Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Twilight Zone Turns 60!

The Twilight Zone premiered sixty years ago today with the October 2, 1959 broadcast of Rod Serling’s “Where Is Everybody?” This kicked off a five-season, 156 episode run for an anthology series which is widely regarded as among the finest television programs of all time. Revisit our articles which explore the roots of the series and the show’s continued popular appeal.

Happy Birthday, Twilight Zone!
--On November 10, 1958, The Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse presented Rod Serling’s “The Time Element,” which many consider the true pilot episode for The Twilight Zone.

--Less than a year later The Twilight Zone was on the air at CBS. How did it come about? We take a look in our introduction to the first season.

--Rod Serling needed to sell the series to the network with a strong pilot episode. He delivered an engrossing paranoid thriller titled “Where Is Everybody?”

--How did Rod Serling transition from award-winning television writer to one of the most recognizable figures in American popular culture? We take a look here.



  1. Happy anniversary! I'm excited for the movie event in November. I also realized that Alfred Hitchcock Presents premiered on October 2nd as well, in 1955! A great day for classic TV.

  2. I was very excited when I saw the anniversary theater event coming to my city. The remastered episodes should look great on the big screen. I didn't realize Hitchcock premiered on Oct 2 as well. Fitting for the two greatest anthology series ever.