The BEST Episodes of The Twilight Zone (1985)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 10, 2020

Network: CBS

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 - Aired Jan 31, 1986

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

star 8.53
89 votes
Directors: Noel Black
Writers: Robert Silverberg, Steven Barnes
Aqua Vita

#2 - Aqua Vita

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 4, 1986

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

star 8.43
82 votes
Directors: Paul Tucker
Writers: Jeremy Bertrand Finch, Paul Chitlik
Need to Know

#3 - Need to Know

Season 1 - Episode 51 - Aired Mar 21, 1986

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

star 8.27
60 votes
Directors: Paul Lynch
Writers: Mary Sheldon, Sidney Sheldon
Profile in Silver

#4 - Profile in Silver

Season 1 - Episode 49 - Aired Mar 7, 1986

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

star 8.26
62 votes
Directors: John D. Hancock
Writers: J. Neil Schulman
Shadow Play

#5 - Shadow Play

Season 1 - Episode 56 - Aired Apr 4, 1986

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

star 8.25
61 votes
Directors: Paul Lynch
Writers: Charles Beaumont, James Crocker
The Once and Future King

#6 - The Once and Future King

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 27, 1986

An Elvis impersonator is transported to the 1950s where he meets the real Elvis who thinks that the impersonator is his long dead brother.

star 8.24
90 votes
Writers: George R. R. Martin
Her Pilgrim Soul

#7 - Her Pilgrim Soul

Season 1 - Episode 28 - Aired Dec 13, 1985

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

star 8.22
90 votes
Directors: Wes Craven
Writers: Alan Brennert
Shelter Skelter

#8 - Shelter Skelter

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired May 21, 1987

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

star 8.21
71 votes
Directors: Martha Coolidge
Writers: Robin Love, Ron Cobb
The Call

#9 - The Call

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 19, 1988

A lonely man accidentally phones the wrong number and finds an intriguing female to whom he grows attached. When she refuses to meet him, he investigates and finds the phone in a museum next to the statue of a woman.

star 8.19
52 votes
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
The Trunk

#10 - The Trunk

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 24, 1988

A young man at a motel discovers an empty trunk that grants any wishes. He uses it for popularity, but at a party he discovers who his true friends are.

star 8.19
48 votes
Directors: Steve DiMarco
Writers: Jeremy Bertrand Finch, Paul Chitlik
The Elevator

#11 - The Elevator

Season 1 - Episode 39 - Aired Jan 31, 1986

Two brothers searching for their father discover a factory full of giant animal bodies.

star 8.12
88 votes
Directors: Ralph L. Thomas
Writers: Ray Bradbury
A Saucer of Loneliness

#12 - A Saucer of Loneliness

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 1986

A quiet waitress sees a glowing UFO, which gives her a message that everyone wants to know. She refuses to reveal exactly what the message is.

star 8.12
88 votes
Writers: David Gerrold
Special Service

#13 - Special Service

Season 3 - Episode 29 - Aired Apr 8, 1989

A man finds that his life has been on TV for the past five years.

star 8.09
46 votes
Directors: Randy Bradshaw
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
The Library

#14 - The Library

Season 1 - Episode 55 - Aired Mar 28, 1986

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 8.08
59 votes
Directors: John D. Hancock
Writers: Anne Collins
Cold Reading

#15 - Cold Reading

Season 1 - Episode 46 - Aired Feb 14, 1986

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 8.04
55 votes
Directors: Gus Trikonis
Writers: Martin Pasko, Rebecca Parr
Extra Innings

#16 - Extra Innings

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 1, 1988

Ex-baseball player Ed Hamler, lame from an injury and forced to retire early, is given a baseball card from the early 1900s that transports Hamler to the past to be the player he used to be.

star 8.03
59 votes
Directors: Doug Jackson
Writers: Tom Palmer
The Hellgramite Method

#17 - The Hellgramite Method

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 5, 1988

An alcoholic goes through an extremely painful and potentially deadly cure for his drinking problem. He has to choose which is more important - the bottle or his life.

star 8.02
57 votes
Writers: William Selby
The Card

#18 - The Card

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 21, 1987

A woman with out-of-control spending habits finds her new credit card comes with unexpected penalties.

star 8.00
59 votes
Directors: Bradford May
Writers: Michael Cassutt
A Matter of Minutes

#19 - A Matter of Minutes

Season 1 - Episode 38 - Aired Jan 24, 1986

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 7.97
100 votes
Directors: Sheldon Larry
Writers: Rockne S. O'Bannon, Theodore Sturgeon
What Are Friends For?

#20 - What Are Friends For?

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 4, 1986

A lonely boy finds a strange friendship in the woods around his home.

star 7.89
119 votes
Directors: Gus Trikonis
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Button, Button

#21 - Button, Button

Season 1 - Episode 50 - Aired Mar 7, 1986

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 7.88
100 votes
Directors: Peter Medak
Writers: Richard Matheson
Dead Run

#22 - Dead Run

Season 1 - Episode 48 - Aired Feb 21, 1986

An out-of-work trucker takes on a bizarre job upon the recommendation of a friend: deliveryman of souls to Hell.

star 7.86
57 votes
Directors: Paul Tucker
Writers: Alan Brennert, Greg Bear

#23 - Quarantine

Season 1 - Episode 43 - Aired Feb 7, 1986

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

star 7.77
88 votes
Writers: Alan Brennert
Acts of Terror

#24 - Acts of Terror

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 3, 1988

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

star 7.72
47 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Welcome to Winfield

#25 - Welcome to Winfield

Season 1 - Episode 42 - Aired Feb 7, 1986

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 7.72
86 votes
Directors: Bruce Bilson
Writers: Les Enloe