The BEST episodes written by Charles Beaumont

Printer's Devil
242 votes

#1 - Printer's Devil

The Twilight Zone - Season 4 - Episode 9

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

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4 votes

#2 - Brainwave

One Step Beyond - Season 2 - Episode 3

During WWII, a drunken pharmacist's mate must operate on the injured captain of his ship. The chief medical officer on a near-by ship assists the terrified young man perform the operation by providing instructions over the ship's radio. But at a crucial moment in the operation, the young man needs much more than this . . . and he receives it from an unearthly source . . .

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Shadow Play
69 votes

#3 - Shadow Play

The Twilight Zone (1985) - Season 1 - Episode 56

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

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In His Image
304 votes

#4 - In His Image

The Twilight Zone - Season 4 - Episode 1

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

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Living Doll
318 votes

#5 - Living Doll

The Twilight Zone - Season 5 - Episode 6

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!

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The Long Silence
9 votes

#6 - The Long Silence

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour - Season 1 - Episode 25

In an elaborate con, Ralph Mason marries a rich woman named Nora Cory for her money. Unfortunately his schemes goes awry when he murders one of her sons from a former marriage. As he attempts to make the death look like a suicide, he is caught by Nora as he is writing a fake suicide note. Nora collapses and falls into a paralyzed, yet conscious, state. She is bedridden and worried that her husband will try to kill her. She is also unable to speak and cannot tell anyone about her dangerous husband. When her nurse Jean Dekker allows her husband to adminster her medicine, she grows fearful that he will try to poison her. Fortunately, the nurse figures out a way to communicate with Nora. Nora squeezes her hand in response to yes or no questions. Jean discovers the truth about Ralph, but when Ralph finds out he tries to kill both Nora and Jean . Fortunately, Nora comes out of her paralysis in time to scream. She alerts her second son who manages to subdue Ralph before he can kill again.

The Lady on the Wall
35 votes

#7 - The Lady on the Wall

Have Gun, Will Travel - Season 3 - Episode 23

Paladin is accused of stealing a painting in the small town of Bonanza.

Number 12 Looks Just Like You
170 votes

#8 - Number 12 Looks Just Like You

The Twilight Zone - Season 5 - Episode 17

In a future where everyone must undergo an operation at the age of 19 to make them identical to everyone else, one woman desperately tries to hang onto her own identity.

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Queen of the Nile
97 votes

#9 - Queen of the Nile

The Twilight Zone - Season 5 - Episode 23

Columnist Jordan Herrick is startled to learn that a famous movie actress hasn't aged in years. Intrigued, he investigates... and soon learns a terrifying secret.

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437 votes

#10 - Elegy

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 20

Three astronauts land on what looks like Earth 200 years before they left--only all of the people seem frozen in time.

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Valley of the Shadow
167 votes

#11 - Valley of the Shadow

The Twilight Zone - Season 4 - Episode 3

A reporter finds himself trapped in a small town where people can reverse time and do many other amazing things.

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The Guests
14 votes

#12 - The Guests

The Outer Limits - Season 1 - Episode 26

Trapped in a mansion run by a mysterious alien being, a pair of young lovers discovers that eternal life comes at a great cost.

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The Howling Man
377 votes

#13 - The Howling Man

The Twilight Zone - Season 2 - Episode 5

A man, on a walking trip of Europe, gets caught in a storm. He finds remote monastery that contains a prisoner.

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Long Live Walter Jameson
390 votes

#14 - Long Live Walter Jameson

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 24

Walter Jameson is an excellent history teacher who talks about the past as if he had lived it.

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Person or Persons Unknown
148 votes

#15 - Person or Persons Unknown

The Twilight Zone - Season 3 - Episode 27

David Gurney wakes up to find that no one - his wife, his co-workers, his best friend, not even his own mother knows him.

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A Nice Place to Visit
394 votes

#16 - A Nice Place to Visit

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 28

After being shot to death, Rocky Valentine encounters the amiable white-haired Mr. Pip, who gives Rocky everything he wishes for.

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Shadow Play
287 votes

#17 - Shadow Play

The Twilight Zone - Season 2 - Episode 26

Trapped in a recurring nightmare, Adam Grant tries to persuade those who are sentencing him to death that the whole scenario is not real.

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Angels of Vengeance
36 votes

#18 - Angels of Vengeance

Wanted: Dead or Alive - Season 1 - Episode 33

Josh kills a young man in self-defense, the victim's father, the head of a religious cult, then orders Josh's death.

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The Prime Mover
278 votes

#19 - The Prime Mover

The Twilight Zone - Season 2 - Episode 21

Ace Larsen discovers his business partner (Buddy Ebsen) has the ability to control objects with his mind. The pair head to Vegas to win big.

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Dead Woman's Shoes
37 votes

#20 - Dead Woman's Shoes

The Twilight Zone (1985) - 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.

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Perchance to Dream
605 votes

#21 - Perchance to Dream

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 9

A man is terrified of falling asleep for fear he might die.

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Dead Man's Shoes
148 votes

#22 - Dead Man's Shoes

The Twilight Zone - Season 3 - Episode 18

A vagrant steps into a murdered gangster's expensive shoes and is taken over by the dead man's ghost, who vows to remain on Earth to seek revenge against his killer.

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126 votes

#23 - Miniature

The Twilight Zone - Season 4 - Episode 8

A lonely man falls in love with a mini museum doll, which he believes is alive.

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Long Distance Call
251 votes

#24 - Long Distance Call

The Twilight Zone - Season 2 - Episode 22

A young boy find he can communicate with his dead grandmother through a toy phone.

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The Fugitive
228 votes

#25 - The Fugitive

The Twilight Zone - Season 3 - Episode 25

Old Ben, who is able to transform himself into anything, tries to help a crippled little girl.

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290 votes

#26 - Static

The Twilight Zone - Season 2 - Episode 20

Ed Lindsay hates television, so he gets his old radio out of the basement of the boardinghouse where he lives. He soon finds he can receive programs from the past when he's alone.

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Backward, Turn Backward
43 votes

#27 - Backward, Turn Backward

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Season 5 - Episode 18

A middle aged plumber is suspected of bludgeoning to death the father of his 19-year-old love interest, but the Sheriff can't figure out how the man could have done the crime and been caring for his baby grandson at the same time.

Passage on the Lady Anne
112 votes

#28 - Passage on the Lady Anne

The Twilight Zone - Season 4 - Episode 17

To save their marriage, a couple book a cruise on a ship whose other passengers are elderly.

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The Captain's Guests
6 votes

#29 - The Captain's Guests

One Step Beyond - Season 1 - Episode 19

A sadistic sea captain from the 19th century haunts a New England home and poisons the lives of a married couple after taking possession of the husband's mind.

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The Jungle
189 votes

#30 - The Jungle

The Twilight Zone - Season 3 - Episode 12

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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