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1. "The Twilight Zone"
Why it was scary: "The Night Gallery" was closer to pure horror and "Outer Limits" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" went down the scary path at least as much, but "The Twilight Zone" was so much more than just a scary show. It told twisty long-con science fiction tales. It told sad and tragic stories about the human condition. It built up half-hour extended jokes, whether the punchlines could be ironic or even surprisingly low-brow. But yeah, "The Twilight Zone" did scary. And more than just merely "scary," it did countless shades of scary, sometimes just going creepy, sometimes haunting and, yeah, sometimes outright terrifying. I give you slow-builds like "The Hitchhiker" or "Long Distance Call," featuring one of the all-time classic child performances courtesy of Bill Mumy. For haunting, it's tough to top "Night Call," with Gladys Cooper. Even today, a viewing of "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" will mess with your ability to fly, "The New Exhibit" will keep you far away from a wax museum, "Perchance to Dream" will keep you from nodding off and "The Masks" will keep you from ever getting too rowdy at Mardis Gras.
Scariest Moment: "My name is Talky Tina and I'm going to kill you."