Where’s the ‘Twilight Zone’ July 4th Marathon? It’s Still Happening, But Not on SyFY

Rod Serling in black and white standing in front of a bed in The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone | CBS

If you instinctively tuned into SyFy today expecting to see the annual Twilight Zone Fourth of July marathon, only to find yourself shocked and confused to see it’s not on, you’re not alone. Disappointingly, the network has decided not to air the classic Rod Serling series this year, broadcasting the Nightmare on Elm Street films instead. But don’t fret; there is actually a different Twilight Zone marathon happening elsewhere.

Decades is running a marathon today called “Rod, White & Blue,” and it airs for 24 hours starting at 7:00 a.m. ET. You probably have never heard of a channel called Decades, but depending on your cable package, there’s a decent chance you have it.

To figure out what channel Decades is for you, you can check out this channel guide.

Clearly, the folks at Decades know their stuff, as they’ve selected some of the absolute best episodes of the series to run today, saving many of the all-time classics for the evening. Here’s the full marathon schedule via Decades’ website:

  • 7AM – “Walking Distance”
  • 7:30AM – “The Lonely”
  • 8AM – “When the Sky Was Opened”
  • 8:30AM – “What You Need”
  • 9AM – “The Four of Us Are Dying”
  • 9:30AM – “The Fever”
  • 10AM – “Long Live Walter Jameson”
  • 10:30AM – “A Nice Place to Visit”
  • 11AM – “A Stop at Willoughby”
  • 11:30AM – “The Chaser”
  • 12PM – “The Man in the Bottle”
  • 12:30PM – “A Thing About Machines”
  • 1PM – “The Howling Man”
  • 1:30PM – “The Nick of Time”
  • 2PM – “The Lateness of the Hour”
  • 2:30PM – “Penny for Your Thoughts”
  • 3PM – “Twenty Two”
  • 3:30PM – “The Obsolete Man”
  • 4PM – “The Masks”
  • 4:30PM – “Once Upon a Time”
  • 5PM – “The Silence”
  • 5:30PM – “Nothing in the Dark”
  • 6PM – “The Invaders”
  • 6:30PM – “The After Hours”
  • 7PM – “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”
  • 7:30PM – “Living Doll”
  • 8PM – “It’s a Good Life”
  • 8:30PM – “To Serve Man”
  • 9PM – “The Eye of the Beholder”
  • 9:30PM – “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?”
  • 10PM – “Time Enough at Last”
  • 10:30PM – “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”
  • 12AM – “Where Is Everybody?”
  • 12:30AM – “The Hitchhiker”
  • 1AM – “Stopover in a Quiet Town”
  • 1:30AM – “The Bewitchin’ Pool”
  • 2AM – “Long Distance Call”
  • 2:30AM – “The Odyssey of Flight 33”
  • 3AM – “The Trade-Ins”
  • 3:30AM – “The Dummy” 
  • 4AM – “Cavender Is Coming”
  • 4:30AM – “The Long Morrow”
  • 5AM – “Number Twelve Looks Just Like You”
  • 5:30AM – “Queen of the Nile”
  • 6AM – “Caeser and Me”
  • 6:30AM – “The Jeopardy Room”

You may have noticed that there’s no episode airing between 11:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. That’s because the channel will be taking a one-hour break from the marathon at that time to broadcast Through the Decades, a daily show that explores events that took place on that day in history. 11:00 p.m. is its usual time slot.

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone | Source: CBS

For a long time now, SyFy has aired Twilight Zone marathons on two holidays each year: New Year’s and the Fourth of July. As usual, the network aired its marathon this past New Year’s, so fans were surprised to learn that it had been called off for Independence Day. It was especially disappointing that the replacement was a Nightmare on Elm Street marathon considering those films already air on SyFy all the time.

If you don’t have Decades, you could always hold your own personal Twilight Zone marathon by booting up Netflix, where the entire series is available for streaming.

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