The Twilight Zone (1985 TV series)

The Twilight Zone is an anthology television series which was constructed from September 27, 1985 to April 15, 1989. It is the first of three revivals of Rod Serling's acclaimed 1959–64 television series, and like the original it featured a variety of speculative fiction, commonly containing characters from a seemingly normal world stumbling into paranormal circumstances. Unlike the original, however, most episodes contained multiple self-contained stories instead of just one. The voice-over narrations were still present, but were not a regular feature as they were in the original series; some episodes had only an opening narration, some had only a closing narration, and some had no narration at all. The multi-segment format liberated the series from the usual time constraints of episodic television, allowing stories ranging in length from 8-minutes to 40-minute mini-movies. The series ran for two seasons on CBS before producing a final season for syndication.

The Twilight Zone
Genre
Created byRod Serling
Narrated byCharles Aidman
Robin Ward
Theme music composerJerry Garcia
Bob Weir
Brent Mydland
Phil Lesh
Mickey Hart
Bill Kreutzmann
Merl Saunders
Marius Constant (original theme)
Opening themePerformed by Grateful Dead
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes65 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time45 & 48 min. (season 1 & 2)
22–24 min. (four episodes from season 2, and all of season 3)
Production companiesCBS Entertainment Productions
(1985–87)
(seasons 1–2)
Persistence of Vision
(1985–87)
(seasons 1–2)
London Films
(1986-89)
(seasons 2-3; U.S. reruns of all seasons)
CBS Broadcast International
(1988–89)
(season 3)
Atlantis Films
(1988–89)
(season 3)
DistributorMGM/UA Telecommunications
(1988-89)
(season 3; reruns of all seasons)
CBS Television Distribution
(later reruns of all seasons)
Release
Original networkCBS (seasons 1-2)
First-run syndication (season 3)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 27, 1985 (1985-09-27) 
April 15, 1989 (1989-04-15)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Twilight Zone (1959–64)
Followed byThe Twilight Zone (2002–03)

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