The Worst Episodes of The Twilight Zone: When Rod Serling Missed the Mark

Are you a fan of the hit television series, The Twilight Zone? Well, even the greatest shows have their missteps. As a 30-year-old movie enthusiast, I’ve seen my fair share of good, bad, and downright ugly episodes of this iconic show. From cringe-worthy acting to plot holes big enough to drive a spaceship through, these are the episodes that will have you reaching for the remote. So, grab some popcorn and settle in as we explore the worst episodes of The Twilight Zone. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this list.
I Dream of Genie

I Dream of Genie

Season 4 – Episode 12

Air Date: 1963-03-21

A man considers several possibilities when offered one wish by a genie.

The Incredible World of Horace Ford

The Incredible World of Horace Ford

Season 4 – Episode 15

Air Date: 1963-04-18

Toy designer Horace Ford spends most of his time reminiscing about his idyllic childhood. But when he gets a chance to go back to those years he gets a bitter taste of reality.

Sounds and Silences

Sounds and Silences

Season 5 – Episode 27

Air Date: 1964-04-03

A man’s wish to listen to loud noise backfires.

Young Man's Fancy

Young Man’s Fancy

Season 3 – Episode 34

Air Date: 1962-05-11

When a newlywed couple briefly return to the groom’s childhood home, the ties of the past prove too strong to resist.

The Whole Truth

The Whole Truth

Season 2 – Episode 14

Air Date: 1961-01-20

A peculiar Model A automobile compels a used car dealer to tell only the truth.

The Mighty Casey

The Mighty Casey

Season 1 – Episode 35

Air Date: 1960-06-17

A baseball manager takes his team to the championships thanks to a robot pitcher.

Black Leather Jackets

Black Leather Jackets

Season 5 – Episode 18

Air Date: 1964-01-31

Three tough-looking men on motorcycles disrupt a peaceful suburb when they move in. Yet the neighbors could never imagine just how dangerous these men really are.

Four O'Clock

Four O’Clock

Season 3 – Episode 29

Air Date: 1962-04-06

Oliver Crangle is a bitter, prejudiced man. Through unknown means he intends to shrink every evil person in the world at four o’clock.

King Nine Will Not Return

King Nine Will Not Return

Season 2 – Episode 1

Air Date: 1960-09-30

A WWII captain finds himself in the desert, next to his crashed plane. Where is his crew? And why are futuristic jet planes flying overhead?

A Thing About Machines

A Thing About Machines

Season 2 – Episode 4

Air Date: 1960-10-28

A writer feels that the machines in his house are conspiring against him.

The Bard

The Bard

Season 4 – Episode 18

Air Date: 1963-05-23

An untalented would-be writer’s career takes off when the ghost of William Shakespeare writes his script.

Still Valley

Still Valley

Season 3 – Episode 11

Air Date: 1961-11-24

Confederacy scout Sgt. Joseph Paradine finds a town town full of Union soldiers, and an old man who claims he used witchcraft to paralyze them.

Cavender is Coming

Cavender is Coming

Season 3 – Episode 36

Air Date: 1962-05-25

Cavender, an angel trying to win his wings, tries to help down-on-her-luck Agnes, who has just been fired.

Caesar and Me

Caesar and Me

Season 5 – Episode 28

Air Date: 1964-04-10

A ventriloquist’s dummy goads him into committing burglaries.

The Big Tall Wish

The Big Tall Wish

Season 1 – Episode 27

Air Date: 1960-04-08

Even though Jackson breaks his hand prior to the fight, he wins because Henry – a boy who adores the fighter and believes in magic – made the “big, tall wish.” After the fight the boxer refuses to believe in magic.

Mute

Mute

Season 4 – Episode 5

Air Date: 1963-01-31

A 12-year-old girl who lost her parents in a fire doesn’t speak because she has grown up in a secret telepathic community. The couple who take her in, and her teacher, are determined to help her adapt to their society, no matter the cost.

In Praise of Pip

In Praise of Pip

Season 5 – Episode 1

Air Date: 1963-09-27

Max Phillips is an alcoholic bookie that regrets that he wasn’t a better father to his son, Pip, critically wounded in South Vietnam. A visit to an amusement park gives them both a second chance.

The Thirty-Fathom Grave

The Thirty-Fathom Grave

Season 4 – Episode 2

Air Date: 1963-01-10

A US naval destroyer investigates a mysterious tapping sound coming from a sunken submarine.

The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms

The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms

Season 5 – Episode 10

Air Date: 1963-12-06

A modern day National Guard unit find themselves in the middle of Custer’s Last Stand at the Battle of Little Big Horn.

Queen of the Nile

Queen of the Nile

Season 5 – Episode 23

Air Date: 1964-03-06

Columnist Jordan Herrick is startled to learn that a famous movie actress hasn’t aged in years. Intrigued, he investigates… and soon learns a terrifying secret.