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Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” Brought Surrealism to Television

Guest contributor Arlen Schumer has a fascinating section at The Paley Center for Media about one of my favorite television anthologies, The Twilight Zone. According to the site, The Twilight Zone cannot wholly be considered science fiction, fantasy, or horror. It is surreal. And Rod Serling was “a pop-surrealist”, an “enchanter”, “an artist of madness”:

Serling and company’s twenty-three minute meditations on a wide spectrum of philosophic concerns, from the political to the metaphysical, core concepts and pop philosophies that are the zeitgeist of The Twilight Zone, have so penetrated the mass culture that now, almost fifty years since its debut, “the twilight zone,” as a concept, has become a psychological buzzword, unearthing automatic associations of the existential and the surreal in the commonplace. When people hum those iconic opening chords of Constant’s Twilight Zone theme, they are acknowledging a moment of surrealist experience as intended by the first surrealists.

I highly recommend this site for all of you who love the Zone. The site includes info on Serling’s early career, other writers the show influenced, the graphics, its enduring legacy, and more.



Updated Dec. 30, 2015: The Twilight Zone Forever site at The Paley Center for Media was written and designed by Arlen Schumer.



About the Author

Yvette Hickman is an astronomy-loving biologist turned science communicator, new media publisher, and founder of Cosmic Girl Media.


  1. Arlen Schumer

    12/30/2015 at 3:06 am

    Thanx for the plug, Yvette! That’s MY site, that I wrote & designed for The Paley Center in 2009, for the TZ’s 50th Anniversary:

    • Cosmic Girl Media

      12/30/2015 at 3:20 am

      You’re welcome. Thank you for writing & designing such a cool site. Love it!

  2. Arlen Schumer

    12/30/2015 at 3:22 am

    Thanx for this kudos; check out ALL my TZ works at:

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