul Baxley
as Jeep Driver
Ron Howard
as Wilcox Boy
Jack Perkins
as Truck Driver
Max Slaten
as Man on Wagon
Richard Peel
as First Steward
Bob Hopkins
as Man in Bar
Pat O'Malley
as Mr. Wilson
Joe Bassett
as Medical Officer
Pat Comiskey
as Man Two
Jeffrey Sayre
as Croupier
Allan Lurie
as Subway Guard
Ron Masak
as Man with Harmonica
Joan Sudlow
as Woman Next Door
Barry Bernard
as Engineer
S. John Launer
as Loudspeaker Voice
Debbie Joyce
as Little Girl
Sheldon Allman
as First Alien
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News & Interviews for The Twilight Zone: Season 1

Critic Reviews for The Twilight Zone Season 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

So far ahead of its time... that the episodes resonate thrillingly 50 years later.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Serling's show never cut artistic corners. It didn't just rely on the twist.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Ultimately, The Twilight Zone is indispensable to both sci-fi and horror.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

This episode should be required viewing for anyone who worries about the current state of America.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Unlike a number of science fiction properties, be them books or movies, The Twilight Zone didn't have a grudge against actual science.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

This show is at its best when it makes us re-examine the harder subjects of life.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

The most iconic, referenced, and imitated shows in science fiction history.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Features one of the most iconic commentaries on human nature the series ever explored.

May 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Twilight Zone's first season is not its finest though its fifth episode... gets my vote as Twilight Zone's greatest episode.

May 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Everything gets real dystopian, real fast.

May 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Twilight Zone: Season 1

  • May 11, 2018
    "There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man." From Rod Serling comes the iconic sci-fi/fantasy anthology series The Twilight Zone. Dealing with themes of time travel, identity, and the nature of reality, Season 1 includes such classic episodes as "Time Enough at Last," "The Hitch-Hiker," "Third From the Sun," "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street," and "A Stop at Willoughby." Additionally, some impressive guest stars are featured, including Ed Wynn, Martin Landau, Burgess Meredith, and Roddy McDowall. Also, prolific sci-fi writers Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont contribute a number scripts (though the majority of episodes are written or adapted by Serling). There are a some duds in the 36 episode first season of The Twilight Zone, but overall it's extraordinarily powerful and captures the imagination.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2018
    One of the best series ever, and one of the best horror stories (though it's not too scary). Very good scenes with special effects. Highly recommend.
  • Aug 08, 2018
    Simply incredible considering it was made in 1959... almost 60 years ago. The episodes no longer carry the shock value that they once did, but they still leave you thinking about them long after they have ended.
  • Jun 27, 2017
    Truly classic science fiction/fantasy series that remains one of the best ever produced. On a technical level, the show has aged, from it's visual effects (though a few still look good, since they reused props from movies like "Forbidden Planet") to it's outdated conception of science at the time (in the premier, "Where is Everybody?", it's stated it should take weeks to the moon). However, what hasn't aged is the exquisite mix of writing, acting & directing. The main driver, of course, is the great Rod Sterling, who wrote over 90 of the 156 episodes while providing superb guidance over the rest. He also made a fantastic narrator and is probably the best ever of any TV show. Of the episodes he didn't write, he had a fantastic crew to work with, from Charles Beamont to Richard Mathieson, delivering such classics as "Eye of the Beholder" & "Nightmare at 30000 ft.". It should be noted Sterling always personally credited the writers of each episode, a first at the time. Acting wise, "Twilight Zone" had a brilliant mix of then current & future stars, from Burgess Meredith to Robert Redford, while directors such as Richard Donner & Don Siegel started their careers here as well. Granted, not ever episode is a classic, with the infamous fourth season (in which they switched to hour long episodes before reverting back to half-hour for the fifth & final season) being a prime example. However, when the episodes were good, they were the best ever made, and they also broached difficult subjects ranging from race, war & authoritarian government. Simply put, the best anthology series ever made for TV and one of the best shows ever put together, period.

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