The Twilight Zone

Classic TV show The Twilight Zone linked to COVID-19

The show which aired in 1959 was a product of what was happening at that time. However, CNN writer Brian Lowry, has managed to link an old Twilight Zone episode with COVID-19 current crisis. Scroll down to find out how.

  • The show aired in a time when people were still getting over World War II. A time when the Cold War and Nazi Germany marked people's lives.
  • The science fiction show always tackled issues such as loneliness, a fragile society based on distrust, racism and humanity as the biggest threat.

The show's creator, Rod Serling was a writer and TV producer, known as the angry young man of Hollywood. Serling was very active politically and through his confrontations with other executives over issues like racism and war helped form the television industry. In a way all the same issues continue to be relevant today.

Rod Serling was an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator

Another CNN writer, John Blake, referred to the episode called "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" in which aliens invade and make neighbors suspect and turn on each other. Blake said "Maple Street" stands as "a cautionary tale about how social order can quickly break down when an unseen threat causes fear to go viral." 

The Twilight Zone premiered in 1959, created by Rod Serling

The 60s show has a remake and is now on its second season. While issues might be very different from those in the original series the new Twilight Zone that airs on CBS All Access is still fun to watch. Check out the trailer below.

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