Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Like Twilight Zone? Don't Miss These Shows

I've always been a Twilight Zone fan. Something about that classic black-and-white film look, combined with the spooky twist. Not to mention this guy, who is arguably one of the best TV show hosts/creators of all time.



But while rewatching old episodes on Hulu, the website clued me into a couple of shows I missed. I've seen every episode of Twilight Zone at least five times, so being able to see NEW twisty stories shot on black-and-white film was a HUGE treat. Here are four shows you don't want to miss if you like Twilight Zone!



Alfred Hitchcock gets my vote for one of the worst TV hosts of all time, but the man could produce a movie. This TV series has great actors and suspenseful storylines. Watch on Hulu.



If not for Hulu, I would have never, ever known this show existed. It's supposedly based on true stories, but it has a definite Twilight Zone feel. Watch the pilot on YouTube. (To watch the rest, search One Step Beyond Season 1 episode 2, etc.)



It may not have the production quality of his original series, but Rod Serling's 1970s anthology series is definitely worth a watch. Some of the episodes are cheesy, but there are many, many more that will be on your mind for years after you watch them. Watch on Hulu.




I had to throw one modern-day example in! Stephen King tweeted about Black Mirror while he was watching the first season. I was curious, so I clicked over to Netflix and watched Season One. It's a British show that mixes Twilight Zone-style sci-fi with the future of tech. It proposes a future in which technology changes our lives...for better or worse. Watch on Netflix.

What is your favorite classic TV show?

54 comments:

  1. I've seen a few episodes of One Step Beyond. And of course I've seen all the episodes of the other three.
    There was also an old show called The Outer Limits that was freaky. And getting a little more modern, there was Tales From the Darkside.

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    1. Yeah, Outer Limits is a little too space-focused, right? Once it veers out into, "Hey look at us, we're on a spaceship!" it starts losing me! I did watch Tales from the Darkside growing up, but it always seemed cheesy. I think because I was comparing it to Twilight Zone too much, maybe?

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  2. There is something about the old Twilight Zone episodes that stay with you forever. I'd say Night Gallery would be second and Outer Limits was okay. I'll have to check these others out.

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    1. Definitely do! You can never go wrong with Alfred Hitchcock.

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  3. I've never heard of One Step Beyond. Seen all the others and enjoyed them, especially Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

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    1. I hadn't heard of it either, although my mom remembered it as "Alcoa Presents." Alcoa Aluminum was the sponsor--sometimes their ads pop up on the YouTube versions. I still have to watch Season 3...but I'm enjoying it!

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  4. Really enjoy those old Twilight Zones. Some have stayed with me for many years. :)

    Definitely going to check out Night Gallery and Black Mirror.

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    1. Season 3 of Black Mirror was just added...they've pulled in some big stars for that season, it looks like! Robert Downey, Jr. and George Clooney got into a bidding war over one of the episodes--about a device that lets people record every minute of their lives and play it back later (which would be a bad thing, turns out!). Robert Downey, Jr. won but they're going to turn it into a typical Hollywood action/adventure, so it won't be as good as the British version, which is more of a brainy/sci-fi take on it.

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  5. I never missed The Twilight Zone.

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    1. I've watched all five seasons all the way through three times, in addition to the random episodes I've seen separately! Every few years I just like to go back through and enjoy them all again. Now that they're all on YouTube, it's just too easy!

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  6. I'll still watch Twilight Zone on reruns. My very favorite episode on TZ is The Hunt. It's about and old man and his dog who die while on a hunt. If you haven't seen this one, you must. It's written for the animal lover.

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    1. I know--I don't know if you remember this, but in the 90s, when the internet was young, people sent around an email spammy version of that. (Back when we emailed that stuff because we couldn't post it on Facebook.) I hadn't even seen that episode when I read that, but I saw it later and thought, "HEY! That was that email that went around!"

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  7. I'm familiar with most of these shows, but they're a little out of my league :-) I remember one called Tales From the Crypt. I was at Halloween party one year and I believe we watched an episode of this. Someone pointed out that Bobby on Taxi was in the episode.

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    1. I watched a few Tales from the Crypts, but I never had HBO long enough to watch all of them! That was around the time I was a teenager/in college and I was easily distracted.

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  8. One no one has mentioned yet is Masters of Horror (John Carpenter directed this with multiple talented writers). If you can find it, it's a must watch!

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    1. I've never seen that one. I'm going to have to look it up!

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  9. Sounds like some interesting shows. I've seen Twilight Zone and a few episodes of Night Gallery, of course. But I've never seen the rest. Perhaps a wroth looking into, if they are available on Amazon Prime.

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    1. I have Prime, but only for shipping. (I'm on a family account.) I'm not sure which ones are on Amazon, but you can find them all on YouTube. They're too old for the networks to get all freaky about them being out there for free!

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  10. I don't watch a lot of TV, but Twilight Zone was one of my favorites. I'd enjoy seeing the shows again. Have not watched any of the others. Maybe this winter when it's too cold to go outside I'll take a look.

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  11. As a girl, I loved Twilight Zone but then I would bust ass to switch the channel before Night Gallery (you know during the good old pre-remote-control days). Cheesy or not, it scared the daylights out of me!

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    1. I don't remember Night Gallery being on--but in the 80s, one of our local stations (maybe the one that later became Fox?) showed it on Saturday afternoons. I'd always watch it...I imagine it would've been much scarier at night! But my favorite episode to this day is the one about the woman in the dept. store trying to return a thimble. That one stuck with me as a child and I have to watch it every time when it's on today! Also the one about the woman who goes back to her hometown for a picnic and she keeps seeing weird things in her ring.

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  12. Yay! Loved Night Gallery and Twilight Zone as a kid. The stories were really clever and masterfully done. I used to really appreciate how Hitchcock would pop up quickly in his movies. My all time favorite was on HBO and called Tales From the Crypt, and even picked it up on DVD. Hugs...

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    1. Hitchcock was a complete jerk...hard to get past that. Kinda like how I felt about Sean Connery after I saw him say it's okay to slap a woman if she doesn't shut up when she's supposed to. It's hard to get past what you hear about the way they treat women...but on Alfred Hitchcock Presents he really is annoying after a while. He thinks he's funny, I guess? Maybe it's one of those "you had to be there" things!

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  13. Twilight Zone... Ah, good times. I remember listening to the theme song every night as my parents shooed us off to bed, and the nights we snuck into the doorway of the living room to watch without their notice. Good memories.

    I loved the old comedies. Get Smart, Mr. Ed, I Dream of Genie, Bewitched... Thanks for taking me back. Fun times!

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    1. That theme song used to be my ringtone. It's definitely a fun one! I loved Bewitched growing up. And Gilligan's Island was always on, so that was a favorite of mine, too. I would've loved those other shows if they'd been on when I was looking for something to watch on TV (before cable!) but they didn't happen to be shown during those years. When cable came on, it was all about MTV!

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  14. Oh scary. Black Mirror sounds interesting. I don't really love scary shows though...i get freaked too easily.

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    1. Black Mirror is weird...it's more "how technology will change our world" than scary. It poses some VERY interesting questions. If we could sign up for a service where we could speak to our deceased loved ones, would we? Probably...but would that keep us from healing? If we could record every second of the day and play it back on demand, how would that change our lives? It's all SO fascinating, I think! But maybe I'm just a tech geek.

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  15. I love all these shows. I can remember being home and not going one place or another so I could watch these shows. Long before VCRs came out.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. I remember that time, too! I had a black and white TV in my bedroom without cable, even after we got cable, so I'd watch things that I might not have if I'd had cable. I watched Solid Gold every Saturday, for instance, because that was the only thing on on a Saturday afternoon. Same with Fame at 6pm on Saturdays on the station that later became Fox. It made for some interesting TV!

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  16. I like a nice classic black-and-white film look too ♥

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    1. I remember when Felicity did a Twilight Zone takeoff and advertised it was in "classic black and white." It worked!!! I thought at the time, "ANYTHING looks better in classic black and white!" But part of it was that Twilight Zone was on film--most of the episodes anyway. You can tell SUCH a difference in the few episodes they taped instead of filmed.

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  17. I still watch them any chance I get! I wish they didn't come on at 2 o'clock in the morning ;-)

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    1. I love that SyFy does marathons on holidays! They don't show them in order, though. I'm a little weird about wanting to watch things in order, even though there's no reason to have to watch Twilight Zone in order.

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  18. I've never done well with spooky shows. When I was about five years old, I remember watching something with a murderer who had a creepy voice. It might have been on Alfred Hitchcock's show. When we went to bed, one of my older sisters imitated the voice. I was so scared I probably didn't sleep for a month.

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    1. That sounds like Alfred Hitchcock, for sure. There were some scary episodes! Night Gallery had some shows that would have stuck with you for years, too.

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  19. Some of these I've never heard of. I'll have to check them out.

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    1. I've learned a lot, thanks to Hulu's "Recommended based on your interest in Twilight Zone" feature!

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  20. I'm not a big ST fan and mostly I do love the older tv shows..I fall asleep most nights watching Mama's Family which I love to the moon and back..she is such a great actor...and of course, Mayberry with Barney...hahh

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    1. I never was a Mayberry fan, but I get that it was definitely a classic. I think it's growing up in the South. I always gravitated toward things that WEREN'T Southern when I was a kid. Don't know why! I still hate country music. I guess it was my way of rebelling!

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  21. I never missed a Night Gallery episode!! I treated that enterprise the same as I was loyal to all Elvis Presley movie that plastered Red Eye Cinema every Saturday night!! Blanket, check....favorite pajamas, check....favorite dry cereal as a snack....check!

    Fun times!!!

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    1. The Night Gallery episode with the woman who keeps dreaming about a house FREAKED me out! And there was one Night Gallery where someone showed up at a house in the future with all this tech. The guy had a surveillance video, a thing that looked vaguely similar to an iPad, a GPS navigation system...it was quite spooky how much it predicted tech of the future. Of course, the design of those items was very 1970s, but it still felt a little weird!

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  22. I did know about Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Night Gallery. Never seen any Night Gallery, but there was a time they were showing Hitchcock repeats somewhere.

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  23. Love the Twilight Zone and I also loved One Step Beyond which freaked me out big time. I enjoyed Hitchcock on his show. These are great and I would add Bewitched also.

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  24. I dont watch a lot of thriller type programmes. Lots of syfy though. We have a programme called Humans, that is about AI that have been given emotions. Everyone has AI in thier home as a housekeeper or nurse. The second series is about to start soon.

    When I was a kid I stayed at my grandparents house in the school holidays. They let me fall asleep on the sofa and I woke up to a programme called Tales of the Unexpected, or at least that is what my dad said it was. And there was a van driving down a high street, and the back doors opened and a mannequin went through a shop window, I think the van may have been turning the corner or something. And ways the plate glass window cut the mannequin in 2. I screamed the house down and I think this is where my problem with a lot of things on the TV stem from.

    Its really interesting to read the comments here.

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  25. sorry I forgot the link

    http://www.talesoftheunexpectedtvseries.co.uk/

    it was the idea of Roald Dahl and another fellow. (But then a lot of his writing has dark twists doesnt it.)

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  26. To this day, when I go outside in the winter to get the mail, I remember the TZ episode where the research monkeys lock the scientist out in the cold. Or maybe it was the Outer Limits. Too creepy, but I loved those shows.

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  27. I've not heard of some of these TV shows, but we have Hulu so I'll give them a chance to thrill me. When it comes to spooky old TV shows, I always liked Dark Shadows and the Addams Family. And Bewitched. Gotta give credit to Samantha for introducing me to the idea that there are good-hearted witches among us.

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  28. I tried not to watch Twilight Zone. Freaked me out....

    If you have an opportunity, please pit stop by today.

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  29. Twilight Zone and Battlestar Galactica (the old one) were among my childhood favorites.

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  30. I'd heard about Night Gallery and Alfred Hitchcock presents but I've honestly never seen any of them but the original Twilight Zone.

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  31. I hated Twilight Zone! So yeah … not going to watch these. lol. But thanks for the recommendations. :) It's a great time of year to watch scary/twisted tv shows and movies.

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  32. I love the old Twilight Zone! Always freaked me out! LOL!

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  33. I stopped watching The Twilight Zone due to overkill on a few stations. I'm like that with a few shows. Saturation equals not watching it for months/years.

    I definitely enjoyed Night Gallery as I though it was a bit darker than his first.

    Alfred Hitchcock was pretty good. Cheesy host, yes. But the was good.

    Tales from the Darkside was one of the best modern horror t.v. shows out there. Christopher Reeves (pre-accident days) was featured in a real creepy episode about meat fritters.

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