The BEST episodes written by Rod Serling

To Serve Man
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8.61
333 votes

#1 - To Serve Man

The Twilight Zone - Season 3 - Episode 24

The Kanamits, 9 foot tall aliens, arrive on Earth with one lofty goal: To Serve Man.

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Time Enough at Last
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8.46
981 votes

#2 - Time Enough at Last

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 8

A bank teller, obsessed with reading, finds himself alone after a nuclear blast.

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Five Characters in Search of an Exit
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8.38
243 votes

#3 - Five Characters in Search of an Exit

The Twilight Zone - Season 3 - Episode 14

A hobo, clown, bagpipe player, ballerina and military officer are trapped in a huge cylinder.

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The Caterpillar
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8.33
16 votes

#4 - The Caterpillar

Night Gallery - Season 2 - Episode 60

A bored colonial on a Malaysian plantation employs an exotic accomplice--an earwig--in his gruesome plot to assassinate a romantic rival.

The Eye of the Beholder
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8.24
495 votes

#5 - The Eye of the Beholder

The Twilight Zone - Season 2 - Episode 6

A young woman undergoes ""experimental treatments"" in an attempt to make her appear ""normal"".

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Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?
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8.24
355 votes

#6 - Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?

The Twilight Zone - Season 2 - Episode 28

State troopers follow tracks from an unidentified flying object to a diner where they try to determine which of the seven bus passengers stranded inside is really a Martian.

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The Midnight Sun
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8.23
325 votes

#7 - The Midnight Sun

The Twilight Zone - Season 3 - Episode 10

The Earth's orbit has been changed, drawing ever closer to the sun and promising eminent destruction.

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The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street
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8.23
660 votes

#8 - The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 22

Paranoia strikes the residents of Maple Street when they believe human-looking aliens have invaded the neighborhood.

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The Shelter
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8.18
336 votes

#9 - The Shelter

The Twilight Zone - Season 3 - Episode 3

When a UFO invasion appears imminent, several suburban friends and neighbours fight over control of a single bomb shelter.

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Deaths-Head Revisited
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8.17
322 votes

#10 - Deaths-Head Revisited

The Twilight Zone - Season 3 - Episode 9

A former Nazi SS Captain returns to the ruins of a concentration camp to reminisce, and is met by one of his victims.

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It's a Good Life
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8.09
342 votes

#11 - It's a Good Life

The Twilight Zone - Season 3 - Episode 8

Little Anthony Fremont controls an entire town with his ability to read minds and make people do as he wishes. Which is a real good thing.

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The Masks
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8.08
226 votes

#12 - The Masks

The Twilight Zone - Season 5 - Episode 25

A dying man demands his family wear masks that he's given them at a Mardi Gras party.

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Walking Distance
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7.97
1184 votes

#13 - Walking Distance

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 5

Martin Sloan, driving through the country, leaves his car and starts to walk toward his hometown, Homewood. He finds things exactly as they were when he was a child. He soon realizes he's gone back in time.

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Cool Air
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7.95
15 votes

#14 - Cool Air

Night Gallery - Season 2 - Episode 35

A haunting love story of a young woman and her late father's colleague, a man clinging desperately to life in a refrigerated apartment.

The Lateness of the Hour
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7.92
397 votes

#15 - The Lateness of the Hour

The Twilight Zone - Season 2 - Episode 8

Dr. Loren enjoys the faultless robot servants he has invented. His daughter, however, feels imprisoned by them--and soon learns how right she is.

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The Hitch-Hiker
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7.91
577 votes

#16 - The Hitch-Hiker

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 16

Alone on a cross-country trip, a woman continually sees the same hitch-hiker everywhere she looks.

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The Obsolete Man
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7.88
349 votes

#17 - The Obsolete Man

The Twilight Zone - Season 2 - Episode 29

In a future state where religion and books have been banned, a librarian (Burgess Meridith) is judged obsolete by the Chancellor (Fritz Weaver) and sentenced to death.

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And When the Sky Was Opened
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7.87
617 votes

#18 - And When the Sky Was Opened

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 11

Three astronauts have returned from this first space flight. Major Gart is hospitalized with a broken leg. The other two, Colonels Harrington and Forbes head for a bar. Harrington gets a strange feeling.

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The Silence
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7.87
318 votes

#19 - The Silence

The Twilight Zone - Season 2 - Episode 25

An aristocratic club member bets that a talkative acquaintance cannot stay silent for an entire year.

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He's Alive
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7.86
272 votes

#20 - He's Alive

The Twilight Zone - Season 4 - Episode 4

Peter Vollmer, a small-time neo-Nazi leader, yearns for more power. Advised by a shadowy benefactor, Vollmer's following grows, as does his ego...

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The Messiah on Mott Street
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7.85
17 votes

#21 - The Messiah on Mott Street

Night Gallery - Season 2 - Episode 38

Desperate to stay alive for the sake of his nine-year-old grandson, an elderly, near-penniless Jew on the brink of death pins his hopes for salvation on the coming of the Messiah.

The Little People
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7.82
215 votes

#22 - The Little People

The Twilight Zone - Season 3 - Episode 28

An astronaut declares himself a god when his ship lands on a planet populated by people smaller than ants.

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I Shot an Arrow into the Air
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7.81
612 votes

#23 - I Shot an Arrow into the Air

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 15

Three astronauts believe they have crashed on an asteroid.

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Third from the Sun
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7.81
601 votes

#24 - Third from the Sun

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 14

With all-out nuclear war about to ignite, a scientist and his pilot friend plot to escape on an experimental spaceship.

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A Quality of Mercy
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7.80
216 votes

#25 - A Quality of Mercy

The Twilight Zone - Season 3 - Episode 15

A soldier gets a new perspective on war when he is forced to experience it from his enemy's point of view.

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I Am the Night - Color Me Black
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7.78
178 votes

#26 - I Am the Night - Color Me Black

The Twilight Zone - Season 5 - Episode 26

On the day an unpopular idealist is to be executed for the killing of a racist bully, the townsfolk are shocked to see the skies have turned pitch black.

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Where Is Everybody?
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7.76
1431 votes

#27 - Where Is Everybody?

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 1

Mike Ferris finds himself in a town strangely devoid of people. But despite the emptiness, he has the odd feeling that he's being watched...

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Mr. Garrity and the Graves
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7.75
117 votes

#28 - Mr. Garrity and the Graves

The Twilight Zone - Season 5 - Episode 32

Jared Garrity arrives in the Old West town of Happiness, Arizona, proclaiming he can revive the dead.

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The Cemetery
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7.72
166 votes

#29 - The Cemetery

Night Gallery - Season 1 - Episode 1

A black-sheep nephew murders his ailing uncle for the inheritance only to find some disturbing changes in the old man's painting of the family graveyard.

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People Are Alike All Over
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7.67
431 votes

#30 - People Are Alike All Over

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 25

When a space exploration crashes on Mars, the surviving passenger is surprised to find that Martians are human-looking, very friendly and apparently just like us...

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The Rip Van Winkle Caper
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7.66
280 votes

#31 - The Rip Van Winkle Caper

The Twilight Zone - Season 2 - Episode 24

Thieves put themselves into suspended animation for 100 years after hiding a million dollars worth of gold bars.

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The After Hours
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7.66
427 votes

#32 - The After Hours

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 34

A woman discovers that the floor of a department store, on which she bought a gold thimble, doesn't exist - and that her ""saleslady"" is really a mannequin!

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A Stop at Willoughby
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7.62
452 votes

#33 - A Stop at Willoughby

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 30

Riding home on the train one day, a man falls asleep and dreams it is 1880, and he is entering a small town called Willoughby.

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The Jeopardy Room
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7.61
161 votes

#34 - The Jeopardy Room

The Twilight Zone - Season 5 - Episode 29

Trying to defect, Major Ivan Kuchenko is trapped inside a hotel room with Commissar Vassiloff, a hitman, and Boris, his assistant, in the room across the street. Vassiloff has planted a bomb in the room and Ivan must find it within three hours or be blown to bits.

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What You Need
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7.58
589 votes

#35 - What You Need

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 12

A two-bit thug thinks he's found the key to a better life in an old sidewalk salesman who has the uncanny ability to tell people what they need the most.

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A Hundred Yards Over the Rim
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7.57
334 votes

#36 - A Hundred Yards Over the Rim

The Twilight Zone - Season 2 - Episode 23

In 1847 a western settler sets out to find medicine for his dying son - and stumbles into modern-day New Mexico.

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Judgment Night
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7.56
646 votes

#37 - Judgment Night

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 10

In 1942, a German wonders why he's on the deck of a British steamship, with no memory of how he got there, and an overwhelming sense of impending doom.

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The Fear
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7.56
148 votes

#38 - The Fear

The Twilight Zone - Season 5 - Episode 35

Two people in a remote cabin find signs of an extraterrestrial.

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Dust
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7.56
309 votes

#39 - Dust

The Twilight Zone - Season 2 - Episode 12

After selling the rope for a hanging, a conscienceless peddler tries to sell the condemned man's father a bag of "magic dust".

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You Can't Get Help like That Anymore
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7.56
16 votes

#40 - You Can't Get Help like That Anymore

Night Gallery - Season 2 - Episode 59

An abusive couple find that their latest robot maid is developing survival instincts.

One for the Angels
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7.54
1106 votes

#41 - One for the Angels

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 2

A street salesman cleverly eludes Death. But if he lives, a little girl must die in his place.

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Midnight Never Ends
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7.50
20 votes

#42 - Midnight Never Ends

Night Gallery - Season 2 - Episode 20

A motorist and a marine hitchhiker experience an uncanny sensation that they've shared previous experiences.

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Back There
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7.50
308 votes

#43 - Back There

The Twilight Zone - Season 2 - Episode 13

It's April 14, 1961. Peter Corrigan and friends are discussing time travel at their men's club, Corrigan suddenly becomes dizzy. When his head clears, he has somehow traveled back to April 14, 1865 - the date of Lincoln's assassination. Knowing what is about to happen, he tries to warn everyone at Ford's Theater before it's too late.

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The Dummy
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7.49
171 votes

#44 - The Dummy

The Twilight Zone - Season 3 - Episode 33

A ventriloquist is convinced that his dummy, Willie, is alive and evil. He makes plans for a new act with a new dummy: plans that Willie doesn't support!

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Of Late I Think of Cliffordville
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7.47
156 votes

#45 - Of Late I Think of Cliffordville

The Twilight Zone - Season 4 - Episode 14

A bored, wealthy businessman gets a chance to go back in time and start over, armed with all the knowledge he's acquired...an arsenal that's not as powerful as he thinks.

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The Trade-Ins
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7.44
140 votes

#46 - The Trade-Ins

The Twilight Zone - Season 3 - Episode 31

An elderly couple visit the New Life Corporation, hoping to transport their personalities into youthful artificial bodies.

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The Passersby
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7.44
254 votes

#47 - The Passersby

The Twilight Zone - Season 3 - Episode 4

On the road home from the Civil War, a Confederate soldier stops at a burned-out house and gets to know the owner, a recent widow.

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You Can Come Up Now, Mrs. Millikan
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7.42
23 votes

#48 - You Can Come Up Now, Mrs. Millikan

Night Gallery - Season 3 - Episode 5

A bungling inventor and his forgetful wife pool their ineptitude for an experiment in immortality.

A Most Unusual Camera
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7.40
278 votes

#49 - A Most Unusual Camera

The Twilight Zone - Season 2 - Episode 10

Chester Diedrich and his wife Paula, after burglarizing a curio shop, end up with a camera that takes pictures of events five minutes into the future.

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Mirror Image
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7.40
424 votes

#50 - Mirror Image

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 21

Millicent Barnes sees her double at a bus terminal.

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