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The Best Episodes of The Twilight Zone

Every episode of The Twilight Zone ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Twilight Zone!

A series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, suspense, and/or horror, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist.

Genres:Sci-Fi & FantasyMysteryDrama
Network:CBS

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "The Twilight Zone" is "Eye of the Beholder", rated 9.1/10 from 6273 user votes. It was directed by Douglas Heyes and written by Rod Serling. "Eye of the Beholder" aired on 11/11/1960 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "To Serve Man".

  • Eye of the Beholder
    9.1/10 6,273 votes

    #1 - Eye of the Beholder

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 1960-11-11

    A young woman is forced to undergo experimental treatments in an attempt to make her appear "normal."

    Director: Douglas Heyes

    Writer: Rod Serling

  • To Serve Man
    9.0/10 5,238 votes

    #2 - To Serve Man

    Season 3 Episode 24 - Aired 1962-03-02

    The Kanamits, 9 foot tall aliens, arrive on Earth with one lofty goal: To Serve Man.

    Director: Richard L. Bare

    Writer: Rod Serling, Damon Knight

  • Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
    9.0/10 5,514 votes

    #3 - Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

    Season 5 Episode 3 - Aired 1963-10-11

    No one can see the gremlin tearing apart an airplane's wing, except a newly released mental patient.

    Director: Richard Donner

    Writer: Richard Matheson

  • Time Enough at Last
    8.9/10 7,817 votes

    #4 - Time Enough at Last

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 1959-11-20

    A bank teller, obsessed with reading, faces conflicts at work and home because of his passion for literature.

    Director: John Brahm

    Writer: Rod Serling

  • The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street
    8.9/10 6,167 votes

    #5 - The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 1960-03-04

    Paranoia strikes the residents of Maple Street when they believe human-looking aliens have invaded the neighborhood.

    Director: Ron Winston

    Writer: Rod Serling

  • Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?
    8.7/10 4,338 votes

    #6 - Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?

    Season 2 Episode 28 - Aired 1961-05-26

    State Troopers follow the tracks from a frozen pond, into a diner. Inside they find a soda jerk, a bus driver and his seven passengers. The bus driver is certain only six people boarded his bus…

    Director: Montgomery Pittman

    Writer: Rod Serling

  • Living Doll
    8.7/10 3,748 votes

    #7 - Living Doll

    Season 5 Episode 6 - Aired 1963-11-01

    Erich is displeased when his wife buys an expensive doll for his step-daughter. He becomes even more displeased when the doll tells him it doesn't like him!

    Director: Richard C. Sarafian

    Writer: Jerry Sohl, Charles Beaumont

  • The Obsolete Man
    8.6/10 4,109 votes

    #8 - The Obsolete Man

    Season 2 Episode 29 - Aired 1961-06-02

    In a future state where religion and books have been banned, a librarian is judged obsolete and sentenced to death.

    Director: Elliot Silverstein

    Writer: Rod Serling

  • The Shelter
    8.6/10 3,558 votes

    #9 - The Shelter

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 1961-09-29

    When a nuclear attack appears imminent, several suburban friends and neighbors fight over control of a single bomb shelter.

    Director: Lamont Johnson

    Writer: Rod Serling

  • It's a Good Life
    8.6/10 4,555 votes

    #10 - It's a Good Life

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 1961-11-03

    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.

    Director: James Sheldon

    Writer: Rod Serling, Jerome Bixby

  • The Masks
    8.6/10 3,285 votes

    #11 - The Masks

    Season 5 Episode 25 - Aired 1964-03-20

    A wealthy dying man invites his family to a Mardi Gras party and insists that they wear masks specially made for them, threatening to cut off their inheritance if they refuse.

    Director: Ida Lupino

    Writer: Rod Serling

  • A Stop at Willoughby
    8.5/10 4,733 votes

    #12 - A Stop at Willoughby

    Season 1 Episode 30 - Aired 1960-05-06

    Riding home on the train one day, a stressed businessman falls asleep and dreams it is 1888, and he is entering a small, idyllic town called Willoughby.

    Director: Robert Parrish

    Writer: Rod Serling

  • Five Characters in Search of an Exit
    8.5/10 3,879 votes

    #13 - Five Characters in Search of an Exit

    Season 3 Episode 14 - Aired 1961-12-22

    A hobo, clown, bagpipe player, ballerina and military officer are trapped in a huge cylinder.

    Director: Lamont Johnson

    Writer: Rod Serling

  • The After Hours
    8.4/10 4,537 votes

    #14 - The After Hours

    Season 1 Episode 34 - Aired 1960-06-10

    Puzzled and unsettled by the odd behavior of the salespeople, a woman discovers that the floor of a department store, on which she bought a gold thimble, doesn't exist.

    Director: Douglas Heyes

    Writer: Rod Serling

  • The Silence
    8.4/10 3,361 votes

    #15 - The Silence

    Season 2 Episode 25 - Aired 1961-04-28

    A talkative man takes an offer to keep silent for a year for $500,000.

    Director: Boris Sagal

    Writer: Rod Serling

  • The Midnight Sun
    8.4/10 3,811 votes

    #16 - The Midnight Sun

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 1961-11-17

    The Earth's orbit has been changed, drawing ever closer to the sun and promising eminent destruction.

    Director: Anton Leader

    Writer: Rod Serling

  • And When the Sky Was Opened
    8.3/10 5,061 votes

    #17 - And When the Sky Was Opened

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 1959-12-11

    Recovering in the hospital after a space mission, Major William Gart is visited by his co-pilot Lieutenant Colonel Clegg Forbes, who insists on the existence of a third astronaut.

    Director: Douglas Heyes

    Writer: Rod Serling, Richard Matheson

  • Nick of Time
    8.3/10 4,106 votes

    #18 - Nick of Time

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 1960-11-18

    A superstitious newlywed becomes obsessed by a penny fortune-telling machine when he and his new wife are stranded with car trouble.

    Director: Richard L. Bare

    Writer: Richard Matheson

  • Nothing in the Dark
    8.3/10 3,409 votes

    #19 - Nothing in the Dark

    Season 3 Episode 16 - Aired 1962-01-05

    A lonely old woman refuses to leave her apartment for fear of meeting "Mr. Death."

    Director: Lamont Johnson

    Writer: George Clayton Johnson

  • An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
    8.3/10 2,717 votes

    #20 - An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

    Season 5 Episode 22 - Aired 1964-02-28

    As a Confederate spy is about to be hanged, the rope breaks and he falls to the water below. Finally free, he races for his home where his family awaits... as does the terrible truth of his future...

    Director: Robert Enrico

    Writer: N/A

  • Walking Distance
    8.2/10 6,100 votes

    #21 - Walking Distance

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 1959-10-30

    A stressed advertising executive, driving through the country, leaves his car and starts to walk toward his hometown, Homewood. He finds things exactly as they were when he was a child.

    Director: Robert Stevens

    Writer: Rod Serling

  • The Hitch-Hiker
    8.2/10 5,246 votes

    #22 - The Hitch-Hiker

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 1960-01-22

    Alone on a cross-country trip, a woman continually encounters the same mysterious hitch-hiker who inexplicably reappears at various points in her journey.

    Director: Alvin Ganzer

    Writer: Rod Serling, Lucille Fletcher

  • The Howling Man
    8.2/10 4,098 votes

    #23 - The Howling Man

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 1960-11-04

    A man on a walking trip of post-World War I Europe gets caught in a storm. He comes across a remote monastery with a mysterious prisoner.

    Director: Douglas Heyes

    Writer: Charles Beaumont

  • Shadow Play
    8.2/10 3,012 votes

    #24 - Shadow Play

    Season 2 Episode 26 - Aired 1961-05-05

    Trapped in a recurring nightmare, a man tries to persuade those who are sentencing him to death that the whole scenario is not real.

    Director: John Brahm

    Writer: Charles Beaumont

  • The Changing of the Guard
    8.2/10 2,790 votes

    #25 - The Changing of the Guard

    Season 3 Episode 37 - Aired 1962-06-01

    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.

    Director: Robert Ellis Miller

    Writer: Rod Serling