Twilight Zone Season 4 Review

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.

Season 4
Total Episode Date Episode Stars
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

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
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