this is how I spend every Fourth of July (and New Year’s Day, but that’s a different post):
i wake up early, claim the television in the name of science, set my DVR to record, and sit through back to back to back episodes of the original 30-minute 1959 Rod Serling Twilight Zone series. all day. and all night. sometimes, i’ll hear fireworks going off outside, but i don’t care. i don’t leave the couch. i sleep there. and then do it again the next day. and the next year. for the rest of my life.
haven’t i seen them all already, you ask?
HELL, YES! and I’ll see them all again next year.
of course, my favorite episodes change, but if you’re a Twilight Zone n00b, here are a few absolute, must-see classics, and when you can catch them on your TV.
(spoiler alert: not everything is as it seems.)
Stopover in a Quiet Town – 7/4, 1 p.m.
After drinking at a party, a couple wakes up in a town where there’s no trace of life.
The Invaders – 7/4, 6 p.m.
The story of a rural woman who battles to repel two alien spacecraft.
The Living Doll – 7/4, 7 p.m.
An unpleasant man is threatened – literally – my his step-daughter’s new talking doll.
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet – 7/4, 9 p.m.
Recovering from a breakdown, William Shatner thinks he sees a creature on the wing of his plane.
Time Enough at Last – 7/4, 9:30 p.m.
Bookworm Henry Bemis is the sole survivor of a nuclear Holocaust.
To Serve Man – 7/4, 10 p.m.
Apparently altruistic aliens arrive to abolish adversity.
A Stop at Willoughby – 7/4, 10:30 p.m.
A harried ad exec escapes stress in a dream of a sleepy town from the past.
Eye of the Beholder – 7/4, 11 p.m.
A woman with a bandaged face wonders if doctors have managed to fix her disfigurement.
The Obsolete Man – 7/4, 11:30 p.m.
In a totalitarian society, a librarian is condemned to death for being obsolete.
The Masks – 7/5, 1 a.m.
A dying millionaire makes his heirs wear grotesque masks to claim their inheritance.
It’s A Good Life – 7/5, 2 p.m.
The people of Peaksville bow in fear to a six-year-old boy.
A Penny for your Thoughts – 7/5, 3:30 a.m.
Bank clerk Henry Poole finds he can read others’ thoughts.
The Little People – 7/5, 4:30 a.m.
Two space pilots discover a tiny civilization.
all on SyFy. (check your local listings).
xo, SUNSHINE AND ANARCHY