Fifty years ago today, a classic episode of "The Twilight Zone" -- "The Shelter" -- first aired.
Rod Serling loved the "We are our own worst enemy" theme. (See also, "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.") And "The Shelter" is a doozy.
A suburban birthday party is interrupted by fears that World War III is about to start. The one family with a bomb shelter retreats to that refuge. And before long, panicked neighbors literally beat the door down. Not, however, before revealing some previously hidden biases and antagonisms.
The danger from above turns out to be harmless satellites. But down in the basement, the damage has already been done.