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Most of the episodes were crap


Yes. there were some classic episodes of the original TZ, but face it. Many were for 5 year olds, many were simply rehashed phoned in scripts, and especially the hour long ones were nothing but worthless filler.
That said there were about 30 classics. But that out of 152 episodes, not a good track record.

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That's your opinion, not fact.

Obviously, you're not a fan of the show. Fine. It wasn't your cup of tea.

In MY opinion this show is rightly considered an iconic show. Of the 156 episodes made, there are 152 that I would say meet the standard of excellence in my eyes. That is a GREAT track record for me.

There are only 4 that I say I would not watch a second time....MR. DINGLE THE STRONG, THE LONELY, THE MIRROR and WHAT'S IN THE BOX.

The rest I can watch over and over again. So the show is far from 'crap' as you put it, in my view.

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Absolutely agree!

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What's wrong with The Lonely?

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Well, I wouldn't say there's anything REALLY wrong with it, just a depressing story with a depressing ending. I can't really bring myself to watch it another time.

Plus Ted Knight's character was so obnoxious that I wanted to kick him all the way to Anthony's cornfield, or save a place for him on the Kanamit's spaceship.

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Perplexed that you put The Lonely on your list. Wonderful episode. Music by Bernard Herrmann is magical.

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As I said it had nothing to do with the quality of the episode....it's just not an episode I want to revisit.

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compared to most anthology shows, the original TZ is actually quite well made.
the concepts and execution are still enjoyable today.

that's gotta say something.
i remember watching ALL episodes in order and can't remember often saying "this was bad"

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Well I'm not comparing it to others. I'm comparing the inferior episodes to the 30 classics and they don't live up to them. I stand by my opinion that about 30 were classics and the rest inferior, rehashed, full of filler, and childish. Because they don't live up to the standard you'd expect of the good ones.
But of course most other series are junk. And the reboots are below junk!

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Good thing for you the Kardashians have a TV show more in tune with your taste.

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Haha, good comment.

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Personally I prefer the original Outer Limits because it leaned more toward pure science fiction rather than the weird fantasy ghost stories and such that often featured on the Twilight Zone.

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I never was a fan of THE OUTER LIMITS precisely because it was mostly all sci-fi.

THE TWILIGHT ZONE has more variety to it, it didn't have just all horror/sci-fi/ghost elements to its stories all the time. It also had tales with a sentimental feel to them (WALKING DISTANCE, THE HUNT, The NIGHT OF THE MEEK to name a few).

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I probably have six or ten episodes I always go back and re-watch, like "A Stop at Willoughby," "The Long Walk," "Elegy" to name a few, for reasons of nostalgia from watching them as a kid, but there are a lot I do skip over and have no need to watch again. Some of Rod Serling's writing to make a moral point can be preachy and not very subtle, so is kind of a turn off.

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You're an idiot.

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+1

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"many were simply rehashed " No, the concepts and stories were rehashed on later shows/movies.

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I can find a plot hole in all 152 episodes

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You can find a plot hole in anything.

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Yes, I am one of the sharper posters on these boards

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I think Angular meant you can find plot holes in just about EVERY movie and tv show that has been made.

Still doesn't change the fact that THE TWILIGHT ZONE is rightly regarded as one of the best shows of all time, despite the naysayers on here who try to claim otherwise.

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Love the Show and always check when its on if its an episode I haven't seen before

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Not enough diversity in the show for my liking. Another example of a TV show with white privilege

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So sick of that phrase 'white privilege'. It's been used to death. I am white, but if I have any privilege because of the color of my skin it's news to me.

This show came out in 1959 and lasted until 1964, an era where diversity was pretty much scarce EVERYWHERE, not just on TV. So it's naive to expect it on a TV series during that era.

I understand that Serling actually wanted to tackle more stories on racism, but was prevented from doing so by the TV studio heads. It was a sign of the times. Not saying it was right, but just the way it was back then.

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Correct. America was even more racist back then. Like you, I am also white. I have found that once I apologized for my white privilege, you feel so much better about yourself. All of us white students did it in class and it was a good thing. Our professor was so proud of us

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Sorry, but I won't apologize for privileges I do not have. And I feel plenty fine with myself.

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You must be a racist then. My college professor warned us about people like yourself

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I'm a racist because I won't apologize for not feeling guilty about my so-called privileged life?

I hate racial intolerance as much as anyone, and I don't consider myself better than anyone else....but slavery was long before my time, as was segregation.

I am sorry that they happened and were allowed to happen for so long but I will not feel sorry for being born white.

Your attitude that I won't apologize for racial injustices or for any privileges I may have (which you only assume I have) makes me a racist is just as wrong as thinking any body non-white is inferior to the white race.

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My college professor told me all about people like yourself. You are a racist. Period!

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The Twilight Zone was one of the first TV shows to have an almost all black cast with the episode The Big Tall Wish. And considering Serling's life long battle against racism and intolerance I imagine he would have made more eps like Wish if not for an uncooperative network and sponsors.

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Yup, America has always been a racist nation

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