the twilight zone

By Nate Millado

Originally published in Watch Magazine, November-December 2020.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

The cast of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend sing a broadway number in a mall.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Vincent Rodriguez III, Pete Gardner, Rachel Bloom, Sean van der Wilt, and Santino Fontana.

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"My Mom, Greg's Mom and Josh's Sweet Dance Moves!"

Original airdate: Nov. 30, 2015

It may not be as enduring as Wham!'s "Last Christmas"—or as endearing as Mariah's perennial holiday bop—but dare we say "California Christmastime" is just as catchy? Rebecca and the gang deliver an irreverent showstopper replete with eggnog froyos, a Vietnamese elf, Sublime, pants-less Chet—and a "baked" Santa. And yes, Josh busts out some sweet dance moves!

Everybody Loves Raymond

Katherine Helmond shows an engraved toaster to Patricia Heaton and Ray Romano\u200b in a scene from Everybody Loves Raymond.

Everybody Loves Raymond's Katherine Helmond, Patricia Heaton, and Ray Romano.

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"The Toaster"

Original airdate: Dec. 14, 1998

Neurotic Ray obsesses over what family and friends think of his carefully thought-out gift: an engraved toaster. It's a hit with Debra's picky parents, but without even opening the box, Frank and Marie trade it in for a coffee maker, not realizing its sentimental value. Ray raises a stink, and hilarity ensues as the Barones attempt to recover their son's present.

Everybody Hates Chris

Imani Hakim and Tichina Arnold look askance at each other in a scene from Everybody Hates Chris.

Imani Hakim and Tichina Arnold look askance at each other in a scene from Everybody Hates Chris.

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"Everybody Hates Christmas"

Original airdate: Dec. 15, 2005

Loosely based on his wonder years in "Bed-Stuy," New York, Chris Rock's period sitcom finds the funny in true-to-life situations. At home, Chris wants a Walkman for Christmas, but his parents can't afford it. At school he discovers that the canned food drive for the needy is actually for his own family!

M*A*S*H

Alan Alda examining a patient in a foxhole while dressed in a santa costume.

M*A*S*H's Dr. Hawkeye Pierce (Alan Alda) saves Christmas.

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"Dear Dad"

Original airdate: Dec. 17, 1972

Hawkeye writes home to his father, recounting the holiday happenings at the 4077th: Radar attempting to mail a Jeep home, piece by piece; Colonel Blake conducting an awkward sex education lecture; Klinger threatening to blow Frank up with a grenade. Hawkeye is chosen to be Santa Claus at a party for orphans, but an urgent call about a wounded soldier at the front forces him to bail. A helicopter whisks the chief surgeon to the field to perform emergency surgery—still in his Santa outfit.

Supernatural

Merrilyn Gann\u200b holds Jared Padalecki violently against a sewer wall.

Supernatural's Jared Padalecki and Merrilyn Gann.

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"A Very Supernatural Christmas"

Original airdate: Dec. 13, 2007

Sam and Dean track down an Anti-Claus demon that violently drags its victims up the chimney once a year—not quite warm and fuzzy. Still, this "Special Presentation"—with a retro title card to boot—isn't all doom and gloom. We flash back to 1991 and learn the origin of Dean's amulet, plus the Winchester brothers break out their trademark wit (even while being tortured by pagan gods).

How I Met Your Mother

Alyson Hannigan and a How I Met Your Mother at Christmas scene

How I Met Your Mother's Lily (Alyson Hannigan).

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"How Lily Stole Christmas"

Original airdate: Dec. 11, 2006

Ted nearly ruins Winter Wonderland for Marshall when he calls Lily "a bad word . . . a very, very bad word." (Of course, Ted censors the story for his kids, using the word "Grinch.") Other developments in this legendary episode: suitless Barney! Plus, Marshall gifts Lily an Easy-Bake Oven, something she always wanted but was never allowed to have. The ol' college pals bury the hatchet—turns out Ted held a grudge against Lily for ghosting him after she broke off her engagement to Marshall. But oh, fudge—we never do find out what the bad word was!

The Jeffersons

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The Jeffersons cast, clockwise from bottom right: Damon Evans, Isabel Sanford, Zara Cully, Berlinda Tolbert, Ned Wertimer, Franklin Cover, Roxie Roker, Paul Benedict, Marla Gibbs, and Sherman Hemsley.

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"984 W. 124th St., Apt. 5C"

Original airdate: Dec. 24, 1977

George Jefferson is many things—loud, outspoken, rude, materialistic—but he can be a big softy, too. When Louise discovers her husband has been sending secret payments to an address she doesn't recognize, she's naturally suspicious. (Is George having an affair?!) Weezy follows him to Harlem and is shocked to find out that "Apt. 5C" is where George grew up in poverty. Apparently, George promised himself that if he made it big, he'd never let anyone living there have another terrible holiday.

The Twilight Zone

Art Carney as Henry Corwin in a Christmas-themed episode of The Twilight Zone

Art Carney as Henry Corwin in a Christmas-themed episode of The Twilight Zone.

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"The Night of the Meek"

Original airdate: Dec. 23, 1960

Rod Serling's morality plays tend to skew more terrifying and eerie, but this Christmas-themed installment bucks the trend. It's actually quite touching. A down-and-out department store Santa named Henry Corwin—fired for being drunk on the job—stumbles upon a magical sack of presents. Doling out gifts brings him so much joy that he wishes he could do it every year. The final-act twist implies that Corwin's wish comes true and he heads to the North Pole to become the real Santa!

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Phyllis (Cloris Leachman), Mary (Mary Tyler Moore), and Rhoda (Valerie Harper) from The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Phyllis (Cloris Leachman), Mary (Mary Tyler Moore), and Rhoda (Valerie Harper) from The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

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"Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid II"

Original airdate: Dec. 19, 1970

Poor Mary: All she wants for Christmas is to spend the holiday with her parents. Sadly, Christmas is just like any other day when you work in a newsroom. So she proposes a quiet Christmas Eve instead with best friend Rhoda. But this plan, too, is derailed when a desperate co-worker begs Mary to cover his shift in addition to her own. Anyone who's ever spent the holidays away from home will relate to this bittersweet episode. Happily, Mary's workplace family comes to the rescue: Mr. Grant, Murray, and Ted surprise her at the end of her shift to take her out for drinks.

All In The Family

ean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Carroll O'Connor, and Sally Struthers in All in the Family\u200b.

Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Carroll O'Connor, and Sally Struthers in All in the Family.

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"Christmas Day at the Bunkers'"

Original airdate: Dec. 18, 1971

Belligerent, blue-collar bigot Archie Bunker is a Scrooge practically every day of the year—but he's particularly irate this Christmas. He bah-humbugs at his hippie son-in-law, carolers, the Jeffersons—even the nun soliciting donations at his doorstep. In a surprisingly touching scene with long-suffering wife Edith, Archie reluctantly reveals why he's not in a festive mood: Thanks to a work screw-up, he wasn't given a Christmas bonus.

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The Twilight Zone—executive produced by writer and narrator Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg—returns for its second season, boasting a dazzling array of guest stars. With all 10 episodes dropping at once, get ready for a binge that's out of this world.

Season 2 of The Twilight Zone premieres June 25, exclusively on CBS All Access.

Billy Porter

Two images side-by-side: Billy Porter in a sequined outfit and Billy Porter acting in The Twilight Zone.

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An Emmy-, Tony-, and Grammy-winning performer who has captivated the red carpet with his boundary-breaking style, Billy Porter takes a beat from his award-winning series Pose to appear in "The Who of You."

Morena Baccarin

Two images side-by-side: Morena Baccarin on the red carpet and Morena Baccarin acting in The Twilight Zone.

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She was nominated for an Emmy playing Brody's long-suffering wife, Jessica, in Homeland and played Vanessa in the Deadpool franchise. Morena Baccarin appears in The Twilight Zone episode "Downtime," written by Peele himself.

Joel McHale

Two images side-by-side: Joel McHale portrait and Joel McHale acting in The Twilight Zone.

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A former star of Community and The CW's Stargirl, Joel McHale appears in The Twilight Zone episode "8" opposite Brandon Jay McLaren (Graceland).

Jenna Elfman

Two images side-by-side: Jenna Elfman on the red carpet and Jenna Elfman acting in The Twilight Zone.

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A series regular in Fear the Walking Dead and a Golden Globe winner for her starring role in Dharma & Greg, Jenna Elfman lends her presence to The Twilight Zone episode "A Human Face."

Damon Wayans Jr.

Two images side-by-side: Damon Wayons Jr. portrait and Damon Wayons Jr.  acting in The Twilight Zone.

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The comedian, whose résumé includes Def Comedy Jam and Happy Together, stars in "A Small Town" opposite The Unicorn's Paula Newsome, David Krumholtz (Numb3rs), and Natalie Martinez (CSI: NY).

Christopher Meloni

Two images side-by-side: Christopher Meloni on the red carpet and Christopher Meloni acting in The Twilight Zone.

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The actor spent 12 seasons on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit before starring as inmate Chris Keller on Oz. Now playing the formidable Commander George Winslow in The Handmaid's Tale, Christopher Meloni lends his presence to the episode "A Human Face."

Tony Hale

Two images side-by-side: Tony Hale on the red carpet and Tony Hale acting in The Twilight Zone.

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The former Arrested Development star won two Emmys for playing Gary Walsh in Veep and provided the voice of Forky in Toy Story 4. The comedic actor can also be seen in The Twilight Zone's "Downtime" episode.

Gretchen Mol

Two images side-by-side: Gretchen Mol on the red carpet and Gretchen Mol acting in The Twilight Zone.

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She was the glamorous, broken Gillian Darmody in Boardwalk Empire and has had roles in more than 30 feature films, including Manchester by the Sea. Get ready to love Gretchen Mol in The Twilight Zone episode "You Might Also Like."

Colman Domingo

Two images side-by-side: Colman Domingo on the red carpet and Colman Domingo acting in The Twilight Zone.

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The actor and award-winning playwright, who co-stars in The Twilight Zone episode "Downtime," earned a cult following thanks to his role as Victor Strand in Fear the Walking Dead and critical lauds for playing Joseph Rivers in If Beale Street Could Talk.

Topher Grace

Two images side-by-side: Topher Grace on the red carpet and Topher Grace acting in The Twilight Zone.

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The formerly geeky heartthrob Eric in That '70s Show has played a reporter in the feature Truth, based on a 60 Minutes report about George W. Bush's allegedly dodging the Vietnam War, and David Duke in BlacKkKlansman. Here, Topher Grace stars in "Try, Try" opposite Kylie Bunbury (When They See Us).

Sophia Macy

Two images side-by-side: Sophia Macy on the red carpet and Sophia Macy acting in The Twilight Zone.

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The oldest daughter of Shameless star William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, Sophia Macy makes her acting debut in The Twilight Zone episode "Among the Untrodden."

Jimmi Simpson

Two images side-by-side: Colman Domingo on the red carpet and Colman Domingo acting in The Twilight Zone.

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Formerly Lyle the intern on The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmi Simpson has had starring roles in Westworld and the Black Mirror episode "USS Callister." Look for him in the episode "Meet in the Middle" opposite Gillian Jacobs (Community).

Season 2 of The Twilight Zone premieres June 25, exclusively on CBS All Access.

Ginnifer Goodwin slays the red carpet in a variety of stylish looks.


With a penchant for romantic silhouettes and Old Hollywood glamour, Why Women Kill star Ginnifer Goodwin is positively magnetic on the red carpet.

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Novis

Ginnifer Goodwin in a gray designer dress.

Ginnifer Goodwin attends Lifetime's Female Directors and Leading Actresses 2019 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour on February 10, 2019 in Pasadena, California

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Brock Collection

Ginnifer Goodwin in a black lace gown.

Ginnifer Goodwin at the CBS All Access New Series "The Twilight Zone" Premiere at the Harmony Gold Preview House and Theater on March 26, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

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Zuhair Murad

Ginnifer Goodwin in a red pant jumpsuit.

Ginnifer Goodwin at The Paley Center For Media's 2019 PaleyFest LA events for Star Trek: Discovery and The Twilight Zone held at Dolby Theatre on March 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

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Preen

Ginnifer Goodwin in a red summer dress.

Ginnifer Goodwin at the premiere of CBS All Access series Why Women Kill at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on August 07, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California

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Zuhair Murad

Ginnifer Goodwin in a red lace gown.

Ginnifer Goodwin attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Rhea Costa

Ginnifer Goodwin in a sparkly gold dress.

Ginnifer Goodwin at the farewell reception and screening of Once Upon A Time at The London West Hollywood.

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Batsheva

Ginnifer Goodwin in a mustard yellow dress.

Ginnifer Goodwin at the Tamara Mellon Palisades Village Opening Party at Blue Ribbon Sushi on December 11, 2018 in Pacific Palisades, California.

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Batsheva

Ginnifer Goodwin in a yellow and black plaid print dress.

Ginnifer Goodwin attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations with Why Women Kill at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

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Ulla Johnson

Ginnifer Goodwin in a beige/nude leather dress.

Ginnifer Goodwin poses for a photo op for Hulu's Obey Giant at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on November 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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Self-Portrait

Ginnifer Goodwin in a flowy, leaf print dress.

Ginnifer Goodwin on The Late Late Show With James Corden, Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

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Zimmermann

Ginnifer Goodwin in a floral print dress.

Ginnifer Goodwin at the Library Foundation of Los Angeles' Young Literati's 11th Annual Toast at City Market Social House on April 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

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Vilshenko

Ginnifer Goodwin in a short print dress and pink boots.

Ginnifer Goodwin attends Entertainment Weekly and People New York Upfronts celebration at The Bowery Hotel on May 14, 2018 in New York City.

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Suno

Ginnifer Goodwin in a short floral dress and pink heels.

Ginnifer Goodwin at the D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center, August 14, 2015.

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Tory Burch

Ginnifer Goodwin attends Glamour x Tory Burch Women To Watch Lunch at Tory Burch Rodeo on September 20, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Lela Rose

Ginnifer Goodwin in a strapless top and black pants.

Ginnifer Goodwin attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Alice McCall

Ginnifer Goodwin in a floral print dress.

Ginnifer Goodwin at the NBC and Vanity Fair's celebration of the season at The Henry on November 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

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Markarian

Ginnifer Goodwin in a sparkly spaghetti strap dress

Ginnifer Goodwin at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con Bash held at FLOAT, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 21, 2018 in San Diego, California.

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"Mirror Image" (Season 1, Episode 21)

A nervous woman confronts a man in a suit and hat.

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Millicent Barnes (Vera Miles) begins to question her sanity, fearing that her double is taking over her life.

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"The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street" (Season 1, Episode 22)

A crowd of neighbors look suspicious and nervous as they discuss.

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The residents of a small town turn on each other after they come to think that aliens are posing as their friends and neighbors.

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"Eye Of The Beholder" (Season 2, Episode 6)

A nurse and a doctor with distorted pigfaces attempt to physically restrain a terrified womon with human features.

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A woman undergoes treatments to change her appearance—but in The Twilight Zone, "normal" standards of beauty are open to interpretation.

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​"The Invaders" (Season 2, Episode 15)

Agnes Moorehead hides in her cabin's darkened crawlspace.

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After a spaceship crash-lands on the roof of her remote cabin, a woman (Agnes Moorehead) is stalked by a pair of spacemen who aren't what they seem.

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​"It's A Good Life" (Season 3, Episode 8)

A malevolent child glares upwards past the camera.

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An omnipotent 6-year-old boy uses his gift to force people to do just as he wishes and think only happy thoughts.

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​"To Serve Man" (Season 3, Episode 24)

A tall alien with a bulbous head manhandles a terrified woman in a white dress.

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Towering aliens arrive on Earth ready to share their technology with humans, as well as a book written in their language. The text has a deadly double meaning that one code breaker discovers only too late.

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​"Nightmare At 20,000 Feet" (Season 5, Episode 3)

A young William Shatner stares out an airplane window at a grotesque figure on the wing.

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One of the most famous episodes stars William Shatner as an airline passenger convinced there is a gremlin on the wing of his plane.

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​"A Kind Of A Stopwatch" (Season 5, Episode 4)

Two men in suits sit at a table discussing a magic stopwatch over beers.

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A long-winded know-it-all receives a device that can pause time, but his carelessness costs him dearly.

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​"Living Doll" (Season 5, Episode 6)

Telly Savalas sits with his onscreen step-daughter holding a malevolent doll.

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Telly Savalas plays a man who is hostile toward his stepdaughter, Christie. Christie's doll, Talky Tina, is not pleased with his attitude—and decides to tell him so.

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​"Time Enough At Last" (Season 1, Episode 8)

Actor Burgess Meredith with his glasses severely askew and with a tragically forlorn expression.

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The only survivor of a nuclear holocaust (Burgess Meredith) wants to devote the rest of his days to reading, but an accident shatters his plans.

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