Type
Scripted
Premiered
Oct. 02, 1959
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
CBS TV Network

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The Twilight Zone (1959)

This is a TV anthology series created by its narrator and host Rod Serling. Each episode (156 in this series) is a self-contained fantasy, sci-fi, or horror story, often concluding with an eerie or unexpected twist.

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05x36 The Bewitchin' Pool Aired: Jun. 19, 1964

Two children escape their bickering parents by wandering into a world of happiness from the bottom of the swimming pool.

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Canceled/Ended
The show had 5 seasons and 156 episodes air between 1959 and 1964.

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  • Due to budgetary constraints in its second season, the network decided to cut costs by shooting some episodes on videotape rather than film. Because videotape was a relatively primitive…
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    Due to budgetary constraints in its second season, the network decided to cut costs by shooting some episodes on videotape rather than film. Because videotape was a relatively primitive medium in the early 1960s, the editing of tape was next to impossible. Thus, each of the 6 episodes was "camera-cut" as in live TV, on a studio sound stage, using a total of four cameras. The requisite multicamera setup of the videotape experiment, pretty much precluded location shooting, severely limiting the potential scope of the story-lines, and so, the short-lived experiment was ultimately abandoned. The limitations of using videotape (e.g., it could not be edited as cleanly as film and its visual quality was poorer) led them to switch back to film for the rest of the series, despite the greater cost. The 6 videotaped episodes were titled: "The Twilight Zone" (1959) {The Lateness of the Hour (#2.8)}; "The Twilight Zone" (1959) {Static (#2.20)}; "The Twilight Zone" (1959) {The Whole Truth (#2.14)}; "The Twilight Zone" (1959) {The Night of the Meek (#2.11)}; "The Twilight Zone" (1959) {Twenty Two (#2.17)}; "The Twilight Zone" (1959) {Long Distance Call (#2.22)} and then transferred to film for broadcast, which saved the producers about $5,000 per episode.
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  • CBS wanted Orson Welles as the narrator/host, but the producers felt that he asked for too much money.
  • On 11 August 2009 the US Postal Service issued a pane of twenty 44¢ commemorative postage stamps honoring early USA television programs. A booklet with 20 picture postal cards was also…
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    On 11 August 2009 the US Postal Service issued a pane of twenty 44¢ commemorative postage stamps honoring early USA television programs. A booklet with 20 picture postal cards was also issued. On the stamp honoring "The Twilight Zone" is a picture of its creator, host/narrator Rod Serling. Other shows honored in the Early TV Memories issue were: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), "The Dinah Shore Show" (1951), Dragnet (1951), The Ed Sullivan Show, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Hopalong Cassidy, The Honeymooners, "Puppet Playhouse" (1947), I Love Lucy, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, Lassie, The Lone Ranger (1949), Perry Mason, The Phil Silvers Show, The Red Skelton Show, "Texaco Star Theater" (titled "Texaco Star Theater" (1948), 1954-1956), The Tonight Show (which began as "Tonight!" (1953)), and You Bet Your Life (1950).
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