Mike Ferris finds himself alone in the small Oakwood town and without recollection about his name, where he is or who he is. Mike wanders through the town trying to find a living soul. The tension increases and Mike has a breakdown.
A man finds himself walking down a country road, not knowing where nor who he is. He comes across a diner with a jukebox blaring and hot coffee on the stove - only there's no one there. A little further down the road, he comes to the picturesque town of Oakwood, and finds, it too, seems deserted. The only sounds he hears are a clock tower, and a pay phone ringing. At the local movie theater, an ad for Battle Hymn (1957) leads him to believe he's in the Air Force. In spite of no people to be found, he can't shake off the feeling, he's being watched.Written by
According to Rod Serling, while discussing this episode during a 1975 lecture at Sherwood Oaks College, Earl Holliman was running a fever of over 100°F during the filming of this episode. See more »
When Ferris is in the phone booth, he tries to get the operator but then hangs up the phone. He then scans the Town Square. The camera pans counter-clockwise and the receiver is nowhere in sight. See more »
Air Force General:
You see, we can feed the stomach with concentrates. We can supply microfilm for reading, recreation - even movies of a sort. We can pump oxygen in and waste material out. But there's one thing we can't simulate that's a very basic need. Man's hunger for companionship. The barrier of loneliness - that's one thing we haven't licked yet.
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Grew up on Twiight Zone reruns, and am taking advantage of the joy of the Netflix binge to revisit the series...
Where is Everybody is tight story-telling, the viewer is dropped in along side our protagonist walking down the road and not finding any other people anywhere and we struggle, step by practical and very relatable step, with him to learn the what, where and why of the situation. It doesn't take long for the initial feeling of "what is going on" to morph into heartfelt sympathy and genuine concern for our solitary character. Wonderful bare-bones story-telling with a large emotional impact.
The Big Reveal provides our lesson in humanity, which is all the more fascinating in retrospect (i.e., knowing what we know now about the circumstances for the reveal than was known back in the late 1950s) and plays delightfully (and meaningfully) well almost 60 years later - not many shows can say that. Wonderful first episode.
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