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Be sure to follow Kip Hill’s TZ tweets

My SR colleague is going through a boxed set of every season of “The Twilight Zone.”

A worthwhile undertaking, I'd say.

This date in “Twilight Zone” history

“The Monsters are Due on Maple Street” first aired on this date in 1960. It's a TZ classic.

I'm just going to assume you know the story. I mean, c'mon.

But can you identify the Spokane connection? No, you can't. Even though I have mentioned this before..

Satan was a helluva newsman

“Printer's Devil” first aired 51 years ago tonight. In how many other “Twilight Zone” episodes did Burgess Meredith appear?

This date in “Twilight Zone” history

An episode called “The Fever” first aired on Jan. 29, 1960.

Grumpy old guy's wife wins a trip to Las Vegas.

Begrudgingly, he accompanies her.

But then he starts playing the slots.

And well, you know what they say.

What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.

This week on “Twilight Zone” in 1964

In an episode called “Number 12 Looks Just Like You,” we get a glimpse of the future that suggests conformity is prized above all.

Trivia bonus: What is the connection between this TZ episode and the film version of “To Kill a Mockingbird”?

This date in “Twilight Zone” history

“A Most Unusual Camera” first aired on Dec. 16, 1960.

Some small-time crooks acquire a camera that takes pictures of the near future.

There's probably no need for a 53-year-old spoiler alert. But let's just say the magic camera proves to be too much of a good thing.

Annual reminder

It's mean to scare little kids by telling them the longer and longer nights are a result of the Earth wobbling out of orbit and heading farther and farther away from the sun.

This date in “Twilight Zone” history

An episode called “Nick of Time” first aired on this date in 1960. Captain Kirk and his wife have some time to kill while their car is being repaired so they go into this diner and, well, you know what's in the cards for them.


One of the worst TZ episodes

“Last Night of a Jockey,” starring Mickey Rooney, first aired on “The Twilight Zone” 50 years ago tonight.

Even Rod Serling struck out now and then.

50 Years ago tonight on “Twilight Zone”

A so-so episode called “A Kind of a Stopwatch” first aired on Oct. 18, 1963.

A chatterbox loser is given a watch that can stop and restart all human activity. Everybody just freezes in place until he re-clicks it.

He uses it to rob a bank. But it doesn't end well for him.

I'll spare your delicate sensibilities by not telling you what use certain adolescent boys immediately thought of for such a magical watch.

On “TZ” 50 years ago tonight

That's Lee Marvin pretending to be a robot boxer. The automated fighter he manages has broken down. So, in order to get paid, he steps in and pretends to be an android pugilist.

The scene is from an episode of “TheTwilight Zone” called “Steel.” It's set in the future — 1974.

It first aired on Oct. 4, 1963.

This week on “Twilight Zone” in 1961

In one of the series' Cold War classics, an episode called “The Shelter” shows what can happen when fear trumps reason.

When a suburban neighborhood faces the prospect of nuclear war, the gentlemen in the picture (above) break down the door of a doctor's basement bomb shelter so they can get their families in.

But even as a child, didn't you ask yourself: “What good is a bomb shelter with a door that can no longer close?”

How is this going to end?

A) Archer Maggott is going to get his. B) Talky Tina is seconds away from reaching into Telly's chest and extracting an “Aliens” creature. C) Doll-kick to groin. D) He's going to say “Who loves ya, baby?” and Tina is going to reach around and break his stranger-danger little finger. E) Other.

“Twilight Zone” marathon alert

There's a signpost up ahead.

It's TZ all day tomorrow on the Syfy channel.

It’s wrong to tell little kids…

That the reason we are experiencing more and more daylight is that the Earth has wobbled out of its orbit and we are hurtling out of control toward the sun.

A neighbor, the father of a friend of mine, shared this theory with a group of my peers back when I was a kid. Later I realized that he had simply borrowed the storyline of a “Twilight Zone” episode called “The Midnight Sun.”

Of course, in that show, it turned out that the vision of crashing into the sun was just a feverish woman's dream. In reality, our planet was rapidly moving farther and farther away from the sun. Which also spelled doom.

Which way would you rather go?

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