Catching an episode or three of that "twilighty show about that zone" late at night is always a great way to fray the nerves, especially with a storm brewing outside. Maybe it's Rod Serling's Mr. Rogers-meets-doomsayer voice or the heaping helpings of irony available during any given episode, but The Twilight Zone is oddly comforting in its eeriness, at least when it isn't freaking us out.
Naturally, some might harrumph, asking, "How can a nearly 60-year-old anthology series still make me change my underwear between episodes?" Well, dim the lights and turn on "Living Doll." In this particular episode, Telly Savalas plays an angry stepfather who rages out on his stepdaughter's new doll. Of course, the toy responds, quite matter-of-factly, "My name is Talky Tina…and I'm going to kill you."
Killer dolls not freaky enough? Try catching a flight after William Shatner gets tormented by a fuzzy gremlin on the wing of a plane. Okay, we admit that "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" is pretty amusing now, but for all his over-the-top acting, Shatner really sells the fear in his own hammy way. Of course, Serling has quite a few freaky tricks up his sleeve. For instance, after watching "The Hitch-Hiker," nobody in their right mind would pick up a roadside stray, and if you're looking for lesser-seen-fare, check out "When the Sky Was Opened," an episode that'll have you questioning reality in no time.