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The Twilight Zone is a television anthology series created (and often written) by its narrator and host Rod Serling. Each episode (156 in the original series) is a self-contained fantasy, science fiction, or horror/terror story, often concluding with an eerie or unexpected twist. Although advertised as science fiction, the show rarely offered scientific explanations for its fantastic happenings and often, if not always, had a moral lesson that pertained to everyday life. The program followed in the tradition of earlier well written radio programs such as The Weird Circle and X Minus One. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to serious science fiction ideas through television and also through a wide variety of Twilight Zone literature. Image File history File links TheTwilightZoneLogo. ... Image File history File links TheTwilightZoneLogo. ... An anthology series is a television series that features different stories, with a different cast of characters in every episode. ... Rodman Edward Rod Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, most famous for his science fiction anthology television series, The Twilight Zone. ... The Twilight Zone is a television series created by Rod Serling. ... Smaug in his lair: an illustration for the fantasy The Hobbit Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Horror fiction is, broadly, fiction in any medium intended to scare, unsettle, or horrify the reader. ... A twist ending or surprise ending is an unexpected conclusion or climax to a work of fiction, which may contain an irony, or cause the audience to reevaluate the rest of the story. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Some listeners to Robert Heinleins Universe had previously read the story in Dells 1951 paperback edition. ... Twilight Zone literature is an umbrella term for the many books and comic books which concern or adapt The Twilight Zone television series. ...


The success of this original series led to the creation of two revival series (a cult hit series that ran for several seasons on CBS and in syndication in the '80s, and a short-lived UPN series that ran early in the new millennium), a feature film, a radio series, a comic book, a magazine and various other spinoffs that would span five decades. CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... Radio broadcasts have been a popular entertainment since the 1910s, though popularity has declined a little in some countries since television became widespread. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ...


Writers for The Twilight Zone included leading genre authorities such as Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, Jerry Sohl, George Clayton Johnson, Earl Hamner Jr., Reginald Rose and Ray Bradbury. Many episodes also featured adaptations of classic stories by such writers as Ambrose Bierce, Lewis Padgett, Jerome Bixby and Damon Knight. Charles Beaumont (January 2, 1929 – February 21, 1967) was a prolific U.S. author of speculative fiction and horror short stories, beginning in 1951. ... Richard Burton Matheson (born February 20, 1926) is an American author and screenwriter, typically of fantasy, horror or science fiction. ... Gerald Allan Sohl Sr. ... George Clayton Johnson is a science fiction writer most famous for his novel and screenplay Logans Run but also known for his work in television, writing screenplays for such noted series as The Twilight Zone and Star Trek. ... Earl Henry Hamner Jr. ... This article or section is missing needed references or citation of sources. ... Ray Douglas Bradbury (born August 22, 1920) is an American literary, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer best known for The Martian Chronicles, a 1950 book which has been described both as a short story collection and a novel, and his 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. ... Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 – 1914?) was an American editorialist, journalist, short-story writer and satirist, today best known for his Devils Dictionary. ... Lewis Padgett was the joint pseudonym of the science-fiction authors and spouses Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore. ... Drexel Jerome Lewis Bixby (January 11, 1923 Los Angeles, California – April 28, 1998 San Bernardino, California) was a United States short story writer, editor and scriptwriter, best known for comparatively small output in science fiction. ... Damon Knight (September 19, 1922 – April 15, 2002) was a science fiction author, editor, and critic. ...

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The Zone

Throughout the various introductions for the original series, the Twilight Zone is described as another dimension. It is "a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind", "a place of things and ideas", "between the pit of Man's fears, and the summit of his knowledge."The twilight zone" in a nutshell, is the mind and imagination of man, where any thought can become a reality.


Television history

"The Time Element" (1958)

CBS purchased a teleplay in 1957 that writer Rod Serling hoped to produce as the pilot of a weekly anthology series. The Twilight Zone: "The Time Element" marked Serling’s first entry in the field of science fiction. CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ... Rodman Edward Rod Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, most famous for his science fiction anthology television series, The Twilight Zone. ...


The story is a time travel fantasy of sorts, involving a man visiting a psychoanalyst with complaints of a recurring dream in which he imagines waking up in Honolulu just prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. "I wake up in a hotel room in Honolulu, and it's 1941, but I mean I really wake up and it's really 1941", he explains, concluding that these are not mere dreams; he actually is travelling through time. Taking advantage of the situation, he bets on all the winning horses, all the right teams and, eventually, tries unsuccessfully to warn others —the newspaper, the military, anyone — that the Japanese are planning a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... Psychoanalysis is the revelation of unconscious relations, in a systematic way through an associative process. ... Honolulu as seen from the International Space Station Honolulu is the largest city and the capital of the U.S. state of Hawai‘i. ... This article is about the actual attack. ... This article is about the harbor in Hawaii. ...

William Bendix and Martin Balsam in "The Time Element"
William Bendix and Martin Balsam in "The Time Element"

With this script, Serling drafted the fundamental elements that would distinguish the series still to come: a science-fiction/fantasy theme, opening and closing narration, and an ending with a twist. But what would prove popular with audiences and critics in 1959 did not meet network standards in 1957. "The Time Element" was purchased only to be shelved indefinitely, and talks of making The Twilight Zone a television series ended. Screenshot of The Time Element This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... Screenshot of The Time Element This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... William Bendix (January 14, 1906 - December 14, 1964) was an American film actor. ... Martin Henry Balsam (November 4, 1919 – February 13, 1996) was an American actor. ...


This is where things stood when Bert Granet, the new producer for Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse discovered "The Time Element" in CBS’ vaults while searching for an original Serling script to add prestige to his show. "The Time Element" debuted on November 24, 1958, to an overwhelmingly delighted audience of television viewers and critics alike. “The humor and sincerity of Mr. Serling's dialogue made 'The Time Element' consistently entertaining”, offered Jack Gould of The New York Times. Over six thousand letters of praise flooded Granet’s offices. Convinced that a series based on such stories could succeed, CBS again began talks with Serling about the possibilities of producing The Twilight Zone. "Where Is Everybody?" was accepted as the pilot episode and the project was officially announced to the public in early 1959. Though "The Time Element" is rarely aired on television, this episode is revived through the radio version of the series. Bert Granet (July 10, 1910 - November 15, 2002) was a writer and television producer. ... Desilu Productions was a company jointly owned by American actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. ... is the 328th day of the year (329th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. ... Where Is Everybody? could also refer to a Nine Inch Nails song on the album The Fragile. ... A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ...


Original series (1959–1964)

Rod Serling hosting The Twilight Zone

Throughout the 1950s, Rod Serling had established himself as one of the hottest names in television, equally famous for his success in writing televised drama as he was for criticizing the medium's limitations. His most vocal complaints concerned the censorship frequently practiced by sponsors and networks. "I was not permitted to have my Senators discuss any current or pressing problem," he said of his 1957 production 'The Arena', intended to be an involving look into contemporary politics. "To talk of tariff was to align oneself with the Republicans; to talk of labor was to suggest control by the Democrats. To say a single thing germane to the current political scene was absolutely prohibited." The Twilight Zone is a television series created by Rod Serling. ... Rod Serling hosting The Twilight Zone. ... Rod Serling hosting The Twilight Zone. ... This page indexes the individual year in television pages. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic...


Twilight Zone’s writers frequently used science fiction as a vehicle for social comment; networks and sponsors who had infamously censored all potentially "inflammatory" material from the then predominant live dramas were ignorant of the methods developed by writers such as Ray Bradbury for dealing with important issues through seemingly innocuous fantasy. Frequent themes include nuclear war, mass hysteria, and McCarthyism, subjects that were strictly forbidden on more "serious" prime-time drama. Episodes such as "The Shelter" or "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" offered specific commentary on current events. Other stories, such as "The Masks" or "The Howling Man," operated around a central allegory, parable, or fable that reflected the characters' moral or philosophical choices. The Golden Age of Television is a reference to the period from approximately 1949 to 1960 when prime time television drama was predominated by original and classic productions from such writers as Paddy Chayefsky, Reginald Rose and Rod Serling. ... Ray Douglas Bradbury (born August 22, 1920) is an American literary, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer best known for The Martian Chronicles, a 1950 book which has been described both as a short story collection and a novel, and his 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. ... For the 1989 computer game, see Nuclear War (computer game). ... Mass hysteria, or collective hysteria, is the sociopsychological phenomenon of the manifestation of the same hysterical symptoms by more than one person. ... A 1947 comic book published by the Catechetical Guild Educational Society warning of the dangers of a Communist takeover. ... The Shelter is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. ... The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. ... The Masks is an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone. ... “The Howling Man” is an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone. ... Allegory of Music by Filippino Lippi. ... // For a comparison of parable with other kinds of stories, see Myth, legend, fairy tale, and fable. ... For a comparison of fable with other kinds of stories, see Myth, legend, fairy tale, and fable. ...


Despite his esteem in the writing community, Serling found The Twilight Zone difficult to sell. Few critics felt that science fiction could transcend empty escapism and enter the realm of adult drama. In a September 22, 1959, interview with Serling, Mike Wallace asked a question illustrative of the times: "...[Y]ou're going to be, obviously, working so hard on The Twilight Zone that, in essence, for the time being and for the foreseeable future, you've given up on writing anything important for television, right?" While Serling's appearances on the show became one of its most distinctive features, with his clipped delivery still widely imitated today, he was reportedly nervous about it and had to be persuaded to appear on camera. Serling often steps into the middle of the action and the characters remain seemingly oblivious to him, but on one notable occasion they are aware he's there: in the episode "A World of His Own," a writer with the power to alter reality objects to Serling's unflattering narration, and promptly erases Serling from the show. is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mike Wallace (born Myron Leon Wallace on May 9, 1918) is a former American game show host, television personality, and journalist. ... “A World of His Own” is an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone. ...


The original show currently airs in the U.S. on the cable channel Sci Fi. Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ... SCI FI (originally Sci-Fi Channel, sometimes rendered SCI FI Channel when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ...


First revival (1985–1989)

Main article: The New Twilight Zone
Opening for 1985's The New Twilight Zone

It was Serling's decision to sell his share of the series back to the network that eventually allowed for a Twilight Zone revival. As an in-house production, CBS stood to earn more money producing The Twilight Zone than it could by purchasing a new series produced by an outside company. Even so, the network was slow to consider a revival, shooting down offers from the original production team of Rod Serling and Buck Houghton and later from American filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. Their hesitation stemmed from concerns familiar to the original series: Twilight Zone had never been the breakaway hit CBS wanted, why should they expect it to do better in a second run? The New Twilight Zone is the popular nickname for the 1985 revival of Rod Serlings acclaimed 1950/60s television series, The Twilight Zone; it was officially titled the same as the original. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Buck Houghton was a television producer for The Twilight Zone, as well as many other television programs from the 1950s through the 1990s. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ...


The answers to this question began to surface in the early 1980s, as a new generation of writers and directors emerged from the very teenagers who formed the core of Twilight Zone's original audience. First came The Twilight Zone Companion by Marc Scott Zicree, an in-depth look into the history of the series that won critical accolade, a 1983 nomination for the American Book Award and a place on best-seller lists across the nation. Also encouraging were the new numbers from Nielsen and the box office alike. Twilight Zone literature is an umbrella term for the many books and comic books which concern or adapt The Twilight Zone television series. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... The American Book Award was established in 1978 by the Before Columbus Foundation. ... When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ... The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ...


Despite lukewarm response to Twilight Zone: The Movie, Spielberg's theatrical homage to the original series, CBS gave The New Twilight Zone a greenlight in 1984 under the supervision of Carla Singer, then Vice President of Drama Development. While the show didn't match the enduring popularity of the original, it did develop its own cult following and some episodes - including the love story "Her Pilgrim Soul" and Straczynski's deeply moving "Dream Me a Life" - were widely acclaimed. Twilight Zone: The Movie was a 1983 movie produced by Steven Spielberg as a theatrical version of The Twilight Zone, a long-running early TV series. ... To greenlight a project, in the context of the movie business, is to formally approve production finance, thereby allowing the project to move forward from the development phase to pre-production and, barring disasters, principal photography. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Her Pilgrim Soul is an episode of the television series The New Twilight Zone. ...


Rod Serling's Lost Classics (1994)

In the early 1990s, Richard Matheson and Carol Serling produced an outline for a two-hour made-for-TV movie which would feature Matheson adaptations of three yet-unfilmed Rod Serling short stories. Outlines for such a production were rejected by CBS until early 1994, when Serling's widow discovered a complete shooting script (“Where the Dead Are”) authored by her late husband while rummaging through their garage. Serling showed the forgotten script to producers Michael O’Hara and Laurence Horowitz, who were significantly impressed by it. "I had a pile of scripts, which I usually procrastinate about reading. But I read this one right away and, after 30 pages, called my partner and said, 'I love it,'” recalled O’Hara. “This is pure imagination, a period piece, literate—some might say wordy. If Rod Serling's name weren't on it, it wouldn't have a chance at getting made." For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Richard Burton Matheson (born February 20, 1926) is an American author and screenwriter, typically of fantasy, horror or science fiction. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ...


Eager to capitalize on Serling’s celebrity status as a writer, CBS packaged “Where the Dead Are” with Matheson’s adaptation of “The Theatre”, debuting as a two-hour feature on the night of May 19, 1994, under the name Twilight Zone: Rod Serling’s Lost Classics. The title represents a misnomer, as both stories were conceived long after Twilight Zone’s cancellation. Written just months before Serling’s death, “Where the Dead Are” starred Patrick Bergin as a 19th century doctor who stumbles upon a mad scientist's medical experiments with immortality. “The Theatre” starred Amy Irving and Gary Cole as a couple who visit a cineplex, only to discover that the feature presentation is their own lives. James Earl Jones provided opening and closing narrations. is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Patrick Connolly Bergin (born February 4, 1951) is an Irish actor. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Caucasian, male, aging, crooked teeth, messy hair, lab coat, spectacles/goggles, dramatic posing, beaker with strange colored liquid — one popular stereotype of a mad scientist. ... Amy Irving (born September 10, 1953 in Palo Alto, California) is an American actress. ... Gary Cole (born September 20, 1956) is an American actor, known for numerous roles, including the television series Fatal Vision, The West Wing, Midnight Caller, American Gothic, Wanted and Crusade, and the films Office Space, In the Line of Fire, Kiss the Sky, Dodgeball, The Brady Bunch Movie, A Very... James Earl Jones (b. ...


Critical response was mixed. Gannett News Service described it as “taut and stylish, a reminder of what can happen when fine actors are given great words.” USA Today was less impressed, even suggesting that Carol Serling “should have left these two unproduced mediocrities in the garage where she found them.” Ultimately ratings proved insufficient to justify a proposed sequel featuring three Matheson-adapted scripts. Gannett Company, Inc. ... USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ...


Second revival (2002–2003)

Opening for 2002's The Twilight Zone

A second revival was attempted by UPN in 2002, with narration provided by Forest Whitaker and theme music by Jonathan Davis (of the rock group KoЯn). Broadcast in an hour format with two half-hour stories, it was cancelled after one season. The critical and audience reaction to this revival was generally not very good, although reruns continue to air in syndication. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director. ... Jonathan Houseman Davis (born January 18, 1971) is the vocalist for the multiplatinum Nu Metal[1] band, Korn. ... This article is about the band. ...


Noteworthy episodes featured Jason Alexander as Death wanting to retire from harvesting souls, Lou Diamond Phillips as a swimming pool cleaner being shot repeatedly in his dreams, Susanna Thompson as a woman whose stated wish results in an "upgrading" of her family, Usher as a policeman being bothered by telephone calls from beyond the grave, and Katherine Heigl playing nanny to an infant Adolf Hitler. Jason Alexander (born Jason Scott Greenspan on September 23, 1959) is a Jewish American television, cinema and musical theatre actor, best known for his role as George Costanza on the hit television series Seinfeld. ... Death, as a skeleton carrying a scythe. ... Lou Diamond Phillips (born February 17, 1962) is an American film and television actor. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Susanna Thompson as Lenara Kahn in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ... Usher (born Usher Jamie Raymond, IV on October 14, 1978 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States) is an African-American singer and actor. ... Katherine Marie Heigl (born November 24, 1978) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actress. ... Hitler redirects here. ...


The series also includes remakes and updates of stories presented in the original Twilight Zone television series, including the famous "Eye of the Beholder". One of the updates, "The Monsters Are On Maple Street", is a modernized version of the classic episode similarly called "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street". The original show was about the paranoia surrounding a neighbourhood-wide blackout. In the course of the episode, somebody suggests an alien invasion being the cause of the blackouts, and that one of the neighbours may be an alien. The anti-alien hysteria is an allegory for the anti-communist paranoia of the time, and the 2003 remake, starring Andrew McCarthy, replaces aliens with terrorists. The show also contains a follow-up episode to the events of the original episode "It's a Good Life". Bill Mumy returned to play the adult version of Anthony, the demonic child he had played in the original story, with Mumy's daughter, Liliana, appearing as Anthony's daughter, a more benevolent but even more powerful child. Cloris Leachman also returned as Anthony's mother. Mumy went on to serve as screenwriter for other episodes in the revival. The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. ... Andrew McCarthy (born November 29, 1962) is an American actor who appeared in several films during the 1980s. ... “It’s a Good Life” is an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone. ... Charles William Mumy, Jr. ... my name is tie my shoe i went to macdonalds the other day and i bought a cheeseburger lah. ... Cloris Leachman (born April 30, 1926) is an Academy Award, nine-time Emmy and Golden Globe winning American actress of stage, film and television. ...


The Twilight Zone revival series tended to address contemporary issues head-on; i.e. terrorism, racism, gender roles and sexuality.


Other guest stars include, but not limited to: Jessica Simpson, Eriq La Salle, Jason Bateman, Method Man, Linda Cardellini, Jaime Pressly, Jeremy Sisto, Molly Sims, Portia de Rossi, Jeremy Piven, Ethan Embry, Shannon Elizabeth, Jonathan Jackson, Amber Tamblyn, Usher Raymond and Elizabeth Berkley. Jessica Ann Simpson (born July 10, 1980) is an American pop singer and actress who rose to fame in the late 1990s. ... Eriq La Salle (born July 23, 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut) is an American actor and director, best known for his portrayals of Darryl in the 1988 comedy film Coming to America and Dr. Peter Benton during the first eight seasons of the NBC drama series ER. Eriq La Salle directed... Jason Kent Bateman (born January 14, 1969 in Rye, New York) is an American actor. ... Method Man (born Clifford Smith, March 2, 1971 in Staten Island, New York) is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and member of the hip hop collective, Wu-Tang Clan. ... Linda Edna Cardellini (born June 25, 1975), is an American television and film actress. ... Jaime Lynn Pressly (born July 30, 1977) is an Emmy Award-nominated American actress and model. ... Jeremy Merton Sisto (born October 6, 1974) is an American actor. ... Molly Sims (born May 25, 1973 in Murray, Kentucky) is an American model and actress. ... Portia de Rossi, born Amanda Lee Rogers on January 31, 1973, is an Australian actress who is best known for her role as lawyer Nelle Porter on the television series Ally McBeal, and as Lindsay Bluth Fünke on the television series Arrested Development. ... Jeremy Samuel Piven (born July 26, 1965)[1] is an Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated American actor. ... Ed ONeill (left) as Det. ... Shannon Elizabeth (born Shannon Elizabeth Fadal on September 7, 1973) is an American actress, poker player, and former fashion model. ... Jonathan Stevens Jackson (born May 11, 1982 in Orlando, Florida) is an American actor who appeared as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital from 1993 to 1999. ... Amber Rose Tamblyn (born May 14, 1983) is an Emmy-nominated American actress and poet. ... Usher (born Usher Jamie Raymond, IV on October 14, 1978 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States) is an African-American singer and actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The complete series was released on DVD by New Line in a 6-Disc boxset on September 7, 2004. In computing, a newline is a special character or sequence of characters indicating the end of a line. ... is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Other media

Comic books

Western Publishing published a Twilight Zone comic book, first under their Dell Comics imprint for 4 issues, one in 1961 and 3 further issues in 1962, with the first two published as part of their long running Four Color anthology series as issue numbers 1173 and 1288, and then two further one shots numbered separately in Dell's unique fashion as 01-860-207 and 12-860-210 (numbered as 01-860-210 on the inside) respectively. Western then restarted the series under their Gold Key imprint with a formal issue #1, which ran 92 issues from 1962 to 1979, with the final issue being published in 1982. Twilight Zone literature is an umbrella term for the many books and comic books which concern or adapt The Twilight Zone television series. ... This is a page about the company Western Publishing. ... Dell Comics was the comic book publishing arm of Dell Publications, which got its start in pulp magazines. ... One of the earlier issues of Four Color, featuring Walt Disneys Donald Duck. ... An anthology, literally a garland or collection of flowers, is a collection of literary works, originally of poems. ... Gold Key Comics was an imprint of Western Publishing cteated for comic books distributed to newstands. ...


Several of the stories would be reprinted in their Mystery Comics Digest, which mentioned the title on the covers. A wide range of artists worked on the title, including Jack Sparling, Reed Crandall, Lee Elias, George Evans, Russ Jones, Joe Orlando, Jerry Robinson, Mike Sekowsky, Dan Spiegle, Frank Thorne and Alex Toth. Mystery Comics Digest was one of three digest size comics published by Gold Key Comics in the early 1970s. ... Reed Crandall (February 22, 1917 - September 13, 1982) was an American illustrator and penciller of comic books and magazines. ... Lee Elias (Born May 21, 1920, died April 8, 1998 is an American comics artist. ... There have been a number of prominent people named George Evans: For the American congressman, see George Evans (politician) For the Australian explorer, see George Evans (explorer) For the Sergeant-Major of The Manchester Regiment awarded the Victoria Cross in World War I, see George Evans (VC) For the comic... Cover painting by Russ Jones Debut issue of Creepy, edited by Russ Jones in 1963 for Warren Publishing. ... Joe Orlando was an illustrator, writer, editor and cartoonist who was born April 4, 1927, in Bari, Italy, and died December 23, 1998, in Manhattan. ... Detective Comics #38 (May 1940), the first appearance of Robin. ... The cover of Brave and the Bold #28, 1960, featuring the first appearance of the Justice League and art by Mike Sekowsky. ... Dan Spiegle (born October 12, 1920) is a cartoon illustrator (penciller and inker). ... Frank Thorne (June 16, 1930 - ) is an American comic book artist-writer. ... Space Ghost, one of Toth’s most famous designs. ...


In 1990, NOW Comics published a new comic series with using the title logo from the 1984 revival. The publisher made great efforts to sign established sci-fi/fantasy writers, including Harlan Ellison, adapting his story "Crazy as a Soup Sandwich." NOW Comics was founded by Tony C. Caputo in 1985 as a sole-proprietorship before becoming part of Caputo Publishing, Inc. ... Harlan Jay Ellison (born May 27, 1934) is a prolific American writer of short stories, novellas, essays, and criticism. ... Anthony Franciosa in the 1989 Twilight Zone episode Crazy as a Soup Sandwich Crazy as a Soup Sandwich is a story written by Harlan Ellison. ...


Film

Twilight Zone: The Movie was a 1983 feature film produced by Steven Spielberg. It starred Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Vic Morrow, John Lithgow and Scatman Crothers. Twilight Zone: The Movie was a 1983 movie produced by Steven Spielberg as a theatrical version of The Twilight Zone, a long-running early TV series. ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... Albert Brooks (born July 22, 1947 as Albert Lawrence Einstein) is an Academy Award nominated American actor, writer, comedian and director. ... Victor Vic Morrow (February 14, 1929 - July 23, 1982) born Bronx, New York was a Jewish-American actor. ... John Arthur Lithgow (IPA: [ˈʤɔn ˈlɪθɡaʊ]) (born October 19, 1945) is an American actor perhaps best-known for his starring role as Dick Solomon in the NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. ... Benjamin Sherman Scatman Crothers (May 23, 1910 – November 22, 1986) was an African-American actor, singer, dancer and musician. ...


The film remade three classic episodes of the original series and included one original story. John Landis directed the prologue and the first segment, Steven Spielberg directed the second, Joe Dante the third, and George Miller directed the final segment. John Landis (born August 3, 1950 in Chicago) is an American movie actor, director, writer, and producer. ... Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ... Joe Dante (born November 28, 1946 in Morristown, New Jersey) is an American film director and producer of films generally with humorous and scifi content. ... George Miller (born March 3, 1945) is an Australian film and television screenwriter, film director and producer. ...


The Landis-directed episode is possibly best known for the helicopter accident that resulted in the deaths of Morrow and two child actors during filming.


Radio

Main article: The Twilight Zone (radio series)

In 2002, episodes of the original The Twilight Zone were adapted for radio, with Stacy Keach taking Serling's role as narrator. The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas is a nationally syndicated radio adaptation of the classic television series The Twilight Zone, launched in October 2002. ... Stacy Keach (born Walter Stacy Keach, Jr. ...


Theater

Live theater productions of the original episodes can be seen in Los Angeles and Seattle, where Theater Schmeater has continuously produced a late night series, "The Twilight Zone - Live" with permission of the Serling estate, since 1996.[1]


In 2005 4 Letter Entertainment produced Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up? in Los Angeles. [2]


Pinball game

In 1993, Midway released a widebody pinball game, Twilight Zone (based on the original TV series). After his Addams Family pinball became the best selling pinball machine of all time, Midway gave designer Pat Lawlor creative control over the game. The game uses Golden Earring's 1982 hit song "Twilight Zone" as its theme song. The game sold 15,235 units. Twilight Zone (often abbreviated TZ) is a 1993 widebody pinball game, designed by Pat Lawlor and released by Midway (under the Bally label). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Midway Games (NYSE: MWY) is an American video game publisher. ... An electronic pinball machine (Theatre of Magic), released 1995. ... The Addams Family is the best selling pinball machine of all time, having sold 20,270 units. ... Pat Lawlor (during the 2004 Pinball Expo) Patrick M. Lawlor is a pinball machine designer who is widely considered by silverball enthusiasts to be among the elite of his craft. ... Golden Earring is a Dutch rock/pop group that was founded in 1961 in The Hague as the Golden Earrings (the s was later dropped). ... Twilight Zone is a 1982 hit song by the Dutch hard rock band Golden Earring. ...


Theme park attractions

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is a theme park attraction at the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida, and Disney's California Adventure in California. A new Tower of Terror attraction is currently being built at Walt Disney Studios Paris. Tokyo DisneySea, Japan also has a version, but it does not carry on the Twilight Zone theme, due to constraints in copyrights for the Oriental Land Company, owner and operator of the Tokyo parks. This article is about the Disney ride. ... Disney-MGM Studios is a theme park in the Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA. It opened on May 1, 1989. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area South Florida Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Disneys California Adventure is a theme park in Anaheim, California, adjacent to Disneyland Park and part of the larger Disneyland Resort. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The Walt Disney Studios, known as Parc Walt Disney Studios in France, is one of two theme parks in the Disneyland Resort Paris. ... Tokyo DisneySea ) is an 176 acre (714,000 m²) theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, just outside of Tokyo. ... Oriental Land Co. ...


Further reading

  • Ramage, Andrew (2004). Forgotten Gems from the Twilight Zone vol.1. Albany: BearManor Media ISBN 1-59393-014-3
  • Ramage, Andrew (2005). Forgotten Gems from the Twilight Zone Vol.2. Albany: BearManor Media ISBN 1-59393-030-5
  • Sohl, Jerry (2005). The Twilight Zone Scripts of Jerry Sohl. Albany: Bearmanor Media ISBN 1-59393-010-0

External links

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The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series) | The New Twilight Zone | The Twilight Zone (2002 series) The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ... The Open Directory Project (ODP), also known as dmoz (from , its original domain name), is a multilingual open content directory of World Wide Web links owned by Netscape that is constructed and maintained by a community of volunteer editors. ... The Twilight Zone is a television series created by Rod Serling. ... The New Twilight Zone is the popular nickname for the 1985 revival of Rod Serlings acclaimed 1950/60s television series, The Twilight Zone; it was officially titled the same as the original. ... The Twilight Zone title. ...

Key People

Rod Serling | Buck Houghton | Charles Beaumont | Richard Matheson | Jerry Sohl | George Clayton Johnson | Earl Hamner Jr. | Reginald Rose | Ray Bradbury Rodman Edward Rod Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, most famous for his science fiction anthology television series, The Twilight Zone. ... Buck Houghton was a television producer for The Twilight Zone, as well as many other television programs from the 1950s through the 1990s. ... Charles Beaumont (January 2, 1929 – February 21, 1967) was a prolific U.S. author of speculative fiction and horror short stories, beginning in 1951. ... Richard Burton Matheson (born February 20, 1926) is an American author and screenwriter, typically of fantasy, horror or science fiction. ... Gerald Allan Sohl Sr. ... George Clayton Johnson is a science fiction writer most famous for his novel and screenplay Logans Run but also known for his work in television, writing screenplays for such noted series as The Twilight Zone and Star Trek. ... Earl Henry Hamner Jr. ... This article or section is missing needed references or citation of sources. ... Ray Douglas Bradbury (born August 22, 1920) is an American literary, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer best known for The Martian Chronicles, a 1950 book which has been described both as a short story collection and a novel, and his 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. ...

See Also

Playhouse 90 | List of The Twilight Zone episodes | List of The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series) guest stars | The Twilight Zone (pinball) | Twilight Zone: The Movie | The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Playhouse 90 is the name of a 90-minute long dramatic television series that ran on CBS from 1956 to 1961. ... This is a list of The Twilight Zone episodes. ... The following is a list of guest stars that appeared on the 1959 television series The Twilight Zone. ... Twilight Zone (often abbreviated TZ) is a 1993 widebody pinball game, designed by Pat Lawlor and released by Midway (under the Bally label). ... Twilight Zone: The Movie was a 1983 movie produced by Steven Spielberg as a theatrical version of The Twilight Zone, a long-running early TV series. ... This article is about the Disney ride. ...


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The Twilight Zone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2998 words)
Twilight Zone’s writers frequently used science fiction as a vehicle for social comment; networks and sponsors who had infamously censored all potentially "inflammatory" material from the then predominant live dramas were ignorant of the methods developed by writers such as Ray Bradbury for dealing with important issues through seemingly innocuous fantasy.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is a theme park attraction at the Disney-MGM Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, California.
The four-note repetition in the Twilight Zone's theme music is so familiar to audiences that it may be sung or hummed as a reference in conversation to something unusual (in lieu of actually uttering that a situation bears resemblance to something from the "twilight zone").
The Twilight Zone - definition of The Twilight Zone in Encyclopedia (2901 words)
The Twilight Zone is the name of a television series created by its narrator, host and primary writer Rod Serling.
Twilight Zone’s writers frequently used science-fiction as a metaphor for social comment; networks and sponsors who had infamously censored all potentially "inflammatory” material from the then predominant live dramas were ignorant of the methods developed by science-fiction writers such as Ray Bradbury for dealing with important issues through seemingly innocuous fantasy.
A TV movie, Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics, aired in 1994, was narrated by James Earl Jones, and was a compilation based on two unused Twilight Zone scripts.
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