We have now gone over every episode of the Twilight Zone. For those who have not seen every episode and you get curious or want an episode guide…please go here https://powerpop.blog/twilight-zone-episodes
If only one person watched an episode because of this series…I did my job. THANK YOU once again to all the readers who have followed me through this journey. Even if you just checked a few out. Thank you for agreeing and disagreeing…that is what this was all about. I started this on April 11, 2021, and now over a year later, we are finishing this up.
When I started this I thought I would end up not liking the show as much but the opposite has happened…I like it even more. I found some episodes that at one time I thought were only so-so…much better than I remembered. My appreciation grew for them after watching them again. Out of 156 shows…I only rated four shows under a 3…and my rating of 3 was an average good show. That ratio is a great run for any show.
The 5th season’s episodes are at the bottom of this post…. are there any that you disagree with the rating? Lisa brought up the interaction of the blog and that is what made me want to finish it. Some people found different meanings from episodes than I did and some episodes take on a new meaning for me now.
Now for the 5th season review. By the 5th season, Rod Serling was burned out and not as involved as before. The season was uneven but it still had some classic episodes such as Nightmare At 20,000 Feet, In Praise of Pip, Living Doll, Ring-a-Ding Girl, Number Twelve Looks Just Like You, The Masks, Stopover in a Quiet Town, and I Am the Night – Color Me Black. It also had the creepy Come Wander With Me, Night Call, and Caesar and Me.
For one reason or another, Jim Aubrey [then president of CBS] decided he was sick of the show. He claimed that it was too far over budget and that the ratings weren’t good enough. In truth, Twilight Zone was still rated well, although not in the top ten but doing well, and the show was on budget.
To sum Jim Aubrey up…he had contempt for smart shows. Two of his successes were Gilligans Island and The Beverly Hillbillies… a quote from Mr. Aubrey: “The American public is something I fly over”
Executives have said his formula was “broads, bosoms, and fun” so The Twilight Zone didn’t have a chance. This is another quote by the magnificent Aubrey: Feed the public little more than rural comedies, fast-moving detective dramas, and later, sexy dolls. No old people; the emphasis was on youth. No domestic servants, the mass audience wouldn’t identify with maids. No serious problems to cope with. Every script had to be full of action. No physical infirmities.
ABC wanted the Twilight Zone but they would have had to change the name because CBS owned it. Serling said no. Daily Variety reported that Serling considered the odds of a sixth season unlikely…and then. Rod Serling: I decided to cancel the network.
The Twilight Zone is still watched and admired by new generations. Many science fiction works are judged against it. SNL, The Simpsons, Family Guy, and songs have referenced the show. It’s now in our pop culture and will never leave.
After the Twilight Zone, Rod Serling did another TV program called The Loner. The Loner was a terrific 1965 western program that hit on social issues set in the old west. In 1969 He did The Night Gallery but he didn’t have control over that like he did with the Twilight Zone. He later said he regretted not keeping more control. He also co-wrote the screenplay for Planet of the Apes.
Right before he passed away he did the promos for Fantasy Park in 1975.
In May 1975, Serling was admitted to a hospital after experiencing a mild heart attack. One month later, he was re-admitted for a coronary bypass operation. Complications arose after ten hours of open-heart surgery, and he died on June 28, 1975, in Rochester, New York. In all, he had lived fifty years, six months, and three days.
***Just a note…on Saturday I will be posting the precursor to the Twilight Zone and…I picked the show for the current ongoing TV Draft that will appear in a few weeks***
|121||1||Sept 27, 1963||In Praise of Pip||5|
|122||2||Oct 4, 1963||Steel||4.5|
|123||3||Oct 11, 1963||Nightmare at 20,000 Feet||5|
|124||4||Oct 18, 1963||A Kind of a Stopwatch||4|
|125||5||Oct 25, 1963||The Last Night of a Jockey||3.5|
|126||6||Nov 1, 1963||Living Doll||5|
|127||7||Nov 8, 1963||The Old Man in the Cave||4.5|
|128||8||Nov 15, 1963||Uncle Simon||3.5|
|129||9||Nov 29, 1963||Probe 7 – Over and Out||4|
|130||10||Dec 6, 1963||The 7th is Made Up of Phantoms||4|
|131||11||Dec 13, 1963||A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain||3.5|
|132||12||Dec 20, 1963||Ninety Years Without Slumbering||4|
|133||13||Dec 27, 1963||Ring-a-Ding Girl||5|
|134||14||Jan 3, 1964||You Drive||4|
|135||15||Jan 10, 1964||The Long Morrow||4|
|136||16||Jan 17, 1964||The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross||4|
|137||17||Jan 24, 1964||Number Twelve Looks Just Like You||5|
|138||18||Jan 31, 1964||Black Leather Jackets||2.5|
|139||19||Feb 7, 1964||Night Call||4.5|
|140||20||Feb 14, 1964||From Agnes – With Love||3|
|141||21||Feb 21, 1964||Spur of the Moment||4|
|142||22||Feb 28, 1964||An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge||5|
|143||23||Mar 6, 1964||Queen of the Nile||3.5|
|144||24||Mar 13, 1964||What’s in the Box||3.5|
|145||25||Mar 20, 1964||The Masks||5|
|146||26||Mar 27, 1964||I Am the Night – Color Me Black||5|
|147||27||Apr 3, 1964||Sounds and Silences||2|
|148||28||Apr 10, 1964||Caesar and Me||3.5|
|149||29||Apr 17, 1964||The Jeopardy Room||4.5|
|150||30||Apr 24, 1964||Stopover in a Quiet Town||5|
|151||31||May 1, 1964||The Encounter||4.5|
|152||32||May 8, 1964||Mr. Garrity and the Graves||5|
|153||33||May 15, 1964||The Brain Center at Whipple’s||4|
|154||34||May 22, 1964||Come Wander with Me||4.5|
|155||35||May 29, 1964||The Fear||4.5|
|156||36||Jun 19, 1964||The Bewitchin’ Pool|
|Season 5||Review||Twilight Zone Season 5 Review|