The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Season
3
Episode
8

It's a Good Life (3 Nov. 1961)

TV Episode   |  TV-PG   |    |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror


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On an isolated family farm, a young boy with vast mental powers, but lacking emotional development, holds his terrified family in thrall to his every juvenile wish.


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9 September 2007 | MartinHafer
9
| Silly special effects, but still a great episode
This was one of the episodes of the original TWILIGHT ZONE series that was needlessly remade for THE TWILIGHT ZONE MOVIE. While the latter incarnation had better special effects, the original was better in every other way and proves that the people out in Hollywood are often idiots--choosing to remake things out of sheer laziness and contempt for the audience.

Cute little Billy Mumy stars as a bored little monster who is terrorizing an entire town. It seems this kid is a freak who has amazing mental powers but lacks the moral development to use it wisely. Again and again, at the slightest whim, this brat kills or maims people--forcing the survivors to cater to his every wish or else!! What I especially liked was the vague way it all ended--unlike the stupid movie version.

By the way, I am not 100% against remakes--I just want them to be intelligently written and necessary. THE SIMPSON'S version of this episode is excellent.

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