The Twilight Zone

Elegy - S1-E20

Factual error: The astronauts land on an asteroid said to orbit a binary star 655 million miles from Earth. This is impossible, as that distance would place them well within our solar system. In fact, they'd be inside the orbit of Saturn, where of course there aren't (nor could there be) any extraneous suns. The nearest star to our system is, in fact, trillions (not millions) of miles away. (00:02:15 - 00:04:00)

Jean G

Mr. Bevis - S1-E33

Factual error: Mr. Hempstead states he helped Ben-Hur win his famous chariot race. But Ben-Hur is a fictional character not an actual person from history.

hifijohn

The Mighty Casey - S1-E35

Factual error: The baseball field is said to be in Hoboken, New Jersey, but palm trees are visible outside the ballpark at the beginning of the episode.

The Last Flight - S1-E18

Factual error: Decker is flying a Nieuport 28, which entered service in early 1918. However, the date is supposed to be March 5, 1917. Furthermore, the Nieuport was a French-built aircraft that was flown by the French and Americans but not the Royal Flying Corps.

mirtom

The Lonely - S1-E7

Factual error: Corey is in solitary confinement on an asteroid. However, asteroids are neither large enough nor stable enough to hold an atmosphere. In addition, the distance from earth stated in the episode wouldn't be much further than the moon; there are no asteroids in a stable, regular orbit around the the moon or the earth, nor around the sun anywhere that close to earth.

mirtom

The Hitch-Hiker - S1-E16

Factual error: The Southern Pacific train that almost hits Nan's car did not serve the part of the US she was supposed to be in.

hifijohn

The Last Flight - S1-E18

Factual error: At the end of the episode, Major General George Harper looks out the window, puzzled. As he looks out the window, we see a palm tree in front of the building that is facing the window. Reims, France, is in northern France, where it is too cold to support that kind of tree. (00:23:00)

thatsabear

The Purple Testament - S1-E19

Factual error: Captain Riker and Lt. Fitzgerald are wearing their insignia, which is incorrect. Officers serving in front line units did not wear their insignia because it identified them as high priority targets for Japanese snipers.

mirtom

The Last Flight - S1-E18

Factual error: Decker speaks of Georges Guynemer's disappearance. Decker believes the date is March 5, 1917, but Guynemer disappeared on Sept. 11, 1917.

mirtom

Execution - S1-E26

Factual error: Caswell acts surprised at the sight of the lighter, but lighters were around in his time.

hifijohn
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Suggested correction: The modern lighter, which use ferrocerium to create a spark, was developed in 1903. Caswell was from 1880. This would have been different then anything he would have seen.

Bishop73

The Purple Testament - S1-E19

Factual error: In his opening narration, Rod Serling says that he is quoting Shakespeare's play Richard the Third. His quotation is actually from Richard the Second, also written by William Shakespeare.

mirtom

Long Live Walter Jameson - S1-E24

Factual error: When Walter is reading the diary of the Civil War soldier at the beginning of the program, he reads an entry from "Tuesday, September 11, 1864." Tuesday, September 11, 1864 was a Sunday.

mirtom

Stopover in a Quiet Town - S5-E30

Visible crew/equipment: When the camera pans to Rod Serling for his opening narration, you can very briefly see several crewmembers and some backstage equipment.

mirtom
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Come Wander with Me - S5-E34

Trivia: Producer William Froug rejected an extremely nervous young singer/actress auditioning for the part of Mary Rachel, and recalls thinking that "I'll probably kick myself. She'll probably be a big star." He turned out to be right on both counts. The aspiring young singer's name was Liza Minnelli.

Jean G
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