The WORST episodes of The Twilight Zone (1985)

Every episode of The Twilight Zone (1985) ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of The Twilight Zone (1985)!

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.

Last Updated: 3/26/2023Network:CBS
Street of Shadows
54 votes

#1 - Street of Shadows

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/21/1989

Walking taking a walk in a wealthy neighborhood an unemployed man living in a shelter experiences an unusual transformation.

Directors: Richard Bugajski
Dreams for Sale
199 votes

#2 - Dreams for Sale

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/4/1985

A woman in the future traps herself in an idyllic, computer-generated fantasy in her mind.

Writer: Joe Gannon
Wish Bank
122 votes

#3 - Wish Bank

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 10/18/1985

Janice finds a magic lamp at a garage sale. Restrictions and lots of paperwork apply for her three wishes.

Directors: Rick Friedberg
Personal Demons
87 votes

#4 - Personal Demons

Season 1 - Episode 45 - Aired 2/14/1986

A scriptwriter suffering from writers block is tormented by a group of small creatures.

Directors: Peter Medak
228 votes

#5 - Chameleon

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/4/1985

A space shuttle returns from a mission and NASA discovers that something unusual has been picked up.

Directors: Wes Craven
270 votes

#6 - Shatterday

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/27/1985

A man accidentally phones his own home and winds up talking to his alter ego

Directors: Wes Craven
Act Break
68 votes

#7 - Act Break

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 11/15/1985

A landlord hounds a playwright named Maury for his rent. When the playwright's partner dies of a heart attack, he wishes he could become the greatest playwright ever.

Directors: Ted Flicker
The Uncle Devil Show
51 votes

#8 - The Uncle Devil Show

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired 11/29/1985

Parents don't realize that the video their child watches demonstrates magic tricks like turning parents into lizards and giving dogs four eyes.

Directors: David Steinberg
Writer: Donald Todd
Crazy as a Soup Sandwich
53 votes

#9 - Crazy as a Soup Sandwich

Season 3 - Episode 28 - Aired 4/1/1989

A man sells his soul to a demon for some racing tips. After being terrified by the demon he goes for help from the criminal boss he borrowed the track money from.

Directors: Paul Lynch
The Girl I Married
50 votes

#10 - The Girl I Married

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired 7/17/1987

An attorney and his wife have successful careers. They feel something is lacking in their marriage. Soon, they encounter younger versions of their mates.

Directors: Philip DeGuere
A Little Peace and Quiet
298 votes

#11 - A Little Peace and Quiet

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/27/1985

In a modern remake of the classic episode, "A Kind of a Stopwatch", a woman discovers a necklace that gives its owner the ability to freeze time

Directors: Wes Craven
Paladin of the Lost Hour
132 votes

#12 - Paladin of the Lost Hour

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 11/8/1985

A Vietnam Vet named Billy saves an old man named Gasper from a mugging at a cemetery. He discovers that this old man holds the future of time in his watch.

Examination Day
163 votes

#13 - Examination Day

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 11/1/1985

In the far future, twelve-year-old Dickie must pass the mandatory government intelligence test.

Directors: Paul Lynch
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Dream Me a Life
25 votes

#14 - Dream Me a Life

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/22/1988

A man in a retirement home is trapped in the dreams of a catatonic widow.

Directors: Allan King
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The Little People of Killany Woods
68 votes

#15 - The Little People of Killany Woods

Season 1 - Episode 34 - Aired 1/3/1986

An old Irishman has often been called a fool for his stories about Leprechauns.

Directors: J.D. Feigelson
Many, Many Monkeys
18 votes

#16 - Many, Many Monkeys

Season 3 - Episode 26 - Aired 3/18/1989

An epidemic breaks out and many people are struck blind. Something more happens, however: People have become cold and heartless toward each other.

Directors: Richard Bugajski
The Leprechaun Artist
33 votes

#17 - The Leprechaun Artist

Season 1 - Episode 47 - Aired 2/21/1986

Vacationing in the United States, an Irish leprechaun is caught by three boys. To be freed, he must grant them three wishes.

Appointment on Route 17
21 votes

#18 - Appointment on Route 17

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 12/31/1988

After finishing a heart transplant, a man finds his personality has changed. He also discovers that he has a strange attraction to a waitress at a road diner.

Directors: René Bonnière
277 votes

#19 - Wordplay

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/4/1985

An overworked businessman suddenly finds himself left out while the rest of his world speaks in mangled slang.

Directors: Wes Craven
A Game of Pool
26 votes

#20 - A Game of Pool

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired 12/31/1989

A pool champion has defeated everyone at his local pool hall, except for the long dead legend, Fats Brown, who returns from the afterlife to challenge him to a high-stakes game.

Directors: Randy Bradshaw
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The Wall
53 votes

#21 - The Wall

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/25/1989

A U.S. military experiment opens a portal to an unknown place. After sending through one team, the Army calls upon a career soldier to investigate, where he finds an idyllic planet. He has to decide whether to stay or go back to his old life.

Directors: Atom Egoyan
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Song of the Younger World
50 votes

#22 - Song of the Younger World

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 7/17/1987

In 1916 a girl and a young man from a reformatory for wayward boys fall in love and try to get away from her father, the superintendent. He finds out and does not approve of their love, locking away his daughter and punishing the boy. Luckily, the girl has a secret plan to escape so she can be forever with the love of her life.

Directors: Noel Black
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Joy Ride
55 votes

#23 - Joy Ride

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 5/21/1987

Two teenage boys and their girlfriends steal a recently deceased man's classic car. While they are on a joyride, they accidentally kill a policeman.

Directors: Gil Bettman
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The Hunters
56 votes

#24 - The Hunters

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/15/1988

A young boy falls into an undiscovered cave near a housing project. An archeologist studies strange paintings on its walls and then bizarre things begin to happen. Cave items move around and animals are killed and brought into the cave.

Directors: Paul Lynch
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63 votes

#25 - Gramma

Season 1 - Episode 44 - Aired 2/14/1986

A young boy is convinced his ailing grandmother is really a monster.

Directors: Bradford May

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