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Twilight Zone: “The Arrival” [Season 3, Episode 2] / Z-View

Twilight Zone: “Two” [Season 3, Episode 2]
Original Air Date: September 22, 1961

Director: Boris Sagal

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Harold J. Stone, Fredd Wayne and Noah Keen.


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When a commercial plane lands at an airport and is found to be empty of passengers and crew, it is up to Federal Aviation Investigator Grant Sheckly to discover what happened.

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Twilight Zone: “Two” [Season 3, Episode 1] / Z-View

Twilight Zone: “Two” [Season 3, Episode 1]
Original Air Date: September 15, 1961

Director: Montgomery Pittman

Writer: Montgomery Pittman

Starring: Charles Bronson and Elizabeth Montgomery.


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Bronson and Montgomery play two soldiers who have survived an apocalyptic battle.  Everyone else in the city [maybe the world] is dead.  For five years each of the soldiers has been struggling to survive.  Then they discover each other… and the fact that they from opposing armies.

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Twilight Zone: “The Obsolete Man” [Season 2, Episode 29] / Z-View

Twilight Zone: “The Obsolete Man” [Season 2, Episode 29]
Original Air Date: June 2, 1961

Director: Elliott Silverstein

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Burgess Meredith, Fritz Weaver and Josip Elic.


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In a future totalitarian world, the government eliminates those who are no longer useful.  Romeny Wordsworth [Meredith], a librarian is determined to be obsolete and given a date for extermination.  What chance does this meek little man have against the will of the government?

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Twilight Zone: “Will the Real Martian, Please Stand Up?” [Season 2, Episode 28] / Z-View

Twilight Zone: “Will the Real Martian, Please Stand Up?” [Season 2, Episode 28]
Original Air Date: May 26, 1961

Director: Montgomery Pittman

Writer: Charles Beaumont

Starring: John Hoyt, Jean Willes, Jack Elam, Barney Phillips, John Archer, William Kendis, Morgan Jones, Gertrude Flynn, Bill Erwinn, Jill Ellis and Ron Kipling.


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On a dark, snowy night, two deputies respond to a call about a crashed spaceship.  Tracks lead to a remote dinner where seven bus passengers and the diner’s owner are waiting out the storm.  The funny thing is there were only supposed to be six passengers on the bus and strange things are starting to happen at the dinner.  Coincidence or is there an alien among them?

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Twilight Zone: “The Mind and the Matter” [Season 2, Episode 27] / Z-View

Twilight Zone: “The Mind and the Matter” [Season 2, Episode 27]
Original Air Date: May 12, 1961

Director: Buzz Kulik

Writer: Charles Beaumont

Starring:  Shelley Berman, Jack Grinnage and Chet Stratton.

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Archibald Beechcroft [Berman] goes to work every day hating the ride in with all the people.  Once at work Beechcraft is irritated by his co-workers.  Then the ride home again among so many people.  Beechcroft feels like a cog in a broken wheel until he develops the power to make everyone disappear or be exactly like him.

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Twilight Zone: “The Silence” [Season 2, Episode 25] / Z-View

Twilight Zone: “The Silence” [Season 2, Episode 25]
Original Air Date: April 28, 1961

Director: Boris Sagal

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring:  Franchot Tone, Liam Sullivan, and Cyril Delevanti .

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Jamie Tennyson [Sullivan] loves to hear himself talk.  He has an opinion or story on or about anything.  He never shuts up.  Colonel Taylor [Tone] can no longer take the constant chatter so he bets Tennyson a fortune that Tennyson can’t go a year without talking.

The bet is made — Tennyson will live in a room at the club where he will be under constant watch.  As the months roll on and it begins to look like Tennyson might make it, Taylor goes to lengths to get him to talk… ah, but Tennyson has a trick of his own.

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Twilight Zone: “Shadow Play” [Season 2, Episode 26] / Z-View

Twilight Zone: “Shadow Play” [Season 2, Episode 26]
Original Air Date: May 5, 1961

Director: John Brahm

Writer: Charles Beaumont

Starring:  Dennis Weaver, Harry Townes and Wright King.

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When convicted murder, Adam Grant [Weaver], is sentenced to die he begins to scream that he won’t be killed again and that if he is, he will come back and it is they who will die.  A newspaper man begins to believe Grant and if what Grant says is true, if Grant dies, everyone dies.

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Twilight Zone: “The Rip Van Winkle Caper” [Season 2, Episode 24] / Z-View

Twilight Zone: “The Rip Van Winkle Caper” [Season 2, Episode 24]
Original Air Date: April 21, 1961

Director: Justus Addiss

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring:  Simon Oakland, Oscar Beregi Jr., Lew Gallo and John Mitchum.

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Four thieves steal a million dollars in gold.  Their plan is to sleep in suspended animation for 100 years and be rich when they wake up.  Of course they forgot to take into account mechanical malfunction, human greed and that they are in the Twilight Zone.

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “100 Yards Over the Rim”

Twilight Zone: “100 Yards Over the Rim” [Season 2, Episode 23]
Original Air Date: April 7, 1961

Director: James Sheldon

Writer: Charles Beaumont

Starring:  Cliff Robertson, John Crawford, Evans Evans and Edward Platt.

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Christian Horn [Robertson] is leading a wagon train out west in 1847.  Horn’s son is burning up with a high fever and unless some water is found he may die.  Horn leaves the wagon train to search for water.  When he goes over a dune he finds himself in modern times.

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “Long Distance Call”

Twilight Zone: “Long Distance Call” [Season 2, Episode 22]
Original Air Date: March 31, 1961

Director: James Sheldon

Writer: Charles Beaumont

Starring:  Philip Abbott, Lili Darvas, Patricia Smith and Billy Mummy.

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Billy Bayles [Mummy] receives a toy phone from his grandmother [Darvas] as a birthday gift.  Grandma and Billy claim that the phone will always keep them in touch.  After Grandma dies, Billy says she still talks to him on the phone.  His parents don’t believe him until…

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “The Prime Mover” [Season 2, Episode 21]

Twilight Zone: “The Prime Mover” [Season 2, Episode 21]
Original Air Date: March 24, 1961

Director: Richard L. Bare

Writer: Charles Beaumont

Starring:  Dane Clark, Buddy Ebsen and Christine White.

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Ace Larson [Clark] and his buddy, Jimbo Cobb [Ebson] own a small diner.  While they are getting by, they ain’t gettin’ rich.  Larson hopes to save enough money to marry his girl [White] but the outlook isn’t rosy… until Larson learns his pal Cobb has telekinetic powers!

Larson convinces Cobb to go to Vegas so they can “earn” enough money for him to wed, but greed gets in the way…

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “Static” [Season 2, Episode 20]

Twilight Zone: “Static” [Season 2, Episode 20]
Original Air Date: March 10, 1961

Director: Buzz Kulik

Writer: Charles Beaumont from a story by Oceo Ritch

Starring:  Dean Jagger, Carmen Mathews and Robert Emhardt.

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Ed Lindsay [Jagger], living in a boarding house with other tenants (including a woman he almost married) has, over the years, turned into a mean old man.  Things begin to change when Lindsay begins listening to an vintage radio and hears a radio station that has been off the air for over a decade.

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “Mr. Dingle, the Strong” [Season 2, Episode 19]

Twilight Zone: “Mr. Dingle, The Strong” [Season 2, Episode 19]
Original Air Date: March 3, 1961

Director: John Brahm

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring:  Burgess Meredith, James Westerfield and Eddie Ryder.

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Luther Dingle [Meredith] spends most evenings at the local pub trying to relax with a beer.  Sadly Dingle is often called to settle ever-escalating arguments between another patron and the bartender.  Somehow Dingle always ends up the loser.

Invisible aliens visiting our planet see what is happening to Dingle and decide to give him super strength.  Dingle becomes a local celebrity… for a while.

Burgess Meredith saves this episode.

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “The Odyssey of Flight 33” [Season 2, Episode 18]

Twilight Zone: “The Odyssey of Flight 33” [Season 2, Episode 18]
Original Air Date: February 24, 1961

Director: Justus Addiss

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: John Anderson, Paul Comi and Sandy Kenyon.

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Flight 33 from London to New York appears to be a routine flight until they hit some strange turbulence that rockets the plane to dangerous speeds.  When the plane is free of the turbulence all returns to normal… or so it seems until it is time to land.

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “22” [Season 2, Episode 17]

Twilight Zone: “22” [Season 2, Episode 17]
Original Air Date: February 3, 1961

Director: Jack Smight

Writer: Bennett Cerf

Starring: Barbara Nichols, Jonathon Harris, and Arlene Martel.

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While recovering in the hospital, Liz Powell [Nichols] has a recurring nightmare where she ends up in a morgue.  Fearing that this is a vision she is going to die, Powell tells the dream to her manager and her doctor.  Both men laugh it off as her being tired from overwork.

When Powell finally begins to piece together what the dream means, it may be too late…

 

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