Twilight Zone is Set To Leave Netflix June 30

I knew it was only a matter of when. But I was hoping that the legendary TV show that made time travel look possible would be streaming on Netflix for a lot longer.

Alas, The Twilight Zone is set to leave the streaming giant on June 30.

I wrote about this possibility in a blog post last year and also mentioned it in a recent post about how Netflix doesn’t carry the hour-long episodes of Season 4.

Check them out if you want to understand why the show is leaving Netflix. The fact is, this is most likely the decision of CBS, which owns Twilight Zone.

Sure, Netflix could be dropping TZ to save on licensing fees. But more likely, it’s a matter of CBS making it so that people have to subscribe to Paramount+ (formerly CBS All-Access) to get their fifth-dimensional fix.

I’m sure some fans will point out that TZ is still widely available — not only on Hulu, but on high-def DVD and Blu-ray. Plus you can catch reruns (albeit with cut scenes and ad breaks) on MeTV and Syfy.

That’s great — don’t get me wrong. But I want TZ to be as available as possible. As I’ve said before, convenience is king. And if any show, even TZ, isn’t readily available, then many viewers won’t make any extra effort to find it.

That means TZ can continue its slow slide into the cultural memory hole. Sure, TZ is that rare show which is so famous it’s become part of our everyday language. (“I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone!”) But even it’s not totally immune to the ravages of time.

There is a ton of content out there, with more added every day. Will TZ continue to be widely known and loved? Or will it, like the astronauts in “And When The Sky Was Opened,” one day be gone entirely?

To a large extent, that’s up to us. So if you love The Twilight Zone, don’t forget to share it with friends and family. Talk about it on social media. Let’s keep it visible — so future fans will know how timeless it is.

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Don’t miss: “Twilight Zone Streaming: Going with the Flow or Headed for the Rocks?” and “Why Doesn’t Netflix Carry Season 4 of The Twilight Zone?

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Hope to see you in some corner of the fifth dimension soon!

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Posted on 05/20/2021, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. tommy8675309

    Oh, no! Seems like we just can’t have nice things anymore.

  2. bibliomike2020

    I always love your blog, Paul – it’s an exemplar for anyone blogging about pop culture – but I think fears about TZ sliding into oblivion aren’t well-founded at this point. Case in point: Jordan Peele’s recent and, yes, controversial reboot — but it proves the staying power of the Zone. People, whether they liked the reboot or not (and I did, generally), knew about it, even if they didn’t watch it. It made headlines, because “The Twilight Zone” remains a name to conjure with.

    I don’t deny your larger point. It’s up to fans of any property to keep it alive and in the cultural zeitgeist. And nobody who loves anything, from a TV show to a system of government, should take its existence for granted, and should advocate for it any and every chance they can get and make.

    But I think (and could be wrong) it’s likelier Netflix will slide into irrelevance long before “The Twilight Zone” does. :)

    • Thanks, Mike, for the compliment — and I completely see your point. I don’t mean to be alarmist or pessimistic. I agree that the “fear factor” can be over-emphasized. I just don’t want us to become complacent and assume TZ can never go away.

      And yes, I’m sure TZ will outlive Netflix!

  3. That’s a bummer. I have paramount and Hulu, but still… On a brighter note, I discovered that Roku has all seven seasons of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

  4. The way things are going, Paul, we will soon be subscribing to all of these networks independently, and begging Roku to play nice with them. I guess it doesn’t make sense to have every show on every outlet, but it’s getting hard to figure out which service really has value, especially for a guy like me that lives in the past (mostly). Thanks for keeping track of all this.

  5. Alas, it’s never been available on Netflix in the UK, but maybe it’s coming here instead, Paul? Meantime, Jordan Peele’s reboot — which was due to be taken off NowTV in January, is still available. I can only think it’s proved popular with the British public. And I’m loving season 2 of it far more than season 1. The episode with the octopus blew my mind!

  6. It’s time to start buying DVD’s of the seasons and own them yourself.

    I appreciate you keeping the series at the forefront with this blog.

  7. I am so happy I splurged bought the Blu-rays a few months ago. Now I can watch them whenever I want when/if the show gets removed from streaming platforms. But I understand, I think it should always be made available for the convenience of streaming, and free on at least 1 or 2 platforms. After all, TZ aired freely on Network television.

    Since your last post on Series 4, I think I am going to crack those open on the BluRay and watch (Don’t have Netflix or Hulu right now.) It’s been so long and some I don’t remember seeing at all. So it will be a treat.

  8. Everything is cyclical. Just as it had been “away in the cornfields” for many years after it’s debut and was rediscovered, so shall it happen again, you know, if it does happen. I really don’t believe Anthony would let this happen….

    Yeah, I’m over all this paid streaming crap. Everything in life has to be freaking supersized. I understand the whole programming “staleness issue,” but this new culture of paid streaming seems to have gone to unnecessary extremes. But what do I know–I’m a Boomer. ;-)

  9. Thanks for the head up Paul. I’ve watched most of the episodes available on Netflix, but this gives me impetus to catch the remaining ones I haven’t seen yet.

  10. Darnell Weeks

    CBS can do whatever they want. I’m not going to fall for this, I think you’re right, I think they’re just trying to force people to subscribe to another streaming service. Well, it’s not going to happen. I’m a huge fan of The Twilight Zone, which is why I have every episode and every Incarnation on DVD. I just hope Hulu isn’t next, but if so, I’ll just have to watch it on DVD. It’s that simple. I’m not falling for the banana in the tailpipe.

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