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Robbie Parry
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Three only, please (let's try and stick to the rules at least once!). No ties, no honourable mentions, no contrivances. Let's see what we can come up with.

Mine are:

THE TWILIGHT ZONE
TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED
THE HITCHHIKER

It goes without saying that THE TWILIGHT ZONE gave us many memorable, thought-provoking and profound stories.

I loved the twist endings and style of TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED. It's a British show, so, non-Brits, if you haven't seen it, do so!

THE HITCHHIKER is an underrated Canadian show. There were many great episodes, some of which were released on VHS in the UK. In one episode, "Face To Face", Robert Vaughan plays a cocaine-snorting plastic surgeon who fucks up an operation. The affected person plots revenge!
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THE TWILIGHT ZONE
ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS
THE OUTER LIMITS

All the original ones.
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TWILIGHT ZONE (original) number 1 by a large margin. 

AMAZING STORIES

FANTASY ISLAND 
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My three are the same as Michael Arndt's. Excellent taste. :)

HOWEVER, only the original Twilight Zone. The newer versions were all missing something, and I don't just mean Rod Serling. 

And the newer version of The Outer Limits was almost as good as the original. Probably because they actually had some of the people who worked on the original working on the new version.






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TWILIGHT ZONE

DEATH VALLEY DAYS

THE RICHARD BOONE SHOW

The last was interesting, being an anthology series with a repetoire cast.

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I was visiting my parents yesterday, and my father was watching DEATH VALLEY DAYS. It was one of the color episodes hosted by Ronald Reagan. I believe it airs on a channel called GRIT.

(I personally have only seen about 5 episodes, and 3 of them were black and white.)
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Thinking about anthology shows, there are TV shows (and movies!) today that I think would benefit from being in a half-hour/hour anthology slot.

I haven't watched it, but there's a BBC horror show on right now, REQUIEM. Six episodes have aired. Someone told me that they are stretching it out, and that it'd have worked better as a 40-minute episode in an anthology slot.

Regarding THE OUTER LIMITS, I've only seen one episode: the pilot (it was given away free on a DVD magazine years ago). I did enjoy it. An engineer accidentally tunes in a being from the Andromeda Galaxy. 

By the standards of the era, I like the look of the space being:

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For some reason I did not see the pilot episode of THE OUTER LIMITS until years, nay decades after the fact. Probably just as well. As a "sensitive child" that show routinely gave me nightmares, and the "Galaxy Being" would almost certainly have scared the **** out of me!

All this from a shiny black suit flipped to negative!

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Very true. It was rather creepy. 
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The Twilight Zone - I hardly think it needs explanation!
NBC Sunday Mystery Movie - Look, the opening scene and sequence were cool enough. But that show was as solid as a house, and had two or three spin offs that made their own shows.
Love American Style - Some of 'em were kind of dopey or not funny, granted. But some were fun and nice, and hey - the show that gave us "Happy Days" had a lot to speak for it. Plus, I loved the Cowsills sung theme song.
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Twilight Zone
Thriller (UK)
Black Mirror
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Twilight Zone
Black Mirror
Outer Limits


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Black Mirror
Tales of the Unexpected
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
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Twilight Zone
Dramarama: Spooky
Tales of the Unexpected
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Twilight Zone
Tales From the Crypt

I don't think I watched any other ones enough to really rank them.
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TWILIGHT ZONE
BLACK MIRROR
OUTER LIMITS
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Laren Farmer
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THE TWILIGHT ZONE
ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS
TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE
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THE TWILIGHT ZONE - Heads and tails above all others.  The series that defined the anthology that everyone has been trying to mimic ever since.

BLACK MIRROR- The absolute closest to TZ that any series has ever gotten.  It suffers only from the fact that it's compared (favorably) to the original.  Otherwise? Brilliant.

Third?  Offff...tough.  As big a fan of TZ as I am, I don't think anthologies hold up at all.  They're tough and more often than not fail more than they succeed.  As much as I want to say THE OUTER LIMITS or ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, I couldn't name three episodes that stand out like I can literally list off nearly 100 of TWILIGHT ZONE. 

I think I'll stick with two...
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I rate Alfred Hitchcock Presents as my all
time favorite anthology show.

Twilight Zone as a close 2nd.

3rd is a tough one. I'd say Thriller. But it
isn't even close to my 1 and 2.
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THE TWILIGHT ZONE (THE ORIGINAL)

THE OUTER LIMITS (1995)

AMAZING STORIES

There are some other anthology shows that come close to my third pick. But the first two are considerably above them.
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I'd throw out Black Mirror and Twilight Zone as my first two, but for the third, I would want to stretch the definition of "anthology series" to include shows with new stories each season, though not each episode. Using that criteria, my third place goes to Channel Zero. It's only in it's third season, but I've been enjoying it enormously.
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Twilight Zone
The Outer Limits
Black Mirror
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Robbie Parry
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There's no doubting the popularity of BLACK MIRROR and THE TWILIGHT ZONE here.
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Twilight Zone
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Amazing Stories

I recall watching a Twilight Zone type show called Night Gallery?  However I donít remember a single episode. 
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"However I donít remember a single episode. "

...

Not even the ventriloquist dummy episode, Bill? "shiver"
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