Up until a few years ago, every episode of the original Twilight Zone was available on YouTube.
That always made me really happy in October because, really, what better way to end each day of the Halloween month than by watching a classic episode of The Twilight Zone, right? To Serve Man, The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street, It’s A Good Life, that episode with William Shatner freaking out on the plane and that other one with the guy entering his bedroom only to discover a lion waiting to eat him, these were all great episodes to watch in October!
Sadly, once Hulu started carrying Twilight Zone, all of the old episodes got yanked off of YouTube. And now that the Twilight Zone is on Netflix, there’s no way the show will ever show up YouTube again. We can still watch the episodes, of course. Even if you don’t have Netflix for some reason, SyFy does regular marathons of the original show and, of course, there’s the Jordan Peele revival for those who watch old episodes of the Twilight Zone and say to themselves, “This is good but I just wish it was a little more heavy-handed.”
Well, I may not be able to embed any episodes this October but I can recommend that you order Marc Scott Zicree’s The Twilight Zone Companion, which is an indispensable guide to the original show. Every episode is covered, with credits, plot synopsis, and anecdotes about the production. Since a lot of important directors, actors, and writers did at least a little bit of work on Twilight Zone, the anecdotes are all very interesting and very much worth reading. Even more importantly, Zicree takes a look at the life of Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling and also some of the key people involved behind the scenes. The tragic story of Charles Beaumont will move you to tears.
So, if you’re a fan of the original show, you need this book! Order it and enjoy!