Today, May 18th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrate the 1962 premiere of "I Sing the Body Electric."
Josephine Hutchinson and David White star in this episode about a widower (White) who hires a robot grandma (Hutchinson) to properly raise his three children (Veronica Cartwright, Charles Herbert and Dana Dillaway). The only episode of TZ written by Ray Bradbury, "Body Electric" focuses on Anne (Cartwright), the rebellious middle child who just can't accept the love of an android.
Hutchinson perfectly captures the feel for a synthetic human who literally becomes the glue that holds this troubled family together. Meanwhile, Veronica Cartwright would go on to a celebrated career as an honored television and feature performer, most notably in The Birds as Rod Taylor's younger sister; the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers as Jeff Goldblum's wife; and Alien as one of Sigourney Weaver's shipmates.
David White (1916-1990) is best known as TZ veteran Dick York's smarmy boss Larry Tate on Bewitched. TZ veteran Vaughn Taylor (1911-1983), who played the robot salesman, also appeared in "Time Enough at Last," "Still Valley," "The Incredible World of Horace Ford" and "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross." And among her many film and TV credits, Josephine Hutchinson (1903-1998) played the phony Mrs. Lester Townsend in North by Northwest.
So let's raise a toast to the marvelous cast, the imagination of Ray Bradbury and the love that robots can give, submitted for your approval from a world where robots are becoming more prevalent every day – our Earth, and its inspiration: The Twilight Zone.