No spoilers, just a very loose summary of the beginning of the episode. Feel free to stream it on Paramount Plus.

Imagine a television show so thought provoking, so interesting that people still talk about it over 60 years later. If you didn't read that sentence with Rod Serling's voice in your head, read it again. There are so many famous episodes of that show that it's hard to remember them all, so some great ones don't get the praise they deserve. I'd argue that's the case for the 26th episode of season 1, "Execution" that starts out in Montana, the year 1880.

The episode was written by Rod Serling himself. Here's the opening monologue, and again, I encourage you to read it in his voice.

Commonplace—if somewhat grim—unsocial event known as a necktie party, the guest of dishonor a cowboy named Joe Caswell, just a moment away from a rope, a short dance several feet off the ground, and then the dark eternity of all evil men. Mr. Joe Caswell, who, when the good Lord passed out a conscience, a heart, a feeling for fellow men, must have been out for a beer and missed out. Mr. Joe Caswell, in the last, quiet moment of a violent life.

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If that didn't send chills down your spine, I suspect you might not have a spine at all.

And just when you thought a Twilight Zone episode about a Montanan outlaw couldn't get any cooler, he time travels. It's a dark, tense episode and the performances of each actor in the cast is impeccable. Association with Montana aside, "Execution" is still a must watch.

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