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National Twilight Zone Day – Step into Another Dimension in Time on May 11

May 11 is celebrated as National Twilight Zone Day. It’s time to honor the TV show where nothing is as it seems and where you are about to enter another dimension.

May is a month full of national days devoted to all sorts of unusual activities. Check out the full list of May national days here.

National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with. 

Today it is time to celebrate a very popular television show that ran for five years and is still popular today with those interested in science fiction.

actors from The Twilight Zone

Many national days are designated to food activities but that is by no means the only reason for a national day. National Twilight day is one of those unusual days. 

See also National Sticker Day  and National Mr. Potato Head Day for others.

What is the Twilight Zone?

The Twilight Zone was a TV show that ran from 1959 to 1964 and was created and narrated by Rod Serling.Rod Serling

Anyone who watched the show can remember the anticipation that came from hearing these words and wondering what to expect from this weeks episode:

You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!”

Many of today’s well known older actors got their start in the Twilight Zone. Vera Miles, Burt Reynolds, Ron Howard, Martin Landau, Robert Duvall, Jack Klugman, Jonathan Winters, Dennis Weaver, Dick York, and Peter Falk are just a few.

Fun facts about The Twilight Zone

Brush up on your knowledge of The Twilight Zone with these fun facts. Some may surprise you!National Twilight Zone Day is May 11.

  • Even though Rod Serling created and narrated the show, his first choice for the voice was Orson Welles, not himself.
  • A comic book series published in 1997 called the DC Looney Tunes was a actually a parody of the Twilight Zone.
  • The series was revived in 1985 – 1989 for a total of 110 episodes.
  • Rod Serling co-wrote the screenplay for The Planet of the Apes, another Sci fi Movie.
  • Serling is often shown with a cigarette. It is said that he smoked 3-4 packs a day.
  • Amateur writers of the day sent in scripts to be considered for the series. A total of over 14,000 scripts were submitted.
  • Robert McCord has the distinction of being the only person to appear in all five seasons of the show.
  • The series won three Emmy Awards for its writing and cinematography.
  • Three actors from the Star Trek series were featured on the Twilight Zone: William Shatner, (twice) Leonary Nimoy and George Takei.
  • Ray Bradbury wrote one episode of the show:  an adaptation of his short story “I Sing the Body Electric.”
  • Rod Serling wrote 94 out of the total 156 episodes.
  • Serling lost millions of dollars in syndication rights, not realizing the future potential of re-runs.
  • “The Big Tall Wish”, a 1960 show from the Twilight Zone, was the first TV show episode to feature an all black cast.

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How to Celebrate National Twilight Zone Day

Would you like to celebrate National Twilight Zone Day in a special way? Try one of these ideas.Dean Jagger and a black vortex

  • Watch the first season of The Twilight Zone. It’s available on DVD. It might just get you hooked on the series.
  • Another way to enjoy the feel of the series is by watching the 1983 movie The Twilight Zone.
  • If you are a real fan, you can wear the T Shirt that celebrates the episode Nightmare at 20,000 feet. (There’s something on the wing!)
  • Enjoy the Twilight Zone cocktail made with Bacardi light rum, melon liqueur, coconut cream and blue curacao to set the mood.
  • Purchase a Twilight Zone poster to frame for your TV room.
  • Spread the word on social media using the hashtag #nationaltwilightzoneday and be sure to mention your favorite episode.

Here is a tweet to get you started:

Today is National Twilight Zone Day.  Time to step into a new and exciting dimension with by watching is Sci-Fi show from the last century that still has a great following. 🎬⌚🚀🛰🛸 Click To Tweet

Find out about Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone

More national days in May

There are close to 2000 national days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in May. Be sure to check out this post to discover more about the national days in May.

Be sure to also check out these national days this month:

And for another blast from the past, be sure to check out National Landline Telephone Day.

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Monday 18th of May 2020

The Twilight Zone is one of, if not the best tv show ever. How many times in very recent months and years have I asked myself, 'didn't Rod warn us about that?' ? A lot. Humane, truly Christian characteristics, and wise to boot, Rod Serling was someone the world was blessed to have for too short of a time. He has been, and still is, one of my all time favorite people. I wish you peace in your eternal home..... But I also wish you were here. And maybe run for president. I'd love to hear your take on the load of crap in office now.

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