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The Twilight Zone: A binge of sight, sound and mind

New Year’s Day is a chance to spend time with relatives and relax while watching movies and marathons. Why not spend this holiday binge-watching a traditional favorite, “The Twilight Zone”?

From 1959 to 1964, black-and-white television was home to the most enduring and creatively inspiring series to ever hit the small screen. With a whopping 156 episodes, mostly in half-hour segments, “The Twilight Zone’ had a flair for tales of cultural morality and mind-bending ethical quandaries created by mastermind Rod Serling. Sure, it’s in black-and-white and requires the viewer to use a bit of imagination in some cases, but thanks to the consistent use of top-notch actors (Robert Redford, Burgess Meredith, Jack Klugman, William Shatner, to name a few), directors and writers — with many of the episodes written by Serling himself — the series has stood the test of time.

If you’re old enough to remember when this was new, you’re lucky. If you’re like me, your time on New Year’s Day was spent doing the original binge watch: a “Twilight Zone” marathon, aired over a broadcast channel for free. But about a decade ago the SyFy channel purchased the rights, and now a “Twilight Zone” marathon requires the costly upper channels of cable.

But, you don’t have to be locked into a high-priced subscription rate, to create your own marathon. Both Hulu and Netflix carry the series, and the beauty of streaming the show (especially in the case of Netflix) is that you can binge-watch without commercial interruption. And it’s just the kind of television that does not require you to monitor the kids because, despite the subject matter, it’s all PG rated. No gore, no sex, no violence that requires much explanation. Just fantasy that both frightens and delights the senses.

Where else do you get to see the devil held hostage by a staff of truth? Or a child disappear into another dimension behind the headboard of her bed? Or a man with three arms argue with a man with three eyes over the existence of an alien invasion? Visit a race of giants? Be a race of giants? Employ robot nannies? Delay the specter of death?

Where else indeed? At the signpost up ahead ... and with just a few clicks, you will be well on your way to binge-watching another dimension of sight, sound and mind. Will you take the journey to this wondrous land of imagination this holiday?

You can reach Brian Fitz-Gerald email him at bfitz-gerald@rosebudmedia.com.

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