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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.

Twilight Zone 50th anniversary screening event at the Egyptian tonight.
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.

Tonight, the American Cinematheque hosts a 50th Anniversary screening at the Egyptian Theater tonight at 8 pm. The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree is joined by writers, directors and for an in-person for discussions with Zicree. Scheduled to appear are: Carol Serling (schedule permitting), Earl Hamner Jr., George Clayton Johnson, H.M. Wynant and others. Tickets for this program available at the door only on the day of the event or in advance. Suggested donation $10.

We’ve posted one our favorite episodes “ Eye of the Beholder” below:

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