The Twilight Zone is an American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. Each episode (156 in the original series) is a mixture of self-contained drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, suspense, or horror, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to serious science fiction and abstract ideas through television and also through a wide variety of Twilight Zone literature. In Futurama, excluding TSD, had refernced it.
Parodies (excluding the Scary Door ones)
- "My Three Suns" (1ACV07) : Bender's apron, which reads "To Serve Man," is a reference to an episode of "The Twilight Zone", in which the statement's apparent meaning, being servile to man, is in fact wrong. The statement is actually the title of a cookbook, thus serving man for dinner.
- "Anthology of Interest I" (2ACV16) : The first title of Anthology of Interest I is Terror at 500 Feet.
- "A Clockwork Origin" (6ACV09) : The idea of a manmade society evolving rapidly (eventually beyond current humanity) was explored in The Genesis Tub, which borrowed from a Twilight Zone episode.
- "Zapp Dingbat" (7ACV05) : Zapp asking Kif to get out on the wing and pretend to be a gremlin is a reference to the episode Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. William Shatner starred in the episode, and was the main inspiration for Zapp.