Here are some tips for writing a Twilight Zone episode. Keep in mind that some of the indirectness may be related to how TV audiences at the time were family-oriented and mainstream.
- Things appear normal on the outside except to the main character.
- If there is violence, it is more likely to be suggested than actually shown.
- Something seems mysterious to the main character until the end
- There is a narrator who will introduce and close the show with commentary.
- Usually there is a tragic or horrifying end.
- Characters often doubt their own reality
- Not usually a huge or long fight or struggle.
- Using live actors rather than animation gives the whole series a realistic atmosphere
Here are some sample plot elements which you might find:
- something disappears or appears
- changing shape
- someone or something gains a magical power
- things becoming alive
- some kind of illusion masks the truth
- Something harmless becomes harmful
- Breaking the rules causes unexpected harm
- someone has some secret identity
- something has a curse
- a bunch of coincidences suggest a pattern
- a secret enemy has taken charge
- Tomato Surprise ( or Tomato in the Mirror)
See also these two articles about how to write a Twilight Zone episode and Plot Twists you find in every Twilight Zone episode.