For Free, Watch Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone Reboot's First Episode

You'll need CBS All Access for the rest of the season though.


Jordan Peele's new The Twilight Zone TV series has made its debut for April Fools' Day. If you're curious in this remake/reboot of the classic show, you can watch the first episode for free. The show will be normally available exclusively through CBS All Access, but the first episode is currently live on the streaming service's YouTube channel for all to see.

The first episode of The Twilight Zone is titled "The Comedian," and it follows the tragic tale of Samir, a comedian (Kumail Nanjiani) struggling to connect with his audience with his humor. One day he's offered a solution: add a little bit of himself to his routine and he'll get the laughs he wants. However, once that part of his life has been turned into a joke, it will leave his life for good. Samir believes this warning is merely figurative, but as this is an episode of The Twilight Zone, of course it's anything but.

"The Comedian" premiered alongside "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet," which is itself a remake of one of the original The Twilight Zone's most memorable episodes, titled "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." This new version of the classic episode replaces the story of a gremlin trying to take down an airplane--which only the protagonist and the audience can see--with one of a man (Adam Scott) frantically trying to prevent a plane crash he's learned about through a podcast that's seemingly from the future. "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet" is only available through CBS All Access right now. Once you've watched them, be sure to check out our Twilight Zone Easter eggs roundup for references and things you might have missed.

The Twilight Zone comes from the mind of Jordan Peele, who also serves as the new series' host and narrator. His production company, Monkeypaw, is producing the show. Other cast members for the The Twilight Zone include Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Lucinda Dryzek, Taissa Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Rhea Seehorn, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise, and Steven Yeun. New episodes will debut each Thursday, beginning on April 11.

Although "The Comedian" represents The Twilight Zone's willingness to approach new subjects, the show will continue to remake episodes from the original series as well--just like "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet." A reimagined version of "The Wunderkind" is already confirmed, but the details have not yet been released for other episodes. Similar to the original series, each episode of The Twilight Zone is a contained narrative, which covers a supernatural or science fiction event that befalls an ordinary person after they've accidentally stumbled into a mysterious dimension that the show's narrator refers to as "not only of sight and sound, but of mind." Although many are designed to provide a moral lesson, others were just plain spooky.

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