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8. 'The Twilight Zone'
"There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man..." Rod Serling's sonorous voice could have been piped in over a black screen and still America would have stopped everything to listen. While black and white might have been a limitation for some back in the '60s, it was perfect for the more noirish episodes of "The Twilight Zone" and the opening is no exception. Serling's explanation of what the "twilight zone" is isn't necessary to understand the show (this is the dimension of imagination, done), but it sets a tone, telling us to expect the unexpected -- but not necessarily a happy ending.
- Liane Bonin Starr