When I was a kid, the Twilight Zone was one of the few shows our whole family would gather around the TV set (black & white, of course) to watch. But I was only nine when it first began broadcasting and, although, I remembered it fondly, I didn't remember it well. There is always a bit of a risk returning to the things of your youth and that includes TV shows. But, when I saw the complete series on Amazon.ca for a very affordable price, I thought 'what the heck' and took a chance. So glad I did. The show itself was at least as good as it was in my memories. Sure, the special effects are poor and kinda cheesy by today's standards but the stories themselves could easily compete with some of the best of the scifi shows on now. They're very well-thought out with a subtle social message (sort of George Romero before George Romero) but the message never overtakes the story and there's enough excitement to satisfy both my outer adult and my inner child. But the really fun part was spotting all of the people who were big names or would become big names in movies or on TV: people like Art Carney, Inger Stevens, Bob Cummins, and, a very young William Shatner.
But it's not just the show itself that made this worth every penny. Anyone who has ever bought a complete series has probably encountered those little black envelopes that require forceps and a great deal of swearing if you actually want to watch one of the discs and invariably result in scratches and always at the most inopportune time, you know what I mean - oh no, a kid's about to be attacked and Buffy's off in the graveyard. Then wait, what, the Scooby gang is wisecracking and the credits are rolling? Not so here. Each of the five seasons comes in its own separate shell case. This set is pure viewing pleasure and gets a high recommendation from me. Nicely done.