1. "Where Is Everybody?" (Season 1, Episode 1, 1959) CBS Good if you like: Westerns, mysteries, last man on Earth, slowly going crazyThe very first Twilight Zone episode features a man who finds himself completely alone in an otherwise seemingly active town. With themes of isolation and human psychology and a twist ending, it's a great introduction to the overall feel of the show. 2. "Time Enough At Last" (Season 1, Episode 8, 1959) CBS Good if you like: Irony, last man on Earth, simplicityThis classic episode follows an unhappy man who really just wants time to read, and his wish is granted when he's the sole survivor of a nuclear war. The ending will leave you groaning in frustration (in a very good way). 3. "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" (Season 1, Episode 22, 1960) CBS Good if you like: Mob mentality, small-town psychology, heavy moralsThis one is also known by many high schoolers as the script they had to read to learn about the dangers of mob mentality, and it's a good lesson. Watch these townspeople tear each other apart trying to guess who's the impostor among them. 4. "The After Hours" (Season 1, Episode 34, 1960) CBS Good if you like: Alfred Hitchcock films, thrillers, happy endingsIf you've ever been creeped out by those full-body mannequins in a clothing store, this is either the best or worst episode for you. A woman gets trapped on a deserted department store floor and is treated very oddly by the clerks. 5. "The Howling Man" (Season 2, Episode 5, 1960) CBS Good if you like: Greek myths, fantasy, good vs. evilIt's the classic tale of an evil being convincing the good-doer to help them escape, and it's done really well. I mean, what would you do if a seemingly tortured prisoner begged you to set them free? 6. "Eye of the Beholder" (Season 2, Episode 6, 1960) CBS Good if you like: The Uglies, modernity gone wrong, dismantling social norms, twistsThis episode paints a picture of some world in which the State pays for surgical operations on particular people who do not meet the beauty standards set in place. It follows a woman wrapped in bandages in her last attempt to become "normal," leaving you to ponder our own world's standards of "normal." 7. "Nick of Time" (Season 2, Episode 7, 1960) CBS Good if you like: Ambiguous magic, self-fulfilling prophecies, addiction narrativesA young (and very pretty) William Shatner and his newlywed wife get addicted to a fortune-telling machine they find in a diner. If you enjoy a sort of grim fascination with watching people self-destruct, this episode will definitely resonate with you. 8. "The Invaders" (Season 2, Episode 15, 1961) CBS Good if you like: Alien, thrillers, creepy aesthetic, twistsOne of the scariest episodes in the series, and it does it all with practically no dialogue. Though you root for the old woman defending herself from invaders, you'll find yourself thrown when their true origin is revealed. 9. "Long Distance Call" (Season 2, Episode 22, 1961) CBS Good if you like: Ghost stories, supernatural, creepy grandmasA lesser-known episode, but a very creepy one. After his grandmother dies, a little boy uses the toy phone she gave him to speak to her beyond the grave — and Dead Grandma has some pretty dark requests. 10. "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" (Season 2, Episode 28, 1961) CBS Good if you like: Murder mysteries, alien impostorsAfter hearing a radio report about a crashed spaceship, customers trapped in a snowed-in diner grow suspicious of each other. Honestly the whole episode is worth it for the killer costuming in the final shot. 11. "It’s a Good Life" (Season 3, Episode 8, 1961) CBS Good if you like: Horror, creepy little kids, superpowersEver wonder what would happen if a child controlled the world? This episode has a theory. A little boy with great powers terrorizing his community, who must all give him whatever he wants — unless they want to get sent to the cornfield. 12. "The Midnight Sun" (Season 3, Episode 10, 1961) CBS Good if you like: Apocalypse narratives, disaster films, slowly going crazy No, it's not another Stephenie Meyer sequel — this Twilight had the title first. The editing and effects in the climactic scene will haunt you for days after you watch this one about the last people alive while the Earth hurtles toward the sun. 13. "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" (Season 3, Episode 14, 1961) CBS Good if you like: Mysteries, waking up in a room, bottle episodesFive people wake up in a room with no idea of who they are, how they got there, or how to get out. Can you guess the twist? 14. "Kick the Can" (Season 3, Episode 21, 1962) CBS Good if you like: Bittersweet stories, irony, fantasy, nostalgiaThis episode deals with questions of youth and aging, as it follows a group of elderly friends living out their last years in an assisted living home. It is beautiful, heartbreaking, and incredibly well-written. 15. "To Serve Man" (Season 3, Episode 24) CBS Good if you like: Aliens, mysteries, twistsThis episode explores how humans would learn to interact and communicate with an alien race that arrives on Earth. It also has one of the best twist endings of the series. 16. "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (Season 5, Episode 3, 1963) CBS Good if you like: Psychological thrillers, high tension, bottle episodesThis classic will have you on the edge of your seat as an airline passenger deals with visions of Gremlins...or are they real? And yes, that is a young William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk, again. 17. "Living Doll" (Season 5, Episode 6, 1961) CBS Good if you like: Horror, creepy dolls, poetic justiceBefore Chucky there was Talky Tina. It's all well and good to watch an evil doll torture an asshole stepdad -- until you realize that she's out to get you, too. The Twilight Zone episodes are currently streaming on Netflix, so get watching!