The Twilight Zone: The Shelter TV Show
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  • It's a case of 'me over you' and then, when the world isn't in danger, it becomes a question of if this happy neighborhood can ever be happy again

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      From 1961, the third year of this classic science fiction series, The Twilight Zone: The Shelter is another one that focuses on the human condition; specifically, the desire to survive no matter the cost.

      The setup has a bunch of neighborhood friends enjoying dinner together as they celebrate one of their birthdays. It’s all very festive and upbeat, designed to show us these people are


      good friends who have known each other a long time.

      The good vibes end suddenly when news comes that missiles may be inbound, and people are urged to take shelter. The birthday celebrant has a bomb shelter, but no one else in the neighborhood does. Hence, the tale of the sad human condition.

      We watch as friendships go by the wayside, as the need or ...


      • want to survive results in cruelty and the use of force to try and get to safety.

        The cast is a good one, Larry Gates and Peggy Stewart as the doctor and his wife with the shelter. Jack Albertson is his very good friend who tries to get everyone to reason, but doesn’t succeed. Sandy Kenyon is the neighbor whose most negative side comes

        out, even to the point of prejudice against neighbor, Marty Weiss, played poignantly by Joseph Bernard.

        It’s a case of ‘me over you’ and then, when the world isn’t in danger, it becomes a question of if this happy neighborhood can ever be happy again.

        This is a great story and it invites viewers to wonder what they’d do. The emotions are real and relevant to this day.




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