23 Must See Twilight Zone Episodes Before Watching The Revival

The Twilight Zone ran for 5 seasons from 1959-1964 and was revived for the first time in 1985-1989, the second revival in 2002-2003, and most recently, Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone has just begun to release episodes on the first of April. The new series is being released on CBS All Access (looks like I need to make an account!)

With the excitement of the show being revived again, and by none other than Jordan Peele, I wanted to reflect upon the original episodes.

This amazing show tackled a variety of topics which are still topics of discussion to this day such as:

-Beauty standards

-Twisted justice/vengeance

-Accepting death

-Parallel universes

-Be careful what you wish for

-Can you fight fate?

-Artificial intelligence

-Humans are the real monsters

-Time travel

Note: This top list only includes episodes from seasons 1,2,3, and 5. Unfortunately, I can not include season 4 in my list because it is not available to view on Netflix.

A Penny For Your Thoughts (Season 2, Episode 16)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUhthnDQLiU

"Gaining telepathic abilities when his coin lands on its edge, bank clerk Hector B. Poole learns the difference between people's plans and fantasies."

-Netflix's episode description

A Stop At Willoughby (Season 1, Episode 30)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf1jD0Z5L6M

"While napping on the train home, a harried adman dreams of Willoughby, a Utopian 1880 town, then gets a chance to make Willoughby his final last stop."

-Netflix's episode description

The Jeopardy Room (Season 5, Episode 29)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMMs7d31Q5E

"A defector is trapped in a hotel room and given 3 hours to find a hidden bomb."

-Netflix's episode description

Nightmare At 20,000 Feet (Season 5, Episode 3)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6gv2_KhiOg

"A man, newly recovered from a nervous breakdown, becomes convinces that a monster only he sees is damaging the plane he's flying in."

-Netflix's episode description

The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street (Season 1, Episode 22)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT4N6QqGsSI

"On a peaceful suburban street, strange occurences and mysterious people stroke the residents' paranoia to a disastrous intensty."

-Netflix's episode description

One For The Angels (Season 1, Episode 2)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1tzL0QZlKI

"When Death informs salesman Lou that he'll die at midnight, Lou talks Death into a stay of execution to make a final, seemingly perfect sales pitch."

-Netflix's episode description

The Rip Van Winkle Caper (Season 2, Episode 24)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mpIzO30SSE

"After a successful gold heist, the criminals and a scientist cohort put themselves in suspended animation. Decades later, they have a rude awakening."

-Netflix's episode description

The 7th Is Made Up Of Phantoms (Season 5, Episode 10)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTYcOIjJDK8

"Three 1960s National Guard soldiers on maneuvers near the Little Big Horn battle site find themselves unwittingly involved in Custer's last stand."

-Netflix's episode description

The Hunt (Season 3, Episode 19)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69F1SxicAZ4

"Upon returning from a coon hunt, Hyder Simpson discovers that no one can see or hear him because he has passed on."

-Netflix's episode description

The Passerby (Season 3, Episode 4)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09oC4MTTvi8

"Near the end of the Civil War, a sergeant stops at the remains of the home of Lavinia Godwin, who's been watching wounded soldiers parade by."

-Netflix's episode description

The Man In The Bottle (Season 2, Episode 2)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bGbRUALaFk

A couple's luck turns when a genie springs from a bottle in their antique shop. He grants them four wishes but warns, "be careful what they wish for."

-Netflix's episode description

Living Doll (Season 5, Episode 6)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hfTP-LgW8E

A father does battle with his stepdaughter's talking doll, whose vocabulary includes such phrased as "I hate you" and "I'm going to kill you."

-Netflix's episode description

A Most Unusual Camera (Season 2, Episode 10)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hshN_LImdBU

"When three dum-dum crooks get ahold of a camera that takes pictures of the guture, they set out to make a quick fortune with their new toy."

-Netflix's episode description

The Shelter (Season 3, Episode 3)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TghYXxm3wq8

"As a neighborhood scrambles to prepare for an impending nuclear attack, everyone turns against the one family that installed a bomb shelter."

-Netflix's episode description

What You Need (Season 1, Episode 12)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIsm97HL0EU

"When a crook learns that a psychic peddler is selling people items they'll need in the future, he attempts to exploit the gift, with dubious results."

-Netflix's episode description

To Serve Man (Season 3, Episode 24)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5NWCD7D5n8

"An alien race comes to earth, promising peace and sharing technology. A linguist and his team set out to translate the aliens' language."

-Netflix's episode description

Execution (Season 1, Episode 26)

"In 1880, as outlaw Joe is about to be hanged, he's teleported to the future by a scientist, who gets a rude surprise when he tries to send Joe back."

-Netflix's episode description

Nick Of Time (Season 2, Episode 7)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=405IKLIMvJo

"A pair of newlyweds stopping in a small town are trapped by their own superstition when playing a fortune telling machine at a local diner."

-Netflix's episode description

The Midnight Sun (Season 3, Episode 10)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCEWd7usi_M

"When the Earth falls out of orbit, two women try to cope with the increasingly oppressive heat in a nearly abandoned city."

-Netflix's episode description

Little Girl Lost (Season 3, Episode 26)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcFmIIiixrA

"Awoken by the cries of his daughter, a father enters the girl's room to find she's vanished -- even though he can still hear her crying out for help."

-Netflix's episode description

Back There (Season 2, Episode 13)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clTlP_yB9jk

"After debating whether time travel can change history, a prominent Washington man finds himself in 1865, on the night President Lincoln will be shot."

-Netflix's episode description

Mirror Image (Season 1, Episode 21)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVSOCbXzdO0

"While waiting in a bus station, Millicent Barnes has the strange feeling that her doppelganger is trying to take over her life."

-Netflix's episode description

An Occurrence At Owl Creek

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByOlA8fQTbw

"It is the end of the Civil War and Union troops have occupied the South. They are going to execute a Southern resistance fighter."

-Netflix's episode description

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