Wednesday, September 30, 2009

'The Twilight Zone' turns 50

It's hard to believe that the The Twilight Zone began on television 50 years ago. My partner CJ and I enjoyed watching the show on DVD earlier this year; good stories and a lot of great old stars in the episodes.

Zap2it reports:
On a Friday night in October 1959, Americans began slipping into a dimension of imagination as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. They've really never returned. "The Twilight Zone," first submitted for the public's approval by a reluctant CBS 50 years ago Friday, has resonated with viewers from generation to generation with memorable stories carrying universal messages about society's ills and the human condition.

Like the time-space warps that anchored so many of the show's plots, Rod Serling's veiled commentary remains as soul-baring today as it did a half-century ago, and the show's popularity endures in multiple facets of American pop culture. "I'm interested in the escapist ideas, the psychological nature of the stories," said Lauren Chizinski of Houston, a first-year graduate student in sculpting at Syracuse University who is among two dozen students taking a class on show and its 50th anniversary.

"The Twilight Zone" has been exulted in mediums such as pinball and video games and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride at Disney theme parks. The original show — which ran just five seasons, 1959-1964 — led to a feature film by Steven Spielberg and John Landis in 1983, and is reportedly soon to appear again on the silver screen from Leonardo DiCaprio's production company. READ MORE

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