Twilight Zone: Season 1 Opening Credits

The opening theme to The Twilight Zone? Sure — a swirling vortex. Or a shattering window, an opening eye, a clock, etc. And that iconic music. Classic.

Season One Logo

But as much as I love those elements, I can’t help thinking they got it right the first time — specifically, the opening theme for Season 1. Maybe it’s Bernard Herrmann’s haunting, dream-like music that does it. Whatever the reason, it sets the stage perfectly, in my view.

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Hard-working, hard-playing fan of all pop culture, especially the Twilight Zone. Which led to a Twitter page. And then to a blog. And then to ... stay tuned. Yes, that's a picture of Rod Serling, not me. You can find the real me under the "Your Host" tab on my blog, along with biographical details that, while 100 percent accurate, sound kind of boastful and braggy. Sorry.

Posted on 06/15/2011, in Twilight Zone. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I think I do like this one better than Season 4’s…it’s creepier….

    But, how can you not like them both? Paradoxes…it’s what the Twilight Zone excels at! :-]

  2. Season 1 beats ’em all, hands down. It’s a matter of simple aesthetics: the soothing, otherworldly, European sounding score; and the relatively brief introduction, with the emphasis on imagination as the “real Twilight Zone” (a concept they moved away from as the years went by); with the closing music, nearly identical to the opening theme seeming to suggest that it was best of all for the viewer to ponder and come to his own conclusions over what he had just seen.

    • That’s a great way of looking at it. I realize that Serling, once the show was established, didn’t have to explain the concept anymore, but I still prefer this longer intro.

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