The A.V. Club has been reviewing episodes of the original, classic “Twilight Zone,” and this week’s review is something unique: an episode of “The Twilight Zone” hosted by Desi Arnaz instead of Rod Serling.
Serling wrote a script called “The Time Element” as a pilot to pitch “The Twilight Zone” to CBS, but the network wasn’t interested. Eventually, the script ended up in the hands of a producer who worked for Lucy and Desi, and was produced as an episode of “The Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse,” an anthology series created and hosted by
Lucy and Desi (in this case, just Desi) Desi. The episode was relatively successful, enough so that CBS took a second look at Serling’s proposal.
Here it is, in parts: