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  • The Whole Truth on Random Worst Episodes Of 'The Twilight Zone'

    (#8) The Whole Truth

    • January 20, 1961

    IMDb Score: 6.5

    Synopsis: A used-car dealer ends up purchasing a vehicle from an old man who says it's haunted. He doesn't believe it at first, but he soon finds himself compelled to always tell the truth. 

    Why it falls short: You may recognize this premise from the Jim Carrey movie Liar, Liar. And in all honesty, you're better off watching that film. This episode really doesn't go beyond the joke of "used car salesman must be truthful about the awful cars he's trying to sell." It's a one-note joke that gets played-out fast. Season Two was awash with comedic episodes, and while some hit, others missed by a mile. This episode, along with "Mr. Dingle, the Strong", are two of the season's weaker ones.

  • Hunted on Random Worst Episodes Of 'The Twilight Zone'

    (#20) Hunted

    • November 13, 2002

    IMDb Score: 6.8

    Synopsis: An elite special forces squadron is sent deep into the forces to take care of a wild creature that has been hunting and killing nearby citizens (and soldiers). As the creature starts picking off team members, the team leader is captured, and soon realizes what kind of creature they've really been hunting.

    Why it falls short: While the end twist works on certain levels, this is about as generic of an action story as you can get. Characters say cliched lines like "Stay with me" to a dying man. Plus, you can pretty much see the twist coming from a mile away. 

  • What's in the Box on Random Worst Episodes Of 'The Twilight Zone'

    (#15) What's in the Box

    • March 13, 1964

    IMDb Score: 7.3

    Synopsis: An old married couple fights a lot. After their TV is repaired, they begin seeing programming showing them in the future. And it shows the husband killing his wife. 

    Why it falls short: "What's in the Box" has a tried-and-true formula. A man sees into the future, and through his attempts to avoid that fate, he ends up making it come true. Unfortunately, here the formula falls short as you know what's going to happen from the very beginning. There's no compelling twist, no ah-ha moment; just a mundane episode with predictable plot points.

  • Cavender Is Coming on Random Worst Episodes Of 'The Twilight Zone'

    (#3) Cavender Is Coming

    • May 25, 1962

    IMDb Score: 5.8

    Synopsis: An angel tries to earn its wings by helping Agnes Grep, a clumsy young woman, finally achieve real happiness. After realizing how Grep's wacky antics often get her into trouble, the disheartened angel works overtime to help improve her life in 24 hours or risk being demoted.

    Why it falls short: Comedy has always been pretty tricky for The Twilight Zone, but it's uniquely unbecoming in this episode. It doesn't provide any commentary for the human existence, which makes sense when you consider that this episode was supposed to be a pilot for a completely different series. 

  • Point of Origin on Random Worst Episodes Of 'The Twilight Zone'

    (#5) Point of Origin

    • May 16, 2019

    IMDb Score: 4.9

    Synopsis: A wealthy socialite is asked by her housekeeper if her grandson can use her address since she's an illegal immigrant. The socialist agrees, but the housekeeper is soon taken into ICE custody. It's not long until the socialist figures out the housekeeper is actually an illegal alien from another dimension. 

    Why it falls short: This episode makes some valid points about the immigrant experience in America. The problem is that the story is so opaque, and the dialogue is so on-the-nose. The audience is basically spoon-fed a lesson without any subtext.

  • The Mighty Casey on Random Worst Episodes Of 'The Twilight Zone'

    (#6) The Mighty Casey

    • June 17, 1960

    IMDb Score: 6.2

    Synopsis: A baseball team manager allows a robot named Casey to pitch for his team. The robot has the power to throw balls incredibly fast that they just can't be hit. Casey's inventor ends up giving him an artificial heart so that it can become more human. 

    Why it falls short: This episode is simply too schmaltzy. To add insult to injury, the tone varies significantly from one moment to the next. At one moment, it's a wacky comedy about a robot baseball pitcher, and the next, it's a rumination on what it truly means to be human. 

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The Twilight Zone consists of five seasons of independent dramas aired on CBS from 1959 to 1964. Although it did not produce the classic high standards that people expected, its mysterious and vague atmosphere is still quite attractive. This classic supernatural TV drama has since been remade in many different versions. Although it is an old drama, it is still worth watching for horror fans.

To be honest, The Twilight Zone has a lot of bad episodes due to backward filming technology at the time. The rand tool lists 20 of the worst episodes of the Twilight Zone you could skip.

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