Worst & Best Twilight Zone 1959 Episodes/List

About the Series

Genre: Us Fantasy/Horror/Mystery Series
Series: 5
Episodes: 156
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.

A typical Twilight Zone episode consists of some strange glitch in the normal run of events befalling its protagonist and then showing how they deal with the situation and try to resolve it.  

The show had its second revival in 1985 with a new colour series.


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

Where is Everybody? (1959) –
Mike Ferris is alone in a small town and has no idea who he is or where he is.
One for the Angels (1959) –
A pitchman is visited by “Death.”
Mr. Denton on Doomsday (1959) –
A drunk in an old-west town meets his past.
The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine (1959) –
A faded film star needs help when she becomes obsessed with watching her old movies.
Walking Distance (1959) –
A man travels back in time to his childhood town.
Escape Clause (1959) –
A man sells his soul to the devil in exchange for immortality.
The Lonely (1959) –
A convict exiled to an asteroid is sent a robot-woman for company.
Time Enough at Last (1959) –
A henpecked bookworm finds himself alone with his books after a nuclear war -what could go wrong?
Perchance to Dream (1959) –
A fatigued man tries to keep himself awake as he will die if he falls asleep.
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.
And When the Sky Was Opened (1959) –
Three astronauts return home and slowly fade from existence.
What You Need (1959) –
A crook tries to exploit a street peddler who has the knack of selling people just what they need.
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.
Third From the Sun (1960) –
Two families plan to steal a spaceship to escape a nuclear war.
I Shot an Arrow Into the Air (1960) –
A crashing rocketship leaves three desperate people with limited resources.
The Hitch-Hiker (1960) –
A young woman on a cross country drive keeps passing the same hitch-hiker.
The Fever (1960) –
A middle-aged man catches a bad case of gambling fever.
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.
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.
Elegy (1960) –
Three astronauts landing on an asteroid find that every inhabitant is frozen in time.
Mirror Image (1960) –
Waiting at a bust stop, Millicent Barnes has a weird sense that she has a doppelganger.
The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street (1960) –
On a peaceful suburban street, weird occurrences send usually tranquil people paranoid.
A World of Difference (1960) –
A businessman discovers that his whole life is a sham.
Long Live Walter Jameson (1960) –
A father discovers that his soon to be son-in-law is really thousands of years old.
People Are Alike All Over (1960) –
The lone survivor of a crash-landing on Mars finds the native inhabitants surprisingly hospitable!!
Execution (1960) –
A scientist testing his time machine accidentally retrieves a murderer from 1880, saving him from the hangman’s noose.
The Big Tall Wish (1960) –
An aging boxer wins a match he thought he had lost – the result of a boy’s wish.
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.
Nightmare as a Child (1960) –
A schoolteacher keeps seeing a strange little girl in her apartment building.
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?
The Chaser (1960) –
A young man buys a love potion to gain a woman’s affection.
A Passage for Trumpet (1960) –
A depressed trumpet player finds himself in a world where no-one moves except a helpful musician.
Mr. Bevis (1960) –
Mr Bevis, an eccentric loser, gets a new life from his guardian angel, but there is a price to keeping it.
The After Hours (1960) –
A woman finds some odd salespeople on an otherwise empty department store floor.
The Mighty Casey (1960) –
A down-and-out baseball team’s fortunes are lifted by a mysterious unbeatable young player.
A World of His Own (1960) –
A writer demonstrates that he can control reality by simply dictating changes.

Series Two

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.
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.
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.
A Thing About Machines (1960) –
Bartlett Finchley’s paranoia about the machines around proves true.
The Howling Man (1960) –
A traveller comes upon a bizarre abbey of monks who have imprisoned a man they believe is the devil.
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.”
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.
The Lateness of the Hour (1960) –
The daughter of an inventor objects to being waited on by mechanical servants.
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.
A Most Unusual Camera (1960) –
Three crooks get hold of a camera that takes pictures of the future.
The Night of the Meek (1960) –
After a Santa Claus is fired on Christmas Eve, he finds a mysterious bag that gives out presents.
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.
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?
The Whole Truth (1961) –
A used car salesman buys a car that dooms him to tell only the truth!
The Invaders (1961) –
A woman’s rural house is invaded by little aliens from a UFO.
A Penny for Your Thoughts (1961) –
Bank clerk Hector B. Poole suddenly gains telepathic powers.
Twenty-Two (1961) –
While in the hospital recovering from overwork, Liz Powell keeps dreaming about going down to the hospital morgue.
The Odyssey of Flight 33 (1961) –
Passing through the sound barrier, a commercial airliner inadvertently travels back in time.
Mr. Dingle, the Strong (1961) –
A timid vacuum-cleaner salesman is given the strength of 300 men by visiting aliens.
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.
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.
Long Distance Call (1961) –
A toy telephone becomes links a young boy to his dead grandmother.
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.
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.
The Silence (1961) –
A man bets a constant talker that he cannot remain silent for a year.
Shadow Play (1961) –
Adam Grant is trapped in a recurring nightmare, in which he is sentenced to death by execution.
The Mind and the Matter (1961) –
Using the power of mind over matter, Archibald Beechcroft remakes the world to his own specifications.
Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up (1961) –
Just who is the alien at a snowed-in roadside diner?
The Obsolete Man (1961) –
In a future totalitarian society, a librarian is declared obsolete and sentenced to death.

Series Three

Two (1961) –
Two survivors of an apocalypse, a man and a woman from each opposing side, approach each other suspiciously.
The Arrival (1961) –
Grant Sheckly has a mystery to solve when a plane lands at an airport without pilots, passengers or luggage.
The Shelter (1961) –
A bulletin warning of an impending nuclear attack has the neighbors scrambling amongst themselves over a permanent bomb shelter.
The Passersby (1961) –
While headed home, a Confederate soldier meets an anguished woman at the end of the Civil War.
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?
The Mirror (1961) –
A Central American revolutionary comes into the possession of a mirror that shows him his potential assassins.
The Grave (1961) –
Conny Miller visits the grave of a man to prove he was never afraid of him.
It’s a Good Life (1961) –
A young boy with vast mental powers holds his terrified family in thrall to his every juvenile wish.
Deaths-Head Revisited (1961) –
A former German SS captain returns to Dachau concentration camp and reminisces about the power he enjoyed there.
The Midnight Sun (1961) –
The Earth’s orbit has been changed and is moving inexorably to the sun.
Still Valley (1961) –
It is June 1863 and Confederate soldiers encounter a warlock who can help bring victory to the Southern cause.
The Jungle (1961) –
A businessman who has recently returned from Africa is stalked by the superstitions and warnings of a witch doctor.
Once Upon a Time (1961) –
Janitor Woodrow Mulligan gets a trip from 1890 to 1962 courtesy of his employer’s time helmet.
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.
A Quality of Mercy (1961) –
A soldier is forced to experience war from his enemy’s point of view.
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?
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.
Dead Man’s Shoes (1962) –
A homeless man takes the shoes of a dead gangster and steps into his life.
The Hunt (1962) –
Upon returning from a coon hunt, Hyder Simpson discovers that no one can see or hear him.
Showdown with Rance McGrew (1962) –
Rance McGrew is the star of a western TV series and somehow meets the real Jesse James.
Kick the Can (1962) –
An old man living in a rest home thinks the secret of staying young is by playing children’s games.
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.
The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank (1962) –
Jeff Myrtlebank comes back to life at his own funeral.
To Serve Man (1962) –
The Kanamits are 9 feet tall aliens and have one goal: To Serve Man.
The Fugitive (1962) –
Old Ben, a shape-shifting alien, tries to help a crippled little girl.
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!
Person or Persons Unknown (1962) –
David Gurney wakes up to find that no one, not even his own mother knows him.
The Little People (1962) –
An astronaut declares himself a god when his ship lands on a planet populated by people smaller than ants.
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.
Hocus-Pocus and Frisby (1962) –
A loud-mouthed braggart attracts the attention of some aliens.
The Trade-Ins (1962) –
An elderly couple shop for younger replacement bodies, then resort to desperate measures to cover the cost.
The Gift (1962) –
A man from the stars comes with a gift to a small Mexican village whose residents do not welcome.
The Dummy (1962) –
A ventriloquist becomes convinced that his dummy, Willie, is alive and evil.
Young Man’s Fancy (1962) –
When a newlywed man returns to his childhood home, the ties of the past prove too strong to resist.
I Sing the Body Electric (1962) –
A widower buys a robot grandmother for his three children.
Cavender is Coming (1962) –
Guardian angel Harmon Cavender is given a chance to earn his wings by helping the young, awkward Agnes Grep.
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

In His Image (1963) –
A young man grapples with an urge to kill and confusion about his origins.
The Thirty-Fathom Grave (1963) –
A US naval destroyer detects a mysterious tapping sound coming from a sunken submarine.
Valley of the Shadow (1963) –
A reporter becomes trapped in a small town where its populace can do amazing things.
He’s Alive (1963) –
Peter Vollmer, a small-time neo-Nazi leader, meets a man from the past to guide him.
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.
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?
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.
Miniature (1963) –
A lonely man falls in love with a mini-museum doll.
Printer’s Devil (1963) –
The owner of a failing newspaper gets help from the Devil.
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.
The Parallel (1963) –
Astronaut Robert Gaines returns from space to a world that is not the one he left.
I Dream of Genie (1963) –
A man considers thinks very carefully when offered one wish by a genie.
The New Exhibit (1963) –
A wax-museum employee fights to preserve five figures of famous murderers.
Of Late I Think of Cliffordville (1963) –
A bored, wealthy businessman gets a chance to go back in time and start all over again.
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.
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.
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.
The Bard (1963) –
A writer’s career blossoms when Shakespeare writes his TV scripts for him.

Series Five

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.
Steel (1963) –
Boxing robot “Battling Maxo” breaks down before the scheduled bout, forcing his manager to take its place.
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963) –
Mr Wilson believes there is a gremlin on the wing of the aircraft.
A Kind of a Stopwatch (1963) –
A man is given a stopwatch that halts time.
The Last Night of a Jockey (1963) –
A washed-up jockey gets his wish while waiting for the results of his race fixing hearing.
Living Doll (1963) –
A frustrated father does battle with his stepdaughter’s talking doll.
The Old Man in the Cave (1963) –
A mysterious guardian helps a tiny community survive after the Bomb destroys much of the Earth.
Uncle Simon (1963) –
Barbara Polk receives a surprise after her uncle’s death.
Probe 7 – Over and Out (1963) –
A man and a woman, the lone survivors of two annihilated worlds, are stranded on a distant planet.
The 7th is Made Up of Phantoms (1963) –
Three National Guardsmen explore the site of Custer’s Last Stand.
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.
Ninety Years Without Slumbering (1963) –
An old man is convinced that his life will end the moment his grandfather clock stops ticking.
Ring-a-Ding Girl (1963) –
Movie star Bunny Blake receives a ring from her hometown which is giving her warnings to come home.
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.
The Long Morrow (1964) –
Before leaving on a decades-long mission, astronaut Douglas Stansfield meets a woman and falls in love.
The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross (1964) –
A man finds that he can trade characteristics with others.
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.
Black Leather Jackets (1964) –
Three leather jacket wearing, motorcyclists invade a peaceful neighborhood.
Night Call (1964) –
Telephone calls begin to haunt a disabled elderly woman.
From Agnes – With Love (1964) –
A computer technician begins to take advice for his love life from Agnes, the computer he works with.
Spur of the Moment (1964) –
A middle-aged woman on horseback beseeches Anne Henderson not to go ahead with her marriage.
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1964) –
A condemned Confederate prisoner, Peyton Farquhar, is due to be hanged by Union troops.
Queen of the Nile (1964) –
A reporter interviews a Hollywood movie queen who has a secret to her eternal beauty.
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.
The Masks (1964) –
A dying man demands that his family wear the masks that he’s given them at a Mardi Gras party.
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.
Sounds and Silences (1964) –
Roswell Flemington enjoys loud noises and annoys others.
Caesar and Me (1964) –
A ventriloquist’s dummy goads him into committing burglaries.
The Jeopardy Room (1964) –
A defector is trapped in a hotel room and given three hours to find a hidden bomb.
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.
The Encounter (1964) –
A World War II veteran and a Japanese-American wage battle over a war that ended more than 20 years ago.
Mr. Garrity and the Graves (1964) –
Jared Garrity arrives in an Old West town claiming that he can resurrect the dead.
The Brain Center at Whipple’s (1964) –
A factory owner replaces all of his human workers with machines.
Come Wander with Me (1964) –
Singer Floyd Burney searches the backwoods for new songs.
The Fear (1964) –
Charlotte Scott and policeman Robert Franklin think that they are being stalked by giants.
The Bewitchin’ Pool (1964) –
Two children discover that they can escape their bickering parents through a portal in the bottom of their swimming pool.