Yesterday was New Year’s Day, which meant that I got to enjoy SyFy Channel’s annual ‘Twilight Zone’ marathon once again, even though I’ve seen most every episode multiple times…  Even fifty years later, I’m pleasantly surprised to see how well the episodes hold up, as each iconic Twilight Zone moment brings back a frisson of fear, a bit of the arcane or at least an entertaining bit of dialogue.  Even the worst of them (in case you’re wondering, that would be Season 5’s “Come Wander With Me“, though “Black Leather Jackets” is another sack of doorknobs) presents a fascinating bit of broadcast television history, and the best are celebrations not only of classic television, but of humanity itself.  Plus, it’s also a scream to try to figure out where else you know the actors from, which in turn begs today’s Fifth Dimensional query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is torn between poor Burgess Meredith’s broken glasses and the reveal of what’s really going on at the end of ‘Eye Of The Beholder’, with panicking Ellie Mae Clampett, asking: What’s the most iconic Twilight Zone moment of them all?

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4 Comments

  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    The most iconic would probably be “You have entered… the Twilight Zone. dooduhdoodoo dooduhdoodoo.”

    In my youth though, it was that bit with Dan Aykroyd “Want to see something scary?”

  2. First thing that came to mind was Shatner tossing the curtain open and coming face to face with the gremlin. I wonder how many childhoods were ruined by that scene back in the day

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