The Best Episodes of The Twilight Zone

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2018

The Twilight Zone was a popular American anthology series. The series was a collection of various tales that range from the tragic to the comedic. They may be scary or just thought-provoking. Most episodes have unexpected endings and a moral lesson. But, no matter what, it's "a journey into a wondrous land, whose boundaries are that of the imagination."

To Serve Man

#1 - To Serve Man

Season 3 - Episode 24

The Kanamits, 9 foot tall aliens, arrive on Earth with one lofty goal: To Serve Man.

star 8.49
120 votes
Writers: Rod Serling, Damon Knight
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The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

#2 - The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

Season 1 - Episode 22

Paranoia strikes the residents of Maple Street when they believe human-looking aliens have invaded the neighborhood.

star 8.33
233 votes
Directors: Ron Winston
Writers: Rod Serling
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The Eye of the Beholder

#3 - The Eye of the Beholder

Season 2 - Episode 6

A young woman undergoes ""experimental treatments"" in an attempt to make her appear ""normal"".

star 8.23
186 votes
Directors: Douglas Heyes
Writers: Rod Serling
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Living Doll

#4 - Living Doll

Season 5 - Episode 6

Erich is displeased when his wife buys an expensive doll for his step-daughter. He becomes even more displeased when the doll tells him it doesn't like him!

star 8.23
97 votes
Writers: Jerry Sohl, Charles Beaumont
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Time Enough at Last

#5 - Time Enough at Last

Season 1 - Episode 8

A bank teller, obsessed with reading, finds himself alone after a nuclear blast.

star 8.19
404 votes
Directors: John Brahm
Writers: Rod Serling, Lynn Venable
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Printer's Devil

#6 - Printer's Devil

Season 4 - Episode 9

The owner of a failing paper is given help by the Devil.

star 8.18
80 votes
Directors: Ralph Senensky
Writers: Charles Beaumont
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The Shelter

#7 - The Shelter

Season 3 - Episode 3

When a UFO invasion appears imminent, several suburban friends and neighbours fight over control of a single bomb shelter.

star 8.12
110 votes
Directors: Lamont Johnson
Writers: Rod Serling
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Five Characters in Search of an Exit

#8 - Five Characters in Search of an Exit

Season 3 - Episode 14

A hobo, clown, bagpipe player, ballerina and military officer are trapped in a huge cylinder.

star 8.07
92 votes
Directors: Lamont Johnson
Writers: Rod Serling, Marvin Petal
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Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

#9 - Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

Season 5 - Episode 3

Mr. Wilson believes he sees a gremlin on the wing of his commercial aircraft.

star 8.04
129 votes
Directors: Richard Donner
Writers: Richard Matheson
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The Masks

#10 - The Masks

Season 5 - Episode 25

A dying man demands his family wear masks that he's given them at a Mardi Gras party.

star 8.03
66 votes
Directors: Ida Lupino
Writers: Rod Serling
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A World of His Own

#11 - A World of His Own

Season 1 - Episode 36

A playwright makes characters come to life.

star 8.01
145 votes
Directors: Ralph Nelson
Writers: Richard Matheson
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It's a Good Life

#12 - It's a Good Life

Season 3 - Episode 8

Little Anthony Fremont controls an entire town with his ability to read minds and make people do as he wishes. Which is a real good thing.

star 7.94
139 votes
Directors: James Sheldon
Writers: Rod Serling, Jerome Bixby
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People Are Alike All Over

#13 - People Are Alike All Over

Season 1 - Episode 25

When a space exploration crashes on Mars, the surviving passenger is surprised to find that Martians are human-looking, very friendly and apparently just like us...

star 7.91
163 votes
Writers: Rod Serling, Paul W. Fairman
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Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up

#14 - Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up

Season 2 - Episode 28

State troopers follow tracks from an unidentified flying object to a diner where they try to determine which of the seven bus passengers stranded inside is really a Martian.

star 7.91
128 votes
Writers: Rod Serling
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The Silence

#15 - The Silence

Season 2 - Episode 25

Archie Taylor, who wants his men's club quiet, offers Jamie Tennyson half a million dollars to remain silent for one year. To insure his unbroken silence, he will live in the club's basement. In debt, and with a wife that has expensive tastes, Tennyson agrees. During the year, Taylor tries every trick in the book to get Tennyson to talk, however he remains silent. Finally, the year is up and Tennyson emerges from the basement to collect his money. Taylor then reveals that he lost his fortune ten years before, and never intended to pay off the bet. Tennyson remains silent, but writes a note to Taylor. It says: "I knew I would not be able to keep my part of the bargain, so one year ago I had the nerves to my vocal chords severed!"

star 7.87
117 votes
Directors: Boris Sagal
Writers: Rod Serling
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A Penny For Your Thoughts

#16 - A Penny For Your Thoughts

Season 2 - Episode 16

The lucky flip of a coin seems to give a mild-mannered bank clerk the power to read minds. But he soon learns that you can't believe everything you read.

star 7.87
115 votes
Directors: James Sheldon
Writers: George Clayton Johnson
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Valley of the Shadow

#17 - Valley of the Shadow

Season 4 - Episode 3

A reporter finds himself trapped in a small town where people can reverse time and do many other amazing things.

star 7.85
82 votes
Directors: Perry Lafferty
Writers: Charles Beaumont
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And When the Sky Was Opened

#18 - And When the Sky Was Opened

Season 1 - Episode 11

Three astronauts have returned from this first space flight. Major Gart is hospitalized with a broken leg. The other two, Colonels Harrington and Forbes head for a bar. Harrington gets a strange feeling.

star 7.82
290 votes
Directors: Douglas Heyes
Writers: Rod Serling, Richard Matheson
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The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross

#19 - The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross

Season 5 - Episode 16

A man finds that he can trade characteristics with others.

star 7.80
40 votes
Directors: Don Siegel
Writers: Jerry McNeely, Henry Slesar
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What You Need

#20 - What You Need

Season 1 - Episode 12

A two-bit thug thinks he's found the key to a better life in an old sidewalk salesman who has the uncanny ability to tell people what they need the most.

star 7.78
241 votes
Directors: Alvin Ganzer
Writers: Rod Serling, Henry Kuttner, C.L. Moore
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The After Hours

#21 - The After Hours

Season 1 - Episode 34

A woman discovers that the floor of a department store, on which she bought a gold thimble, doesn't exist - and that her ""saleslady"" is really a mannequin!

star 7.78
151 votes
Directors: Douglas Heyes
Writers: Rod Serling
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Walking Distance

#22 - Walking Distance

Season 1 - Episode 5

Martin Sloan, driving through the country, leaves his car and starts to walk toward his hometown, Homewood. He finds things exactly as they were when he was a child. He soon realizes he's gone back in time.

star 7.78
424 votes
Directors: Robert Stevens
Writers: Rod Serling
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Nick of Time

#23 - Nick of Time

Season 2 - Episode 7

A superstitious newlywed becomes obsessed by a penny fortune-telling machine when he and his new wife are stranded with car trouble.

star 7.77
167 votes
Writers: Richard Matheson
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The Parallel

#24 - The Parallel

Season 4 - Episode 11

An astronaut blacks out orbiting the earth and ends up in a parallel universe.

star 7.77
69 votes
Writers: Rod Serling
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Third from the Sun

#25 - Third from the Sun

Season 1 - Episode 14

With all-out nuclear war about to ignite, a scientist and his pilot friend plot to escape on an experimental spaceship.

star 7.77
280 votes
Writers: Rod Serling, Richard Matheson
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