Talk:List of The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series) episodes

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I will be working my way through, filling in information on each episode page while I have time. Non-copyrightable information will be pulled mainly from Twilight Zone fan sites, and all will be listed on the sources page. I will only write programme summaries for episodes I have seen, so as not to get into copyright issues (it's hard to rewrite a copyrighted summary without knowing what is neccessary ot the story and what isn't). I have seen very few episodes from season 1, but I'll be filling in stuff as and when I can. Some may scoff, and say it doesn't belong her but hard disk space is cheap, and I enjoy doing this. I see no reason why Wikipedia can't have so much TZ info :) Smelialichu 16:45 Oct 13, 2002 (UTC)

I'm going to take the liberty to cross link your articles a little bit more, Just because once you get to a specific episode there's no like back to the main pages!!Lightning 01:15 Oct 15, 2002 (UTC)

Thanks Lightning, I appreciate it. I'll put your crosslinked bit in all my new ones. Smelialichu 19:26 Oct 19, 2002 (UTC)

Weren't there a couple of films as well in the 80's? Should these also be included here?

Well, there was a Twilight Zone fim yes, and it consisted of several TZ stories, I guess they could be listed if you wanted to call them "episodes". Also, there's the New Twilight Zone now, but it hasn't come over to the UK yet so I haven't seen a single one. Smelialichu 16:03 Jan 20, 2003 (UTC)

I like it! Eventually, it might be nice to have a very brief note next to each episode title on this list, with notable details, so that those who remember the plot or star of an episode but not the title might have an easier time finding it. Something along the lines of "Bill Mumy wishes them into the cornfield" would do it. Difficult to do for every single one perhaps, but worth considering. :) Have fun, hope to see more soon. Catherine

Here is a list of sources that have been used for The Twilight Zone/List of episodes. If you use another source to write something for the Episode section, please append to this list. If you want to use these sources to add anything else to the Twilight Zone episode information, be careful with copyright issues. Basic information such as original airdates, writer and notable cast can not be copyrighted, however a programme synopsis and a more complex compilation of facts not easily available (maybe complete cast lists?) could pose problems. If you want to add complete cast lists I personally recommend writing them down from any DVD's or VHS copies of the episodes you may have. That aside, here are the sources: Talk:List of The Twilight Zone episodes

I dont have a problem with a list of Twilight Zone episodes... but do they need to each have their own page? I tried to make an article linking to a satirical newspaper called The Chaser, luckily I checked it, and found it was not about the newspaper, but about the TZ ep of that name. I fear there will be many more disambiguation pages needed, as other people intend to link to articles with similar names to these episode names. I'm probably talking to the wrong people here, as most people reading this would be huge TZ fans! --Chuq 05:31, 28 Apr 2004 (UTC)

Episode format[edit]

If you're going to do this, you really need to do something about the format of these things. I came across Twenty-Two by chance, and had no idea what it was supposed to be (Twenty-two, episode 53? What in the world??) until following the links all the way at the bottom of the page. I think every article needs to be self-contained, one shouldn't need to get down to the see also section to even figure out what it is supposed to be. Perhaps start with:

Twenty-two is an episode of the Twilight Zone television show...

Also, if the only information available is what I see in that article, it seems like there's no reason to even have an article: just make a table for all but the most notable episodes. Kevin Saff 21:35, 6 May 2004 (UTC)

I have been going through all each Twilight Zone episode and reading the synopsis and the formatting is driving me crazy. I know it would be really difficult to get a consistent length of plot summarization, but sometimes the opening narration is listed before the summary, sometimes as part of it, and either way, it's shown in a hundred different ways. It's maddening! I am going to start going through them and make them uniform sometime within the next month or so, but I am not sure which format to follow. Also, sorry for the placement of my talk, but I am not sure where to place it, as the correct plac would be somewhere in the middle of Grendelkhan's paragraph? Dancemotron 19:32, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
You're absolutely right that the articles are poorly written. I've taken the liberty of starting to redo the pages in a much more wiki-ish format. (See Time Enough at Last.) I'm summarizing the synopses at to have something in the Synopsis section, but most of the eps could use a summary from someone who's actually seen them. I own precisely one episode---To Serve Man---and will be summarizing that and sending up a screencap just as soon as I have a chance to. It's in the middle of season three, so it might be a while.

However, I do feel strongly that the pages should stay here, in their improved form. (See new version linked to above.) There's no reason not to have this kind of reference here; The Twilight Zone is an important enough show, culturally speaking, to justify it. (I'd back a similar initiative for Babylon 5 or The X-Files, but not for B. L. Stryker.)

As for redirects, moving the episode pages to "Foo (Twilight Zone)" if a collision is found shouldn't be a major problem; in the new form, it's not ambiguous that they're referring to Twilight Zone episodes. Grendelkhan 01:23, 2004 May 9 (UTC)
Thanks, Grendelkhan, your format is much better. If every article were expanded to that point, I agree they would be worth keeping. I have seen a few episodes, but not recently, so I doubt I could assist much in that effort. Kevin Saff 21:29, 9 May 2004 (UTC)

Dancebot, last week at Talk:The Twilight Zone (TV series), I wrote the following (perhaps I should have put it here instead):

Because TZ has a new cast each episode, the cast members should be listed, too. Lacking any kind of standard, I think cast members, should be listed as suggested by Wikipedia:WikiProject Doctor Who, which advises to list cast as follows:

  • Cast: Following on-screen cast list, with the name of the character followed by an em dash ( or —) followed by the name of the actor
    • Cast notes: Notes regarding casting or cast members.

See Rose (Doctor Who) as an illustrative example.

I'd also be in favor of including the opening and closing narration as "cquote" text at the beginning and end of the plot summary. Travisl 15:57, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:WikiProject The Twilight Zone. Thoughts? Travisl 04:56, 28 May 2007 (UTC)

I also have noticed that the "Trivia" section for the episode pages are almost always called something different. "Trivia," "Influence," "Production notes," "Episode Notes" and so forth all seem to be the same thing. Should there be a standard name for these sections? One name should work, as there doesn't seem to be more than one of these on the pages I've seen and the information contained isn't necessarily confined to the specific meaning of each heading (eg. something about another show referencing that episode being listed under "Production Notes"). If there should be a unified name, what should it be? I'd suggest "Trivia," as it seems to be a fairly catch-all term. (talk) 01:50, 28 October 2009 (UTC)

The draft style guide at Wikipedia:WikiProject The Twilight Zone says "Episode Notes". I'd go with that. However, the section should be written to avoid creating lists of miscellaneous information. travisl (talk) 04:58, 28 October 2009 (UTC)

Double quotes[edit]

According to our Manual of Style, all "individual episodes of TV shows" are to placed within double quotation marks. I have just done this. Ianblair23 5 July 2005 00:44 (UTC)


Is there someway we can change the infobox so that the season heading (e.g., "Season one") also contains links to the other four seasons? No response, so I boldly just did it. Let me know if you don't like it. Travisl 22:44, 24 April 2006 (UTC)


Should the radio episodes be listed in here? WildFan48 21:58, 9 May 2007 (UTC)

Most Famous Episode[edit]

I was just paging through a bunch of these, and a large fraction of the articles include an introduction with the sentence declaring that "it is one of the most famous episodes of the series." Garbage.

Uh, so remove those sentences. -- 06:57, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Episode numbers[edit]

The First revival segments were numbered incorrectly, where each segment was given its own episode number. I've corrected the ones for DVD disc 1 & 2, and will come back and finish the rest when I can get the other discs out and make sure that I am putting them on there accurately. In the meantime, I've removed the incorrect information, as it's better to have a blank then the wrong information. I'm numbering them 1a for episode 1 segment 1, 1b for episode 1 segment 2, etc. (talk) 18:42, 15 February 2008 (UTC) Edit: I found the information online and have updated the remaining segments (talk) 18:56, 15 February 2008 (UTC)

Movie segments[edit]

The first movie segment was called "Time Out." The format suggests it was called "A Quality of Mercy." —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:06, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Episode list color coding[edit]

I just added color to the Season 1-5 Original series episode lists to get some opinions. Other lists use color to distingush the different seasons(List of Family Guy episodes and List of Star Trek: The Original Series episodes) and I thought that we should give it a try. We can change the colors that I used as well. Shinerunner (talk) 18:58, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

Season 1 WHO OH[edit]

Where is Season 1 and what does WHO OH mean? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:18, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

Vandalism, which has been fixed. travisl (talk) 17:39, 5 January 2009 (UTC)

A Kind of Stopwatch: The Original Title[edit]

"A Kind of Stopwatch" (Season 5, Episode 124) is the title on the script, two versions of which were published in As Timeless as Infinity: The Complete Twilight Zone Scripts of Rod Serling, Volume 3, edited by Tony Albarella (Gauntlet Press, 2007). The original scripts (both versions) are part of The Rod Serling Archives at Ithaca College. —Preceding unsigned comment added by PlaysInPeoria (talkcontribs) 06:05, 13 September 2009 (UTC)

I just rewatched the episode here [1] and the title used for the broadcast episode is "A Kind of a Stopwatch" at time stamp 2:29. Also, when I reverted your change the last time I noted in the edit summary that the Internet Movie Data Base among many others use this title. A Google search shows that the title "A Kind of a Stopwatch" has 2,160,000 hits while "A Kind of Stopwatch" has 442,000 hits. While the working title was "A Kind of Stopwatch" the actual title used for the episode was "A Kind of a Stopwatch". Take a look for yourself. Shinerunner (talk) 11:38, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
Also, the information that you have should be included in the article for the episode. I can't see that the article should be renamed from the original broadcast title since the article is about the broadcast episode and not the script.Shinerunner (talk) 12:07, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
Yes, it's a trivia note about that particular episode, but it's not the actual title of the episode. Many films undergo title changes during production. As an example, Field of Dreams was originally going to be called the same name as the source book, Shoeless Joe. Return of the Jedi was originally Revenge of the Jedi. And so on. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots 12:38, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
Additionally, Marc Scott Zicree's The Twilight Zone Companion (second edition, pp. 367-368) only refers to it as "A Kind of a Stopwatch." If this article were about the script only, then I'd agree that the article "a" should be dropped, but because this is about the episode that aired, we should use the title that appears onscreen. (Compare, however, to The Eye of the Beholder, which is some releases has the on-screen title "The Private World of Darkness", which was its original title before being changed to prevent confusion with another film.) travisl (talk) 05:59, 14 September 2009 (UTC)

Sourcing of creation and conception and reception[edit]

For people joining here who want to expand an article about an episode of the Twilight Zone, there is a source that can be creation and conception and reception of specific episodes. The Twilight Zone Companion (Marc Scott Zicree, December 1982, Bantam Books) is a good one. WhisperToMe (talk) 21:24, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

Walking Distance[edit]

Who wrote Walking Distance? (talk) 09:56, 23 April 2010 (UTC)

It was written by Rod Serling. Shinerunner (talk) 00:25, 24 April 2010 (UTC)
This article says otherwise. (talk) 04:09, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

Article split[edit]

Due to the extreme length (139 kilobytes - very long), the article has been split into three articles, with each "revival" series with its own list page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Musdan77 (talkcontribs) 22:08, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

Request for comment[edit]

Please take a look here regarding an issue relevant to The Twilight Zone episode articles. Sro23 (talk) 05:24, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Infobox HELP?!?[edit]

I wanted to add a link to director Jack Smight's name in the Season One infobox, since he has an article on here -- but I can't, because I can't get to the damn infobox on here in order to put the link onto his name! I can't access it, and the infobox on the main article for Season One doesn't link to the infobox on this page! I can't figure it out! HELP!!! :-O Stolengood (talk) 22:37, 13 March 2017 (UTC)