The Best Episodes of The Twilight Zone (1985)

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2018

This show is based on Rod Serling's classic TV anthology show, The Twilight Zone. Redoing some episodes and doing new ones 20 years laters after the originals, these are made in color and in one-hour episodes. Most of the episodes contained two or three stories, and were broken up in half hour episodes for syndication. CBS cancelled the show in its second season, but it was picked up by a Canadian producer and aired in syndication in a half-hour format. The show contains mostly ironic or special situations with a twist at the end, which show the human nature, coupled with science fiction, horror or fantasy. Some of the show's writers are well known: Harlan Ellison, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Sidney Sheldon and J. Michael Straczynski. The opening and closing music was done by The Grateful Dead.

To See the Invisible Man

#1 - To See the Invisible Man

Season 1 - Episode 40

An uncaring man is sentenced to a year of social isolation.

star 8.09
23 votes
Directors: Noel Black
Writers: Steven Barnes, Robert Silverberg
Her Pilgrim Soul

#2 - Her Pilgrim Soul

Season 1 - Episode 28

Two scientists create a holographic projector that has a woman appear in the display.

star 8.04
23 votes
Directors: Wes Craven
Writers: Alan Brennert
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Button, Button

#3 - Button, Button

Season 1 - Episode 50

A mysterious man offers a couple a bizarre deal: if they will push a button on a box that will kill one person they don't know, they will get a million dollars.

star 7.83
35 votes
Directors: Peter Medak
Writers: Richard Matheson
The Mind of Simon Foster

#4 - The Mind of Simon Foster

Season 3 - Episode 23

In an impoverished future, Simon Foster goes to a pawnshop to sell some personal items to raise money for rent. The shop owner offers to buy some of his memories. In Simon Foster's life, what could be possibly be valuable?

star 7.79
14 votes
Directors: Doug Jackson
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
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Cat and Mouse

#5 - Cat and Mouse

Season 3 - Episode 24

A shy woman finds that a cat is actually a cursed "Casanova". She falls for the man but finds that her Prince Charming is actually a scoundrel.

star 7.77
13 votes
Directors: Eric Till
Writers: Christy Marx
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Welcome to Winfield

#6 - Welcome to Winfield

Season 1 - Episode 42

The grim reaper arrives at a hospital to take possession of a dying man. The man's wife rescues him and takes him to the western town of Winfield where residents have been living for hundreds of years. Apparently, the reaper has failed to collect those living there.

star 7.75
20 votes
Directors: Bruce Bilson
Writers: Les Enloe
Need to Know

#7 - Need to Know

Season 1 - Episode 51

A government scientist/agent sent to a small town to help investigate a bizarre outbreak of insanity which is spreading through the town.

star 7.74
23 votes
Directors: Paul Lynch
Writers: Mary Sheldon, Sidney Sheldon
Profile in Silver

#8 - Profile in Silver

Season 1 - Episode 49

A researcher from the future, a descendent of President John F. Kennedy goes back in time to witness his ancestor's death.

star 7.73
26 votes
Writers: J. Neil Schulman
Shadow Play

#9 - Shadow Play

Season 1 - Episode 56

A man is convinced that reality as we perceive it is dependent on his staying alive.

star 7.73
22 votes
Directors: Paul Lynch
Writers: James Crocker, Charles Beaumont
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Aqua Vita

#10 - Aqua Vita

Season 2 - Episode 4

A woman finds a method for eternal youth at a steep price.

star 7.72
18 votes
Directors: Paul Tucker
Writers: Paul Chitlik, Jeremy Bertrand Finch
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I of Newton

#11 - I of Newton

Season 1 - Episode 29

A professor attempting to solve a difficult math problem finds himself matching wits with a demon.

star 7.72
18 votes
Writers: Alan Brennert, Joe Haldeman
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Shelter Skelter

#12 - Shelter Skelter

Season 2 - Episode 16

A survivalist traps himself in his bomb shelter when a nuclear blast finally comes.

star 7.70
20 votes
Writers: Robin Love, Ron Cobb
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#13 - Quarantine

Season 1 - Episode 43

An ill weapons designer is cryogenically frozen and awakened three centuries later..

star 7.63
24 votes
Writers: Alan Brennert
The Library

#14 - The Library

Season 1 - Episode 55

Landing a new job at a private library a girl is warned never to look at the books. Taking a peek she learns that there's a book for everyone alive. When a neighbor pesters her, she rewrites his biography.

star 7.57
23 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Misfortune Cookie

#15 - The Misfortune Cookie

Season 1 - Episode 35

A food critic receives fortune cookie messages that get fulfilled.

star 7.56
16 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Charles E. Fritch, Rockne S. O'Bannon
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Night of the Meek

#16 - Night of the Meek

Season 1 - Episode 30

A drunken storefront Santa is terminally depressed by the many children who go gift less and starving during Christmas. He is fired from his job at a department store when he shows up late, and subsequently finds a bag that he can pull any present anyone wants from it.

star 7.56
18 votes
Writers: Rockne S. O'Bannon, Rod Serling
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Dead Woman's Shoes

#17 - Dead Woman's Shoes

Season 1 - Episode 21

Shy Maddie finds a pair of shoes and after trying them on, is possessed by the vengeful spirit of a rich murdered woman.

star 7.55
20 votes
Directors: Peter Medak
Writers: Charles Beaumont
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A Matter of Minutes

#18 - A Matter of Minutes

Season 1 - Episode 38

A young married couple discovers that their home is being remodeled by blue-clad workers who are workers of time that build and move objects from one time period to another.

star 7.53
34 votes
Directors: Sheldon Larry
Writers: Rockne S. O'Bannon, Theodore Sturgeon
Acts of Terror

#19 - Acts of Terror

Season 3 - Episode 11

A battered wife living with her abusive husband finds the strength to leave him in the form of a Doberman pinscher statue.

star 7.50
16 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
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The Crossing

#20 - The Crossing

Season 3 - Episode 3

A stressed-out priest repeatedly encounters a station wagon containing a young girl. The car keeps crashing and bursting into flames.

star 7.48
21 votes
Directors: Paul Lynch
Writers: Ralph Phillips
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Voices in the Earth

#21 - Voices in the Earth

Season 2 - Episode 19

In the far future. an expedition returns to a desolate barren Earth where a scientist begins to see the ghosts of those who died years ago.

star 7.47
15 votes
Writers: Alan Brennert
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The Toys of Caliban

#22 - The Toys of Caliban

Season 2 - Episode 10

A mentally challenged child has strange powers.

star 7.45
22 votes
Writers: George R.R. Martin
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Private Channel

#23 - Private Channel

Season 2 - Episode 17

On board an airplane, a lightning storm transforms a boy's walkman into a telepathic tuning device that informs him that the man sitting next to him is carrying a bomb.

star 7.44
9 votes
Directors: Peter Medak
Writers: Edward Redlich
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Cold Reading

#24 - Cold Reading

Season 1 - Episode 46

An actor arrives at a radio station to perform a radio play. An old voodoo stick is accidentally activated and the play becomes more real that anything anyone expected.

star 7.44
18 votes
Directors: Gus Trikonis
Writers: Martin Pasko, Rebecca Parr
A Message from Charity

#25 - A Message from Charity

Season 1 - Episode 15

A teenage boy with a fever finds himself in telepathic contact with a girl living in colonial New England.

star 7.44
25 votes
Directors: Paul Lynch
Writers: Alan Brennert, William M. Lee
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