Twilight Zone Season 3 Review

I want to thank you all who have stuck with me through this long haul. We are now finished with the 3rd season! The next season will be quick with only 18 hour long episodes. If you want… please comment on what you think I got wrong, right, or just your favorite episodes.

Season three was not as consistent as seasons 1 and 2 but it still contained some classics such as To Serve Man, A Game Of Pool, The Midnight Sun, Deaths-Head Revisited,  Nothing In The Dark, The Dummy, and more.

By the close of the third season, The Twilight Zone had made cultural inroads beyond its status as a mere television series. The show started to fit into popular culture, the twilight zone was a phrase perfectly suited to describe any number of strange situations.

Dean Rusk, the Secretary of State, in a speech to the Senate, referred to the Twilight Zone in diplomacy, Serling noted. When that happened, I thought, My gosh, we’ve arrived! During the 1962 California gubernatorial primaries, Governor Pat Brown said he was looking forward to the post-election TV logs reading, Richard Nixon Returns to Twilight Zone.

In the spring of 1962, The Twilight Zone was late in finding a sponsor for its fourth season. As a result, CBS programmed a new show, Fair Exchange, into its time slot for the fall. Suddenly and without prior warning, The Twilight Zone was off the air.

After CBS dropped The Twilight Zone, Serling accepted a teaching post at Antioch College, effective September, 1962, through January, 1963. CBS did of course pick the series back up after a while. The series renewal made no change in this decision. Serling was tired of The Twilight Zone and burned out. Over the next two seasons, his involvement in the show would be greatly decreased. He would still host the show and contribute his share of scripts, but his input on the details of production would be minimal. Those decisions would be made by others.

CBS ordered only 18 episodes for the 4th season but…they would now be an hour long in format. With Serling’s less involvement combined with the hour format…the shows quality declined in this season. It would somewhat bounce back in the 5th season.

Season 3
Total Episode Date Episode Stars
66 1 Sept 15, 1961 Two 4
67 2 Sept 22, 1961 The Arrival 4
68 3 Sept 29, 1961 The Shelter 5
69 4 Oct 6, 1961 The Passersby 4
70 5 Oct 13, 1961 A Game Of Pool 5
71 6 Oct 20, 1961 The Mirror 3.5
72 7 Oct 27, 1961 The Grave 4.5
73 8 Nov 3, 1961 It’s A Good Life 5
74 9 Nov 10, 1961 Deaths-Head Revisited 5
75 10 Nov 17, 1961 The Midnight Sun 5
76 11 Nov 24, 1961 Still Valley 3.5
77 12 Dec 1, 1961 The Jungle 4
78 13 Dec 15, 1961 Once Upon A Time 3.5
79 14 Dec 22, 1961 Five Characters In Search Of An Exit 5
80 15 Dec 29, 1961 A Quality Of Mercy 4
81 16 Jan 5, 1962 Nothing In The Dark 5
82 17 Jan 12, 1962 One More Pallbearer 4
83 18 Jan 19, 1962 Dead Man’s Shoes 4
84 19 Jan 26, 1962 The Hunt 4.5
85 20 Feb 2, 1962 Showdown With Rance McGrew 3
86 21 Feb 9, 1962 Kick The Can 4.5
87 22 Feb 16, 1962 A Piano In The House 4
88 23 Feb 23, 1962 The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank 4
89 24 Mar 2, 1962 To Serve Man 5
90 25 Mar 9, 1962 The Fugitive 3.5
91 26 Mar 16, 1962 Little Girl Lost 5
92 27 Mar 23, 1962 Person Or Persons Unknown 4.5
93 28 Mar 30, 1962 The Little People 4.5
94 29 April 6, 1962 Four O’Clock 2
95 30 April 13, 1962 Hocus-Pocus And Frisby 4
96 31 April 20, 1962 The Trade-Ins 4.5
97 32 April 27, 1962 The Gift 3.5
98 33 May 4, 1962 The Dummy 5
99 34 May 11, 1962 Young Man’s Fancy 4
100 35 May 18, 1962 I Sing The Body Electric  4
101 36 May 25, 1962 Cavender Is Coming  2
102 37 June 1, 1962 Changing Of The Guard 5
Season
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Author: badfinger20 (Max)

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8 thoughts on “Twilight Zone Season 3 Review”

  1. Finally to the end of season 3. As we’ve talked about it before amazing so many episodes and amazing the amount of work Serling had put in. It had its ups and downs but a lot of good episodes – the 3 in a row 5s are a highlight for me – I guess my favorites overall are Deaths Head revisited and To Serve Man

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    1. Those two are great…my personal favorite for some reason is The Midnight Sun. I love the twist but yes…there were some classics in this season.

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  2. Interesting notes about season 4 – never knew back then shows had to get their own sponsors – as opposed to the network getting the sponsors and deciding what shows to put on

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  3. S3 has very few duds. Hard to pick favorites out of this bunch. I’ll say it again: I’m happy you are doing this series; it’s been so much fun watching them and reading your posts and the comments.

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