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The Twilight Zone's 50th Anniversary Celebrated Tonight

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Twilight Zone 50th anniversary screening event at the Egyptian tonight.
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The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling’s sci-fi TV anthology series celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The original series first launched on Oct. 2, 1959, and it led viewers into another dimension of space and time, full of time travelers, apocalyptic scenarios and other worldly cultures (that often-times weren’t as friendly as E.T.) 

Controversial topics like race relations, prejudice and questioning cultural norms were often addressed in episodes, with “the stranger,” aliens or demons standing in for oppressed groups. After five years and 156 episodes, the series ended. There were two attempts to revive the series, but they never really came close to Serling’s imagination.