The Twilight Zone - Season 3, Episode 8 - Rotten Tomatoes

It's a Good Life

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Episode Info

Adapted by Rod Serling from a story by Jerome Bixby, "It's a Good Life" stands the test of time as one of the best-ever Twilight Zone episodes -- not to mention one of the series' most frightening efforts. The terrified citizens of Peaksville, Ohio, are held in thrall by a "monster" in the form of angelic-looking youngster Anthony Fremont (Billy Mumy). Possessed with the ability to read minds, coupled with mysterious destructive powers, Anthony bristles whenever he senses that someone is thinking bad thoughts -- and whenever he bristles, something really bad happens (yes, this is the one with the cornfield and the jack-in-the-box). Understandably, this episode has always been a favorite of youngsters, who would give anything to wield Anthony Fremont's awesome powers over their own parents. First telecast November 3, 1961, "It's a Good Life" was later reworked in the 1983 theatrical film Twilight Zone: The Movie -- and a few years after that, it was delightfully lampooned on one of The Simpsons' "Treehouse of Horror" episodes.

Cast

John Larch
as Fremont
Cloris Leachman
as Mrs. Fremont
Bill Mumy
as Anthony Fremont
Tom Hatcher
as Bill Soames
Alice Frost
as Aunt Amy
Don Keefer
as Dan Hollis
Jeanne Bates
as Ethel Hollis
Billy Mumy
as Anthony
Max Showalter
as Pat Riley
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