Again I will say…I want to thank you all who have stuck with me through this long haul. We are now finished with the 4th season! The 5th and also last season lasts 36 episodes.
I do have one to add that was on The Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse that was a precurser to the Twilight Zone called The Time Element. It was a teleplay that premiered on November 24, 1958. It was Rod Serling’s first science fiction story.
After going through 4th season …it was better than I gave it credit for earlier. The hour long episodes changed the way I graded them because they were different than the 30 minute episode. Some did suffer from too much padding but some were able to tell a more complete story. You did have a few that didn’t click well at all.
If you want… please comment on what you think I got wrong, right, or just your favorite episodes.
In the spring of 1963, CBS renewed Twilight Zone for a fifth season, shortening it back to a half hour. The networks experiment had failed: Twilight Zone’s expanded size had not made for an expanded audience. The season contained 18 long episodes.
Rod Serling: Our shows this season were too padded. The bulk of our stories lacked the excitement and punch of the shorter dramas we intended when we started five years ago and kept to for a while. If you ask me, I think we had only one really effective show this season, On Thursday We Leave for Home. … Yes, I wrote it myself, but I overwrote it. I think the story was good despite what I did to it.
Looking back, Serling’s assessment was too hard. There had been a number of really good hour-long episodes, among them On Thursday We Leave for Home, Death Ship, In His Image, Valley Of The Shadows, Printer’s Devi and The New Exhibit. The Twilight Zone had not embarrased itself in this season.
The 5th season was not as consistent as the first 3 but it contains some of my favorite episodes.
|103||1||Jan 3, 1963||In His Image||4.5|
|104||2||Jan 10, 1963||The Thirty-Five Fathom Grave||3.5|
|105||3||Jan 17, 1963||Valley Of The Shadows||5|
|106||4||Jan 24, 1963||He’s Alive||5|
|107||5||Jan 31, 1963||Mute||4|
|108||6||Feb 7, 1963||Death Ship||5|
|109||7||Feb 14, 1963||Jess-Belle||4|
|110||8||Feb 21, 1963||Miniature||4.5|
|111||9||Feb 28, 1963||Printer’s Devil||5|
|112||10||Mar 7, 1963||No Time Like The Past||3.5|
|113||11||Mar 14, 1963||The Parallel||4.5|
|114||12||Mar 21, 1963||I Dream Of Genie||2.5|
|115||13||Apr 4, 1963||The New Exhibit||5|
|116||14||Apr 11, 1963||Of Late I Think Of Cliffordville||4|
|117||15||Apr 18, 1963||The Incredible World Of Horace Ford||3.5|
|118||16||May 2, 1963||On Thursday We Leave For Home||5|
|119||17||May 9, 1963||Passage On The Lady Anne||4.5|
|120||18||May 23, 1963||The Bard||2|