Thursday, October 01, 2009

Half a Century in the Zone

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the debut of "The Twilight Zone."

It's always been one of my favorite shows. I guess I have seen every episode at least once now.

When the original series — with Rod Serling doing his now–famous intros — first appeared on America's TV screens half a century ago, the first episode was "Where Is Everybody?" starring Earl Holliman, who marked his 81st birthday last month.

The first season of "The Twilight Zone" featured some of the series' most classic episodes and boasted some great guest stars, like Ed Wynn, Burgess Meredith, Ida Lupino, Gig Young, Jack Warden, Rod Taylor, Fritz Weaver, Everett Sloane, Dick York, Vera Miles, Claude Akins, Roddy McDowall, Sebastian Cabot, George Grizzard, Jack Klugman, Orson Bean, Anne Francis and Keenan Wynn.

The Syfy Channel (formerly the Sci–Fi Channel) will be showing "Twilight Zone" episodes all day tomorrow in honor of the occasion, and that first episode will kick things off at 7 a.m. (Central).