The Twilight Zone: Season 1 Reviews

  • 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.

    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.

    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.

  • Dann M Super Reviewer
    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.

    "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.

  • 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.

    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.