How Well Do You Remember These Classic Episodes of “The Twilight Zone”?

By: William J. Wright

How Well Do You Remember These Classic Episodes of “The Twilight Zone”?
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About This Quiz

"It is the middle ground between light and shadow ..." With those words, audiences were introduced to a revolution in television storytelling that would change the face of the medium forever. Premiering on October 2, 1959, "The Twilight Zone" brought serious science fiction and fantasy, genres that had long been considered kiddie fodder, to the masses. The brainchild of an already acclaimed 34-year-old writer and decorated World War II veteran named Rod Serling, "The Twilight Zone" invited viewers into the "middle ground between shadow and substance," transforming the much-maligned television set into a doorway to the fifth dimension.

Serling, who would lend his unmistakable voice and presence to "The Twilight Zone" as host and narrator, would write the majority of the episodes himself; the rest he would turn over to a handpicked stable of science fiction greats including George Clayton Johnson, Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont and the legendary Ray Bradbury. Socially aware and committed to elevating the medium of television to the level of film and theater, Serling and company exploited the genres of the fantastic to tell stories straight, dramatic TV wouldn't touch.

Now, submitted for your approval, a quiz to scale the summit of your television knowledge — a test, if you will, designed to both frighten and delight. That's the signpost up ahead. Next stop, the ultimate "Twilight Zone" quiz.

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet Which future "Star Trek" cast member takes a terrifying plane ride in the classic 1963 episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"?
George Takei
DeForest Kelley
William Shatner
None other than Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, stars in one of "The Twilight Zone's" most iconic episodes, "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." Shatner plays airline passenger Robert Wilson, a man recovering from a nervous breakdown, who is the sole witness to a plane-destroying monster.
Leonard Nimoy

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Eye of the Beholder Which actress from a popular '60s TV comedy plays the "disfigured" patient 307 in the classic episode "Eye of the Beholder"?
Mary Tyler Moore
Elizabeth Montgomery
Donna Douglas
In "Eye of the Beholder," Donna Douglas (Ellie May of "The Beverly Hillbillies") stars as a deformed woman facing surgery to "correct" her appearance. However, when her bandages are removed, she's revealed as beautiful (by our standards) woman living in a world where grotesque features are the norm.
Barbara Eden

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The Howling Man What object does Brother Jerome use to hold the Devil captive in the episode "The Howling Man"?
The Spear of Destiny
The Hand of Glory
The Ring of Power
The Staff of Truth
In "The Howling Man," based on a story by Charles Beaumont, John Carradine plays Brother Jerome, a member of a monastic order which has captured and imprisoned the Devil himself. Old Scratch's cell door is held closed with a shepherd's crook known as the Staff of Truth.

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The Night of the Meek In the 1960 Christmas episode "The Night of the Meek," what mysterious item turns a down and out department store Santa into the greatest gift giver of all time?
A magic Santa hat
A bag that creates Christmas presents
Art Carney, best known as Ed Norton on "The Honeymooners," stars as Henry Corwin, a depressed, hard-drinking department store Santa, in "The Night of the Meek." When Corwin finds a discarded sack with the power to create gifts, his heart's desire to become the real Santa is realized.
A sprig of holly
A sleighbell

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Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up What's the distinguishing feature of Haley the fry cook revealed at the end of "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?"
A third arm
A tentacle
A third eye
A mystery unfolds at a lonely diner when the passengers of a bus determine that one of their number may be an alien in "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" Although the Martian reveals himself in the end, the real twist comes when the diner's cook identifies himself as a three-eyed Venusian.
Four legs

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Time Enough at Last What happens to Henry Bemis after he survives the H-bomb in the 1959 episode "Time Enough at Last"?
He discovers his abusive wife survived.
His glasses break.
"Time Enough at Last" stars Burgess Meredith as bookish bank worker Henry Bemis whose penchant for literature is getting in the way of his life. When the world is destroyed in an atomic exchange, he survives because he was lunching in the bank's vault. At last, he has time to read ... until he breaks his glasses.
The loneliness drives him insane.
He wakes up and discovers it was all a dream.

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Hocus Pocus and Frisby How does Mr. Frisby escape his alien captors in "Hocus Pocus and Frisby"?
He plays his harmonica, which the aliens find painful.
Andy Devine stars as Somerset Frisby, a man considered by his friends as the world's greatest liar thanks to his endless supply of tall tales about his life. When he's abducted by aliens who, having monitored him, take his lies at face value, he escapes by playing his harmonica.
He confuses them with a simple magic trick.
He disguises himself in one of the aliens' spacesuits.
He ignites some firecrackers he's hidden in his pocket.

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Kick the Can Can you name the episode in which the elderly residents of a retirement home turn back the clock?
"Kick the Can"
In the season three episode "Kick the Can," a senior residing in a retirement home stumbles on the secret of eternal youth — the magic of play. By engaging in a game of kick the can and other "rituals of youth," the residents find they've physically transformed into their childhood selves.
"Elegy"
"The Lateness of the Hour"
"Once Upon a Time"

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Little Girl Lost What happens to little Bettina Miller in the episode "Little Girl Lost"?
She's abducted by aliens.
She slips through a portal to the fourth dimension.
"Little Girl Lost" combines hard science fiction concepts with a relatable characters to create one of the most suspenseful episodes. In this story by Richard Matheson, a little girl slips away into the fourth dimension via an invisible portal in her bedroom while her parents struggle to find her.
She's pulled into the TV by malevolent spirits.
She follows her dog into a weird, subterranean world.

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I Am the Night – Color Me Black What is the cause of the spreading darkness in "I Am the Night — Color Me Black"?
Hate
In "I Am the Night — Color Me Black," a small town is plunged into darkness on the morning of the execution of a remorseless man guilty of killing a bigot. The cause of the darkness is conjectured to be a manifestation of hate as blackness descends over other troubled spots on the Earth.
An alien spacecraft draining the sun of its energy
A black hole
A collision with an alternate universe

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The Invaders In a harrowing, silent performance, Agnes Moorehead single-handedly fends off an invasion from outer space in "The Invaders." Do you remember what the twist is?
The invaders are from Earth.
The season two episode "The Invaders" stars Agnes Moorehead as an old woman living alone in a rural farmhouse. Attacked by what seem to be tiny creatures, she fights back. In the end, she traces the entities to a spacecraft on her roof, which is revealed to be from Earth.
The invasion was a dream.
The invaders are mini versions of her.
The invaders want to eat her.

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The Dummy Can you name the malevolent ventriloquist's dummy in the terrifying season three episode "The Dummy"?
Willie
Cliff Robertson stars as Jerry Etherson, a ventriloquist with a problem, in "The Dummy." Jerry, a recovering alcoholic, is convinced that his dummy Willie is both alive and malevolent. In a patented "Twilight Zone" twist, Jerry and Willie physically trade places in the show's shocking conclusion.
Little Caesar
Goofy Goggles
Fats

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Long Distance Call To whom does five year-old Billy speak to on his toy telephone in "Long Distance Call"?
The occupants of a flying saucer on its way to earth
Beings from another dimension
His dead grandmother
In "Long Distance Call," Billy, a five-year-old boy, receives the birthday gift of a toy telephone from his ailing grandmother with the promise that he'll always be able to talk to her. When grandma passes away, Billy's parents are shocked to find that she's still in touch with the tyke.
The pilot of a doomed airplane

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It's a Good Life To where does the diabolical, godlike child Anthony Fremont banish those who don't think good thoughts in "It's a Good Life"?
The cornfield
In "It's a Good Life," young Bill Mumy stars as six year-old Anthony Fremont, a sociopathic child with godlike abilities. Anthony, having isolated his community from the rest of the universe, holds his family and neighbors in a state of terror lest they be banished to the cornfield.
The basement
A distant planet
The past

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Where is Everybody Do you know the title of the very first episode of "The Twilight Zone"?
"The Purple Testament"
"People Are Alike All Over"
"Where is Everybody?"
"The Twilight Zone" first hit the airwaves on October 2, 1959, with a pilot episode penned by show creator Rod Serling called "Where is Everybody?" This unsettling episode sets the tone for the series. Earl Holliman stars as an airforce pilot who finds himself trapped in a city devoid of people.
"A World of His Own"

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A Stop at Willoughby A harried ad man's train ride home turns into a one way trip into the Twilight Zone in this first season episode. Can you name it?
"A Stop at Willoughby"
James Daly plays a stressed ad executive longing for a simpler life in "A Stop at Willoughby." On his train ride home, Daly glimpses a small town called Willoughby but can't disembark there. When he finally gets off at the idyllic stop, it's revealed that he's dead and Willoughby is a funeral home.
"A Nice Place to Visit"
"Stopover in a Quiet Town"
"Spur of the Moment"

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To Serve Man If you could read the language of the alien Kanamits, what would you find in their book "To Serve Man"?
A cure for all human diseases
A plan for uniting all mankind in peace
Schematics for a machine that produces infinite energy
Recipes
In the 1962 episode "To Serve Man," humanity's problems are solved when a seemingly benevolent alien race called the Kanamits arrive on earth. However, things are not as they seem. In the show's shocking final sequence, the Kanamits' plan for humanity is revealed to be a cookbook.

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Mr Denton on Doomsday Which future "Mission Impossible" star plays a sadistic, black-clad gunfighter in the episode "Mr. Denton on Doomsday"?
Peter Graves
Sam Elliot
Martin Landau
In "The Twilight Zone's" third aired episode, the Western-themed "Mr. Denton on Doomsday," Al Denton, a guilt-ridden former gunfighter turned town drunk, regains his skill through the intervention of a traveling peddler named Fate. Martin Landau co-stars as Denton's tormentor, Dan Hotaling.
Leonard Nimoy

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A Thing About Machines How does the misanthropic Bartlett Finchley meet his doom in "A Thing About Machines"?
His electric razor strangles him.
His car pushes him into a swimming pool.
Richard Haydn is perfectly cast as the fussy Bartlett Finchley in "A Thing About Machines." Abusive to both people and objects, Finchley is driven from his home when technology turns on him. His ultimate comeuppance is realized when his car knocks him into a swimming pool, where he drowns.
He's devoured by his typewriter.
He's crushed to death by his television.

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The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street When the lights go out, a quiet suburban neighborhood descends into paranoia, violence and murder in this first season episode of "The Twilight Zone." Can you name it?
"Stopover in a Quiet Town"
"The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street"
"The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street," written by "Twilight Zone" creator and host Rod Serling is among the finest examples of science fiction as allegory in TV history. A potent metaphor for McCarthyism and Cold War paranoia, the plot reveals tragic results of snowballing paranoia and groupthink.
"The Fear"
"Valley of the Shadow"

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Living Doll What's the name of the vengeful plaything in the fifth season episode "Living Doll"?
Talky Tina
1963's "Living Doll" stars Telly Savalas as an abusive stepfather in a battle of wills with a sentient doll named Talky Tina. Voiced by June Foray, the murderous Talky Tina is one of the first in a long line of killer toys in popular culture, beating Chucky and Annabelle to the punch by decades.
Chatty Cathy
Babbling Beth
Gabby Gabby

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twilight zone Which famous funnyman appears as the ghost of a dead billiards champ in the 1961 episode "A Game of Pool"?
Buddy Hackett
Don Rickles
Jonathan Winters
Improvisational genius Jonathan Winters takes a rare dramatic turn as the spirit of a champion pool player in 1961's "A Game of Pool." The episode, written by George Clayton Johnson, features Jack Klugman as a skilled but bitter pool player living in the shadow of a legend.
Milton Berle

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Five Characters in Search of an Exit 4 Which of these is NOT among the trapped in the episode "Five Characters in Search of an Exit"?
Army Major
Ballerina
Clown
Sailor
A clown, a hobo, a ballerina, a bagpiper and an army major find themselves trapped in a stark, cylindrical prison in "Five Characters in Search of an Exit." Although this motley group desperately tries to escape, their fate is sealed when they're revealed to be dolls in a charity toy collection bin.

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The Mask The party in the 1964 episode "The Masks" is set on which holiday?
Halloween
Christmas
Mardi Gras
A dying man plans a special Mardi Gras party for his gold-digging relatives in "The Masks." Aside from its superbly crafted script from Rod Serling, this episode is memorable for being the only installment directed by a woman — groundbreaking director and actress Ida Lupino.
Purim

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Nick of Time In the episode "Nick of Time," the mystic seer fortune telling machine has the bobbing head of what mounted on it?
A winking devil
A superstitious man and his new wife encounter an uncannily accurate fortune-telling machine in a diner in "Nick of Time." The machine, a tabletop mystic seer, consists of a card dispensing box topped by a winking devil bobblehead. This episode marks the first of two appearances by William Shatner.
A smiling wizard
A cackling crone
A turbaned magician

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Night Call Where are the disturbing, late night phone calls coming from in "Night Call"?
Billy Mumy's toy phone
A cemetery
In "Night Call," based on Richard Matheson's terrifying short story of the same name, Gladys Cooper stars as an elderly woman plagued by disturbing phone calls late at night. When the telephone company traces the calls, they discover that they're coming from a downed line in a cemetery.
The past
Outer space

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Nothing in the Dark A fearful old woman takes in a wounded policeman in the episode "Nothing in the Dark." What's the cop's secret?
He's an alien from another world.
He's a time traveller sent back to deliver a message.
He's her dead husband reincarnated.
He is the embodiment of Death itself.
"The Twilight Zone" was pivotal in launching the careers of many actors who would go on to become household names. Among that number is the ultimate leading man, Robert Redford. In "Nothing in the Dark," Redford portrays Death, who has come for an elderly woman in the guise of a wounded policeman.

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Walking Distance In the episode "Walking Distance," where does Martin try to talk to an eleven-year-old version of himself?
The soda fountain shop
His childhood home
The carousel
Written by Rod Serling and inspired by his own childhood, "Walking Distance" is about a man whose car breaks down just outside of his hometown. When he reaches the town on foot, he's amazed to find that seemingly nothing has changed since he was a boy. Serling featured the carousel prominently in the episode as a nod to the carousel he loved in his own hometown.
The gas station

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Number 12 Looks Just Like You Can you name the episode set in a future where young adults are required to undergo a procedure to give them an attractive but conforming appearance?
"Number 12 Looks Just Like You"
"Number 12 Looks Just Like You" aired in "The Twilight Zone's" fifth and final season. Based on a short story by Charles Beaumont, this episode takes place in a Dystopian future where young people choose a new, ideal body and face when they come of age. However, an idealistic girl has other ideas.
"Mirror Image"
"The Private World of Darkness"
"In His Image"

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I Sing the Body Electric 2 Which episode was science fiction legend Ray Bradbury's only produced script for "The Twilight Zone"?
"The Prime Mover"
"The Mind and the Matter"
"I Sing the Body Electric"
Although famed sci-fi author Ray Bradbury wrote several scripts for "The Twilight Zone," only one was deemed filmable by creator Rod Serling. Based on a previously unpublished Bradbury story, "I Sing the Body Electric" is the story of a widower who has a robotic grandmother built for his children.
"Here There Be Tygers"

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The Bewitchin' Pool Can you name the benevolent old matron who watches over the children in "The Bewitchin' Pool"?
Aunt Bea
Granny Moses
Miss Daisy
Aunt T.
"The Twilight Zone" ended its run with "The Bewitchin' Pool" by writer Earl Hamner Jr. The last original episode to be broadcast, "The Bewitchin' Pool" tells the story of two children who escape their uncaring parents through a portal to a kids paradise overseen by the loving and benevolent Aunt T.

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Black Leather Jackets Can you name the episode in which an invasion force from space looks like it would be more comfortable in an off-Broadway production of "Grease" than in a flying saucer?
"Black Leather Jackets"
Earl Hamner Jr., who would go on to fame as the creator of "The Waltons," wrote eight episodes of "The Twilight Zone," including "Black Leather Jackets." In this story, an advance invasion force from a hostile planet appears on Earth in the guise of teenagers clad in black motorcycle jackets
"Steel"
"The 7th is Made Up of Phantoms"
"The Arrival"

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The Little People How does the megamonical astronaut Pete Craig meet his end in "The Little People"?
He trips over one of the tiny buildings of the little people he's forced to worship him.
He's accidentally crushed by a giant space traveler.
In the season three episode "The Little People," turnabout is fair play for a Pete Craig, a sadistic astronaut who becomes a despotic god on a faraway planet of tiny beings. Accidentally crushed by a giant space traveler, Craig learns too late that there's always someone bigger.
He stumbles into the beam of a shrink ray and disappears.
He's killed by his captain before he destroys the little people in an angry rage.

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A Passage for Trumpet In the first season episode "A Passage for Trumpet," which famous horn player does suicidal jazz man Joey Crown meet?
Dizzy Gillespie
Louis Armstrong
Clifford Brown
The angel Gabriel
In the second of four appearances on "The Twilight Zone," Jack Klugman stars as a down-on-his-luck jazz trumpeter who decides to end it all by jumping in front of a truck. He awakes in limbo where he's convinced to give life another try by a fellow horn player: the angel Gabriel.

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Mr Dingle, the Strong What power do the Venusians confer on Burgess Meredith in "Mr. Dingle, the Strong"?
Superhuman strength
X-ray vision
Invisibility
Advanced intelligence
Burgess Meredith stars as mild-mannered vacuum cleaner salesman Luther Dingle in the episode "Mr. Dingle the Strong." Dingle is determined to be an ideal guinea pig by the Martians who not only give him super strength but recommend him to the Venusians, who give him advanced intelligence.

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