A Critical History of Television's The Twilight Zone, 1959-1964

A Critical History of Television's The Twilight Zone, 1959-1964
By Don Presnell, Marty McGee

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Rod Serling's anthology series The Twilight Zone is recognized as one of the greatest television shows of all time. Always intelligent and thought-provoking, the show used the conventions of several genres to explore such universal qualities as violence, fear, prejudice, love, death, and individual identity.

This comprehensive reference work gives a complete history of the show, from its beginning in 1959 to its final 1964 season, with critical commentaries, incisive analyses, and the most complete listing of casts and credits ever published. Biographical profiles of writers and contributors are included, followed by detailed appendices, bibliography and index.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #2373130 in Books
  • Published on: 2008-08-19
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.90" h x .70" w x 5.90" l, .90 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 288 pages

Editorial Reviews

"Well-researched...fascinating...thorough...recommended." --Arba

"Essential...marvelous...offers just about anything the serious fan of The Twilight Zone would want to read...as a source for research, Presnell and McGee could not have done a better job...addictive...highly recommended." --Midnight Marquee

"Information on unfilmed and 'lost' episodes." --Classic Images

About the Author
Don Presnell, a former English instructor from Boone, North Carolina, is a freelance writer.

A former award-winning newspaper reporter, Marty McGee is also the author of McFarland's Encyclopedia of Motion Picture Sound (2001) and Traditional Musicians of the Central Blue Ridge (1999).

Customer Reviews

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
1Worst Twilight Zone book ever
By Margaret Jaggard
I really, really, really hate to say it, but this is probably the worst book ever written on THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Yes, worse than Marc Zicree's book. Mostly because you can tell quite clearly that they are reprinting the same mistakes that appear in Marc Scott Zicree's book. There is no original research in their 200 page book. They cite all their sources as previous publications. At least Zicree make the trek through Hollywood to interview movie stars and directors and writers (even if he didn't followup and verify whether the recollections from cast and crew were accurate).

Now the irony...
Amazon.com does offer a solution at the same cost if not cheaper than the price of this book. THE TWILIGHT ZONE: UNLOCKING THE DOOR TO A TELEVISION CLASSIC by Martin Grams Jnr. covers the entire series with 800 plus pages of behind-the-scenes trivia, exclusive interviews with cast and crew and a detail level will exceed anyone's expectation. If you are looking for a book that covers "everything" about the TV series, the Grams book is the one to invest. I know it's ridiculous to read someone suggest another book in a book review, but follow my advice and you'll thank me for it.

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
1Don't waste your money...
By A Customer
I agree wholeheartedly with the first review posted above. I liked the book even less, and would be even more critical. I saw this book at one of the local book 'superstores' and spent at least an hour looking it over thoroughly. The TZ Companion by Zircee is a vastly better work. The authors take a scholarly tone, that often comes across as overly pompous. Their episode reviews and synopsis' are very poor, and although exhaustively indexed, are lacking sorely. There are some interesting appedices (such as everything Serling did, general themes covered in various episodes), most of which have been addressed long ago online. Also disappointing was a complete lack of pictures. This book does not have a SINGLE photo. Just a text based rehash of the TZ Companion......very disappointing in my opinion.

17 of 21 people found the following review helpful.
5They didn't DO anything at all to write this book!
By A Customer
I'll chime in here too. I guess from reading the "4 star" reviews below the authors aren't too lazy to promote this dog. They certainly were too lazy to do anything original. The #1 reason that I was so disappointed when I got this book, the AUTHORS WERE DOWNRIGHT LAZY!!! If this book is not a rehash, there has never ever been a book written that was!! While Zircee is often critized for the TZ Companion, Zicree did conduct his own interviews and gathered his own information. These guys didn't do JACK!! Presnell and McGee did not conduct even ONE interview. All of the information in this book came from other sources (and they relied HEAVILY on the Zicree TZ Companion throughout their book). Add the fact that it is all text based...not a single photo. They were too cheap to pay the publisher for any pictures. Now they want to charge you an arm and a leg for this really crappy rehash too....skip this one for CERTAIN!!

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