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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The dinosaur battle sequence that Anthony puts on the television is from Lost Continent (1951). See more »


Although we are told that the young boy has shut off all electricity in the town, there are apparently electric lights in the living room of his house. When a character knocks one of the lamps over, no one is concerned, but if it had been a gas lamp there would have been a danger of fire. 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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You Are My Sunshine
Written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell
Performed by Don Keefer
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24 April 2006 | by lutheranchickSee all my reviews

I certainly cannot agree with the previous poster who found this episode partly humorous-- in fact, this is one of the few almost unbearably frightening Twilight Zone shows. A young boy's power to control his community through his childish whims is an excellent allegory of the power of any dictator. I imagine that office holders in North Korea spend most of their day saying something similar to "it's good that you did that." This episode powerfully portrays unchecked narcissism. I do agree that the "special effects" version in the Twilight Zone movie is inferior, not only because it is overproduced but because the little boy is presented as brilliant and perhaps even redeemable.

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