Date: October 4, 1958
Time: 11:00 a.m. EDT
Location: Dr. Gillespie’s Office, Psychoanalyst
Mr. Peter Jenson reluctantly begins to speak about a recurring nightmare, in which he is transported to Honolulu, Hawaii the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
This scene sets the stage for Rod Serling’s “The Time Element,” the pilot for a science fiction anthology show. Though it never aired, it paved the way for what ultimately became “The Twilight Zone.”
The annual New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day TZ marathon is the preferred way to bring in the new year at our house. Remembering an iconic show that mixes bizarre fantasy with social commentary and irony, seems strangely well-suited for the first post of the year as well.
Many of the TZ’s themes dealt with time-travel. Isn’t a new year about recalling the past and living in the present, so we can hope for the future?
Identifying and confronting fear was another prominent theme. Many of our New Year’s Resolutions are about conquering fears.
Some stories even revealed major character flaws or moral dilemmas in the lives of the people. Self-improvement and doing the right thing is not only the point of a new year, but existence in general.
There really is no better time than now to remember this landmark TV series. Our purpose, however, is not merely to give you a list of “best” and “worst” episodes. Rather, we want to show you some little gems that only prove what an iconic show it is. Submitted for your approval, directly from the annals of television history straight into the twilight zone.
Here, series creator and Host Rod Serling sits down with Mike Wallace to discuss censorship, social themes and other cool facts about “The Twilight Zone.”
Adding to the many accolades and words of praise comes the honor that can’t be beat. Network exec’s resurrected the show–twice. First, in the mid 80s, and again in 2002. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery.
In the early 2000’s, Producer Carl Amari adapted “The Twilight Zone” for radio. As he says in this interview, some of the radio dramas from the 30s & 40s made the transition to television. Others went backwards, going from TV to radio. His fascination with that concept led to TZ’s development as a radio drama.