The Twilight Zone: Season 1 (2019)

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Critic Consensus: The Twilight Zone explores the strangeness of the modern world through Rod Serling's winning formula, creating a thought-provoking -- if not always spine-tingling -- showcase for Jordan Peele and his exceptional crop of collaborators.

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Air date: Apr 1, 2019
2
Air date: Apr 1, 2019
3
Air date: Apr 11, 2019
4
Air date: Apr 18, 2019
5
Air date: Apr 25, 2019
6
Air date: May 2, 2019
7
Air date: May 9, 2019
8
Air date: May 16, 2019
9
Air date: May 23, 2019

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Critic Reviews for The Twilight Zone Season 1

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (27)

This isn't really a reboot; it doesn't even qualify as fan fiction. With the exception of one superior episode, "Replay," it's hard to conceive that an artist as prodigiously talented and thoughtful as Peele is creatively involved at all.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

As engaging as the series is, it also serves as an unsettling reflection of our troubled times-one that can no longer be ignored.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Not one of the four previewed episodes fully hits the mark established by the classic Serling series. They're too long, too slow to develop, and -- for the most part -- much too predictable.

Apr 1, 2019 | Full Review…
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So far, the new Twilight Zone is a little uneven, but so was the old one. It doesn't lack experimental energy or visual imagination; it just seems to be still developing its story voice.

Apr 1, 2019 | Full Review…
NPR
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Does not have nearly enough Jordan Peele in it.

Apr 1, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Fine reboot that gets better in two later episodes.

Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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That premise is essentially the entire episode. Maybe that's all an episode of The Twilight Zone needs to go for, but it's also part of why I don't often gravitate toward these anthology shows.

May 20, 2019 | Full Review…

The reboot of The Twilight Zone has had a few problems, to be sure, but the show has been at its best in this iteration when it's been at its most socially commentative, most notably in its two episodes that directly tackle issues of race.

May 10, 2019 | Full Review…

"Six Degrees of Freedom" represents the new Twilight Zone's best attempt yet at telling a story that is not necessarily defined by its commentary and serves as something you probably wouldn't see on any other modern sci-fi series.

May 2, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

So far, the scripts have been a disappointment, despite some effective choices in lighting, sound design and camera work.

May 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Twilight Zone: Season 1

This is one of the last tv shows that still get me excited the same amount every single time before I watch an episode, I haven't even watched the last episode yet and I know it wont disappoint me. Its not for everybody, but I do recommend watching the second episode first, but the ideas get more clever every episode.

Anyone who doesn't see this for what it is: liberal indoctrination and propaganda, is certainly a liberal just enjoying their echo chamber. I loved the original Twilight Zone. Still do. It was political, but subtle and even handed. This is like a hammer to the face, every single episode, with none of the grace or sense the original had. Such a shame and such a waste of talent and an opportunity. I will no longer be watching. I'll stick to the original.

Extremely dull and weak production. Useless scenes just to fill up 50 mins. Even the opening titles are made by a 16 y old

Twilight Zon in name only, might as well listen to a political speech instead of trying being entertained by an intelligent sci-fi show.

Boring, bigoted, tripe.

It's a shame that this reboot is so terrible especially when every episode starts with so much promise but eventually falls flat and somehow value's its political and social dynamics as it's main statement rather than keeping the audience entertained throughout by sticking with the spectacle of the unknowns. Instead we see the what we already know sticker just packaged as something else.

I tried. God knows I tried. I can't take it anymore, though. It's not just uninteresting and uncreative, it's thoughtless. The writers for some reason are under the impression that their viewers want to be preached to instead of made to think philosophically or self-reflect like in the original. I hope they reverse the second season renewal. Humanity could do without this flaming dumpster fire they call a show. Watch the original if you want something that actually makes you think deeply and has actually relevance.

How long must I be subjected to watch this stop focusing on politics and focus more on Syfy stories with that being said I've only like two of these stories

I wanted to like this show, I used to watch re runs of the original when I was a kid, and I loved it, but it seems like they are just trying to force their narrative of white person bad, people of color good. They're good people and they're are bad people, just how it is. color of your skin doesn't matter, most of these episodes are about race, some subtle, others are more in your face. The writing is poor and the plots are predictable, 10 mins in to an episode I find myself wondering when this episode is going to end. every episode is long and drawn out

The Twilight Zone has always been political. The genius of the show was its simplicity and use of science fiction and horror to expose percieved problems in society. This commentary was effective due to it being subtle. Through these fantastic tales, viewers found themselves reflecting. This update of the classic show is worse than the 2002 color reboot, due to its lazy scripts that rely heavily on shoving issues down the viewer's throat. The show could use with a lot more subtlety. While shot well, this version of the show fails to live up to any part of the original's success. Jordan Peele's narration is lazy and honestly boring, lacking the charm and wit of Serling's. Overall, it feels like more time needs to be spent finding quality scripts with more subtlety.

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