I know that some people will claim that The Obsolete Man really isn’t a horror story but consider this: What’s more horrifying than a world without freedom of thought or expression? The Obsolete Man takes place in a world where books have been banned. As a result, librarian Romney Wordsworth (Burgess Meredith) has been determined to be obsolete and, hence, is now scheduled to be executed. Wordsworth appears to have accepted his fate but, as the Chancellor (Fritz Weaver) discovers, Wordsworth is far more clever than he originally appears.
This episode of The Twilight Zone was written by Rod Serling and directed by Eliot Silverstein. It was originally broadcast on June 2nd, 1961.