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The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time 

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List Rules Best Twilight Zone episodes of all time, no matter how popular they are.

List of the best The Twilight Zone episodes, as determined by voters like you. Rod Serling created The Twilight Zone as an anthology showcase of some of science fiction's greatest stories. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top classic Twilight Zone episodes of all time are. Fans of The Twilight Zone are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest, and which ones missed the mark. Vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

You can vote on all of these original Twilight Zone episodes, from "The Dummy" to "To Serve Man". What is the best The Twilight Zone episode of all time? Look below and find out, and if you're a true fan, be sure to check out our list of the best NEW Twilight Zone episodes, as well as our list of other shows like The Twilight Zone.

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The Eye of the Beholder ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 6, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 2

Original Airing: Nov 11 1960

A young woman undergoes ""experimental treatments"" in an attempt to make her appear ""normal"".
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To Serve Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 24, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 3

Original Airing: Mar 02 1962

"To Serve Man" is episode 89 of the anthology series The Twilight Zone. It originally aired on March 2, 1962 on CBS. The story is based on the 1950 short story "To Serve ...more
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Nightmare at 20,000 Feet... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 3, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 5

Original Airing: Oct 11 1963

Mr. Wilson believes he sees a gremlin on the wing of his commercial aircraft.
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The Monsters Are Due on ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 22, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 1

Original Airing: Mar 04 1960

Paranoia strikes the residents of Maple Street when they believe human-looking aliens have invaded the neighborhood.
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The Masks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 25, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 5

Original Airing: Mar 20 1964

A dying man demands his family wear masks that he's given them at a Mardi Gras party.
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Time Enough at Last is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 8, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 1

Original Airing: Nov 20 1959

A bank teller, obsessed with reading, finds himself alone after a nuclear blast.
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Will the Real Martian Pl... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 64, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 2

Original Airing: May 26 1961

State troopers follow tracks from an unidentified flying object to a diner where they try to determine which of the seven bus passengers stranded inside is really a Martian.
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Living Doll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 6, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 5

Original Airing: Nov 01 1963

Erich is displeased when his wife buys an expensive doll for his step-daughter. He becomes even more displeased when the doll tells him it doesn't like him!
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A Stop at Willoughby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 30, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 1

Original Airing: May 06 1960

"A Stop at Willoughby" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. Rod Serling cited this as his favorite story from the first season of the series.
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It's a Good Life is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 8, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 3

Original Airing: Nov 03 1961

Little Anthony Fremont controls an entire town with his ability to read minds and make people do as he wishes. Which is a real good thing.
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The Midnight Sun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 75, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 3

Original Airing: Nov 17 1961

The Earth's orbit has been changed, drawing ever closer to the sun and promising eminent destruction.
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The After Hours is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 34, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 1

Original Airing: Jun 10 1960

"The After Hours" is episode thirty-four of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It originally aired on June 10, 1960 on CBS.
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The Hitch-Hiker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 16, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 1

Original Airing: Jan 22 1960

A man is annoyed by two tenacious people he believes to be evangelists and refuses to listen to their claims that the day is Armageddon, but as it transpires the day is Armageddon, and the ...more
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Nick of Time is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 7, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 2

Original Airing: Nov 18 1960

A superstitious newlywed becomes obsessed by a penny fortune-telling machine when he and his new wife are stranded with car trouble.
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Where Is Everybody? is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 1, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 1

Original Airing: Oct 02 1959

Mike Ferris finds himself in a town strangely devoid of people. But despite the emptiness, he has the odd feeling that he's being watched...
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The Invaders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 15, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 2

Original Airing: Jan 27 1961

An old woman in an isolated farmhouse encounters tiny, hostile aliens.
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Five Characters in Searc... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 14, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 3

Original Airing: Dec 22 1961

A hobo, clown, bagpipe player, ballerina and military officer are trapped in a huge cylinder.
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The Howling Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 5, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 2

Original Airing: Nov 04 1960

A man, on a walking trip of Europe, gets caught in a storm. He finds remote monastery that contains a prisoner.
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The Obsolete Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 29, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 2

Original Airing: Jun 02 1961

In a future state where religion and books have been banned, a librarian (Burgess Meridith) is judged obsolete by the Chancellor (Fritz Weaver) and sentenced to death.
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The Lonely is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 7, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 1

Original Airing: Nov 13 1959

Corry, a man stranded on an asteroid after being convicted of a crime, receives a present of a robot who looks and sounds like a real woman.
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The Dummy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 33, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 3

Original Airing: May 04 1962

A ventriloquist is convinced that his dummy, Willie, is alive and evil. He makes plans for a new act with a new dummy: plans that Willie doesn't support!
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People Are Alike All Ove... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 25, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 1

Original Airing: Mar 25 1960

When a space exploration crashes on Mars, the surviving passenger is surprised to find that Martians are human-looking, very friendly and apparently just like us...
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A Hundred Yards Over the... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 23, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 2

Original Airing: Apr 07 1961

In 1847 a western settler sets out to find medicine for his dying son - and stumbles into modern-day New Mexico.
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Number 12 Looks Just Lik... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 17, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 5

Original Airing: Jan 24 1964

"Number 12 Looks Just Like You" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.
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Walking Distance is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Twilight Zone Episodes of All Time
Episode: 5, Season: The Twilight Zone Season 1

Original Airing: Oct 30 1959

"Walking Distance" is episode five of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It originally aired on October 30, 1959 on CBS. The episode was listed as the ninth ...more