A Critical History of Televisions the Twilight Zone, 1959-1964

A Critical History of Televisions the Twilight Zone, 1959-1964

by Don Presnell, Marty McGee


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Rod Serling's anthology series The Twilight Zone is recognized as one of the greatest television shows of all time. Always intelligent and thought-provoking, the show used the conventions of several genres to explore such universal qualities as violence, fear, prejudice, love, death, and individual identity.
This comprehensive reference work gives a complete history of the show, from its beginning in 1959 to its final 1964 season, with critical commentaries, incisive analyses, and the most complete listing of casts and credits ever published. Biographical profiles of writers and contributors are included, followed by detailed appendices, bibliography and index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786438860
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/18/2008
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Don Presnell, a former English instructor from Boone, North Carolina, is a freelance writer. Marty McGee is a writer and researcher who previously had an award-winning career in journalism. He lives in Purlear, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 5

Part I: History 9

Part II: The Episodes 29

Season One 31

Season Two 70

Season Three 99

Season Four 138

Season Five 159


1. Chronological List of Episodes 197

2. Writer Biographies 200

3. Principal Writers and Their Twilight Zone Credits 213

4. Directors and Their Twilight Zone Credits 218

5. Principal Actors and Their Twilight Zone Credits 222

6. Close… But No Zone: Stories Never Filmed 232

7. Rod Serling’s Lost Episodes 239

8. Genres, Themes, and Plot Devices 242

Notes 253

Bibliography 261

Index 267

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