The Twilight Zone FAQ

All That's Left to Know About the Fifth Dimension and Beyond

Series: FAQ
Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Format: Softcover
Author: Dave Thompson

The Twilight Zone is among the most beloved shows in American television history, a pioneering fantasy behemoth that bridged the cultural gap between the 1950s and 1960s with thought-provoking mystery, mind-boggling theorems, and occasionally outright horror.

The Twilight Zone FAQ takes the reader back to that halcyon era, looking back on the show and its impact as a force for societal change, via reflections on the manifold topics and controversies that the show took on – from the space race to the Red Menace, from paranoia to madness and beyond. Dave Thompson traces the history of the show – from its earliest flowering in the mind of then-unknown Rod Serling through its slow birth, shaky beginning, and breathless five-season run – and he shows how it became the blueprint for so much of the fantasy television that has followed.

Chapters deal with the comic books, novels, and many other spin-offs, including the movie, the TV revamps, and even the amusement park ride. In addition, this FAQ offers a full guide to every episode, providing details on the cast and music and pinpointing both the best and the worst of the series, all adding up to a brightly opinionated time machine that catapults the reader back to the true golden age of American television.

$19.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00130445
ISBN: 9781480396180
UPC: 888680021344
Width: 6.0"
Length: 9.0"
392 pages


“Fans of The Twilight Zone will find everything they need to zone out in The Twilight Zone FAQ (Applause Books), Dave Thompson's thoroughly detailed drill-down into Rod Serling's groundbreaking sci-fi series, including a look at how it began; the controversies it weathered, spawned and took on; the many ways it became enshrined in pop culture; and a complete guide to every episode of its five original seasons, detailing cast members and even the music.” –

The Twilight Zone FAQ: All That's Left to Know about the Fifth Dimension and Beyond is an in-depth guide to the pop culture phenomenon of The Twilight Zone. A fantastic television series of distinguished by elements of mystery, science fiction (sometimes), and occasionally even outright horror, The Twilight Zone captivated the public's imagination in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Its five-season run had a monumental, legacy impact on the fantasy television series that followed. The Twilight Zone FAQ examines the individual episodes with thoughtful synopses, and is also packed with information about associated comic books, novels, other spinoffs, the movie, the later TV revamps, and even the Twilight Zone amusement park ride. Meticulously researched, and illustrated with occasional black-and-white photographs, The Twilight Zone FAQ is a superb companion reference and highly recommended to connoissuers of the series.” – James. A. Cox, Midwest Book Review

The Twilight Zone FAQ not only gives us the history of Rod Serling, but the creation, rise, and fall of the show, taking us behind the scenes of the creative struggles, accusations of plagiarism, moments of TV magic, and indelible stories that impacted an entire generation of writers. This is a terrific introduction to the show for the uninitiated, and a wonderful walk down memory lane for long-time fans. Find yourself 'time enough at last' to check it out.” – San Francisco Book Review

The Twilight Zone FAQ is an outstanding effort that pays proper tribute to a legendary and influential television series and its peerless creator whose talent continues to amaze, some four decades after his passing.” –

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