From 1959, to 1985, to 2002 and now 2019, “The Twilight Zone” has been the OG when it comes to creepy, mind-bending television. Each standalone episode is twisted, dealing with the unusual, disturbing and sometimes paranormal. They were always created to serve a purpose and tell a moral story, though, which is honestly what makes it as ominous as it is. The latest revival, from the mind of Jordan Peele (who created “Get Out” and “Us”), includes takes on modern social issues.
“Black Mirror,” which took everyone by storm and has been wildly successful on Netflix (their interactive episode “Bandersnatch” had everyone going nuts a few months ago), has tons of thematic similarities to “The Twilight Zone.” Usually set in some future society, the show creates equally disconcerting episodes about how technology and human interest could be our own downfall. Stephen King himself described it as “like ‘The Twilight Zone,’ only rated R.”
“Black Mirror” tends to be more critical of humanity, and happy endings are the exception, not the rule; “The Twilight Zone” (at least Peele’s version) leans toward optimism despite the dire and unfortunate circumstances the characters find themselves in. Which show are you better suited for? Check off your fears below and find out.