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Happy 57th Anniversary To The Twilight Zone!

On this day fifty-seven years, The Twilight Zone was began it’s five season run on CBS. The brainchild of celebrated screenwriter Rod Serling – The Twilight Zone continues to be revealant today as when it first aired.

Why is The Twilight Zone still popular?

I think the reason why the classic television series still resonates is pretty simple. The writing focused on everyday people – for the most part. The series did its best to show the very best of humanity and it’s worst, wrapped in the trappings of science fiction and horror.

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I will of course be the first person to admit I am rather biased when it comes to The Twilight Zone. I truly believe it is one of the best television series ever made. While the show like any other long running series has more than a few duds – the good episodes outweigh the bad. With many, many of those offerings leaving viewers stunned as the credits rolled.

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The series had an embarrassment of riches in all categories. I ask you to take a moment and look at a few of the actors that appeared in the series like Burgess Meredith, Jack Klugman, John Dehner, Bill Mumy, Marjorie Bennett, Anne Francis, Fritz Weaver, and Robert Redford.

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While I feel I should point that Rod Serling wrote two-thirds of the episodes for the original series, he also had powerhouses like Charles Beaumont, George Clayton Johnson, Reginald Rose, Richard Matheson, Jerry Sohl, and Ray Bradbury.

What are your Top Ten episodes?

I am so very glad you asked me that because I just happen to have a handy list within reach. I will also say that these change on an almost weekly basis. So in no particular order:

So why not take some time out of your busy schedule and celebrate the 57th Anniversary of the show? I would recommend if you live close enough to head out and visit The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror before it is removed from the Disney parks. If like me though you aren’t within driving distance to enjoy that thrill ride why not watch an episode of the series?

Ahem.

Submitted for your viewing pleasure. The Old Man in the Cave. Starring James Coburn, John Anderson, Josie Lloyd, John Craven, and John Marley. A brief visit to a nightmarish future for mankind and a prime example of our own fallacies. A moral lesson well taught – courtesy of the Twilight Zone.

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Retro Radio Memories Podcast Ep. 071 (Mercury Summer Theatre)

Welcome back to the Retro Radio Memories Podcast! Each week we will briefly talk about an old time radio episode before presenting it for your listening enjoyment. For today we have an episode from the popular Mercury Summer Theatre, an adaptation of Lucille Fletcher’s The Hitch-Hiker starring Orson Welles.

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Is Image Entertainment Steppin’ Into The Twilight Zone? Yes, Yes They Are!

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Holy Cats Creeps, check out what’s comin’ our way from our fiends over at ol’ Image Entertainment; a collection of the very best terror tales from the terrifying Twilight Zone (man that’s a bunch of terror in that sentence)! This thing is like a gruesome greatest hits package straight from the 5th Die-mension! If you want to learn just what lies in store for you, stare deeply into the unblinking eye of the elder god PR’ornthhull:

LOS ANGELES, May 29, 2014 – Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, announces the release of The Twilight Zone: Essential Episodes (55th Anniversary Collection), the ultimate must-have collection for any Twilight Zone fan! The Twilight Zone: Essential Episodes (55th Anniversary Collection) is available on DVD on July 1, 2014, at an SRP of $29.98.

This very special collection features some of the most memorable episodes from Rod Serling’s legendary series exploring the fantastic and the frightening. Unforgettable episodes include “Time Enough at Last,” “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” “To Serve Man,” “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” and more! Prepare to travel to another dimension of sight and sound once again with these essential episodes:

• Walking Distance
• Time Enough at Last
• The Hitch-Hiker
• The Monsters are Due on Maple Street
• A Stop at Willoughby
• The After Hours
• The Howling Man
• The Eye of the Beholder
• Nick of Time
• The Invaders
• The Obsolete Man
• It’s a Good Life
• The Midnight Sun
• To Serve Man
• Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
• Living Doll
• The Masks

Point your preternatural planchette right here to pre-order this chill packed collection today!

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What Would “In Search Of” Have Sounded like with Rod Serling Instead of Leonard Nimoy as Host?

In 1973 Rod Serling narrated the TV documentary “In Search of Ancient Astronauts” which was based on the book “Chariot of the Gods” by Erich von Daniken. This show and its follow up “In Search of Ancient Mysteries” in 1975 would serve as pilots for the popular TV series “In Search Of” (1976-1982). Serling was originally chosen to host the new show, but do to his untimely death had to be replaced with Leonard Nimoy. We will never know if “In Search Of” would have been as popular under Serling, but you can get an idea of what the show might have sounded like by watching “In Search of Ancient Astronauts”. Enjoy.

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Saturday Frights: The Twilight Zone – “The Silence” (1961)

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Welcome to another installment of Saturday Frights! This evening we offer for your enjoyment a classic episode of the Twilight Zone, the episode is entitled “The Silence” and was originally broadcast on CBS back on April 28, 1961. The episode deals with one Colonel Archie Taylor (Franchot Tone) who finds that his quite time at the men’s club is continuously wrecked by the nervous chatter of a fellow member, Jamie Tennyson (Liam Sullivan). Taylor decides to lay a wager against Tennyson that he will not be able to speak for one year. If Tennyson accomplishes the feat he will find himself $500,000 richer.

To make sure that Tennyson holds up his end of the wager he will live in a glass apartment constructed in the game room of the men’s club. Microphones set up throughout the apartment will be able to detect any noise that Tennyson might make. His meals will be provided and his communication made through written notes, plus any member of the club may come and visit him at anytime.

This episode also features Jonathan Harris (Lost in Space, Freakazoid) as Taylor’s friend and lawyer as well as Cyril Delevanti.

As we’ve seen with the Twilight Zone series multiple times, the most frightening thing we can witness is what our fellow human beings are capable of. So please turn down the lights, bundle up, and join us for Saturday Frights as we once again visit the Twilight Zone.

As always I want to thank Sean Hartter for the excellent artwork you see up top. Make sure to visit his blog and take a look at all of the other pieces of art he has on display!

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Retro Radio Memories: The Twilight Zone – “Time Enough At Last”

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Welcome to another installment of Retro Radio Memories! We are doing something a little different this week, instead of the next chapter in the Flash Gordon saga or something similar we are taking a listen to an episode of the Twilight Zone Radio Drama.

The Twilight Radio Drama are new radio dramatizations that are produced by Carl Amari who in 2002 licensed the rights from the Rod Serling Estate as well as CBS Enterprises. Featuring narration by Stacy Keach (Road Games, American History X) as well as a slew of well known actors including Jim Caviezel, Jane Seymour, Ed Begley Jr., Adam West, Blair Underwood, Chris McDonald, Stan Freberg, Adam Baldwin, and Hal Sparks to name just a few, the series features adaptations from the original scripts preserved in the Serling Archives by writer Dennis Etchinson.

The Twilight Zone Radio Drama is hosted on many stations across the States and even in Canada, follow the link provided to find out where you can catch it in your neck of the woods. You can pick up box sets and individual episodes on the official site too.

The shows are also available to purchase on iTunes and I’ve loaded up my iPod with almost the complete collection, I highly recommend you check the shows out for yourself.

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Saturday Frights: Night Gallery “Make Me Laugh” (1971)

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Welcome back all of you fear fiends to a new installment of Saturday Frights! Tonight we offer for your enjoyment a duo of Night Gallery Episodes entitled “Make Me Laugh” as well as “Clean Kills and Other Trophies”.

Now if this is your first taste of the Night Gallery I humbly suggest you take a quick listen to Episode 27 of the Retroist Podcast to get up to speed.

Our first of the two offerings this evening “Make Me Laugh” was written by Rod Serling and directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Godfrey Cambridge delivering a powerful performance as a comedian who has seen his best days pass him by but thanks to a chance meeting with a miracle worker by the name of Chatterje (Jackie Vernon), the comedian might find you should be careful what you wish for. The episode also has appearances by Tom Bosley (Happy Days) and Al Lewis (The Munsters).

The second segment entitled “Cleans Kills and Other Trophies” is also written by Rod Serling and deals with the rigid Colonel Archie Dittman (Raymond Massey), a big game hunter who is disgusted by his sensitive son Archie Dittman Jr (Barry Brown) and his refusal to hunt. The disgust that the Colonel bestows on his Son goes beyond mere insults and browbeating, he has changed his will to stipulate that if Archie Jr. hasn’t killed a beast with a gun within 15 days his multimillion dollar inheritance will be forfeit.

So dim the lights and grab your favorite snacks and join us for Saturday Frights as we pay a visit to the Night Gallery.

As always I wish to thank Sean Hartter for the impressive artwork you see up top. Make sure to visit his site and check out all of the many wonderful works there.