Which Videotaped Episode of the Twilight Zone is Best? Now You Can Cast Your Vote
One of the many hallmarks of The Twilight Zone is how good it looks. Rod Serling promised viewers “television’s elites,” and we got that — both in front of and behind the camera. Each episode was a visual feast, filled with clear, shadow-laden shots that outshines much of what we see on TV even today.
Which is why the six videotaped episodes that popped up in Season 2 stick out like a Kanamit’s sore thumb. Even if you enjoy the stories (and I do, for the most part), it’s a clear step down from the vivid film images we get in the other 150 episodes.
But I’m not here today to dwell on that. (For more on why they were filmed that way, try this short post.) I’m here to ask a basic question: No matter where you stand on the videotaped episodes, which one do you consider the best?
Even if you cringe at the overall look of them, I’m betting most fans still can pick a favorite. So if you’re not among that tiny group who swears they can’t even watch them, how about casting a vote?
Here are the candidates:
“The Lateness of the Hour“
(In which an inventor’s daughter urges her father to get rid of his robot staff)
“Night of the Meek“
(In which a down-and-out department-store Santa gets the nicest gift of all)
“The Whole Truth“
(In which a slick-talking used-car salesman is cursed to tell nothing but the truth)
(In which a hospitalized showgirl is tormented by a recurring premonition of death)
(In which a crotchety old man is transported back to a happier time via an unusual radio)
“Long Distance Call“
(In which a little boy talks to his departed grandmother via a special toy telephone)
UPDATE: Thanks to all who voted! I’m happy to report that Henry Corwin won handily, but “Twenty-Two” and “Long Distance Call” made a very respectable showing. Here are the results:
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Posted on 11/26/2021, in Twilight Zone Polls and tagged Long Distance Call, Night of the Meek, Static, The Lateness of the Hour, The Whole Truth, Twenty-Two, Twilight Zone. Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.