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Barnes & Noble -Though cancelled in 1964, The Twilight Zone remains television's most treasured anthology program. The brainchild of writer/narrator Rod Serling -- no doubt inspired by the pulp comics, novels, and sci-fi films of his youth -- the series introduced its own special brand of weirdness to viewers on October 2, 1959. Five years followed, and The Twilight Zone went through the show business wringer as network executives tried to squeeze more profits from the already successful show. Experiments ranged from cutting costs with six episodes shot on videotape to dropping "The" from the series' title -- but no matter what, rave reviews continued, and every week loyal fans tuned in to enter the infamous dimension of sight, sound, and mind. Episodes included here are:
- "Judgment Night" Ep. 10, December 4, 1959: In 1942, a German Nehemiah Persoff 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.
- "The Purple Testament" Ep. 19, January 12, 1960: Lt. Fitzgerald has found his own special wartime hell. Looking into the faces of his men prior to battle, he has the disquieting ability to see who is about to die.
- "The Obsolete Man" Ep. 65, June 2, 1961: In a future state where religion and books have been banned, a librarian Burgess Meredith is judged obsolete by the Chancellor Fritz Weaver and sentenced to death.
- "A Quality of Mercy" Ep. 80, December 29, 1961: A soldier Dean Stockwell gets a new perspective on war when he is forced to experience it from the enemy's point of view.