“Twilight Zone: Season 3” (Image)
Submitted for your approval: Rod Serling’s brilliant series of the fantastic, where social politics and barbed human dramas were slipped in behind the façade of fantasy. The result was a TV series so iconic and influential that its very title has become a cultural catch-phrase. We give you “Twilight Zone: Season 3,” highlighted by the brilliant “It’s a Good Life,” adapted by Rod Serling from the harrowing Jerome Bixby story and starring Bill Mumy as a 6-year-old monster, and “To Serve Man,” adapted by Rod Serling from the Damon Knight story and featuring one of the most famous twists of all time. Other highlights include “A Game of Pool” with Jack Klugman as a poolroom shark who plays for his life against the legendary dead Fats Brown (Jonathan Winters, excellent in a rare dramatic role), “The Midnight Sun” (the end of the world comes with a sweltering whimper, not a bang), the sweetly sentimental “Kick the Can” (which Spielberg remade in “Twilight Zone: The Movie”), Richard Matheson’s haunting “Little Girl Lost,” “The Dummy” with Cliff Robertson as a ventriloquist tormented by a prop with a mind of its own, and the Ray Bradbury-scripted “I Sing the Body Electric.”
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