Happy 50th Anniversary to ‘The Twilight Zone’!
On this day in 1959, Rod Serling and CBS introduced us to a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a
dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the
middle ground between light and shadow, between science and
superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit
of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area
which we call… the Twilight Zone.
The Twilight Zone ran for five seasons on CBS, then entered the dimension of infinite reruns to this very day– often with rerun marathons on July 4th and New Years Eve in local markets, a tradition that extends to its current home on the Syfy Channel. It won numerous Emmys and Writer’s Guild awards and spawned two series revivals, a movie, a song by Golden Earring, and countless other homages, and may be one of the most influential shows to air on television.
If you’re a fan, you can’t do better than the DVD compilations or Marc Scott Zicree’s Twilight Zone Companion. If you’ve never seen the show– how? Never mind, here’s the first episode for you on CBS’s web site.