'Twilight Zone' Quiz


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5 Min Quiz

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You are entering a quiz of another dimension, 'The Twilight Zone' quiz. How much do you know about this highly acclaimed show, one of the true classics of anthology television?

Who created "The Twilight Zone"?

Serling was a World War II veteran who returned to America with physical, mental and emotional wounds. He used writing as an outlet for his problems and wound up creating "The Twilight Zone."


In what year did the show debut on TV?

For its first run, the show debuted in 1959. It ran until 1964.


In the iconic first-season episode "Time Enough at Last," what happens to Henry Bemis after he discovers he is the last man on Earth and can finally read all of his books?

Bemis' glasses breaking were a cruel twist of fate.


Henry Bemis was portrayed by what Emmy award-winning actor, who appeared as a guest star in a record four "Twilight Zone" episodes?

Meredith was also well-known for playing The Penguin in the "Batman" TV series.


In the episode called "To Serve Man," the title refers to what?

In a twist ending, viewers discover that an alien race is using the book to assist them in eating humans.


Of the 156 episodes in the original series, how many were written by Rod Serling?

Serling was the primary creative force behind the show's stimulating stories -- he wrote 92 of the 156 episodes.


Which major TV network aired the original series?

Although it had a base of rabid fans, the show never did better than average with ratings, meaning the creators were constantly fighting to keep the show alive.


In the show's narration, Serling said viewers were about to enter "a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of ________"?

Next stop, the Twilight Zone.


How long were most of the original "Twilight Zone" episodes?

For four of its five seasons, the show was about a half hour in length.


What made the fourth season of "The Twilight Zone" different from the original series' other seasons?

Despite the increased episode length, ratings did not increase. Serling later said the series worked best in a half-hour version


Which of these famed sci-fi authors wrote one of the original "Twilight Zone" stories?

Bradbury wrote multiple scripts, but only one was developed into a show. Serling famously said that he thought Bradbury's work was better for books than for the TV screen.


Which of these famous actors appeared on the original series?

"The Twilight Zone" was also known for featuring relatively unknown actors who later went on to great fame.


Who did Serling originally want to narrate the series?

Welles, of course, is known for his groundbreaking work on projects such as "War of the Worlds" and "Citizen Kane."


Why didn't Welles narrate the series?

Welles wanted too much money to do the job, so it fell on Serling to perform the narrative tasks.


What famous actor, best known for portraying a Star Trek captain, appeared in two episodes?

Shatner appeared in two episodes, most famously in a story about a man who slowly loses his mind during an airline flight.


Which iconic Twilight Zone episode is about an "ugly" woman in bandages whose cosmetic surgery, at the hands of doctors and nurses with grotesque faces, fails?

The episode is one of the most respected — and parodied — in "Twilight Zone" history.


Which fresh-faced future movie star played the Angel of Death in the third season's "Nothing in the Dark?"

Redford played a policeman who is eventually revealed as a benevolent angel of death.


What nightmare does Norma suffer from in the third season episode "The Midnight Sun"?

Norma dreams that the Earth is falling toward the sun — but when she wakes up, viewers discover the opposite is actually true.


When he started the show, how did Serling initially envision obtaining scripts for new episodes?

He thought that soliciting the public would be a way for new writers to break into the industry. After being inundated with thousands of poor stories, Serling gave up and went back to tried and true Hollywood ways.


How can Lt. Fitzgerald, in the first season episode "The Purple Testament," tell when one of his Army infantry comrades is about to be killed in action?

At the end of the episode, Fitzgerald catches a glimpse of himself in a mirror — and notices the glow surrounding his face.


Rod Serling banned the show's other writers from using which word?

For reasons that he never fully explained, only Serling was allowed to use the word "God."


In the first season episode "Walking Distance," how does Martin Sloan, while visiting the past, get the limp he walks with when he returns to the present?

A young Ron Howard makes a brief appearance in the episode.


In what year did "The Twilight Zone" movie appear in theaters?

"Twilight Zone: The Movie" was released in 1983. It started Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow and Albert Brooks, among others.


How many times was the show rebooted on TV?

The show was so popular that it made repeated comebacks, once in 1985 and again in 2002.


During the 1980s reboot of the show, how often did the narrator appear onscreen?

Unlike the original, in which Serling often appeared in the show, the narrator of the newer series was never on camera.


Which modern epic fantasy author worked as a writer and story consultant on the 1980s CBS revival of The Twilight Zone?

The "Game of Thrones" author also wrote for ABC's "Max Headroom."


What band, known for its lengthy jams during frequent live shows, composed the theme music for the 1980s "Twilight Zone" revival?

The new theme incorporated elements from the original series' theme.


Who was the host for the second series revival, which began in 2002?

Forest Whitaker, who appeared in films such as "Platoon" and "The Butler," was the narrator for the second reboot.


For how many seasons did Rod Serling serve as executive producer on the original series?

Serling fought for creative control of the show and wound up as executive producer on each of the five seasons.


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