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Scary Twilight Zone Episodes

Updated on November 23, 2014

Scary Twilight Zone Episodes

Rod Serling offered up a number of scary Twilight Zone episodes in his classic anthology science fiction series. Some of the Twilight Zone episodes I found the scariest were the ones that were most plausible. These fears were less about aliens or monsters going bump in the night, but the terrifying things human beings themselves can be driven to do.

The Twilight Zone initially ran on CBS from 1959-1964. It was revived twice since, once in 1985-1989 (CBS and syndication) and again on the UPN network in 2002. The original series is currently shown in the U.S. on Syfy and the 1985 series can be seen on the Chiller network.

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite scary Twilight Zone episodes over the years.

Twenty-Two - Originally Aired On February 10, 1961

The Twilight Zone: Season 2 [Blu-ray]
The Twilight Zone: Season 2 [Blu-ray]

The episode "Twenty-Two" revolves around a dancer who is in the hospital being treated for a nervous breakdown. She keeps having a nightmare about the hospital's morgue, in room 22, with a nurse who tells her "room for one more, honey". Her doctor and agent convince her that it is just a dream, and she eventually recovers enough to be released. Her flight home happens to be flight number 22, and the stewardess at the door is the nurse from her dreams. When the stewardess says the same thing to her, "room for one more, honey", she screams and runs back to the terminal. Minutes later, the plane takes off and explodes.

Talk about reaffirmation about the importance of trusting our inner voice....

 

I Shot An Arrow Into The Air - Originally Aired on January 15, 1960

The Twilight Zone: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
The Twilight Zone: Season 1 [Blu-ray]

I saw part of this episode when I was a little kid and it gave me nightmares for years. YEARS. It involves a spaceship crashing, and the astronauts who survived turning against each other in an effort to survive. One of the astronauts in particular is so desperate he kills his fellow astronauts so he can keep their water supply for himself. He climbs a ridge only to discover they didn't crash on an asteroid, or even another planet - they were in Nevada.

I don't know for sure why I found it so scary, but I suspect it had to do with the idea of another planet being Nevada, or vice versa. While the episode is not that scary in reality, I could not leave it off this list considering the sleepless nights it gave me when I was little.

 

It's A Good Life - Originally Aired On November 3, 1961

The Twilight Zone: Season 3
The Twilight Zone: Season 3

We will never know where the infamous cornfield referenced in the Twilight Zone episode, "It's A Good Life" is located. We will never know what this cornfield is like, beyond being one. What we do know is there is a little boy in town who can wish people into it. A little boy so magical he literally wished away everything from dogs to planes. And he will even do it to you if he doesn't like the thoughts he hears in your head!

 

Living Doll - Originally Aired On November 1, 1963

The Twilight Zone: Season 5
The Twilight Zone: Season 5

"Hello, my name is Talky Tina, and I don't think I like you." Imagine if your child's doll said that to you. Without pulling a string. As if the doll was alive. Well, this was the scariest doll before Chucky because she didn't need weapons to take down mean adults.

 

Did You Know?

Talky Tina was voiced by June Foray, best known for providing the voice to Rocky The Flying Squirrel and Cindy Lou Who in "How The Grinch Stole Christmas".

To Serve Man - Originally Aired On March 2, 1962

The Twilight Zone: Season 3 [Blu-ray]
The Twilight Zone: Season 3 [Blu-ray]

Never trust the aliens. Even when they seem nice, they have something up their sleeves. Be extra suspicious when said aliens are more than willing to help get us humans fat and happy.

Every time I see this episode, I wonder what happened to everyone in line behind the main guy when his colleague tells him that "To Serve Man...it's, it's a cookbook!"

 

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The Twilight Zone: The Complete Definitive Collection

The Twilight Zone: The Complete Definitive Collection
The Twilight Zone: The Complete Definitive Collection

If you are a fan of the original Twilight Zone series, your life will not be complete without this DVD box set. The extras are literally out of this world, including commentary tracks with numerous guest stars, interviews and appearances by Rod Serling, isolated music scores, and more!

 

Did You Know?

"The Time Element", Rod Serling's pilot script for "The Twilight Zone", was instead used by CBS for an anthology series called "The Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse" from producers Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz.

The Monsters Are on Maple Street - Originally aired on February 19, 2003

The Twilight Zone - The Complete Series (Season One)
The Twilight Zone - The Complete Series (Season One)

The UPN revival of The Twilight Zone remade and revisited a few episodes from the classic series. Their remake of "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street", with the tweaked title of "The Monsters Are On Maple Street", is actually an improvement from the original and even scarier. Originally, the story involved neighbors who become paranoid after a power outage is isolated to their street, followed by other bizarre events. They believe an alien is among them causing the issues and turn against each other with their accusations.

The remake removes the aliens by placing Maple Street in a post-9/11 world with the real fear of terrorists, and the even scarier notion of how easily everyday people can irrationally turn on each other when fear is a motivator.

 

Gramma - Originally Aired on February 14, 1986

The Twilight Zone: Season 1 (1985 - 1989)
The Twilight Zone: Season 1 (1985 - 1989)

This story, originally written by Stephen King and adapted for The Twilight Zone by Harlan Ellison, is as scary as you would expect from Stephen King. The story centers around a little boy played by Barrett Oliver of "The Neverending Story" fame, who is terrified of his dying grandmother. His mother has to leave him home alone with her. He vows to be brave about it. While alone with her, he learns she is really a witch, adding to his fear. She passes away that afternoon, or so the boy thinks....

 

The Twilight Zone My Next Stop License Plate Frame

Make your next stop The Twilight Zone! Awesome Twilight Zone License Plate Frame from Bif Bang Pow! Says "My Next Stop... The Twilight Zone"! Make your next stop The Twilight Zone! with this awesome Twilight Zone License Plate Frame from Bif Bang Pow! The black, standard-sized plate holder measures approximately 12 1/4-inches wide x 6 1/4-inches tall, is made of injection-molded plastic, and features white printing that says "My Next Stop... The Twilight Zone"! "You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead. Your next stop... the Twilight Zone." (Spoken by Rod Serling at the beginning of each The Twilight Zone episode.)

The Twilight Zone Ceramic Coaster 8-Pack

Protect your furniture while you journey into The Twilight Zone! Eight beautiful, eye-catching coasters. Based on Rod Serling's enduring The Twilight Zone TV series. Include iconic images from the show, plus quotes you're sure to remember! Protect your furniture while you journey into" The Twilight Zone! Derived from Rod Serling's immortal The Twilight Zone TV series, these beautiful, eye-catching coasters are made of ceramic, have felt pads on the bottom, and measure 4 1/4-inches tall x 4 1/4-inches wide. The set includes 8 dishwasher-safe coasters, each featuring a different iconic image or symbol from the show, the Twilight Zone logo, and a quote you're sure to remember! Quotes include: "You unlock this door with the key of imagination." "You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance." "Beyond is another dimension." "A dimension of sight." "A dimension of sound." "A dimension of mind." "Of things and ideas." "You've just crossed over into..." "You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead. Your next stop... the Twilight Zone." (Spoken by Rod Serling at the beginning of each The Twilight Zone episode.)

The Twilight Zone 15 oz. Travel Mug

Quench your thirst for The Twilight Zone! 15 oz. mug based on Rod Serling's enduring The Twilight Zone TV series. Carry the iconic show with you wherever you go. Drink up, Twilight Zone devotees! Quench your thirst for The Twilight Zone! This super-cool Twilight Zone Travel Mug lets you carry the iconic TV series with you wherever you go, and drink up whenever you wish. Well crafted of ceramic with a stainless-steel liner and a gasket-sealed lid that closes tight, the 7-inch tall, 15 oz. white mug features black printing that says "Leave me alone. I'm in The Twilight Zone." and the show's logo. Drink up, Twilight Zone devotees! "You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead. Your next stop... the Twilight Zone." (Spoken by Rod Serling at the beginning of each The Twilight Zone episode.)

The Twilight Zone Magnets 8-Pack

Adorn your refrigerator with The Twilight Zone! Eight beautiful, eye-catching magnets. Based on Rod Serling's enduring The Twilight Zone TV series. Include iconic images from the show, plus the show's logo! Adorn your refrigerator with The Twilight Zone! Derived from Rod Serling's immortal The Twilight Zone TV series, these beautiful, eye-catching magnets measure approximately 3-inches wide x 2-inches tall. The set includes 8 rectangular magnets, each featuring a different iconic image from the show, plus the Twilight Zone logo. You'll get attached to these! "You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead. Your next stop... the Twilight Zone." (Spoken by Rod Serling at the beginning of each The Twilight Zone episode.)

The Twilight Zone Rod Serling Tin Tote

Fantastic Rod Serling Tin Tote! Based on Rod Serling's enduring The Twilight Zone TV series. Features series-specific black-and-white artwork and a famous quote. It's a terrific collectible that makes a great gift for Twilight Zone fans! Entertainment Earth Comic-Con Debut! Bif Bang Pow!'s wonderful line based on Rod Serling's iconic The Twilight Zone TV series continues with this fantastic Rod Serling Tin Tote! Featuring series-specific black-and-white artwork that includes the show's creator himself, it also highlights a famous quote any fan will instantly recognize. The metal lunch box measures 8 5/8-inches wide x 6 3/4-inches tall x 4-inches deep. It's a terrific collectible that makes a great gift for any Twilight Zone admirer! Limited edition of 1,500 pieces. "You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead. Your next stop... the Twilight Zone." (Spoken by Rod Serling at the beginning of each The Twilight Zone episode.)

The Twilight Zone Mystic Seer Replica

Incredible Mystic Seer Replica based on the The Twilight Zone TV series! Authentic, functioning reproduction from the episode "Nick of Time" that starred William Shatner. Working coin mechanism, dispenses "fortunes," and more! Life-size replica features excellent, series-true detail. Can't you just see this in your living room or office? This incredible, super-deluxe reproduction is an authentic, functioning replica of the Mystic Seer featured in the legendary The Twilight Zone episode "Nick of Time" that starred William Shatner. Complete with napkin holder and menu holder-- just like in the show-- it features a working coin mechanism and even dispenses "fortunes"! Meticulously crafted of polystone and steel, the life-size Mystic Seer Replica is a colorful replication that measures about 13 1/2-inches tall x 7 1/2-inches wide x 6-inches long. It's a limiied edition of just 600 individually numbered pieces that comes with a certificate of authenticity. Can't you just see this in your living room or office? Not for commercial use. "You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead. Your next stop... the Twilight Zone." (Spoken by Rod Serling at the beginning of each The Twilight Zone episode.)

What Twilight Zone Episode Scared You Most?

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      To Serve Man was a true classic and just an incredible twist at the end. Talky Tina was freaky as all get out! But I think I enjoyed Nightmare At 20,000 Feet the most. Always hated to fly at night, scared at what I might see if I looked out the window...

      Nice hub here, I really enjoyed it.

      Mike

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      By the way, you were my 900th squid like! Talk about cool! Have a fun day! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Your cool lens would be great for the new Squidoo Sci-Fi Theme ~ check it out! B : )

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Very interesting article, nice job! Squidlike

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Loved this show!

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Fantastic stuff. Rod Serling was way ahead of his time! Blessed

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      jaartist29 5 years ago

      Very nice reinterpretation of the classic series! They always seem to keep their edge!

      Are those your magnet and travel mug products!

      And thanks for the Serling deja vu!

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      jaartist29 5 years ago

      Very nice reinterpretation of the classic series. Are the travel mug and the magnets your own products? Keep up the good work!

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      NickyT LM 5 years ago

      Whenever I am flipping through channels and bump into a Twilight Zone episode, I just have to watch it. Timeless shows.

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      zentao 5 years ago

      great lens. My favorite episode was the one where the guys the last man in the world. He is actually at first excited because he realizes he has time to read all the books he never had a chance to read. While he's collecting his huge stack of books and is just getting ready to sit down and enjoy them his thick glasses break and he's unable to see anything. I love the irony of it!

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I love this show! My favorite episode is with William Shatner, in which he "sees" a monster on the wing of the airplane. A lot of future stars got their starts on this show. It's certainly one of the classics.

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      I used to like watching the reruns late at night when I couldn't sleep, but don't remember the names of the episodes. That was a long time ago. Nice lens though.*Blessed*

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      christopherwell 5 years ago

      I'd pick "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" and "It's a Good Life"

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      Rhidawn 5 years ago

      I absolutely love the twilight zone! I was so excited when they finally put them on netflix! LoL I think the episode that scared me is "The Midnight Sun". The one where Earth has move too close to the sun and everyone is basically doomed because the heat just keeps rising..then dum dum dum its actually the exact opposite.Earth has moved to far away from the sun and everyone is freezing

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      Phew, I find most of them scary!