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The Twilight Zone season 3

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Classic episodes — among them “The Shelter,” where a neighborhood shows their true selves in their fear of an atomic war, and “It’s a Good Life,” in which a boy controls his entire town – a very creepy performance by Billy Mumy — stand out in The Twilight Zone Season 3 of creator Rod Serling’s eerie, Emmy-winning series. Many great actors give excellent performances in this season. Some include: James Gregory, James Whitmore, Carol Burnett, Jesse White, Jonathon Winters, Jack Klugman, Peter Falk, Buster Keaton, and many more. Be sure to check out Season 1 and Season 2 as well.

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TitleOriginal air date
1TwoSeptember 15, 1961
A man and a woman, on opposite sides of a future war, encounter each other in a deserted town.
2The ArrivalSeptember 22, 1961
A plane lands safely, but all its passengers, pilot and crew are missing!
3The ShelterSeptember 29, 1961
When a nuclear attack appears imminent, several suburban friends and neighbors fight over control of a single bomb shelter.
4The PasserbyOctober 6, 1961
On the road home from the Civil War, a Confederate soldier stops at a burned-out house and gets to know the owner, a recent widow.
5A Game of PoolOctober 13, 1961
Championship pool player Fats Brown (Jonathon Winters) returns from the grave for one last game against Jack Klugman
6The MirrorOctober 20, 1961
After a poor but ambitious Central American farm worker overthrows his country’s tyrannical leader, he believes he sees assassins everywhere. A look in the mirror reveals his most dangerous enemy. A wonderful performance by Peter Falk.
7The GraveOctober 27, 1961
Before he died, notorious gunslinger Pinto Sykes put a curse on hired-gun Conny Miller. Miller returns to town and is challenged to visit the grave of Sykes, despite the curse. A ghost story.
8It’s a Good LifeNovember 3, 1961
Little Anthony Fremont controls an entire town with his ability to read minds and make people do as he wishes. Which is a real good thing. One of the most memorable Twilight Zone episodes.
9Death’s Head RevisitedNovember 10, 1961
A former Nazi SS Captain returns to the ruins of a concentration camp to reminisce, and is met by one of his victims.
10The Midnight SunNovember 17, 1961
The Earth’s orbit has been changed, drawing ever closer to the sun and promising imminent destruction.
11Still ValleyNovember 24, 1961
Confederacy scout Sgt. Joseph Paradine finds a town town full of Union soldiers, and an old man who claims he used witchcraft to paralyze them. “Let it lie on hallowed ground.”
12The JungleDecember 1, 1961
Alan Richards plans to build a dam in Africa on a tribe’s ancestral land. The tribe’s witch doctor puts a curse on him.
13Once Upon a TimeDecember 15, 1961
Woodrow, a janitor living in the year 1890, accidentally activates a time traveling helmet which transports him to 1962 – then promptly breaks down. Starring Buster Keaton.
14Five Characters in Search of an ExitDecember 22, 1961
A hobo, clown, bagpipe player, ballerina and military officer are trapped in a huge cylinder.
15A Quality of MercyDecember 29, 1961
A gung ho young soldier gets a new viewpoint on war when he inexplicably changes places with a Japanese officer trying to stop his superior from leading a charge against American forces.
16Nothing in the DarkJanuary 5, 1962
A lonely old woman refuses to leave her apartment for fear of meeting “Mr. Death.” Then a stranger (Robert Redford) arrives.
17One More PallbearerJanuary 12, 1962
Paul Radin has invited three people to join him in his bomb shelter. Three people he holds a grudge against …
18Dead Man’s ShoesJanuary 19, 1962
A vagrant steps into a murdered gangster’s expensive shoes and is taken over by the dead man’s ghost, who vows to remain on Earth to seek revenge against his killer.
19The HuntJanuary 26, 1962
On a hunting trip, Hyder Simpson and his dog Rip dive into a lake after a raccoon. When he gets home he finds that no one can see or hear him.
20Showdown with Rance McGrewFebruary 2, 1962
Actor Rance McGrew makes TV Westerns for a living, but he’s a lousy actor and a worse cowboy. Despite that, each week he “wins” against the bad guys. Finally the bad guys have enough and send Jesse James to Earth to teach McGrew a lesson.
21Kick the CanFebruary 9, 1962
The senior residents of Sunnyvale decide that the secret to youth is acting young, and in particular playing a childhood game called “kick-the-can.”
22A Piano in the HouseMarch 31, 1961
Fortune discovers that a piano he bought his wife for her birthday has magical properties – the music that it plays makes people reveal their true essence.
23The Last Rites of Jeff MyrtlebankFebruary 23, 1962
Jeff Myrtlebank comes back to life at his own funeral and soon begins to act very strangely…
24To Serve ManMarch 2, 1962
The Kanamits, 9 foot tall aliens, arrive on Earth with one lofty goal: To Serve Man. One of the most iconic episodes, that leads up to … a pun!
25The FugitiveMarch 9, 1962
Old Ben, who is able to transform himself into anything, tries to help a crippled little girl. A very sweet episode.
26Little Girl LostMarch 16, 1962
A six-year-old girl rolls under her bed and vanishes into a fourth dimension. Her parents and a neighbor struggle to free her before the hole between the dimensions closes forever.
27Person or Persons UnknownMarch 23, 1962
David Gurney wakes up to find that no one – his wife, his co-workers, his best friend, not even his own mother knows him.
28The GiftApril 27, 1962
An alien who crash-lands into a remote mountain village stirs up the villagers’ fears and animosity, but he befriends a little boy and gives him a mysterious present.
29“The Little People”March 30, 1962
An astronaut declares himself a god when his ship lands on a planet populated by people smaller than ants.
30“Four O’Clock”April 6, 1962
Oliver Crangle is a bitter, prejudiced man. Through unknown means he intends to shrink every evil person in the world at four o’clock.
31“The Trade-Ins”April 20, 1962
An elderly couple visit the New Life Corporation, hoping to transport their personalities into youthful artificial bodies. A very sweet episode. “The best is yet to be.”
32“Hocus Pocus and Frisby”April 13, 1962
A loud-mouthed braggart’s (Andy Devine) boasts attract the attention of some aliens.
33“The Dummy”May 4, 1962
A ventriloquist is convinced that his dummy, Willie, is alive and evil. He makes plans for a new act with a new dummy: plans that Willie doesn’t support!
34“Changing of the Guard”June 1, 1962
An elderly private school teacher wonders if his life has meant anything as he contemplates suicide on Christmas Eve and is reminded by former students that he has, indeed, made an effect on the lives of his students over the years. A very touching episode.
35“Young Man’s Fancy”May 11, 1962
When a newlywed couple briefly return to the groom’s childhood home, the ties of the past prove too strong to resist.
36“I Sing the Body Electric”May 18, 1962
A widower buys a robot “grandmother” for his three children. From the Ray Bradbury story.
37“Cavender is ComingMay 25, 1962
Cavender (Jesse White), an angel trying to win his wings, tries to help down-on-her-luck Agnes (Carol Burnett), who has just been fired.

Editorial review of The Twilight Zone Season 3

Episodes: Two, The Arrival , The Shelter, The Passerby, A Game of Pool, The Mirror, The Grave, It’s a Good Life, Death’s Head Revisited , The Midnight Sun, Still Valley, The Jungle, Once Upon a Time, Five Characters in Search of an Exit, A Quality of Mercy, Nothing in the Dark, One More Pallbearer, Dead Man’s Shoes, The Hunt , Showdown with Rance McGrew, Kick the Can, A Piano in the House, The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank, To Serve Man, The Fugitive, Little Girl Lost, Person or Persons Unknown, The Little People, Four O’Clock , Hocus-Pocus and Frisby, The Trade-ins, The Gift, The Dummy, Young Man’s Fancy, I Sing the Body Electric, Cavender Is Coming , The Changing of the Guard

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