July 4th is almost upon us, and with it comes a tradition amongst fans of sci-fi, horror and fantasy; the Syfy Network will air it's annual 'Twilight Zone' July 4th Marathon this Friday. Click here for the full schedule.
There are many reasons the show remains popular 55 years and counting, and one of the most crucial remains the twist endings that many notable episodes contained. Just when you thought you had an episode figured out, series creator and writer Rod Serling (along with other contributors including the late Richard Matheson) would throw in a surprise turn of events, completely altering your perception of traditional narrative, and of the potential of television to engage the imagination.
In honor of the upcoming marathon (and the new 'Twilight Zone': Essential Episodes DVD box-set) , here's our list of the 12 best twist endings employed over the 5 seasons of the series.
SPOILER ALERT: I'm giving away major plot twists, so proceed with caution if you're not a diehard Twilight Zone fan.