Early Television Memories
The Twilight Zone
Issue Date: August 11, 2009
City: North Hollywood, CA
“This was my favorite show growing up! There was nothing else like ‘The Twilight Zone.’ Rod Serling’s clipped voice and the creepy music that even now if you hum it, many people know what you mean – something strange is going on. There were monsters and aliens and other weird things, but the biggest focus was on what was in the character’s mind – and the great or terrible things within.” – Mike S.
Early television did not allow social commentary on contemporary issues such as nuclear war or bigotry, but this unique show found a way around censors. These hot-button topics were explored by presenting the stories as science fiction, featuring things like space aliens, time travel, or alternate worlds. The narrator opened every episode with sly irony, inviting early audiences into a world where anything was possible, yet people were still bound by their nature.