The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Odyssey of Flight 33 

Passing through the sound barrier, a commercial airliner inadvertently travels back in time.


Justus Addiss


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
John Anderson ... Capt. 'Skipper' Farver
Paul Comi ... 1st Officer John Craig
Sandy Kenyon ... Navigator Hatch
Wayne Heffley ... 2nd Officer Wyatt
Harp McGuire ... Flight Engineer Purcell
Betty Garde ... Passenger
Beverly Brown Beverly Brown ... Janie
Nancy Rennick Nancy Rennick ... Paula
Jay Overholts Jay Overholts ... Passenger
Lester Fletcher ... RAF Man


Global Flight 33 is en route from London to New York in what appears to be a routine flight in a modern jetliner. Suddenly however, the jet's speed increases to an incredible 3000 knots and they arrive in New York rather quickly. Neither the captain or his well-trained crew can explain what happened - a strange tail-wind perhaps - but they are certainly not prepared for what they find as they survey the land below them. Written by garykmcd

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Stephen King lifted elements of the plot of "The Odyssey of Flight 33" for his novella "The Langoliers," first published in September 1990. "The Langoliers" concerns a group of airplane passengers that are left in the past where they must find a way back to the present or face the terror of the title creatures, who literally eat past time and space. A character in the story recalls the plot of "The Odyssey of Flight 33" during the course of the action. See more »


An airline pilot experiencing extra velocity on a westbound trip (London to NY) would not attribute this to a strong jet stream, as he would know that the jet stream goes from west to east. See more »


Capt. 'Skipper' Farver: Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain. What I'm about to tell you... what I'm about to tell you is something I can't explain myself. Your crew is as much in the dark as you are. If you look out on the left-hand side of this aircraft, you'll see directly below an area called Lake Success. And those buildings aren't the United Nations. They happen to be... they happen to be the World's Fair. What I'm trying to tell you is that somehow, someway, in some manner, this aircraft has gone back ...
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References Dinosaurus! (1960) See more »

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Does My Frequent Flyer Get Bonus Points?
11 July 2006 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Routine flight from London to New York City is detoured into the TZ.

For me the ending of this show is one of the most unsettling of the series. All the action takes place aboard the jet, so writer Serling had his work cut out for him. But he does keep our interest glued to the cockpit, even if the 5 man crew seems too cool and detached to be plausible. Still, the captain's (John Anderson's) unflappable reactions keep viewers attention focused on what's happening to the flight instead of the crew's reactions to it. The time travel theme is well-handled, particularly with the sonic shocks that impart an air of believability. There's also a humorous bit of byplay between the passengers reminiscent of the later Airport film series. However, someone should have taken a second look at those jungle miniatures, which must have come from some Z-movie stock footage. All in all, the show makes for a very entertaining, if unsettling, half-hour.

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Release Date:

24 February 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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