Is there anything like it on network television now? I don’t think so. The Twilight Zone is probably the most original program to ever appear on network television. Decades TV kicks off the 60th anniversary year of The Twilight Zone starting at New Year’s Eve at midnight, and then continuing each weekday, 12-hours per day, for 5 days.
If you’re of a certain age, all you have to do is hear the Twilight Zone theme song to transport yourself back to 1959 to remember this iconic show.
Even today, that tune is brought back and repeated to indicate when someone or something is weird, wacky, unusual, scary.
Is there anything like it on network television now? I don’t think so.
And I think that’s a shame. The Twilight Zone is probably the most original program to ever appear on network television.
Critic David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun laments that lack of imaginative greatness in a recent column when he writes: “Today, the networks are ragged ghosts of that greatness, featuring prime-time schedules filled with on-the-cheap game shows and endless reality competitions, culturally empty reboots of series that spoke to zeitgeists long gone.”
But luckily, fans of shows like The Twilight Zone can still enjoy great television before it got homogenized.
Decades kicks off the 60th anniversary year of The Twilight Zone starting at New Year’s Eve at midnight, and then continuing each weekday, 12 hours per day, for five days.
Weigel Broadcasting’s multicast network Decades airs classic television programs from the 1950s through the 2000s.
A Toast To Twilight will showcase timeless episodes, unexpected guests, and all of the unusual, psychological and thrilling twists of the beloved television series.
The Twilight Zone premiered on Oct. 2, 1959, on CBS and ran through 1964. Series creator Rod Serling, who also served as narrator, producer and writer, was known for incorporating social commentary into episodes.
It’s that commentary and iconic story telling which has endeared the series to audiences across time as they remember the morals and twists of the peculiar and powerful plots.
A Toast To Twilight features guest appearances by Carol Burnett, Art Carney, Robert Redford, William Shatner, Anne Francis, Charles Bronson and Elizabeth Montgomery.
Viewers will also see rarely seen one-hour episodes from the series’ fourth season, as well as fan-favorite episodes Monsters Are Due on Maple Street, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet and The Eye of the Beholder.
The week-long A Toast To Twilight event will feature 108 episodes in all.