The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Cavender Is Coming 

Inept guardian angel Harmon Cavender is given a chance to earn his wings by helping an unconventional big city woman, the young, awkward Agnes Grep.


Christian Nyby (as Chris Nyby)


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Jesse White ... Harmon Cavender
Carol Burnett ... Agnes Grep
Howard Smith ... Polk
Frank Behrens ... Stout
Sandra Gould ... Woman #1
Albert Carrier ... Frenchman
Barbara Morrison ... Matron
Donna Douglas ... Debutante
Danny Kulick Danny Kulick ... Child
Jack Younger Jack Younger ... Truck Driver
John Fiedler ... Field Rep #3


Inept guardian angel Harmon Cavender is given a chance to finally earn his wings by helping an unconventional big city woman, the young, awkward Agnes Grep, who has just been fired. Cavender doesn't ask her wishes, instead he puts her in posh clothes, provides her with a fortune, and moves her uptown to a fancy Park Avenue address. Written by David Stevens

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Release Date:

25 May 1962 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The only episode of the series to feature a laugh track. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: A word to the wise now to any and all who might suddenly feel the presence of a cigar-smoking helpmate who takes bankbooks out of thin air. If you're suddenly aware of any such celestial aids, it means that you're under the beneficent care of one Harmon Cavender, guardian angel. And this message from the Twilight Zone: lotsa luck!
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Alternate Versions

This episode originally aired with an added laugh track. The laugh track was removed for the DVD release. See more »


Spoofed in Weird Science: Sci-Fi Zoned (1995) See more »

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Candidate for worst ever TZ episode?
10 December 2007 | by GazHackSee all my reviews

It's interesting how often respectable drama TV writers come unstuck when it comes to writing out and out comedy. The likes of Nigel Kneale and J Michael Straczynski have demonstrated that it is a lot harder than it looks. So it is that Rod Serling's 'funny' episodes of "The Twilight Zone" are amongst his worst work.

"Cavender is Coming" is probably the weakest of the lot. No wonder it was not picked up for a series. It is a lumpen entry in the magical friend sub-genre, of which "Bewitched" and "I Dream of Jeanie" are the best known examples. Only Carol Burnett's endearing qualities make these twenty-two minutes bearable. The laugh-track is certainly annoying but even removing it doesn't improve matters much.

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