Button, Button (The Twilight Zone)

"Button, Button" is the second segment of the 20th episode from the first season (1985–86) of the television series The Twilight Zone. The segment is based on the 1970 short story of the same name by Richard Matheson; the same short story forms the basis of the 2009 film The Box. It poses the question of whether an ordinary person would be willing to cause a total stranger to die in exchange for $200,000 by simply pushing a button. In a documentary on the making of the movie The Box, Matheson states the inspiration for the story came from his wife, whose college professor had asked a similar question as a way of promoting a class discussion.

"Button, Button"
The Twilight Zone episode
Scene from "Button, Button"
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 20b
Directed byPeter Medak
Written byLogan Swanson
Based onthe short story
by Richard Matheson
Original air dateMarch 7, 1986 (1986-03-07)
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Matheson, who was one of the most prolific contributors to the original The Twilight Zone, wrote the teleplay for the segment himself under a pseudonym, making "Button, Button" one of just two segments in the series written by one of the original Twilight Zone writers (the other being "The Elevator").

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