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Jordan Peele Episodes to Appear in 2022 New Year’s Eve Twilight Zone Marathon - Plus Full Schedule

Updated: Dec 29, 2022


I’ve been writing about the New Year’s Eve Twilight Zone Marathon on and off since about 2013, and watching it for even longer. It’s one of my favorite traditions, and one I plan to indulge in for the rest of my life. Once again, however, I find myself in a position where I should explain why a television show that ran from 1959-1964 is appearing on a website dedicated to the 1980s.


The answer in this case is fairly straight forward: Twilight Zone marathons began in 1980. According to KTLA program director Mark Sonnenberg in a 1991 LA Times article, “The first one we did was on Thanksgiving in 1980.” He went on to state, “The July 4th marathon started in 1983. It’s become a Southern California tradition. It’s right up there with your other Fourth of July activities: barbecues, picnics and fireworks.”[1] According to Arlen Schumer, “Back on the East Coast, New York’s local station WPIX Channel 11, which had been syndicating The Twilight Zone since the early ‘70s (weeknights at midnight, right after The Honeymooners), started running their Twilight Zone marathons around the same time, and were perhaps the first station to run it on New Year’s Eve.”[2]


After doing a little of my own digging, I was able to find one small mention of a Twilight Zone Marathon around New Year’s Eve in a 1985 newspaper article: “A special ‘Twilight Zone’ marathon will feature three hour-long episodes from the original series (Dec. 30)."[3] Pinpointing exactly when the NYE marathon began, and on what station, is left to better researches than me. However, my point remains. Since Twilight Zone marathons began in the 1980s, this topic is suitable for The 80sXchange.

On a personal note, my very first exposure to a Twilight Zone marathon was actually one of the Fourth of July airings in the mid-80s. I was at my uncle’s apartment and the opening to the series came on his television. I had recently watched Beware the Blob on television, and it had scared the ever-loving crap out of me. When I saw The Twilight Zone opening (specifically, the spiral hypnosis image), something in my brain broke, and I was sure it was another Blob movie. I ran from the room like a firecracker had gone off at my feet.


It wasn’t until many years later, when watching an episode of The Twilight Zone, that I made the connection and realized my younger self’s error. It was also around that time that I fell in love with the series. I had already begun cultivating a deep love of horror and science fiction, so the constantly airing reruns of The Twilight Zone on public television became a convenient escape.


As years passed, various stations would take up the mantle until the Syfy network took over (and later the Decades channel as well), where it airs to this day. But all things, even time-honored traditions, change, and this year is no different. According to Syfy, “As a bonus this year, in addition to featuring episodes from the five-season Rod Serling-created anthology series that ran from 1959 to 1964, the marathon will also include episodes from the Jordan Peele-developed revival of The Twilight Zone that premiered in 2019 and came back for a second season in 2020.”[4]


This year’s marathon will run from 5 a.m. EST on New Year’s Eve until 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday January 3rd. You can find more about the 2022-2023 New Year’s Eve Twilight Zone Marathon on Syfy’s official page. You can also view the entire schedule below, or if you’re like me, wait until the marathon to be surprised.


Happy New Year!



 

[1] From “KTLA’s ‘Twilight’ Tradition ... and Other Southland Marathons.” https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1991-06-30-tv-2174-story.html

[2] From “The Twilight Zone Marathon: A History of a Holiday Tradition” on Den of Geek. https://www.denofgeek.com/tv/the-twilight-zone-marathon-a-history-of-a-holiday-tradition/

[3] From “WCFE begins fund drive today” in Press-Republican—Friday, November 29, 1985, page 34.

[4] From “EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SYFY’S 2022 NEW YEAR'S ‘TWILIGHT ZONE’ MARATHON.” https://www.syfy.com/syfy-wire/syfy-2022-2023-new-years-twilight-zone-marathon

 

Full 2022-2023 New Year's Eve Twilight Zone Marathon Schedule


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31
5:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 A Nice Place To Visit
5:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Chaser
6:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E8118 The Bard
7:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E19 The Long Morrow
7:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E34 Mr. Garrity And The Graves
8:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Trade-ins
8:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 Hocus-pocus And Frisby
9:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E5 Nightmare At 20,000 Feet
9:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E6 A Kind Of Stopwatch
10:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E29 I Am The Night - Color Me Black
10:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Changing Of The Guard
11:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Odyssey Of Flight 33
11:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Shelter
12:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E8117 Passage On The Lady Anne
1:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E28 The Masks
1:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Mighty Casey
2:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 King Nine Will Not Return
2:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 Eye Of The Beholder
3:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 Dust
3:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Fugitive
4:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 A Penny For Your Thoughts
4:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E8113 The New Exhibit
5:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 Showdown With Rance Mcgrew
6:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 Kick The Can
6:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 To Serve Man
7:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 Back There
7:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E18 Number Twelve Looks Just Like You
8:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E20 The Self-improvement Of Salvadore Ross
8:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E24 Stopover In A Quiet Town
9:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 Elegy
9:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street
10:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 Still Valley
10:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Jungle
11:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 A Man In The Bottle
11:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 Nick Of Time

SUNDAY, JANUARY 1
12:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 Long Distance Call
12:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Mind And The Matter
1:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E12 Probe 7 Over And Out
1:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 Five Characters In Search Of An Exit
2:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 Nothing In The Dark
2:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 Little Girl Lost
3:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E8115 The Incredible World Of Horace Ford
4:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E25 An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge
4:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E27 What's In The Box
5:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E30 Sounds And Silences
5:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E33 The Encounter
6:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 Walking Distance
6:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 Static
7:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Obsolete Man
7:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E2 Cavendar Is Coming
8:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E8103 Mute
9:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 Escape Clause
9:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Lonely
10:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 Long Live Walter Jameson
10:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 Mr. Bevis
11:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 The After Hours
11:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 A World Of His Own
12:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E22 From Agnes With Love
12:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E26 Queen Of The Nile
1:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E36 Come Wander With Me
1:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E37 The Fear
2:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E8105 Death Ship
3:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Little People
3:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Dummy
4:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E7 The Last Night Of A Jockey
4:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E9 The Old Man In The Cave
5:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E11 Night Call
5:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E17 You Drive
6:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E21 Black Leather Jackets
6:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 A Piano In The House
7:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 Person Or Persons Unknown
7:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Gift
8:00 pm
The Twilight Zone (2019)
S2 Meet In The Middle
9:00 pm
The Twilight Zone (2019)
S1 The Wunderkind
9:57 pm
The Twilight Zone (2019)
S2 The Who Of You
11:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E8 Living Doll
11:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E10 Uncle Simon

MONDAY, JANUARY 2
12:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E13 The 7th Is Made Up Of Phantoms
12:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Howling Man
1:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 Twenty-two
1:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Mirror
2:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Hunt
2:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E8110 No Time Like The Past
3:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E38 The Bewitchin' Pool
4:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 Mr. Dingle, The Strong
4:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Midnight Sun
5:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E16 Ring-a-ding Girl
5:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E23 Spur Of The Moment
6:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E3 The Four Of Us Are Dying
6:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E4 Third From The Sun
7:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E5 I Shot An Arrow Into The Air
7:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E8102 The Thirty Fathom Grave
8:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Lateness Of The Hour
9:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 A Most Unusual Camera
9:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 Night Of The Meek
10:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up
10:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E7 The Fever
11:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E8 The Last Flight
11:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E9 The Purple Testament
12:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E8109 Printer's Devil
1:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 Once Upon A Time
1:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 One More Pallbearer
2:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 Dead Man's Shoes
2:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Last Rites Of Jeff Myrtlebank
3:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 Where Is Everybody
3:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Sixteen-millimeter Shrine
4:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E8104 Jess-belle
5:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 A Stop At Willoughby
5:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 Time Enough At Last
6:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 Perchance To Dream
6:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 Judgement Night
7:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E1 And When The Sky Was Opened
7:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E2 What You Need
8:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E14 A Short Drink From A Certain Fountain
8:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E31 Caesar And Me
9:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E35 The Brain Center At Mr. Whipple's
9:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 A Hundred Yards Over The Rim
10:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Grave
10:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 Death's Head Revisited
11:00 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 Mirror Image
11:30 pm
The Twilight Zone
S1 A World Of Difference

TUESDAY, JANUARY 3
12:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 People Are Alike All Over
12:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Big Tall Wish
1:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E8101 In His Image
2:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Whole Truth
2:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Invaders
3:00 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 The Silence
3:30 am
The Twilight Zone
S1 - E1 I Sing The Body Electric
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