The #TwilightZone (1959-1964) : A Series of Social Reflection

In 1959, Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone debuted and ran for 159 episodes until 1964. Several revivals followed, one from 1985-1989, and another from 2002-2003. It is the original series however, that still captivates audiences, myself included, to this day. I grew up watching old movies and television shows with my mother. It is a favorite pastime of ours. I’ve always had a deep appreciation for things from the past, especially when it comes to entertainment. It is interesting to see how we have evolved as humans through the arts. In fact, art often imitates life far beyond the scope of when it is originally produced. One of my favorite episodes called “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” is perhaps one of the most well-known episodes. It is also the episode I think about most often when it comes to reflecting upon how far we’ve come as a society. The following quote is from the epilogue of the episode:

There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices — to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill — and suspicion can destroy — and a thoughtless frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own — for the children — and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is — that these things cannot be confined — to the Twilight Zone

Through creativity, The Twilight Zone. offered a social commentary that is still relevant in today’s social climate. The parables told in the series offer something that very few shows have achieved since. It made its audience reflect upon their lives. It was as entertaining as it was introspective. It is what I think the arts are all about. Like Shakespeare’s Hamlet once said, “To hold a mirror up to nature.” You can watch that episode, as well as the entire series of The Twilight Zone on both Netflix and Hulu.

Eureka! One of the Most Interesting Sci-Fi Series (2006-2012)

The best minds in the US are tucked away in a remote town where they build futuristic inventions for the government’s benefit.

The tagline given to the show Eureka, a television series that aired from 2006-2012 doesn’t do it much justice.  Although it only ran for 5 seasons on the Sci-Fi channel, it was one of the most interesting series I’ve ever come across. It blended traditional sci-fi elements of what you might see in Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica with a series like Pushing Daisies (or maybe Pushing Daisies stole some of its whimsy from Eureka, who knows.) It’s bright, colorful, and a sci-fi fanatic’s dream. Who knows if we may have an actual town in the U.S. with geniuses and a Cafe Diem? We might. You can watch the entire series streaming on Netflix. If you want to discover a great series, check it out.

*Fun side note: If you’re a fan of Orphan Black, Matt Frewer, who plays Dr. Aldous Leekie, is also on Eureka. Plus, he does a really fantastic Australian accent.