Imagine the voice of Rod Serling reading this list to you.
  1. "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street" - S1Ep22
    I'm sure you studied this episode in middle school. It's classic Twilight Zone through and through: aliens, humanity causing their own demise, and grown men casually drinking glasses of milk.
  2. "Time Enough At Last" - S1Ep8
    Imagine a world where all you ever want to do is watch Netflix, but work and social obligations keep getting in the way. Poor Henry Bemis is actually pretty relatable, and his post-apocalyptic experience is the best display of what true loneliness can be.
  3. "The Eye of the Beholder" - S2Ep6
    If you have any classic pop culture awareness at all, you've probably at least heard of this episode. Janet just wants to look beautiful like everyone else, but her numerous surgeries have proved fruitless. Not going to spoil the ending, but let's just say the title says it all.
  4. "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" - S3Ep14
    It's not quite as socially or politically charged as the others, but it's just good Twilight Zone fun with a pretty great twist.
  5. "The Obsolete Man" - S2Ep29
    If you like stories of futuristic governmental dystopia, here is a great 22 minute example. This episode is Rod Serling at his finest, airing a politically charged statement about the Red Scare under the guise of science fiction.
  6. "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" - S2Ep28
    You know you're watching a classic Twilight Zone episode when a bunch of humans are trying to figure out who among them is an alien. This isn't as good as "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street," but it's definitely a bit lighter while still getting the point across that all humans are suspicious assholes.
  7. "The Trouble With Templeton" - S2Ep9
    Not as well known as the others, this episode is thoroughly entertaining and presents a relatable, engaging protagonist, aging film star Booth Templeton. The Dumbledore quote about dwelling on dreams and forgetting to live is relevant here.
  8. "The Changing of the Guard" - S3Ep102
    Also relatively unknown, this episode is one of my personal favorites. It doesn't have a twist or strong elements of sci-fi... It's just about an old professor forced into retirement who, after being visited by the ghosts of past students whose lives he changed for the better, realizes his own life has meaning after all.