The BEST Episodes of The Twilight Zone

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 4, 2021

Network: CBS

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."

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To Serve Man

#1 - To Serve Man

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 2, 1962

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

star 8.62
345 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Damon Knight, Rod Serling
Printer's Devil

#2 - Printer's Devil

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 28, 1963

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

star 8.59
240 votes
Directors: Ralph Senensky
Writers: Charles Beaumont
Time Enough at Last

#3 - Time Enough at Last

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 20, 1959

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

star 8.49
1,011 votes
Directors: John Brahm
Writers: Lynn Venable, Rod Serling
Five Characters in Search of an Exit

#4 - Five Characters in Search of an Exit

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 22, 1961

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

star 8.35
248 votes
Directors: Lamont Johnson
Writers: Marvin Petal, Rod Serling
The Eye of the Beholder

#5 - The Eye of the Beholder

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 11, 1960

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

star 8.29
493 votes
Directors: Douglas Heyes
Writers: Rod Serling
The Midnight Sun

#6 - The Midnight Sun

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 17, 1961

The Earth's orbit has been changed, drawing ever closer to the sun and promising eminent destruction.

star 8.22
328 votes
Directors: Anton Leader
Writers: Rod Serling
Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?

#7 - Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?

Season 2 - Episode 28 - Aired May 26, 1961

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 8.21
366 votes
Writers: Rod Serling
The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

#8 - The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 4, 1960

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

star 8.21
667 votes
Directors: Ron Winston
Writers: Rod Serling
Deaths-Head Revisited

#9 - Deaths-Head Revisited

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 10, 1961

A former Nazi SS Captain returns to the ruins of a concentration camp to reminisce, and is met by one of his victims.

star 8.21
318 votes
Directors: Don Medford
Writers: Rod Serling
Living Doll

#10 - Living Doll

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 1, 1963

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 8.19
323 votes
Writers: Charles Beaumont, Jerry Sohl
The Shelter

#11 - The Shelter

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 29, 1961

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

star 8.17
330 votes
Directors: Lamont Johnson
Writers: Rod Serling
In His Image

#12 - In His Image

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 3, 1963

A scientist creates an android that has the qualities which he feels he's lacking.

star 8.17
308 votes
Directors: Perry Lafferty
Writers: Charles Beaumont
Nick of Time

#13 - Nick of Time

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 18, 1960

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

star 8.09
476 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Richard Matheson
The Masks

#14 - The Masks

Season 5 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 20, 1964

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

star 8.08
231 votes
Directors: Ida Lupino
Writers: Rod Serling
It's a Good Life

#15 - It's a Good Life

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 3, 1961

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 8.07
354 votes
Directors: James Sheldon
Writers: Jerome Bixby, Rod Serling
Walking Distance

#16 - Walking Distance

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 30, 1959

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 7.99
1,204 votes
Directors: Robert Stevens
Writers: Rod Serling
The Lateness of the Hour

#17 - The Lateness of the Hour

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 2, 1960

Dr. Loren enjoys the faultless robot servants he has invented. His daughter, however, feels imprisoned by them--and soon learns how right she is.

star 7.95
401 votes
Directors: Jack Smight
Writers: Rod Serling
Mr. Garrity and the Graves

#18 - Mr. Garrity and the Graves

Season 5 - Episode 32 - Aired May 8, 1964

Jared Garrity arrives in the Old West town of Happiness, Arizona, proclaiming he can revive the dead.

star 7.91
116 votes
Directors: Ted Post
Writers: Mike Korologos, Rod Serling
The Hitch-Hiker

#19 - The Hitch-Hiker

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 22, 1960

Alone on a cross-country trip, a woman continually sees the same hitch-hiker everywhere she looks.

star 7.90
585 votes
Directors: Alvin Ganzer
Writers: Lucille Fletcher, Rod Serling
A Quality of Mercy

#20 - A Quality of Mercy

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 29, 1961

A soldier gets a new perspective on war when he is forced to experience it from his enemy's point of view.

star 7.88
209 votes
Directors: Buzz Kulik
Writers: Rod Serling, Sam Rolfe
The Silence

#21 - The Silence

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Apr 28, 1961

An aristocratic club member bets that a talkative acquaintance cannot stay silent for an entire year.

star 7.88
326 votes
Directors: Boris Sagal
Writers: Rod Serling
The Obsolete Man

#22 - The Obsolete Man

Season 2 - Episode 29 - Aired Jun 2, 1961

In a future state where religion and books have been banned, a librarian (Burgess Meridith) is judged obsolete by the Chancellor (Fritz Weaver) and sentenced to death.

star 7.87
356 votes
Writers: Rod Serling
He's Alive

#23 - He's Alive

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 24, 1963

Peter Vollmer, a small-time neo-Nazi leader, yearns for more power. Advised by a shadowy benefactor, Vollmer's following grows, as does his ego...

star 7.86
275 votes
Writers: Rod Serling
And When the Sky Was Opened

#24 - And When the Sky Was Opened

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 11, 1959

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 7.86
619 votes
Directors: Douglas Heyes
Writers: Richard Matheson, Rod Serling
I Shot an Arrow into the Air

#25 - I Shot an Arrow into the Air

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 15, 1960

Three astronauts believe they have crashed on an asteroid.

star 7.85
618 votes
Writers: Madelon Champion, Rod Serling