The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Lateness of the Hour 

The daughter of an inventor objects to their "perfect" home where they are waited on by mechanical servants.


Jack Smight


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Inger Stevens ... Jana
John Hoyt ... Dr. Loren
Irene Tedrow ... Mrs. Loren
Tom Palmer Tom Palmer ... Robert
Mary Gregory Mary Gregory ... Nelda
Valley Keene Valley Keene ... Suzanne
Doris Karnes Doris Karnes ... Gretchen
Jason Johnson ... Jensen


Jana Loren is an attractive young woman who lives at home with her parents. She feels suffocated living there however, surrounded by their many servants - that are in fact human-looking robots created by her inventor father. Her parents are quite happy with the life they lead but realize that they're going to have to do something about the rebellious Jana, including revealing at least one secret they have kept from her. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

2 December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rod Serling does not appear for his speech until almost 7 minutes in, which is unusually late for this series. See more »


As Jana and her father are arguing in the study, the camera cuts to a shot of Mrs. Loren sitting in an overstuffed chair watching them. At that moment a shadow passes across her body; it's either a crew member of a piece of equipment - possibly a camera - since there are only two other characters in the scene and neither of them are near Mrs. Loren. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] Let this be the postscript, should you be worn out by the rigors of competing in a very competive world, if you're distraught from having to share your existence with the noises and neurosises of the twentieth century, if you crave serenity but want it full time and with no string attached, get yourself a workroom in a basement, and then drop a note to Dr. and Mrs. William Loren. They're a childless couple who made comfort a life's work, and maybe there are a few ...
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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25 May 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Jana is the daughter of the inventor Dr. Loren and his wife and lives with them in a comfortable house. Their domestic services are done by robots with human appearance but Jana feels suffocated with their way of life. The stubborn Jana asks her father to disassemble the robots and leans a hidden secret.

"The Lateness of the Hour" is an ironical episode of "The Twilight Zone". The story of a teenager with the typical rebellious behavior of adolescence is witty and has a funny conclusion. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Tardar da Hora" ("The Lateness of the Hour")

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