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11 timeless facts about the Twilight Zone

MetV Network – by MeTV Staff – May 11, 2016

THE TWILIGHT ZONE, Rod Serling, 1959-64

THE TWILIGHT ZONE, Rod Serling, 1959-64

Photo: Rod Serling host of The Twilight Zone. Image: Everett Collection

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The show that introduced us to the fifth dimension has a seemingly infinite legacy that continues to this day. Through Rod Serling’s brilliant writing and storytelling, viewers have been exposed to sensitive subjects and thought-provoking storylines for over half a century.

Set against paranormal and futuristic settings, The Twilight Zone has a timeless aura that still makes the show feel fresh, especially compared to today’s selection of science-fiction programming.

Today is Twilight Zone Day, which we didn’t make up with our imagination. It’s a real holiday. So cross over with us, and find out some things you never knew about The Twilight Zone.

There were almost six dimensions.

While recording the opening to the pilot episode in 1959, Serling exclaimed there was a sixth dimension to explore. When a network executive overheard the introduction, he asked Serling what happened to the fifth dimension. Serling assumed there were already five dimensions, not four. Luckily, the mistake was corrected before the episode aired.

Viewers sent in scripts.

If you were an amateur writer in the 1960s, or just a fan of the show, you could send in a script to be considered for an episode. In total, 14,000 scripts were sent in. Serling read about 500 of them, and absolutely none were made into an episode. Serling said only two were any good, but they didn’t fit the format of the show.

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