Worst & Best Twilight Zone 1959 Episodes/List

Title: The Twilight Zone
Genre: Us Fantasy/Horror/Mystery Series
Series: 5
Episodes: 156
Runtime: 25min/51min
First Transmission: 1959-1964
Channel: CBS

The Twilight Zone is a sci-fi, horror, mystery series, the majority of which were written by Rod Serling, the show’s creator and executive producer.


Episode Rankings



Best Episode [ S5 Ep3 ]

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet – Mr. Robert Wilson has spent the last six months in a sanitarium recovering from a nervous breakdown. Flying home, his nerves are about to be shattered once more when he believes he can see a creature on the wing destroying the engine.
11 October 1963

Worst Episode [ S3 Ep36 ]

Cavender is Coming – Agnes Grep, down on her luck and behind on her rent, is sent a guardian angel, Cavender, to make her happy in twenty-four hours and earn his wings.
25 May 1962



Full Episode Guide

Blue episodes rated above par.
Brown episodes rated below par.

Series One

#1 Where is Everybody? (1959) –
Mike Ferris is alone in a small town and has no idea who he is or where he is.
#2 One for the Angels (1959) –
A pitchman is visited by “Death.”
#3 Mr. Denton on Doomsday (1959) –
A drunk in an old-west town meets his past.
#4 The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine (1959) –
A faded film star needs help when she becomes obsessed with watching her old movies.
#5 Walking Distance (1959) –
A man travels back in time to his childhood town.
#6 Escape Clause (1959) –
A man sells his soul to the devil in exchange for immortality.
#7 The Lonely (1959) –
A convict exiled to an asteroid is sent a robot-woman for company.
#8 Time Enough at Last (1959) –
A henpecked bookworm finds himself alone with his books after a nuclear war -what could go wrong?
#9 Perchance to Dream (1959) –
A fatigued man tries to keep himself awake as he will die if he falls asleep.
#10 Judgment Night (1959) –
It’s 1942 and a confused man is on a ship knowing that it will be hit by a German U-boat.
#11 And When the Sky Was Opened (1959) –
Three astronauts return home and slowly fade from existence.
#12 What You Need (1959) –
A crook tries to exploit a street peddler who has the knack of selling people just what they need.
#13 The Four of Us Are Dying (1960) –
A man who can change his face to look like other people plans to use it for gain.
#14 Third From the Sun (1960) –
Two families plan to steal a spaceship to escape a nuclear war.
#15 I Shot an Arrow Into the Air (1960) –
A crashing rocketship leaves three desperate people with limited resources.
#16 The Hitch-Hiker (1960) –
A young woman on a cross country drive keeps passing the same hitch-hiker.
#17 The Fever (1960) –
A middle-aged man catches a bad case of gambling fever.
#18 The Last Flight (1960) –
A World War I British fighter pilot lands at an American air force base in France 42 years in the future.
#19 The Purple Testament (1960) –
A U.S. Army lieutenant serving in the Philippines during WWII has a disturbing talent of telling who will die next.
#20 Elegy (1960) –
Three astronauts landing on an asteroid find that every inhabitant is frozen in time.
#21 Mirror Image (1960) –
Waiting at a bust stop, Millicent Barnes has a weird sense that she has a doppelganger.
#22 The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street (1960) –
On a peaceful suburban street, weird occurrences send usually tranquil people paranoid.
#23 A World of Difference (1960) –
A businessman discovers that his whole life is a sham.
#24 Long Live Walter Jameson (1960) –
A father discovers that his soon to be son-in-law is really thousands of years old.
#25 People Are Alike All Over (1960) –
The lone survivor of a crash-landing on Mars finds the native inhabitants surprisingly hospitable!!
#26 Execution (1960) –
A scientist testing his time machine accidentally retrieves a murderer from 1880, saving him from the hangman’s noose.
#27 The Big Tall Wish (1960) –
An aging boxer wins a match he thought he had lost – the result of a boy’s wish.
#28 A Nice Place to Visit (1960) –
A bad guy dies in a police shootout and wakes in a world where his every wish is granted for eternity.
#29 Nightmare as a Child (1960) –
A schoolteacher keeps seeing a strange little girl in her apartment building.
#30 A Stop at Willoughby (1960) –
A miserable businessman dreams of an idyllic place called Willougby on his train journey home each night – but does it exist?
#31 The Chaser (1960) –
A young man buys a love potion to gain a woman’s affection.
#32 A Passage for Trumpet (1960) –
A depressed trumpet player finds himself in a world where no-one moves except a helpful musician.
#33 Mr. Bevis (1960) –
Mr Bevis, an eccentric loser, gets a new life from his guardian angel, but there is a price to keeping it.
#34 The After Hours (1960) –
A woman finds some odd salespeople on an otherwise empty department store floor.
#35 The Mighty Casey (1960) –
A down-and-out baseball team’s fortunes are lifted by a mysterious unbeatable young player.
#36 A World of His Own (1960) –
A writer demonstrates that he can control reality by simply dictating changes.

Series Two

#37 King Nine Will Not Return (1960) –
The pilot of a downed WW II bomber gains consciousness in the African desert and desperately tries to find out what happened to the rest of his crew.
#38 The Man in the Bottle (1960) –
An unlucky couple who own an antique shop stumble upon a bottle that contains a genie who grants them four wishes.
#39 Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room (1960) –
Small-time criminal Jackie Rhoades has to face both his past and his conscience while waiting for his next job.
#40 A Thing About Machines (1960) –
Bartlett Finchley’s paranoia about the machines around proves true.
#41 The Howling Man (1960) –
A traveller comes upon a bizarre abbey of monks who have imprisoned a man they believe is the devil.
#42 The Eye of the Beholder (1960) –
A young woman in hospital, her face wrapped in bandages, awaits the results of an operation to make her look “normal.”
#43 Nick of Time (1960) –
A pair of newlyweds are trapped in a small town by their own superstition while playing a fortune-telling machine in a local diner.
#44 The Lateness of the Hour (1960) –
The daughter of an inventor objects to being waited on by mechanical servants.
#45 The Trouble with Templeton (1960) –
A nostalgic actor revisits his late wife and friends at their old haunt, only to find that he is now out of place there.
#46 A Most Unusual Camera (1960) –
Three crooks get hold of a camera that takes pictures of the future.
#47 The Night of the Meek (1960) –
After a Santa Claus is fired on Christmas Eve, he finds a mysterious bag that gives out presents.
#48 Dust (1961) –
A sympathetic sheriff and a callous con man and others gather in a desert town on a hot day to see a man hanged for killing a child while drunk.
#49 Back There (1961) –
When a man leaves a club he finds himself in 1865, on the night that President Lincoln will be shot – can he change history?
#50 The Whole Truth (1961) –
A used car salesman buys a car that dooms him to tell only the truth!
#51 The Invaders (1961) –
A woman’s rural house is invaded by little aliens from a UFO.
#52 A Penny for Your Thoughts (1961) –
Bank clerk Hector B. Poole suddenly gains telepathic powers.
#53 Twenty-Two (1961) –
While in the hospital recovering from overwork, Liz Powell keeps dreaming about going down to the hospital morgue.
#54 The Odyssey of Flight 33 (1961) –
Passing through the sound barrier, a commercial airliner inadvertently travels back in time.
#55 Mr. Dingle, the Strong (1961) –
A timid vacuum-cleaner salesman is given the strength of 300 men by visiting aliens.
#56 Static (1961) –
An old radio takes bitter bachelor Ed Lindsay back to a happier when he starts picking up radio programs from the 1930s and 1940s.
#57 The Prime Mover (1961) –
A compulsive gambler persuades his friend to use his telekinesis to affect the results of the gambling tables in Las Vegas.
#58 Long Distance Call (1961) –
A toy telephone becomes links a young boy to his dead grandmother.
#59 A Hundred Yards Over the Rim (1961) –
A pioneer from a wagon train in 1847 sets off to find medicine for his ill son and stumbles into present-day New Mexico.
#60 The Rip Van Winkle Caper (1961) –
After stealing a gold shipment, three crooks and their scientist accomplice put themselves in a state of suspended animation in a desert cave to evade capture.
#61 The Silence (1961) –
A man bets a constant talker that he cannot remain silent for a year.
#62 Shadow Play (1961) –
Adam Grant is trapped in a recurring nightmare, in which he is sentenced to death by execution.
#63 The Mind and the Matter (1961) –
Using the power of mind over matter, Archibald Beechcroft remakes the world to his own specifications.
#64 Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up (1961) –
Just who is the alien at a snowed-in roadside diner?
#65 The Obsolete Man (1961) –
In a future totalitarian society, a librarian is declared obsolete and sentenced to death.

Series Three

#66 Two (1961) –
Two survivors of an apocalypse, a man and a woman from each opposing side, approach each other suspiciously.
#67 The Arrival (1961) –
Grant Sheckly has a mystery to solve when a plane lands at an airport without pilots, passengers or luggage.
#68 The Shelter (1961) –
A bulletin warning of an impending nuclear attack has the neighbors scrambling amongst themselves over a permanent bomb shelter.
#69 The Passersby (1961) –
While headed home, a Confederate soldier meets an anguished woman at the end of the Civil War.
#70 A Game of Pool (1961) –
A frustrated pool champ has beaten everyone except one man; the legend, the late Fats Brown. But guess who just walked in?
#71 The Mirror (1961) –
A Central American revolutionary comes into the possession of a mirror that shows him his potential assassins.
#72 The Grave (1961) –
Conny Miller visits the grave of a man to prove he was never afraid of him.
#73 It’s a Good Life (1961) –
A young boy with vast mental powers holds his terrified family in thrall to his every juvenile wish.
#74 Deaths-Head Revisited (1961) –
A former German SS captain returns to Dachau concentration camp and reminisces about the power he enjoyed there.
#75 The Midnight Sun (1961) –
The Earth’s orbit has been changed and is moving inexorably to the sun.
#76 Still Valley (1961) –
It is June 1863 and Confederate soldiers encounter a warlock who can help bring victory to the Southern cause.
#77 The Jungle (1961) –
A businessman who has recently returned from Africa is stalked by the superstitions and warnings of a witch doctor.
#78 Once Upon a Time (1961) –
Janitor Woodrow Mulligan gets a trip from 1890 to 1962 courtesy of his employer’s time helmet.
#79 Five Characters in Search of an Exit (1961) –
Five people appear in a circular room and question how they each arrived there, and more importantly, how to escape.
#80 A Quality of Mercy (1961) –
A soldier is forced to experience war from his enemy’s point of view.
#81 Nothing in the Dark (1962) –
An old woman is afraid to let a wounded policeman in her door for fear he is Mr Death. Is he?
#82 One More Pallbearer (1962) –
Wealthy Paul Radin tries to get three people from his past to apologize to him by offering them shelter from a phony nuclear war scenario.
#83 Dead Man’s Shoes (1962) –
A homeless man takes the shoes of a dead gangster and steps into his life.
#84 The Hunt (1962) –
Upon returning from a coon hunt, Hyder Simpson discovers that no one can see or hear him.
#85 Showdown with Rance McGrew (1962) –
Rance McGrew is the star of a western TV series and somehow meets the real Jesse James.
#86 Kick the Can (1962) –
An old man living in a rest home thinks the secret of staying young is by playing children’s games.
#87 A Piano in the House (1962) –
Fortune discovers that a piano he bought his wife for her birthday has the ability to make people reveal their true essence.
#88 The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank (1962) –
Jeff Myrtlebank comes back to life at his own funeral.
#89 To Serve Man (1962) –
The Kanamits are 9 feet tall aliens and have one goal: To Serve Man.
#90 The Fugitive (1962) –
Old Ben, a shape-shifting alien, tries to help a crippled little girl.
#91 Little Girl Lost (1962) –
A six-year-old girl rolls under her bed and vanishes into a fourth dimension – but the hole between the dimensions is closing fast!
#92 Person or Persons Unknown (1962) –
David Gurney wakes up to find that no one, not even his own mother knows him.
#93 The Little People (1962) –
An astronaut declares himself a god when his ship lands on a planet populated by people smaller than ants.
#94 Four O’Clock (1962) –
Oliver Crangle is a bitter, prejudiced man and intends to shrink every evil person in the world at four o’clock.
#95 Hocus-Pocus and Frisby (1962) –
A loud-mouthed braggart attracts the attention of some aliens.
#96 The Trade-Ins (1962) –
An elderly couple shop for younger replacement bodies, then resort to desperate measures to cover the cost.
#97 The Gift (1962) –
A man from the stars comes with a gift to a small Mexican village whose residents do not welcome.
#98 The Dummy (1962) –
A ventriloquist becomes convinced that his dummy, Willie, is alive and evil.
#99 Young Man’s Fancy (1962) –
When a newlywed man returns to his childhood home, the ties of the past prove too strong to resist.
#100 I Sing the Body Electric (1962) –
A widower buys a robot grandmother for his three children.
#101 Cavender is Coming (1962) –
Guardian angel Harmon Cavender is given a chance to earn his wings by helping the young, awkward Agnes Grep.
#102 The Changing of the Guard (1962) –
After being forced to retire, Professor Fowler contemplates suicide when he doesn’t feel his life has been worthwhile.

Series Four

#103 In His Image (1963) –
A young man grapples with an urge to kill and confusion about his origins.
#104 The Thirty-Fathom Grave (1963) –
A US naval destroyer detects a mysterious tapping sound coming from a sunken submarine.
#105 Valley of the Shadow (1963) –
A reporter becomes trapped in a small town where its populace can do amazing things.
#106 He’s Alive (1963) –
Peter Vollmer, a small-time neo-Nazi leader, meets a man from the past to guide him.
#107 Mute (1963) –
A 12-year-old girl who lost her parents in a fire is mute because she has grown up in a secret telepathic community. A couple is determined to help her.
#108 Death Ship (1963) –
A three-man spacecraft lands on a planet only to discover the wreckage of a spacecraft identical to their own. Are they dead or alive?
#109 Jess-Belle (1963) –
Jess-Belle enlists the aid of a local witch to cast a spell to make Billy-Ben Turner fall in love with her.
#110 Miniature (1963) –
A lonely man falls in love with a mini-museum doll.
#111 Printer’s Devil (1963) –
The owner of a failing newspaper gets help from the Devil.
#112 No Time Like the Past (1963) –
A scientist attempts to use a time machine to prevent tragedies, both in world history and in his own past.
#113 The Parallel (1963) –
Astronaut Robert Gaines returns from space to a world that is not the one he left.
#114 I Dream of Genie (1963) –
A man considers thinks very carefully when offered one wish by a genie.
#115 The New Exhibit (1963) –
A wax-museum employee fights to preserve five figures of famous murderers.
#116 Of Late I Think of Cliffordville (1963) –
A bored, wealthy businessman gets a chance to go back in time and start all over again.
#117 The Incredible World of Horace Ford (1963) –
Horace Ford spends most of his time reminiscing about his idyllic childhood and then he gets a chance to go back.
#118 On Thursday We Leave for Home (1963) –
The first human space colony is about to be rescued from their adopted planet, but the leader is having a hard time coping.
#119 Passage on the Lady Anne (1963) –
A quarrelsome young couple find themselves taking a trip on the Lady Anne, an old passenger liner that is transporting a group of equally old passengers.
#120 The Bard (1963) –
A writer’s career blossoms when Shakespeare writes his TV scripts for him.

Series Five

#121 In Praise of Pip (1963) –
Max Phillips is an alcoholic bookie who regrets that he wasn’t a better father to his son, Pip, critically wounded in South Vietnam. A visit to an amusement park gives them both a second chance.
#122 Steel (1963) –
Boxing robot “Battling Maxo” breaks down before the scheduled bout, forcing his manager to take its place.
#123 Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963) –
Mr Wilson believes there is a gremlin on the wing of the aircraft.
#124 A Kind of a Stopwatch (1963) –
A man is given a stopwatch that halts time.
#125 The Last Night of a Jockey (1963) –
A washed-up jockey gets his wish while waiting for the results of his race fixing hearing.
#126 Living Doll (1963) –
A frustrated father does battle with his stepdaughter’s talking doll.
#127 The Old Man in the Cave (1963) –
A mysterious guardian helps a tiny community survive after the Bomb destroys much of the Earth.
#128 Uncle Simon (1963) –
Barbara Polk receives a surprise after her uncle’s death.
#129 Probe 7 – Over and Out (1963) –
A man and a woman, the lone survivors of two annihilated worlds, are stranded on a distant planet.
#130 The 7th is Made Up of Phantoms (1963) –
Three National Guardsmen explore the site of Custer’s Last Stand.
#131 A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain (1963) –
To keep up with his younger wife, Harmon convinces his brother to inject him with an experimental youth serum.
#132 Ninety Years Without Slumbering (1963) –
An old man is convinced that his life will end the moment his grandfather clock stops ticking.
#133 Ring-a-Ding Girl (1963) –
Movie star Bunny Blake receives a ring from her hometown which is giving her warnings to come home.
#134 You Drive (1964) –
Oliver Pope accidentally hits a boy on a bicycle and flees the scene – but his car will not let him hide his guilt.
#135 The Long Morrow (1964) –
Before leaving on a decades-long mission, astronaut Douglas Stansfield meets a woman and falls in love.
#136 The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross (1964) –
A man finds that he can trade characteristics with others.
#137 Number Twelve Looks Just Like You (1964) –
In a future society, everyone must undergo an operation at 19 to become beautiful and conform to society. One young woman desperately wants to keep her identity.
#138 Black Leather Jackets (1964) –
Three leather jacket wearing, motorcyclists invade a peaceful neighborhood.
#139 Night Call (1964) –
Telephone calls begin to haunt a disabled elderly woman.
#140 From Agnes – With Love (1964) –
A computer technician begins to take advice for his love life from Agnes, the computer he works with.
#141 Spur of the Moment (1964) –
A middle-aged woman on horseback beseeches Anne Henderson not to go ahead with her marriage.
#142 An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1964) –
A condemned Confederate prisoner, Peyton Farquhar, is due to be hanged by Union troops.
#143 Queen of the Nile (1964) –
A reporter interviews a Hollywood movie queen who has a secret to her eternal beauty.
#144 What’s in the Box (1964) –
Cheating husband Joe Britt sees his indiscretions shown on his own TV set after being worked on by a unique repairman.
#145 The Masks (1964) –
A dying man demands that his family wear the masks that he’s given them at a Mardi Gras party.
#146 I Am the Night – Color Me Black (1964) –
The Sun doesn’t rise in a small town where the execution of a popular idealist is scheduled to take place.
#147 Sounds and Silences (1964) –
Roswell Flemington enjoys loud noises and annoys others.
#148 Caesar and Me (1964) –
A ventriloquist’s dummy goads him into committing burglaries.
#149 The Jeopardy Room (1964) –
A defector is trapped in a hotel room and given three hours to find a hidden bomb.
#150 Stopover in a Quiet Town (1964) –
A hung-over couple awakens to find themselves in a deserted town, where nothing is as it should be.
#151 The Encounter (1964) –
A World War II veteran and a Japanese-American wage battle over a war that ended more than 20 years ago.
#152 Mr. Garrity and the Graves (1964) –
Jared Garrity arrives in an Old West town claiming that he can resurrect the dead.
#153 The Brain Center at Whipple’s (1964) –
A factory owner replaces all of his human workers with machines.
#154 Come Wander with Me (1964) –
Singer Floyd Burney searches the backwoods for new songs.
#155 The Fear (1964) –
Charlotte Scott and policeman Robert Franklin think that they are being stalked by giants.
#156 The Bewitchin’ Pool (1964) –
Two children discover that they can escape their bickering parents through a portal in the bottom of their swimming pool.