May 11 – Twilight Zone Day

Posted May 11, 2015

For five years, audiences loved taking a weekly journey into another dimension – a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of the mind, of the imagination.

Cue the haunting music...

Next stop, The Twilight Zone!

As a a boy, Rod Serling was a big fan of pulp fiction magazines, inexpensive publications printed on cheap paper, chock full of exciting stories. As an adult, Serling wanted to comment on racism and other important issues, on government and society. So he brilliantly combined the two and created the TV show The Twilight Zone.

Serling not only created the series, he wrote and narrated the stories.

Each episode was an unrelated story; there were no continuing characters. In that way, The Twilight Zone was more like Serling's boyhood magazines and less like most TV series today. His show premiered on October 1, 1959.

At first, the show was so different than anything else, it struggled to find an audience. But soon there was a large and enthusiastic audience and raves from reviewers. The show's success led to a movie, a radio series, a comic book, a magazine, a board game, a Disney ride, stage productions, and countless reruns.

There were even two revivals of the series – not as popular as the first. There are rumors, even, that the show will come back for yet another revival, soon...

The original series starred some now-familiar
faces - actors at the beginning of their careers.
Burt Reynolds, Leonard Nimoy, and William
Shatner (shown here) are just a few...
The Twilight Zone was...

One of the staples of horror movies:
Creepy, creepy dolls.
...drama, psychological thriller, suspense, horror, fantasy, and science fiction...

Some people think that “science fiction” is basically about space travel and aliens, but of course any fiction about the future can lay claim to the title. Also, fiction about the “right now,” alternative timelines, and even the past can be considered science fiction. Really, sci-fi is the literature of the “what if?”

And The Twilight Zone was definitely what-if-?-ic. 

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