The original incarnation of the show ran for five seasons and gave us some of the most iconic stories of our time. It was actually hard to pick just thirty episodes, but I did my best.
Please note that spoilers ensue.
A bittersweet episode about a man who ends up in the town he grew up in and discovers it to be exactly the same as when he grew up. A tale that reminds us to make the most of the life we have.
A man time travels back to 1865 to attempt to stop the assassination of President Lincoln.
Obviously, he doesn't succeed. Which is amazing since he is The Professor (Gilligan's Island)!
|NOTHING IN THE DARK|
A woman is paranoid that death is coming to get her. Turns out, he is - and he looks like Robert Redford!
|KICK THE CAN|
A game of kick the can turns a group of elderly nursing home patients back into children for a time.
One man can't grasp the miracle, and is left behind.
A lonely old woman battles tiny interlopers from a tiny spaceship that lands on her roof.
Notable for the fact that there is almost no dialogue whatsoever until the very end.
In one of the most unnerving episodes, a man determines that his ventriloquist dummy has come to life.
I hate dummies. Period.
The excellent Vera Miles is showcased in an episode about a woman who may or may not be losing her mind. In all actuality, she has a malicious doppelganger. Nice.
|LONG DISTANCE CALL|
Billy Mumy (Danger Will Robinson!) is a boy who can communicate with his dead grandmother through a toy phone. Yikes.
|THE AFTER HOURS|
A woman becomes confused in a department store after she makes a purchase on a non-existent 9th floor.
The big twist? She's a mannequin who has been "out in the real world" for a month, but is late to return to her podium.
|LITTLE GIRL LOST|
A little girl disappears under the bed into another dimension.
So that's supposed to be a bad thing?
A group of friends turn on each other when faced with their own mortality, stuck inside a bomb shelter during a nuclear attack. Could this be where George Romero got the idea for some of Night of the Living Dead?
In one of my favorite and definitely one of the creepiest episodes, an elderly woman is terrorized by a series of unnerving phone calls in the middle of the night. The phone company traces the call to the local cemetery. Whoa.
A young woman on a cross-country journey is plagued by a relentless hitch hiker. When she picks up a soldier that cannot see the hitch hiker, she realizes perhaps she's not actually here with us.
A woman has a recurring nightmare about being in a hospital where she keeps ending up in the basement at the morgue.
But is it a dream? Or maybe a premonition? Or simply destiny?
|DEAD MAN'S SHOES|
A vagrant steals a pair of shoes from a mob hit and ends up wearing the dead man's life as well.
|NIGHTMARE AT 20,000 FEET|
Much as I love Shatner, this performance by John Lithgow is freaking legendary.
He is genuinely TERRIFIED, and it comes across in the film in spades. One of my favorite roles in horror.
|"WANNA SEE SOMETHING REALLY SCARY??"|