Ranked 5th by TV Guide in the magazine’s list of the world’s top 60 television dramas, The Twilight Zone is easily one of the most iconic television shows from the 20th Century.
First broadcast between 1959 and 1964, Rod Sterling’s masterpiece anthology of strange and tales, was many people’s first ever introduction to science fiction as a genre in its own right.
However, The Twilight Zone was much more than just a collection of science fiction inspired short stories. Instead, like much later science fiction series such as Star Trek, The Twilight Zone incorporated distinctly moral elements into every episode, and often operated as a vehicle of contemporary social commentary.
Still considered a seminal piece of television history, The Twilight Zone is still famous today for marrying some of the greatest writing of the early 60’s with experimental filming and television storytelling techniques. In this respect, the show was ahead of its time in regard especially to the shows maturity and complexity.
However, what viewers loved and still love about The Twilight zone, was the distinct sense of intrigue present in each episode.
Often detailing all-time favorite sci-fi themes such as nuclear war, mass hysteria, and time travel/premonition centered storylines, The Twilight Zone tapped into the human need to be put on the edge of their seats each week, like no other television series ever before it.
Marked from the start by superior writing and acting, The Twilight Zone original series gave rise to a number of classic episodes which have since been respun by numerous contemporary shows. Such episodes include Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, where William Shatner witnesses a monster tearing at a commercial airplane wing, and To Serve Man, one of the eeriest and disturbing alien first contact storylines to ever produced.
Often epic in scope, other classic Twilight Zone episodes include Time Enough at Last, where a loner book lover is finally left alone with the written word as he becomes the sole survivor of a nuclear holocaust, and the truly horrifying episode, Eye of the Beholder.
Consistently highly rated among viewers and recognized for its cutting edge writing and vision, The Twilight Zone has been repeatedly revived over the years.
These revivals include a 1983 feature film directed by Steven Spielberg, as well as two more television series which were broadcast between 1985 and 1989 and 2002-2003 respectively.
However, no revival of The Twilight Zone has yet come close to unnerving audiences or leading to as many sleepless nights among viewers as Rod Sterling’s original series did. In this respect, The Twilight Zone in its original incarnation is still considered a masterpiece of both filmography and contemporary storytelling. Moreover, many modern producers still attempt to replicate the genius of the show, with a potential film starring Leonardo DiCaprio having been in the pipeline since early 2013.
Set over 159 episodes, Rod Sterling’s original Twilight Zone features a mix of half-hour to 1-hour episodes, each of which captivates audiences from the moment Sterling himself introduces the show. Even better, The Twilight Zone can now be yours to be captivated by at your leisure, courtesy of the complete original series DVD box set.
Are you ready to be terrified at 20,000 feet, survive malefic plastic surgery, and experience the aftermath of nuclear war? If so, you will be riveted throughout each episode of The Twilight Zone. This being the case, make sure to get your copy today.