Twilight Zone Series

The Series

Twilight Zone - The SeriesThe Twilight Zone is a television series created by Rod Serling. 156 episodes were made (of the original series) and contain a mix of science fiction, fantasy, suspense and even or horror. Each story typically ends with an unexpected twist. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to serious science fiction and abstract ideas through television and also through a wide variety of Twilight Zone literature. The SyFy Channel (formerly know as The Sci-fi Channel) runs a Twilight Zone marathon every July 4th and New Years holiday weekend. Mr. Serling used the Twilight Zone "canvas" to convey messages of hope and promise or desperation and despair. Either way the viewer left pondering the situation the main character was in and how it related to the world around them.

My first exposure to The Twilight Zone was from the once a week rerun episodes I caught in the late 1960's. I recall how my father knew most of the endings and how I couldn't wait for the big twist at the end. I wish I could be seeing them for the first time now, as an adult, so that I could appreciate the endings more and experience that feeling of surprise. Now I am sure I have not seen all 156 episodes, as they seem to play the same 30 or so when they run the Twilight Zone marathons. So there is still that chance.

Richard Matheson dies at 87

Richard Matheson, writer of the Twilight Zone episode "Nick of Time" dies at 87 - A prolific American science fiction author and screenwriter whose stories were made into movies and TV episodes, has died. He was 87. During a career that spanned more than 60 years, Matheson wrote more than 25 novels and nearly 100 short stories, plus screenplays for TV and film. Several of his novels were made into movies.

"I Am Legend," released in 1954, inspired three films, including 2007's movie of the same name that starred Will Smith.  His 1956 novel "The Shrinking Man" was adapted for the big screen, becoming "The Incredible Shrinking Man."

Matheson was a major contributor to Rod Serling's classic TV series "The Twilight Zone," penning more than a dozen scripts from 1959 to 1964, including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." He also wrote for "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" and was the creative force behind the classic "Star Trek" episode "The Enemy Within."

Matheson's death comes as he was about to be honored by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. He was to have received the organization's Visionary Award at Wednesday's annual Saturn Awards.

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