Syfy’s 2021-2022 New Year’s Twilight Zone Marathon Schedule

Ah, the Twilight Zone marathon. It’s become such a fixture of each New Year’s Eve. Can you think of a better way to ring out the old and ring in the new than with Rod Serling?

Sure, there are drawbacks to watching the Zone this way. The ads and the edits sometimes seem as if they’ve been engineered by Talky Tina. It’s best to watch the show on disc, frankly. But there’s something comforting about the tradition of the NYE marathon. Plus, it’s great to all be watching at the same time and interacting over social media.

So let’s get to the big question: What will they be showing this year? I know some fans like to be surprised, but most fans appreciate a heads up. So, courtesy of the friendly folks at Syfy (who were nice enough to share the lineup with me ahead of time), here’s the schedule for the 2021-2022 marathon: 104 episodes out of TZ’s 156. Times shown are EST, btw:

Friday, December 31, 2021

2:00am – The Parallel
3:00am – Where is Everybody?
3:30am – One For the Angels
4:00am – Mr. Denton on Doomsday
4:30am – The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine
5:00am – The Incredible World of Horace Ford
6:00am – Judgment Night
6:30am – The Purple Testament
7:00am – Elegy
7:30am – Nightmare As a Child
8:00am – Valley of the Shadow
8:50am – The Chaser
9:15am – A World of His Own
9:40am – King Nine Will Not Return
10:05am – Of Late I Think of Cliffordville
10:55am – A Thing About Machines
11:20am – The Trouble With Templeton
11:45am – Back There
12:10pm – Mr. Dingle, the Strong
12:35am – The Rip Van Winkle Caper
1:00pm – The Mind and the Matter
1:25pm – The Arrival
1:50pm – The Passersby
2:15pm – A Quality of Mercy
2:40pm – Nothing in the Dark
3:05pm – The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank
3:30pm – The Trade-Ins
3:55pm – Hocus-Pocus and Frisby
4:20pm – Young Man’s Fancy
4:45pm – Cavender Is Coming
5:10pm – An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
5:35pm – The New Exhibit
6:25pm – A Kind of Stopwatch
6:50pm – The Last Night of a Jockey
7:15pm – Living Doll
7:40pm – Time Enough at Last
8:05pm – Perchance to Dream
8:30pm – The Hitch-Hiker
8:55pm – The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street
9:20pm – A World of Difference
9:45pm – Night of the Meek
10:10pm – The Odyssey of Flight 33
10:35pm – Long Distance Call
11:00pm – Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?
11:25pm – The Shelter
11:50pm – The Fugitive

Saturday, January 1, 2022

12:15am – Person or Persons Unknown
12:40am – The Masks
1:05am – Jess-Belle
1:55am – Ring-a-Ding Girl
2:20am – On Thursday We Leave For Home
3:10am – A Short Drink From a Certain Fountain
3:35am – You Drive
4:00am – The Self-Improvement of Salvatore Ross
4:30am – Spur of the Moment
5:00am – What’s in the Box?
5:30am – The Brain Center at Whipple’s
6:00am – Mute
7:00am – Passage on the Lady Anne
8:00am – And When the Sky Was Opened
8:30am – Third From the Sun
9:00am – People Are Alike All Over
9:30am – Mr. Bevis
10:00am – The After Hours
10:30am – The Mighty Casey
11:00am – Twenty-Two
11:30am – Static
12:00pm – The Mirror
12:25pm – Once Upon a Time
12:50pm – The Hunt
1:15pm – The Bard
2:05pm – Showdown With Rance McGrew
2:30pm – The Gift
2:55pm – The Little People
3:20pm – The Changing of the Guard
3:45pm – In Praise of Pip
4:10pm – The Old Man in the Cave
4:35pm – Number 12 Looks Just Like You
5:00pm – The Long Morrow
5:25pm – Probe 7 Over and Out
5:50pm – The 7th is Made Up of Phantoms
6:15pm – From Agnes With Love
6:40pm – I Am the Night – Color Me Black
7:05pm – Sounds and Silences
7:30pm – Caesar and Me
7:55pm – A Nice Place to Visit
8:20pm – A Stop at Willoughby
8:45pm – The Howling Man
9:10pm – Eye of the Beholder
9:35pm – Dust
10:00pm – The Invaders
10:30pm – The Obsolete Man
11:00pm – Midnight Sun
11:30pm – Five Characters in Search of an Exit

Sunday, January 2, 2022

12:00am – To Serve Man
12:30am – The Dummy
1:00am – I Sing the Body Electric
1:30am – Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
2:00am – The Jeopardy Room
2:30am – The Encounter
3:00am – Mr. Garrity and the Graves
3:30am – The Bewitchin’ Pool
4:00am – The Thirty-Fathom Grave
5:00am – He’s Alive

Please note that many episodes won’t be starting on the hour and half-hour! Can’t say I’m crazy about that. It’s sure to confuse some people. And although this enables Syfy to include more episodes over a shorter block of time, I can’t see how it’s possible to do without cutting more scenes than they already do.

Also, they’ve scheduled episodes from every season, but there’s an emphasis this time out on Seasons 3 and 5, as well as nine episodes from the lesser-known Season 4, when TZ shifted from a half-hour to an hour.

Would I have made some different choices? Absolutely. Some of the Season 5 picks, for example, are hardly the cream of the TZ crop (and two of the Season 4 picks are on my list of least-favorite TZs). But there are, of course, some real gems.

As always, I’ll be live-tweeting quotes and facts over on my Twitter page, and sharing some fun info on my Facebook page. Hope we get a chance to interact at some point. Enjoy!

***

Curious to see how this year’s line-up compares to past marathons? Click here.

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

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Posted on 12/16/2021, in Twilight Zone and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 73 Comments.

  1. Kat DiStefano

    Thanks for the heads-up! Look forward to it every year, even with the frustration of commercials and edits.

  2. It is fun to be part of the community watching. Thanks for the heads up, Paul.

    • Anytime, Dan! And thanks for always stopping by despite my spotty presence on WP. Life’s very busy these days, and I don’t anticipate a break until after the marathon. Fingers crossed 2022 is better — for me writing my own posts, and for visiting yours and others.

  3. Thanks for the heads up, Paul! Despite their faults, I enjoy the SyFy marathons for the same reasons you do. Also, I enjoy helping with a New Year’s Marathon party every year on Facebook. My favorite way to connect with other TZ fans is for us to chat online together about a TZ episode as we watch it simultaneously. And that’s the main event at these marathon parties.

    “The Brain Center at Mr. Whipple’s?” OK, I remember now; that was the one sponsored by Charmin…

    • You’re welcome, Matt! We all get so little real fellowship these days, and our connections are often so weak — and that predates the pandemic. Anything that gives us a good excuse to have a little fun is fine by me, flaws and all!

  4. E.Tristan.Booth

    For those like me who are not on Facebook or Twitter, you can also participate in marathon conversations on the Twilight Zone sub-Reddit and the Twilight Zone page at Moviechat.org

  5. Thanks for the heads up, Paul! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

  6. Thank you so much for posting this. I love looking forward every year to The Twilight Zone. I miss the 4th of July ones. However, I certainly look forward to New Years 😀

  7. Thank God for the twilight zone marathon!! That has been a family tradition for my family for years !

  8. Thank you, but I think that there might be an error between 6:50pm – The Last Night of a Jockey and 8:05pm – Perchance to Dream. I have 7:15 pm –  Living Doll and 7:40 pm – Time Enough At Last.

  9. I’ll have to check it out!

  10. Dina Greiner

    I love The Twilight Zone!! I don’t see the episode It’s a Good Life. One of my favorites.

  11. I had also assumed the 25 min. episodes would have more cuts than the 30 minute episodes, but last year I recorded all the SYFY 25 min. episodes and later the same episodes from SYFY’s regular 30 minute airings. I watched each episode (both 25 min. and 30 min.) in tandem with the complete original episode as shown on Amazon (playing Amazon on my laptop at the same time as the recorded SYFY versions on my TV), and much to my surprise, the 25 min. versions have exactly the same cuts as the 30 minute versions (at least last year). How they manage to do that, I don’t know. One thing I also noted was that the SYFY versions run slightly faster than the originals–something I would never have noticed if not playing them together in tandem. I couldn’t tell if the 25 min. versions ran any faster than the 30 min. versions.

    • Yes, I think it’s a combination of fewer ads and also — believe it or not — a subtle speeding up of the film. Stations actually do that these days, in an effort to pack still
      more content in. I appreciate you sharing the results of your experiment, btw — that’s interesting!

      • I thought that there were less commercials. Lets me know that I’m not imagining it.

  12. Megan Leslie

    Hey Paul, hope you’re well! I followed along with you last year on Twitter but have since been suspended. I’ll miss it dearly this year, but I’ll still be watching!

    All the best.

    SteeLtoeDocS

    • Oh, sorry to hear about your suspension, Megan! Glad you can still check in here on the blog. If it’s any consolation, I have a number of good posts coming in the new year, when I plan to resume my weekly schedule. In the meantime, hope you enjoy the marathon!

  13. Thanks very much!! I look forward to this marathon every year. It’s the BEST!!!

  14. B Huddleston

    I’m afraid they just might edit even more. Thanks for the schedule. I am curious how Decades does theirs in comparison.

    • You’re welcome! And yes, I’m sure there will be more edits, and/or a subtle speeding up of the film. (Stations actually do that these days!) Not happy about that.

  15. Paul, what do you think of “Ring A Ding Girl.” By far one of my favorite Season 5 episodes and one that is never mentioned on any best of or worst of lists, so I don’t know how it has been generally regarded over the years. But I’m interested in your opinion.

    • I like it, Mark. You’re right — it’s frequently overlooked. Most fans don’t even mention it, either pro or con. I think that’s because it’s an episode you need to sort of think about. It’s a story that makes sense as you think back on it, when certain aspects that initially seemed baffling finally click.

  16. Wow, Decades is going three days, the 31st plus the weekend.

  17. Gloria Pagano

    Happy about the Twlight Zone Marathon..Thank You…Thank You😁😁😁😁😁😁

  18. Thanks Paul for your response on “Ring A Ding Girl.” I’m glad you like it too…it does make you think back about what you’ve just seen. I enjoy the plot buildup and then the big twist at the end. And Rod’s closing has that haunting touch that I always enjoy.

  19. Going to have to print this list and put it up somewhere, like the fridge door. Will enter my fave episodes on my phone alarm. My personal top 10 are in there, with one exception: “The Last Flight” was not selected. (!! Your “Dirty Dozen” is spot on, BTW!)

    • Good thinking, Jeff. I like the idea of people being able to use the list like that. Right there with you on “The Last Flight,” which tends to be overlooked by many fans. Glad too to hear you like the Dirty Dozen list!

  20. The first episode I ever saw, “The Parallel,” leads off the marathon this year. Cool.

  21. Do you know why they always have to make edits and do you know if they’ll be a 4th of July Twilight Marathon always look forward to that one too thank you

    • Hi, Brad.

      The edits are made to pack in more ads — which, of course, pay the bills. The original episodes are 25 minutes long (counting everything, from opening to closing credits), but that five minutes isn’t enough for those who are broadcasting them as reruns these days. Five minutes was sufficient 60 years ago when TZ was a new program, but now channels like Syfy need more ads to raise the necessary revenue.

      I wouldn’t count on a July 4th TZ marathon. The last time they aired on was 2017. Would love to see it return, of course.

  22. Scott Sheaffer

    Thanks so much, Paul! We haven’t had cable or satellite for several years now. I usually find a listing of the episodes and follow along either using my Blu-rays or by streaming. Thanks for putting in the time and effort to post this. This is more convenient and usuable for me than Syfy’s listings. It may not sound like much, but the formatting here works much better for me when it comes to seeing what to queue up next and having an overall view of the big picture.

  23. Annette Kearns

    No “It’s A Good Life” this year 😭

  24. I love the twilight zone! Very entertaining & enlightening

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