Top Ten Twilight Zone Episodes

Mike Matei / September 16th, 2009


  • April 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I definitely should give some of these episodes a watch whenever they’re on the SyFy network!

    Have you thought about talking about anything else Twilight Zone-related? For example, there’s the 1983 Twilight Zone movie, Rod Serling co-writing the original Planet of the Apes, and the Tower of Terror ride at Disneyland!

  • bacondude1985

    April 13, 2010 at 2:06 am

    After I saw this video, I went on YouTube to see if I could watch any of these episodes and I found a guy had loaded most of them up. Check out father Mckenzie’s youtube channel. Here’s the link: it’s fucking awesome to get to watch them all:

  • Shikster

    April 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    My favorite episode is with Burgess Meredith as the bank teller…who loves to read.

  • Austintayeshus

    April 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Hey James—

    I have been following you for a long time as the Angry Video Game Nerd and have found, through your other videos, we have a lot of common ground and similar interests. I’m pretty sure we are about the same age, so maybe that has something to do with it. In any case, you can articulate very well and speak for a lot us who had similar experiences growing up in the tail end of the 80’s and the bulk of the 90’s.

    I’m responding to this video specifically, because I would be extremely curious to see what you thought of Rod Serling’s post-Twilight Zone series, Night Gallery. It’s obviously an abomination compared to the Twilight Zone, but I kind of like it for the complete camp value of the entire thing. Literally, a case of something being so bad it’s good.

    Well anyway, keep up the good work and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a Night Gallery overview sometime in the future.


  • RGSagastume

    May 2, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    im only seventeen so id never seen the twilight zone before. i saw this, watched a couple episodes and now im hooked. im angry id never watched it before its sooo good

  • IdealIdeas91

    May 10, 2010 at 12:51 am

    have every episode downloaded! i think im about 1/3 the way at seeing em all. although i have been watching it on the scifi channel for awhile.

  • WatchmenFTW

    June 21, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Anthony Fremont scares the s**t out of me!!! It’s like if the Antichrist did actually come to Earth and he was around 6 years old.

  • ponyboy556

    June 24, 2010 at 9:06 am

    every new years i watch the bigass marathon of the twilight zone the channel never leaves the sci-fi channel only for the last five mins i watch the news the see the eastern countdown!

  • pcgamer176

    July 4, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Hey James, gotta say I’m a big fan. I’m glad I dont have to limit myself to just watching your entertaining game reviews which first got me hooked, but I like how I can perfectly relate to your good taste in old movies and tv shows. I love watching your reviews and I’m thinking about donating some games as well.

    Speaking of good tv shows from the 60s. There is one show that I liked called Get Smart. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, and I’ve been watching the episodes on VHS ever since I was seven. I also reccomend The Prisoner series, The show can be pretty demented at times, but it is very interesting to watch.

  • ZeroTheHero

    July 6, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Some of my favorite episodes not included in the vid: The Long Morrow, An Occurrence at Owl Creek, Number 12 Looks Just Like You, The Bewitchin’ Pool, To Serve Man, I Am the Night, Time Enough At Last, Midnight Sun. Such a great show.

  • beatles101

    July 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Have u ever seen Johnny Bravo. the parody the cornfield thing and the killer doll

  • acceptedignorance

    August 2, 2010 at 2:12 am

    this show and rod sterling were both truly ahead of their time
    undeniably a very innovative and original series

  • acceptedignorance

    August 2, 2010 at 2:18 am

    i especially like #9 btw due to burgess meredith
    he always steals the show because of his animated acting

  • Movie_Fr3ak101

    August 23, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I just saw It’s a Good Life on youtube, and it’s one of my favorite episodes, keep up the good work james.

  • GialloHorror

    October 4, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Rod Serling was a GENIUS!!

    I, absolutely, LOVE the fucking Twilight Zone man. I love watching these late at night, into the early morning, on weekends.

    When SyFy (used to be Sci-Fi lol) ran their Twilight Zone marathon on New Years Eve, I DVR’ed 34 hours of it.

    A few that I love, not in any particular order. “To Serve Man”, “A Penny For Your Thoughts”, “A Most Unusual Camera”, “The Masks”, “Time Enough at Last”, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”, “Eye of the Beholder” “A Game of Pool”. I think my all time favorite is “Midnight Sun”

  • Schloss Ritter

    October 9, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Nice picks, but too bad I don’t remember which ones I saw when I was young. I probably paid more attention to the ones with aliens that you showed briefly at the end.

  • Aeffles

    November 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    James, as always, I am left extremely pleased after watching your video.

    I have to say that with this being one of my favorite shows, it was a very pleasant surprise to see this video.

    I totally agree with majority of your top ten because they’re all great episodes, but it’s just too hard to pick ten, I don’t know how you did it.

    I love watching the marathon every New Years and this year won’t be any different. Keep up the amazing work, James.

  • mikeyc

    November 4, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    As always, every video is a pleasure.

    I wish I would have had the opportunity to watch more Twilight Zone in the past. It used to come on in the day time. I’d have to skip school to catch an episode or two.

    The episode that sticks out in my mind is:

    “Five Characters In Search Of An Exit” (yeah, I looked it up).

    It was one of the first episodes I’d ever seen and was the one that turned me on to how cool the show could be. I really enjoyed how the ending made me feel… though I won’t give it away in this post 🙂

    Keep up the good work.

  • charmaster

    November 4, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    lol, I’ve seen 1 episode. ya, 1 episode.

  • phoenix252005

    November 4, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    I actually love that show,its so interesting to see what crazy stories they came up with back in those days,and that was before my time

  • November 5, 2010 at 9:37 am

    James! thank you so much for making this review. After I first watched it, I was instantly intrigued by the idea of The Twilight Zone. I didn’t know that such great television existed 50 years ago. It’s written at such a cerebral level, and I love the fact that each episode is its own psychologically daunting story. EVEN MORE SO that TZ scares you with IDEAS and not random crap popping out of nowhere like the slapshod horrors of today’s standards. I’ve watched and enjoyed the hell out of too many TZ episodes all thanks to you.

  • pancake1979

    November 5, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I just remember ‘little people’. This top ten just reminds me how great this show is. Thanks again M. Rolfe.

  • hampusforev

    November 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I was pretty disappointed by “The Eye of The Beholder”, which is the “pinnacle” according to many of Twilight Zone. I’m not trying to show off or anything but I could spot that ending miles away

  • MPhillips_1991

    November 18, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Hi James and the rest of the gang at, I !!!HAVE!!! to own the entire box set of The Twilight Zone. I have looked everywhere and cannot find the DVDs anywhere I am English so no region 1 DVDs please. If ANYONE can help please write back, I NEED them.

  • nomad175

    November 25, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    My favorite episode is the one with Burgess Meredith as the guy given powers by aliens.

  • Kio studios

    December 26, 2010 at 11:04 pm (this is the imagination zone)

  • Jigsaw0759

    January 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    The Maks is my favorite episode because of the twist ending

  • buddy_candela

    January 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    “everybody at some time wants to go back to their past”
    to play the shitty games that suck ass?

  • Cheznar

    February 26, 2011 at 9:04 am

    My favorite was the one with that kid from your number 5 episode (Don’t remember that kids real name lol or the episode title oh well) but its that kid and he’s real close with his grandmother and she gives him a toy phone on his birthday and dies shortly after and the kid starts talking to her through the toy phone she gave him, and I believe she was trying to get him to do dangerous stuff so he could quote “Visit grandma again and never have to leave” so basically she was trying to get him to off himself through that phone and he ends up getting into the pool and drowning or somethin’ and ends up on life support and his dad gets on that phone and starts begging please mother don’t take him blah blah …its my favorite I think its one of the first colorized episodes if not “The” first colorized??? The film that it was taped on is so surreal looking I just remember waking up in the middle of the night on a few different occasions and seeing that episode and feeling like I was awake but still was a great episode! Thanks for the video James I love twilight zone used to watch with my father way back when….

  • chrisRAWRZ

    March 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    ya gotta love the twilight zone.

  • badgerno1

    April 3, 2011 at 7:10 am

    The TZone is indeed a magical series, a magical world. I have used some of the episodes (Maple Street,Mrror Image,Nightmare at 20,000 feet) in my English class and tI can assure you that the kids of today were all just as freaked out and mesmerised by it as the kids of the late 50’s and early 60’s were. Now that’s great writing!
    If only todays tv had half as much imagination and intelligence as this series

  • Scallywag96

    May 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    This commentary was used in Wikipedia for the #1 episode on the list. If you have a Netflix account, the original series is on there. I recommend everyone have a marathon with this list.

  • ste022

    May 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    It’s amazing how many of these were used in the simpsons, I mean thats only a short and I counted quite a few that they used.

  • ste022

    May 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    It’s amazing how many of these were used in the simpsons, I mean thats only a short list and I counted quite a few that they used.

  • Darthleather

    July 4, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street” is my personal favorite.

  • Analbag Thats Me

    July 8, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Interesting fact: the guy who plays the TV repairman in “What’s in the Box” is the same guy who did the voice for Winnie the Pooh

  • Dolly Dagger

    July 21, 2011 at 7:45 am

    ‘The Masks’ is one of my personal favorites, too.

    There are so many fantastic episodes that it’s hard to list them all.

  • german0101

    July 31, 2011 at 1:31 am

    la musica de la serie todavia me pone los pelos de punta jaja
    es muy buena la serie

  • August 24, 2011 at 2:16 am

    For my money, the best (and apparently most forgotten judging by how little everyone talks about it) Twilight Zone episode is “And When the Sky Opened”. It’s perfect through and through.

  • September 8, 2011 at 3:55 am

    You were scaring me there James… Every time I didn’t see Living Doll I was getting more and more nervous… I’m glad it’s at least 2 although it’s 1 in mine

  • Havic

    October 10, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    My favorite episode was “The Obsolete Man”, personally.

  • October 19, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I remember the episode where the little country town wouldn’t let you leave. Especially the part where the guy crashes his car in the middle of the street into absolutely nothing, keeping him there. Awesome.

    Haven’t see your #1 yet James, but I’m looking into it right now!

  • October 21, 2011 at 12:41 am

    The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits were two of my favorite shows as a kid. My grandmother was really into these old black and white sci fi shows as well. Every day she would watch Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, and then it was an episode of Doctor Who, but at 9 years old, I couldn’t really appreciate the 1970s Doctor Who show, so I would just watch these two. Then on the weekend at night it was an all new episode of Star Trek TNG. About 10 years ago, I was visiting my father in Los Angeles and we went to the museum of television and radio in beverly hills. You can find just about anything you could ever want there. I ended up queuing up a bunch of Twilight Zone episodes. 😛

  • TheShadowluigi

    January 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    could you do a top ten on your favourite happy tree friends episodes???it would be awesome

    • Piet

      February 7, 2012 at 7:37 am

      @TheShadowluigi why would he do that? it all comes down to: stab this ones heart, plop that ones eyes out and chop every ones heads off. for what do you need a top ten? Are you like 5 years or so? XD

      • TheShadowluigi

        February 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

        @Piet @TheShadowluigi five years what?old?i am 13 and happy tree friends is a bloody show meant for an older’s spoofing all of those show for 5 year olds and up.

      • Piet

        February 8, 2012 at 4:06 am


        youre sure youre 13 years old? if you think a lousy drawn wannabe violent cartoon made for lil kids deserves a top ten by the master of “top tenning” than you should think twice if you even should watch things like happy tree friends – or better not miss another kindergarten lesson lol

        but anyaway…all I wanted to make clear is – why need a top ten on a series of lousy cartoon clips that allways come down to the same exact things…but what the hell…why I´m tellin you a second time when youre obviously too dumb to understand it the first time…let alone tjhe idiocy to ask for a HTF top ten in the first place 😀

      • TheShadowluigi

        February 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm

        @Piet @TheShadowluigi dude i am just asking you don’t have to be a dick about it.

  • JerrySanbox

    February 6, 2012 at 12:22 am

    first episode…..Simpsons did it

    • adrian portela

      February 11, 2013 at 3:37 am

      also the good days episode.

  • JerrySanbox

    February 6, 2012 at 12:27 am

    the what’s in the box episode Aqua teen hunger force did a episode like it

  • nas

    August 3, 2012 at 10:45 am

    You should look at the lost Doctor Who Episodes.

  • Mutank

    October 1, 2012 at 1:25 am

    That Walking distance episode was actually kind of sad

  • JoeByrne99

    October 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Nightmare at 20,000 feet was my favourite episode

  • fartfeathers77

    October 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    My favorite is “5 characters in a room”

  • Toshirak

    February 7, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Is it just me? Or does the end sound like the castle levels in Super Mario Bros. 3???

  • ryan smith

    February 8, 2013 at 2:44 am

    whoa i never saw a couple of these. i thought i had seen just about all of them. theres alot of good ones but my top ten would be much different.

  • adrian portela

    February 11, 2013 at 3:34 am

    I started watching the twilight zone 5 months ago and I think its amazing, even if you realized that this was made a long time ago its still keeping me in nervous all the time, but I also realize that a lot of episode of the Simpsons Halloween special are based on the Twilight zone, and I found it pretty interesting.

  • likalaruku

    February 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    & your Bottom 10?

  • April 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    choice 4 is fantastic

  • November 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I love this Series.
    It´s good for it´s time and a little bit scary today at the same time!

  • November 15, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I love this Series.
    It was a Master-Piece for it´s time an it´s actually a little bit scary today at the same time.

  • June 1, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    My favorite Episode is Eye of the Beholder

  • June 20, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    E=mc^2 is only part of the famous equasion though

  • April 24, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Such a great series

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