Rod Serling -- or as I like to call him, the Cary Grant of hell -- was a holiday fixture for me growing up. Each year, I would try to mainline as many episodes of his seminal TV series, “The Twilight Zone,” on the SciFi Channel’s New Year’s Eve marathon. Here’s the thing: Serling is not the best person for that particular holiday. No, he and his smartly tailored suit are far more suited for that spookiest of special days, Halloween.
“The Twilight Zone,” in its original incarnation, ran for five seasons from 1959 to 1964. Not all episodes are scary, mind you. If you’re in the mood for a little black-and-white horror without any gore, though, you’ve got streaming options: Hulu, Amazon Prime and CBS.com have all five seasons available for subscribers (with 10 episodes for free on the third option). Netflix has four seasons, too.
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Here are five episodes guaranteed to prevent you from getting the recommended 7-8 hours of nightly sleep. I’m going to skip the “There’s a man on the wing!” one with Captain Kirk in it, because that gremlin costume is wack. Neener-neener, neener-neener, neener-neener ...
?“Living Doll” (Season 5, Ep. 6)
Creepy dolls: I love ’em, you love ’em, we all love ’em. Talky Tina wants the same thing every toy wants. She wants to play with the little girl that owns her, and she also wants to mercilessly taunt that girl’s abusive stepfather and threaten to kill him whenever possible. Like, it straight up tells the dude (played by Telly Savalas) that it is going to go full “Liam Neeson in ‘Taken’” on him. One of the better killer dolls in pop culture, because Tina’s kind of the hero!