“A captivating look at possibly the best TV series of all time.”—Leonard Maltin
“A book that practically reads like a short story collection.”—The Washington Post
“In all ways, an admirable and engrossing volume.”—Publishers Weekly
“Thank you for the incredible book…. My dad would have loved it.”—Anne Serling Sutton
The Twilight Zone has captivated and haunted the imaginations of countless millions of viewers from its 1959 debut through its 156 subsequent episodes and many years of steady rebroadcast.
The Twilight Zone Companion, an American Book Award nominee, is the complete show-by-show guide to one of television’s all-time greatest series. It covers the celebrated show’s inception through to its subsequent offshoots and remakes, and is fascinating reading for even the most casual fan.
Coverage of each episode includes a plot synopsis, Rod Serling’s narrations, critical commentary, behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes from the original artists who created the series, a complete list of cast and crew, and photographs.
The Companion one was of ten books (and the only non-fiction book) on Dave Itzkoff’s New York Times list of “Science Fiction for the Ages.”
This revised, expanded, and completely redesigned Third Edition adds new interviews and new episode anecdotes, and brings the number of photographs in the book to well over 500
Marc Scott Zicree has written and produced hundreds of hours of TV for most of the major studios and networks, including Paramount, Universal, Disney, Sony/Columbia Tri-Star, MGM, New Line, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, WB, UPN, Showtime, PBS, Turner, USA Network, Syfy, Discovery, Nickelodeon, the BBC, Marvel, and NPR. Credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5, Sliders, Friday the 13th: The Series, He-Man, The Real Ghostbusters, The Smurfs, and many others, as well as numerous network pilots.
Regarded as one of the country’s top media experts, Zicree has been interviewed by hundreds of newspapers, magazines, and TV and radio shows, including The Today Show, American Masters, All Things Considered, Entertainment Tonight, E! True Hollywood Story, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Variety, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. Beyond his three-year stint as a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition, he is a regular guest on Coast to Coast, one of the country’s top-rated nighttime radio shows. He has lectured at many colleges, professional conferences, and museums in America, Europe, and Asia, including USC, UCLA, Stanford, and Ithaca College, where he was a keynote speaker.
Zicree’s landmark book, The Twilight Zone Companion, has been credited with creating the modern genre of books on TV series and inspiring a generation of series creators and filmmakers, including J. J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof. The Companion was an instant best-seller (over a half million copies sold to date) and was named in 2006 one of The New York Times’ ten “Science Fiction Books for the Ages”—the only nonfiction book on the list. In addition, Zicree is a lauded novelist with the best-selling Magic Time trilogy, published by HarperCollins and Blackstone Audio. His most recent book, co-written with director Guillermo del Toro, is Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities for HarperCollins.
Beyond this, Zicree is the founder and for the last twenty-two years has run The Table, which has provided a supportive community to thousands of entertainment industry professionals in Hollywood, at no charge. (The 2011 documentary about this support group, The Table, won a Best Documentary Award at the SoCal Film Festival and has been screening on Hulu and Netflix and via iTunes.)
Nominated for the American Book Award, the Humanitas Prize, and Diane Thomas Screenwriting Award, Zicree has won the Hamptons Prize and the Rondo and Saturn awards, and was named by the Writers Guild a 2014 WGA Diversity Honoree. One of his recent credits is the Star Trek: New Voyages episode “World Enough and Time,” starring George Takei, which Zicree executive-produced and directed. He co-wrote its script with Emmy winner Michael Reaves, and it won a TV Guide Award and was nominated for science fiction’s top two prizes, the Hugo and Nebula awards. He also produced and provided fifty episode commentaries for the Twilight Zone Blu-ray release.
Along with his wife, Elaine, Marc is currently writing, directing, and producing Space Command, an epic science-fiction series starring Doug Jones, Mira Furlan, Bill Mumy, Robert Picardo, Faran Tahir, James Hong, and Mike Harney.
You can learn more about Marc at www.marczicree.com, www.spacecommandmovie.com, on his Facebook page or on his Mr. Sci-Fi YouTube channel. He lives in West Hollywood with his marvelous wife and little dog.
“In all my years of television viewing, no series resonated as deeply as The Twilight Zone. Even today, fragments of the forgotten episodes rise into my memory with surprising poignancy. The Twilight Zone was masterful storytelling, and this companion book, this compendium of old tales, is a remarkable gift to those who loved the series and to those who have yet to discover its magic.”—Bruce Joel Rubin, screenwriter, Ghost, Jacob’s Ladder, The Time Traveler’s Wife