The Twilight Zone/Time Enough at Last

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Time Enough at Last
Season 1, Episode 8
Airdate November 20, 1959
Production Number 173-3614
Teleplay by Rod Serling
Based on the short story by
Lynn Venable
Directed by John Brahm
Produced by Buck Houghton
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Time Enough at Last is the eighth episode of the first season of The Twilight Zone.

Starring: Burgess Meredith (Henry Bemis)

with Vaughn Taylor (Mr. Carsville), Jacqueline deWit (Helen Bemis), Lela Bliss (Mrs. Chester)

Uncredited: Rod Serling (Narrator)


Plot Overview

Opening Narration

Witness Mr. Henry Bemis, a charter member in the fraternity of dreamers. A bookish little man whose passion is the printed page but who is conspired against by a bank president and a wife and a world full of tongue-cluckers and the unrelenting hands of a clock. But in just a moment Mr. Bemis will enter a world without bank presidents or wives or clocks or anything else. He'll have a world all to himself, without anyone.


Closing Narration

The best laid plans of mice and men and Henry Bemis, the small man in the glasses who wanted nothing but time. Henry Bemis, now just a part of a smashed landscape, just a piece of the rubble, just a fragment of what man has deeded to himself. Mr. Henry Bemis... in the Twilight Zone.


Arc Advancement





The Show

  • Adaptation: This episode was adapted from a short story by Lyn Venable first published in the January 1953 edition of If: Worlds of Science Fiction.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments