The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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It's a Good Life 

On an isolated family farm, a young boy with vast mental powers, but lacking emotional development, holds his terrified family in thrall to his every juvenile wish.


James Sheldon


Rod Serling (teleplay by), Jerome Bixby (based on a short story by) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
John Larch ... Mr. Fremont
Cloris Leachman ... Mrs. Fremont
Don Keefer ... Dan Hollis
Bill Mumy ... Anthony Fremont (as Billy Mumy)
Alice Frost ... Aunt Amy
Max Showalter ... Pat Riley (as Casey Adams)
Jeanne Bates ... Ethel Hollis
Lenore Kingston Lenore Kingston ... Thelma Dunn
Tom Hatcher Tom Hatcher ... Bill Soames


In a small farming community in Ohio, a young boy by the name of Anthony Fremont terrorizes those around him. Anthony has the ability to command anything he wants simply by thought. The community is cut off from the outside world and the boy insists that those around him think only pleasant thoughts, and if they don't, he eliminates them. Everyone walks in fear of the lad who ably demonstrates what he's prepared to do at a small party in his home. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

3 November 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Inspired 'The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror episode'The Bart Zone'. See more »


(At around 9:30) As Mr. Fremont is putting on his tie, he turns around to Anthony and the tie is loose. After a shot showing Anthony the camera returns to Mr. Fremont, who hasn't moved. But now his tie is neat and tight around his neck. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: [Opening Narration] Tonight's story on The Twilight Zone is somewhat unique and calls for a different kind of introduction. This, as you may recognize, is a map of the United States, and there's a little town there called Peaksville. On a given morning not too long ago, the rest of the world disappeared and Peaksville was left all alone. Its inhabitants were never sure whether the world was destroyed and only Peaksville left untouched or whether the village had somehow been taken ...
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Referenced in Hamlet 2 (2008) See more »


Music by Will Hudson and Irving Mills
played on piano by the character named Pat Riley
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Appeasing a Narcissistic Sociopath
20 July 2019 | by kurtralskeSee all my reviews

This is the true story of Donald Trump.

The child has a supernatural ability to destroy and cause harm. Those around him are terrified of what he might do, so they try to appease him. They have no control over him, because he doesn't respond to reason or logic: all he know is what he wants. And he will not allow anything to stand in the way of what he wants.

The child is a monster of the highest order. He is a mutant freak, it's implied he is the product of radiation in the aftermath of a nuclear war. In this story, there seems to be no way out. It is completely terrifying.

We are all now living in this story.

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