Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone: The 50th Anniversary by Douglas Brode, Carol Serling

By Douglas Brode, Carol Serling

2009 marks the 50th anniversary of The Twilight sector, arguably probably the most renowned tv exhibits ever. Drawing on photos and private remembrances, Rod Serling's widow, Carol, provides observation on a number of the series' so much memorable episodes. Veteran movie historian Douglas Brode offers in-depth descriptions of those episodes and why they have been so resonant with audience.

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