On September 29, 1961, an episode of the Twilight Zone ran – The Shelter. I always called it the Twilight Zone bunker episode. It was the story of a family retreating to their basement fallout shelter on news of a nuclear strike.
The Twilight Zone. I loved that show. Each episode was unique, and always opened with that Twilight Zone theme song. You can hear it now, can’t you? The Shelter is my favorite episode.
A suburban dinner party is interrupted by a bulletin warning of an impending nuclear attack. As the neighbors scramble to prepare themselves, they turn against the one family that installed a permanent bomb shelter.IMD The Twilight Zone The Shelter
The Shelter is a popular episode among preppers, because 1) it underscores the need for operational security, and 2) it leaves the viewer wondering, what would I do? This latter quandary is like the various scenarios in the popular prepper game Conflicted: The Survival Card Game (additional survival board games).
This particular episode was directed by Lamont Johnson and starred Larry Gates as Dr. Bill Stockton, Joseph Bernard as Mary Weiss, Jack Albertson as Jerry Harlowe, and Peggy Stewart as Grace Stockton.
It’s a 25 minute episode that aired in 3 parts. It’s worth watching, but because it’s The Twilight Zone, and because it’s survivalism – 1960s style.
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Twilight Zone The Shelter
Watch The Shelter below and let me know your thoughts in the comments section.