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.
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.
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.
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!
- 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.
- Spread the word on social media using the hashtag #nationaltwilightzoneday and be sure to mention your favorite episode.
- 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.
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:
- National Shrimp Day
- National Have a Coke Day
- National Butterscotch Brownie Day
- National Garden Meditation Day
- National Graduation Tassel Day
And for another blast from the past, be sure to check out National Landline Telephone Day.
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