The WORST episodes of The Twilight Zone

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

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."

Last Updated: 1/24/2023Network:CBS
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The Bard
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5.53
133 votes

#1 - The Bard

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired 5/23/1963

An untalented would-be writer's career takes off when the ghost of William Shakespeare writes his script.

Directors: David Butler
Writer: Rod Serling
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The Mighty Casey
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5.97
414 votes

#2 - The Mighty Casey

Season 1 - Episode 35 - Aired 6/17/1960

A baseball manager takes his team to the championships thanks to a robot pitcher.

Writer: Rod Serling
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Young Man's Fancy
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6.11
132 votes

#3 - Young Man's Fancy

Season 3 - Episode 34 - Aired 5/11/1962

When a newlywed couple briefly return to the groom's childhood home, the ties of the past prove too strong to resist.

Directors: John Brahm
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The Incredible World of Horace Ford
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6.12
150 votes

#4 - The Incredible World of Horace Ford

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired 4/18/1963

Toy designer Horace Ford spends most of his time reminiscing about his idyllic childhood. But when he gets a chance to go back to those years he gets a bitter taste of reality.

Directors: Abner Biberman
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A Passage for Trumpet
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6.35
415 votes

#5 - A Passage for Trumpet

Season 1 - Episode 32 - Aired 5/20/1960

A trumpet player who's convinced he'll never amount to anything attempts suicide and finds himself in a world where no one can hear or see him.

Directors: Don Medford
Writer: Rod Serling
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The Chaser
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6.35
383 votes

#6 - The Chaser

Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired 5/13/1960

A man, desperate to win the affection of a beautiful woman, slips her a love potion. He is overjoyed that the potion works so well...at first.

Directors: Douglas Heyes
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From Agnes - with Love
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6.37
92 votes

#7 - From Agnes - with Love

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/14/1964

A computer technician must deal with the queen of all femme fatales: a computer named Agnes who wreaks havoc on his love life.

Directors: Richard Donner
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Still Valley
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6.45
203 votes

#8 - Still Valley

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/24/1961

During the Civil War, a Confederate scout enters a town to find Yankee soldiers frozen in place.

Directors: James Sheldon
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Mr. Bevis
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6.54
404 votes

#9 - Mr. Bevis

Season 1 - Episode 33 - Aired 6/3/1960

A man (Bevis) meets his guardian angel.

Directors: William Asher
Writer: Rod Serling
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Hocus Pocus and Frisby
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6.58
168 votes

#10 - Hocus Pocus and Frisby

Season 3 - Episode 30 - Aired 4/13/1962

A loud-mouthed braggart's boasts attract the attention of some aliens.

Directors: Lamont Johnson
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The Jungle
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6.58
195 votes

#11 - The Jungle

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/1/1961

Alan Richards plans to build a dam in Africa on a tribe's ancestral land. The tribe's voodoo doctor puts a curse on him.

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Four O'Clock
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6.59
143 votes

#12 - Four O'Clock

Season 3 - Episode 29 - Aired 4/6/1962

Oliver Crangle is a bitter, prejudiced man. Through unknown means he intends to shrink every evil person in the world at four o'clock. When four o'clock comes around, it is he who shrinks.

Directors: Lamont Johnson
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No Time Like the Past
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6.60
164 votes

#13 - No Time Like the Past

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/7/1963

A man travels back in time to try to prevent some of history's catastrophes.

Directors: Justus Addiss
Writer: Rod Serling
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What's in the Box
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6.60
154 votes

#14 - What's in the Box

Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/13/1964

A cheating husband sees his secret revealed and it's horrible consequences on his just-repaired TV set.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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Sounds and Silences
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6.61
137 votes

#15 - Sounds and Silences

Season 5 - Episode 27 - Aired 4/3/1964

A man's wish to listen to loud noise backfires.

Directors: Richard Donner
Writer: Rod Serling
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The Whole Truth
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6.61
237 votes

#16 - The Whole Truth

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/20/1961

A peculiar Model A automobile compels a used car dealer to tell only the truth.

Directors: James Sheldon
Writer: Rod Serling
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Black Leather Jackets
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6.65
135 votes

#17 - Black Leather Jackets

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/31/1964

Three tough-looking men on motorcycles disrupt a peaceful suburb when they move in. Yet the neighbors could never imagine just how dangerous these men really are.

Directors: Joseph M. Newman
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The Last Night of a Jockey
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6.66
194 votes

#18 - The Last Night of a Jockey

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/25/1963

A disgraced jockey is granted his wish to be "big."

Directors: Joseph M. Newman
Writer: Rod Serling
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Spur of the Moment
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6.69
88 votes

#19 - Spur of the Moment

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/21/1964

After being chased on horseback by a terrifying, unidentified figure in black, Anne Henderson faces the biggest decision of her life.

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King Nine Will Not Return
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6.71
501 votes

#20 - King Nine Will Not Return

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/30/1960

A WWII captain finds himself in the desert, next to his crashed plane. Where is his crew? And why are futuristic jet planes flying overhead?

Directors: Buzz Kulik
Writer: Rod Serling
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Jess-Belle
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6.72
130 votes

#21 - Jess-Belle

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/14/1963

Jess-Belle (Anne Francis) enlists the aid of a local witch who casts a spell that makes Billy-Ben Turner (James Best) fall in love with her.

Directors: Buzz Kulik
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The Big Tall Wish
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6.73
311 votes

#22 - The Big Tall Wish

Season 1 - Episode 27 - Aired 4/8/1960

Even though Jackson breaks his hand prior to the fight, he wins because Henry - a boy who adores the fighter and believes in magic - made the "big, tall wish." After the fight the boxer refuses to believe in magic.

Directors: Ron Winston
Writer: Rod Serling
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The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine
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6.73
898 votes

#23 - The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/23/1959

An aging, former movie star lives and dreams in the past, constantly watching her old movies alone in her room.

Directors: Mitchell Leisen
Writer: Rod Serling
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I Dream of Genie
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6.73
126 votes

#24 - I Dream of Genie

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 3/21/1963

A man considers several possibilities when offered one wish by a genie.

Directors: Robert Gist
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One More Pallbearer
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6.74
191 votes

#25 - One More Pallbearer

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/12/1962

Paul Radin has invited three people to join him in his bomb shelter.

Directors: Lamont Johnson
Writer: Rod Serling
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