50 Best Episodes!

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1. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Back There (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

At a prominent club in Washington, D.C., a socialite argues about whether it would be possible to change history by traveling back in time. When he leaves the club he finds himself in 1865, on the night that President Lincoln will be shot.

Director: David Orrick McDearmon | Stars: Russell Johnson, Paul Hartman, Bartlett Robinson, John Lasell

Votes: 2,245

2. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

On a peaceful suburban street, strange occurrences and mysterious people stoke the residents' paranoia to a disastrous intensity.

Director: Ron Winston | Stars: Rod Serling, Claude Akins, Barry Atwater, Jack Weston

Votes: 4,923

3. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Thing About Machines (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Bartlett Finchley's paranoia about the machines around proves true.

Director: David Orrick McDearmon | Stars: Richard Haydn, Barbara Stuart, Barney Phillips, Henry Beckman

Votes: 2,188

4. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Encounter (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Post-WWII Hawaii. Two men of once-opposing races are stuck in an attic full of war trophies, including a samurai sword waiting to dutifully avenge its slain master.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Neville Brand, George Takei, Rod Serling

Votes: 1,393

5. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Ring-A-Ding Girl (1963)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Movie star Bunny Blake receives a ring from her hometown which is giving her warnings to come home while she flies cross country.

Director: Alan Crosland Jr. | Stars: Maggie McNamara, Mary Munday, David Macklin, George Mitchell

Votes: 1,740

6. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: I Dream of Genie (1963)

TV-14 | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A wiseacre genie appears from a lamp to a meek man, George P. Hanley. Hanley is so used to bad luck, he imagines how each of three possible wishes could go very wrong - but the genie will ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Gist | Stars: Howard Morris, Patricia Barry, Loring Smith, Mark Miller

Votes: 1,234

7. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Mind and the Matter (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Using the power of mind over matter, Archibald Beechcroft remakes the world to his own specifications.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Shelley Berman, Jack Grinnage, Chet Stratton, David Armstrong

Votes: 1,836

8. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Execution (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

When a 20th-century scientist tests out his time machine he accidentally retrieves a murderer from 1880, saving him from the hangman's noose. Unaware of the man's history, the scientist attempts to acclimatize him to his new surroundings.

Director: David Orrick McDearmon | Stars: Albert Salmi, Russell Johnson, Than Wyenn, George Mitchell

Votes: 2,577

9. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Barbara Jean Trenton is a faded film star who lives in the past by constantly re-watching her old movies instead of moving on with her life, so her associates try to lure her out of her self-imposed isolation.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Rod Serling, Ida Lupino, Martin Balsam, Jerome Cowan

Votes: 3,935

10. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Night Call (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Telephone calls begin to haunt a disabled elderly woman.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Gladys Cooper, Nora Marlowe, Martine Bartlett, Rod Serling

Votes: 2,019

11. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Hunt (1962)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Upon returning from a coon hunt, Hyder Simpson discovers that no one can see or hear him because he has passed on.

Director: Harold D. Schuster | Stars: Arthur Hunnicutt, Jeanette Nolan, Robert Foulk, Dexter Dupont

Votes: 2,334

12. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: He's Alive (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A tiny neo-Nazi organization struggles pathetically to succeed in a big city. A mysterious figure begins to ruthlessly guide a young, insecure U.S. Nazi leader, and the group begins to draw more attention.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Ludwig Donath, Paul Mazursky, Howard Caine

Votes: 1,729

13. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Bard (1963)

TV-14 | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Julius Moomer, a talentless, but relentless, self-promoting hack who dreams of becoming a successful television writer, uses a book of magic to summon William Shakespeare to write dramatic ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler | Stars: Jack Weston, John McGiver, Doro Merande, John Williams

Votes: 1,259

14. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Once Upon a Time (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Janitor Woodrow Mulligan gets a trip from 1890 to 1962 courtesy of his employer's time helmet.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Buster Keaton, Stanley Adams, James Flavin, Gil Lamb

Votes: 2,096

15. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Jess-Belle (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Appalachian beauty Jess-Belle can't bear to lose the object of her passion to the local rich girl, so she turns to the local witch for aid. The results bring unexpected and tragic consequences.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Anne Francis, James Best, Laura Devon, Jeanette Nolan

Votes: 1,505

16. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Silence (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Annoyed by a club member's constant chatter, a man bets him he cannot remain silent for a year, living in a glass enclosure in the club basement.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Franchot Tone, Liam Sullivan, Cyril Delevanti, Everett Glass

Votes: 2,667

17. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Piano in the House (1962)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Sadistic and hated theater critic Fitzgerald Fortune buys a player piano that has the power to reveal the souls of all who hear it.

Director: David Greene | Stars: Barry Morse, Joan Hackett, Don Durant, Muriel Landers

Votes: 1,905

18. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Parallel (1963)

TV-14 | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Astronaut Robert Gaines returns from space to a world that is not exactly the one he left from.

Director: Alan Crosland Jr. | Stars: Steve Forrest, Jacqueline Scott, Frank Aletter, Paul Comi

Votes: 1,401

19. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Printer's Devil (1963)

TV-PG | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A man sells his soul to the Devil to save his failing newspaper and gets more than he bargained for.

Director: Ralph Senensky | Stars: Robert Sterling, Pat Crowley, Burgess Meredith, Ray Teal

Votes: 1,655

20. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Stop at Willoughby (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Tired of his miserable job and wife, a businessman starts dreaming on the train each night, about an old, idyllic town called Willoughby. Soon he has to know whether the town is real and fancies the thought of seeking refuge there.

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Rod Serling, James Daly, Howard Smith, Patricia Donahue

Votes: 3,778

21. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Kind of a Stopwatch (1963)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A man is given a stopwatch that halts time.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Richard Erdman, Herbie Faye, Leon Belasco, Doris Singleton

Votes: 1,802

22. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Incredible World of Horace Ford (1963)

TV-14 | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Toymaker Horace Ford is increasingly preoccupied with memories of his childhood, endangering his job and marriage - but a visit to his old neighborhood brings a haunting encounter, suggesting the time was not as idyllic as he remembers.

Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: Pat Hingle, Nan Martin, Ruth White, Phillip Pine

Votes: 1,285

23. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Shadow Play (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Adam Grant is trapped in a recurring nightmare, in which he is sentenced to death by execution. He tries to convince the people around him that they are imaginary and that they will cease to exist if the execution is carried out.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Dennis Weaver, Harry Townes, Wright King, William Edmonson

Votes: 2,383

24. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Person or Persons Unknown (1962)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

David Gurney wakes up to another ordinary day. Except today, nobody knows who he is.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Richard Long, Frank Silvera, Shirley Ballard, Julie Van Zandt

Votes: 1,952

25. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Gift (1962)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A man from the stars comes with a gift to a small Mexican village whose residents do not welcome this stranger.

Director: Allen H. Miner | Stars: Geoffrey Horne, Nico Minardos, Cliff Osmond, Edmund Vargas

Votes: 1,616

26. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: People Are Alike All Over (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Fearing the worst, the lone survivor of a crash-landing on Mars finds the native inhabitants, to his relief, very hospitable indeed, but there's a catch.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Susan Oliver, Paul Comi, Byron Morrow

Votes: 3,117

27. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Black Leather Jackets (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Three leather-jacket-wearing, motorcycle-riding men invade a peaceful neighborhood.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Lee Kinsolving, Shelley Fabares, Michael Forest, Denver Pyle

Votes: 1,589

28. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Living Doll (1963)

TV-PG | 26 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A frustrated father does battle with his stepdaughter's talking doll, whose vocabulary includes such phrases as "I hate you" and "I'm going to kill you".

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Telly Savalas, Mary LaRoche, Tracy Stratford, June Foray

Votes: 3,035

29. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Mr. Denton on Doomsday (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The town drunk in the old-west faces his past when Fate lends a hand.

Director: Allen Reisner | Stars: Rod Serling, Dan Duryea, Martin Landau, Jeanne Cooper

Votes: 4,055

30. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: From Agnes - with Love (1964)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A computer technician begins to take advice for his love life from Agnes, the computer he works with.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Wally Cox, Ralph Taeger, Sue Randall, Raymond Bailey

Votes: 1,444

31. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Most Unusual Camera (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

When three unintelligent crooks get ahold of a camera that takes pictures of the future, they set out to make a quick fortune with their new toy.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Fred Clark, Jean Carson, Adam Williams, Marcel Hillaire

Votes: 2,436

32. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: King Nine Will Not Return (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A pilot of a downed WW II bomber comes to in the African desert and desperately tries to find out what happened to the rest of his crew.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Robert Cummings, Gene Lyons, Paul Lambert, Jenna McMahon

Votes: 2,307

33. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Big Tall Wish (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

An aging boxer finds himself the winner of a match he thought he had lost, the result a six-year-old's frantic wish. But can a world-weary, embittered man still believe in miracles, or will he turn his back on them?

Director: Ron Winston | Stars: Rod Serling, Ivan Dixon, Steven Perry, Kim Hamilton

Votes: 2,547

34. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Old Man in the Cave (1963)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

In a post-apocalyptic settlement in 1974, the inhabitants' survival is dependent on the advice of an unseen man living in a nearby cave. This dependence is tested when a band of soldiers descends on their town.

Director: Alan Crosland Jr. | Stars: James Coburn, John Anderson, Josie Lloyd, John Craven

Votes: 1,790

35. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Mirror Image (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

While waiting in a bus station, Millicent Barnes has the strange feeling that her doppelganger is trying to take over her life.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Rod Serling, Vera Miles, Martin Milner, Joseph Hamilton

Votes: 3,438

36. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Shelter (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A suburban dinner party is interrupted by a bulletin warning of an impending nuclear attack. As the neighbors scramble to prepare themselves, they turn against the one family that installed a permanent bomb shelter.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Larry Gates, Joseph Bernard, Jack Albertson, Peggy Stewart

Votes: 2,774

37. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A World of Difference (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A businessman sitting in his office inexplicably finds that he is on a production set and in a world where he is a movie star. Uninterested in the newfound fame, he fights to get back to his home and family.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Howard Duff, David White, Frank Maxwell, Eileen Ryan

Votes: 2,858

38. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Mighty Casey (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A down-and-out baseball team's fortunes are lifted by a mysterious but seemingly unbeatable young player.

Directors: Alvin Ganzer, Robert Parrish | Stars: Rod Serling, Jack Warden, Abraham Sofaer, Robert Sorrells

Votes: 2,364

39. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Time Enough at Last (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A henpecked book lover finds himself blissfully alone with his books after a nuclear war.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Vaughn Taylor, Jacqueline deWit, Lela Bliss

Votes: 6,258

40. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Uncle Simon (1963)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Caregiver Barbara Polk receives a surprise after her uncle's death.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Constance Ford, Ian Wolfe, John McLiam

Votes: 1,520



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