What's Your Favorite Twilight Zone Episode?

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We're smack dab in the middle of SyFy's New Year Twilight Zone marathon. And I truly wish I had time to watch it all. But this annual tradition always gets me thinking about what episode is my favorite. I honestly don't know how to decide!

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There's the classics like "To Serve Man" and "Eye of the Beholder" and "Time Enough At Last" that are still fun to watch even if you know the twist endings. And then there's the culturally important Cold War stories like "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" or "The Shelter." Even some less celebrated deep cuts like "The Old Man in the Cave" and "Mr. Dingle, The Strong" are contenders in my book. I really don't know what to pick as a favorite.

So what's your favorite episode? And while we're at it, what's your least favorite? That might be an easier choice for me: "Black Leather Jackets" is so painfully unsatisfying I'm half-convinced it must've been written on an incredibly tight deadline or something.

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Happy New Year, everybody!


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I don't remember the episode title but it taught me the meaning of a 'twist at the end'. It starts with a lone 'house on a prairie' look/feel that is occupied by an older, rough hewn woman. She hears something crash on her roof. As she investigates she finds tiny spacemen scuttling about the attic space. One of them shoots her and it's basically a sting. So she starts fighting them with her only weapon... a big kitchen knife. Eventually she finally kills them all whereupon she finds their tiny spaceship. As the camera pans on the spaceship there painted on the side is 'NASA'. Or maybe just 'USA' with an American flag painted on the side, I don't remember.

Maybe not the the best 'moral of this story' Twilight Zone but one (like 'To Serve Man') I remember as catching me completely off-guard.