★★★★ May 18, 1962 Season 3 Episode 35
If you want to see where we are…HERE is a list of the episodes.
This is an emotional episode (100th)…I would even say heartwarming. It’s a sci-fi episode with a bit of drama and well done. You probably will recognize David White… best known as Darin’s boss Larry Tate on Bewitched. He plays George Rogers, a father of 3 who is left raising his children alone after his wife passes away. He takes his children to Facsimile Ltd. to build a robot grandmother to help raise the children.
One of the children, a young girl (Anne) after losing her mom is hesitant to accept her new robot grandmother. She blames her mom for dying and thinks anyone who loves her will leave. Josephine Hutchinson plays the Grandma with warmth and compassion. Veronica Cartwright who plays Anne Rogers does a good job conveying hurt and confusion over losing her mom.
I like this episode although it’s not as unsettling as some of the great episodes.
Ray Bradbury is a name that stands out as a writer on this episode. Initially, it was intended for Bradbury’s involvement with The Twilight Zone to be far greater than just one script. He wrote Serling and offered another story called “Here There Be Tygers” (not the Stephen King Story). It was turned down along with another story he wrote. It seems like Bradbury and the Twilight Zone would have went together well.
Rod, while talking in the 7os said this: Ray Bradbury is a very difficult guy to dramatize, because that which reads so beautifully on the printed page doesn’t fit in the mouth it fits in the head. And you find characters saying the things that Bradbury’s saying and you say, Wait a minute, people don’t say that. Certainly, Bradbury’s dialogue does lean to the poetic and this might have been a consideration.
Ray Bradbury years later: I would prefer not to write or talk much about Twilight Zone or my stories. The series is over and done, my work for it stands on its own. For various reasons two scripts were never done. I dont recall the reasons now, so many years later.
This show was written by Rod Serling and Ray Bradbury
Rod Serling’s Opening Narration:
They make a fairly convincing pitch here. It doesn’t seem possible, though, to find a woman who must be ten times better than mother in order to seem half as good, except, of course, in the Twilight Zone.
George is a widower with three children and he is being criticized for trying to raise his children on his own. His son Tom shows him an ad from a company with the motto ‘I Sing the Body Electric’ that advertises an electronic data processing system to meet anyone’s needs – essentially, a robot. They set off and everyone seems to like the idea of having a grandmotherly robot housekeeper except for Anne, who has yet to come to grips with her mother’s death. Her rejection of the new member of their family will have serious repercussions but also lead to closure.
Here is a short video clip of the episode.
Rod Serling’s Closing Narration:
A fable? Most assuredly. But who’s to say at some distant moment there might be an assembly line producing a gentle product in the form of a grandmother whose stock in trade is love. Fable, sure, but who’s to say?
Rod Serling … Narrator / Self – Host (uncredited)
Josephine Hutchinson … Grandma Robot
David White … George Rogers
Vaughn Taylor … Salesman
Doris Packer … Nedra
Charles Herbert … Tom Rogers
Veronica Cartwright … Anne Rogers
Dana Dillaway … Karen Rogers
Susan Crane … Older Ann
Paul Nesbitt … Older Tom
Judee Morton … Older Karen
David Armstrong … Van Driver (uncredited)