Throwback Thursday: Honoring The Twilight Zone with a .ZONE Domain Sale!

Samantha Banks
Oct 2, 2014

55 years ago today one of TV's most memorable spooky shows had its debut, stunning audiences across America into a fifth dimension: Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone. Let's take a step back in time (and space) to look at the show's origins and first episode, are you ready? Here we go!

"There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone."
-Rod Serling, Season 1, Episode 1


Rod Serling dove into the Twilight Zone project as his second science fiction project in 1959, working with his own production company, Cayuga Productions, Inc. Serling developed his ideas for the show with the aim to produce something controversial that could touch important social issues that his previous works couldn't, such as racism, government issues, and war. Serling believed that the science fiction genre would give him more leeway in expressing his views on the sensitive subjects in a more realistic way.

The pilot episode, "The Time Element" was originally drafted in 1957, but was shelved indefinitely until it was found in the CBS vaults in 1958, when Desilu Playhouse producer Bert Granet was looking for an original Serling piece. The episode was deemed brilliant and Rod Serling was finally able to bring his show to light.

"Where Is Everybody?" (1959)

This pilot episode depicts a man, Mike Ferris, gone back in time, with no memory of who he is or how he got there--talk about scary! In the show's first episode we watch Ferris go through a distressing isolation, with a final twist that breaks through the barriers of time. The episode was a hit, and set the bar high for the episodes to follow, setting a successful trend that would continue for seasons.

The episode also aired several goofs, did you catch them? One, while Ferris is in the phone booth, there is a panorama shot as he scans the town square, and during the shot you can see a man with dark hair reflected in the glass—an old school photo bomb by one of the crew members, oops! Another, the clock that is seen from the booth is seen from a distance at first, cracked, with a time of 6:15. Later, the clock is seen in zoom, and more cracks appear than before. We'll never stop seeing them now, but we still love the show!

Honoring the Show: .ZONE Domains

In honor of the classic spooker, we’re giving you a discount on all .ZONE domains today! Enjoy 10% OFF all .ZONE domains until 23:59 PDT tonight, with coupon code TWILIGHT. .ZONE domains are great for blogs and personal websites, as it gives you your own zone to bend the dimensions of time and space in. Enjoy this coupon in the spirit of The Twilight Zone and our favorite upcoming holiday, Halloween! Get spooky, friends!

All images and sounds are courtesy of CBS, pulled from the original series.

Post by Samantha Banks