The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
8.8/10
2,578
28 user 4 critic

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.

Director:

James Sheldon

Writers:

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

Photos

Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-PG
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It's a Good Life See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 ...
See more »


Soundtracks

You Are My Sunshine
(uncredited)
Written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell
Performed by Don Keefer
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Excellent
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.


67 of 75 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 28 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed