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Firsts: Remembering the first sci-fi anthology series, and nope, it’s not The Twilight Zone

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Jan 16, 2018

Science fiction (and horror) anthology series have seen a huge resurgence in the past few years, thanks mostly to Charlie Brooker’s fantastic Black Mirror, which recently launched its fourth season on Netflix. Indeed, anthologies are back, and bigger than ever, with the latest example being Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, which just released all 10 episodes on Amazon Prime.

Though we still can't get enough of the original, the classic anthology series The Twilight Zone is also poised for a series reboot at CBS All Access (home of Star Trek: Discovery) from none other than Jordan Peele (Get Out). As is Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories, which is slated for a series revival at Apple TV.

However, before The Twilight Zone freaked us out from 1959 to 1964 during the show’s original run (there were also two series revivals: one that aired from 1985 to 1989 and a second from 2002 to 2003, and who can forget the 1983 movie?), there was another little anthology series that started it all: Tales of Tomorrow, and it aired almost a full decade before The Twilight Zone made it to the small screen.

Take a look back at Tales of Tomorrow in our video below, and dig into the history of the series created by Theodore Sturgeon and Mort Abrahamson, with the Science Fiction League of America's support. The show aired for two seasons, from 1951 to 1953, for a grand total of 85 episodes that ran for 30 minutes each and featured appearances by some serious acting legends. Check it out, then let us know if you've ever caught an episode (or 85)!

Additional material by Nathalie Caron.

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