Recently it was announced that Jordan Peele (Get Out) will be dropping a reboot of The Twilight Zone in 2019 to accompany his new movie Us. The popular television series was originally created by Rod Serling and aired in 1959. It has received reboots in the 1980s as well as the early 2000s. Peele’s upcoming incarnation will be the third revival of the series overall.
With a new series just around the corner, many will want to go revisit the original series to see how it holds up 60 years later. There’s no better opportunity for viewers to do that than on New Years Day when Syfy airs their annual marathon of The Twilight Zone. For those doing so, here is a list of five definitive episodes that best capture the strange and mysterious nature of The Twilight Zone.
5. “Time Enough at Last”
Probably the most discussed episode of The Twilight Zone, “Time Enough at Last” is still a fantastic voyage into the bizarre world of the series. That said, it may be a bit over-discussed when compared to the rest of the series. This episode paints a bleak picture with an ironic twist ending that those who haven’t already had spoiled won’t likely see coming, with or without their glasses.
4. “The Invaders”
An episode almost devoid of dialogue entirely, this was an iconic entry to the Twilight Zone legacy. It also carries the signature twist ending of the series. “The Invaders” is atmospheric, suspenseful, and with a run time of less than 20 minutes, still packs a powerful gut punch in its final moments.
3. “Nick of Time”
William Shatner and Patricia Breslin star as a pair of honeymooners whose car breaks down in this intense episode of The Twilight Zone. Shatner’s character becomes obsessed with a restaurant fortune-telling machine that seems to be eerily on the nose about every prediction foretold. “Nick of Time” brings out the humanity and subtle horrors capable of being engendered by half-hour episodes of Serling’s iconic series.
2. “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?”
Playing out like a science fiction whodunit mystery, “Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up” encapsulates one of the strongest examples of the series’ ability to play with viewer expectations. With a visual revelation in the episode’s final moments that were jaw-dropping for its time, this episode still holds up as a classic not to be missed by lovers of the science fiction genre.
1. “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”
This may be the single most relevant episode of The Twilight Zone in modern times. “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” delves into human fear and how easily it can be manipulated. Taking a staunch stance against mob mentality and casual prejudices, this is the single best episode of Rod Serling’s masterpiece of science fiction: The Twilight Zone.