The Twilight Zone (1985 TV series)

The Twilight Zone is an anthology television series which was produced from 1985 to 1989. It is the first of three revivals of Rod Serling's acclaimed 1959–64 television series, and like the original it featured stories in a variety of speculative fiction, commonly featuring characters from a seemingly normal world stumbling into paranormal circumstances. Unlike the original, however, most episodes contained multiple self-contained stories instead of just one. The voice-over narrations were still present, but were not a regular feature as they were in the original series; some episodes had only an opening narration, some had only a closing narration, and some had no narration at all. The multi-segment format liberated the series from the usual time constraints of episodic television, allowing stories ranging in length from 8-minute quickies to 40-minute mini-movies. The series ran for two seasons on CBS before producing a final season for syndication.

The Twilight Zone
Genre
Based onThe Twilight Zone
by Rod Serling
Narrated byCharles Aidman (1985–87)
Robin Ward (1988–89)
Theme music composerJerry Garcia
Bob Weir
Brent Mydland
Phil Lesh
Mickey Hart
Bill Kreutzmann
Merl Saunders
Marius Constant (original theme)
Opening themePerformed by Grateful Dead
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes65 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time45–48 min. (season 1 & 2)
22–24 min. (four episodes from season 2, and all of season 3)
Production companiesCBS Productions
(1985–87)
(seasons 1–2)
Persistence of Vision Productions
(1985–87)
(seasons 1–2)
London Films
CBS Broadcast International
(1988–89)
(season 3)
Atlantis Films
(1988–89)
(season 3)
DistributorMGM/UA Telecommunications
(1988-1989)
(season 3)
CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCBS (seasons 1-2)
First-run syndication (season 3)
Picture format4:3
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 27, 1985 (1985-09-27) 
April 15, 1989 (1989-04-15)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Twilight Zone (1959–64)
Followed byThe Twilight Zone (2002–03)