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The 13 best Twilight Zone Episodes ( The Old Black and Whites) With a TZ QUIZ! Read over 3,000 times!


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A Spoiler free list!

Remember this show and all of the 4th of July and New Year's Marathons? Who could forget? The suspense, story composition, and of course the excellent acting, made this an unfogettable classic! Each episode was like a well crafted nightmare or a dream of some sort.

I am not going to say too much about each episode so the ending isn't spoiled. All of these can now be purchased in one big box set, or by the season. This show was a gem in the mud known as T.V. Land!

Those I left out- I will catch some flack for not including "To Serve Man" ( seriously, way too many people call this the best episode of them all. They gave away the ending far too soon, and the Kanamits had to duck when entering the rooms in a ship they built. This was far from the best!). "The Talking Doll". Talky Tina was cool, but I just didn't see this as being among the best 12. I almost included "The Fear", "The Masks",The Midnight Sun (A twisted story that tossed the world around. But what part of the Twilight Zone would the world land in?) and After Hours- (A young lady who was shopping in a department store noticed that something was out of place. Was it the store or her?) It was hard to leave those out! The Dummy- Cliff Robertson stars in this mind bender.Sometimes even comedians take their work too serious. Will work take this one too serious in return?

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Here are the 13 best!

13. Mr. Garrity and the Graves- Some gifts are a curse. Some gifts are a hoax. But in this twisted tale, can you figure out who the curse and who the hoax is on? The answer lies in the Twilight Zone!

12. Long Distance Call- Sometimes love gives and sometimes it tries to take. Keep that in mind before you answer the phone, for the one on the other end may be calling, from the Twilight Zone!

11. A Stop at Willoughby- Some times the rat race causes some to stop the world and try to get off. If you stop at Willougby, you may only get off through The Twilight Zone.

10. Eye of the beholder- We know how we see others, but how do others see us?

9. A Penny for Your Thoughts- Some thoughts are better not thought. Dick York goes from being Bewitched to being blessed, or cursed as it may be.

8. 5 Characters in search of an exit- This was intense and a great example of the human spirit, even from those who some wouldn't consider human.

7. Mr Bevis- Did you ever wonder why some of the most successful people, are the poorest? Find out why Mr. Bevis is!

6. The Little People- Are giants always the bigger person? No, not always...especially in the Twighlight Zone!

5. Terror at 20,000 ft.- What is worse than being in a plane crash? How about being the only one who knows or thinks it's coming?

4. Monsters are due on Maple Street- If you ever wanted to know how to spot a monster, you will soon find out, in the Twilight Zone.

3. The Obsolete Man- An outstanding study of the human condition, and one Superhuman condition...the one that makes some of us believers. Warning...this one was intense, disturbing, and leaves you thinking.

2. The Invaders- Agnes Moorehead stars in a strange tale with a surprise ending. Well, this is the Twilight Zone!

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1. Will the real Martian please stand up- In an effort to find an invading alien, two state troopers question tourists in a small diner. Is it the snob going to Boston, the actress, the old crackpot, the bus driver? Who is the one we should fear the most; who is the visitor from the Twilight Zone?

A tough TZ quiz. Warning: Some of these questions spoil an episode's ending.

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. In the old TZ episodes, which alien had 3 arms?
    • The Plutonian
    • Kanamit
    • Venitian
    • Martian
  2. Which actor held the record for being in (4) the most episodes of any actor?
    • James Best (Roscoe from the Dukes of Hazzard)
    • William Shatner
    • Bergiss Meredith (Rocky)
    • Jack Klugman (Quincy, Odd Couple)
  3. Which child actor was in an old episode?
    • Ron Howard
    • Michael Douglas
    • Kirt Douglas
    • Kirt Russell
  4. In the invaders, who played a giant?
    • Bergiss Meredith
    • Agnes Moorehead
    • Joy Harmon
    • Joan Crawford
  5. Roddy McDowell crashed on Mars and moved into what he thought was a house.What was it really?
    • A prison
    • An assylum
    • A zoo
    • A museum

Answer Key

  1. Martian
  2. Bergiss Meredith (Rocky)
  3. Ron Howard
  4. Agnes Moorehead
  5. A zoo

Interpreting Your Score

If you got between 0 and 1 correct answer: You have been served papers, in The Twighlight Zone!

If you got between 2 and 3 correct answers: You need to watch a marathon!

If you got 4 correct answers: You have been filed away under O for Okay.

If you got 5 correct answers: You are a Knight of Honor in...The Twighlight Zone!



MikeSyrSutton (author) from An uncharted galaxy on July 03, 2012:

Great input! Thanks!

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on July 03, 2012:

Yeah, it is that time again, isn't it. My favorite is the Agnes Moorhead episode, although William Shatner's plane ride is right up there. I didn't get the Martian question right and I saw that episode a few times. Guess I need to watch again. Rod Serling was an awesome science fiction writer and he was able to find others who were just as talented. They usually left you thinking what if? Thanks for the reminder!

MikeSyrSutton (author) from An uncharted galaxy on February 03, 2012:

Thanks Anthea!

So many love The Hitchhiker episode, and I thought it was ok. Tell me why you love it! I want to know. 8 )

Anthea Carson from Colorado Springs on February 03, 2012:

I love the twilight zone! My favorite is the hitchhiker

MikeSyrSutton (author) from An uncharted galaxy on January 28, 2011:

I couldn't get into the Hitchhiker, because it was weird and unexplained, and I shot an arrow into the air was good but predictable. The same can be said about the hunt.They were good episodes, but to make to the "Dark Dozen" the ending had to be a shocker or the episode had to be among the most gripping. THANKS for the input!

William Thomas from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things! on January 26, 2011:

Good Hub Mike SyrSutton.

I know all of those episodes and I agree with you about the black and white shows being the very best! I didn't like the series hosted by Forest Whitaker (even though I think he's a great actor). I felt like he was mocking Rod Serling. Voted up for awesome!

Take care.

Chris Merritt from Pendleton, Indiana on January 26, 2011:

Great Hub...I loved the twilight zone!

I recall most of those very well. My personal favorite is one called "The Hunt" an old-man and his dog, die during a coon-hunt, and find themselves at the gates of heaven. But, the dog knows better.

Thanks for the hub.

Rob from Oviedo, FL on January 26, 2011:

Good list. "The Twilight Zone" was such a great show. It was the first legitimate sci-fi series. Rod Serling masterminded some amazing stories. It's so hard to pick out a handful as the best. There were hardly any which weren't excellent.

What I loved about Twilight Zone is that it was more than a sci-fi anthology series (such as the revamps of the series were), it also had a moral to it. It was like Grimms fairy tales, where every story taught a lesson.

I don't blame you for not including "to Serve Man". Other than the famous twist ending, the episode as a whole wasn't all that special.

Some of my favorites were "Time Enough at Last", "I Shot an Arrow in the Air", "the Hitch Hicker", "A Nice Place to Visit", "A Stop at Willoughby", "Shadow Play", "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" and "the Obsolete Man".

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