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FLM 142 — The Twilight Zone: The Dimension of Imagination

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 10—Mar 14
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 12
Units: 2
Tuition: $465
Instructor(s): Elliot Lavine
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jan 10—Mar 14
10 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 12
2 Units
Elliot Lavine
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
When Rod Serling created The Twilight Zone in 1959, he was already heralded as one of TV’s brightest writing talents, with teleplays like Patterns and Requiem for a Heavyweight dominating the prime-time landscape and garnering prestigious awards. But The Twilight Zone was something completely different: an anthology series with no recurring characters, each half-hour episode exploring new realms of narrative possibilities via science fiction, horror, and fantasy. This exciting new template created a heady brew of speculative fiction, tempered by the nervous curtain of the Cold War, turning many of these imaginative episodes into timely examinations of everyday fears.

In this immersive course, we will discuss and analyze 30 original, groundbreaking episodes of The Twilight Zone. Pioneering writers like Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, and Charles Beaumont—all leaders in the field of fantasy fiction—contributed memorable episodes that helped make The Twilight Zone one of the most influential television programs of all time. Among the episodes we’ll be watching and discussing are “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” “It’s a Good Life,” “Time Enough at Last,” “To Serve Man,” and “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.”


Elliot Lavine has been a film programmer and filmmaker for more than 30 years. In 2010, he received the Marlon Riggs Award from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his revival of rare archival titles and his role in the renewed popularity of film noir.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.