The Theme From The Twilight Zone By Marius Constant; A Living, Breathing TV Theme

We all loved to hate Rod Serling‘s Twilight Zone. It made us imagine things we didn’t want to imagine; it scared us into thinking things existed that we didn’t want to exist. We hate to love Marius Constant‘s theme for the Twilight Zone as it makes us think of the program. This theme has typified weird, unexplainable and horrific concepts for a whole generation; how many times, when things or people are “a little” off the grid, have you gone “do do do do, do do do do” while circling your finger to the side of your head?

When that grating guitar ostinato started churning, you knew that your eyes would be riveted for the next half-hour! The orchestration culminating Rod Serling‘s opening speech always sent a quivering sensation down my spine as it led us into the opening scene.

Soo, let’s go back to 1959, into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas, and cross over intothe Twilight Zone

Personnel as determined: Howard Roberts guitar.

Bernard Herrmann actually did the (original) theme before that; it was really more like an underscore for Rod Serling to speak over…

*The TV themes that stay with me reflect every character, every episode, the times the series took place in AND the genre of theatre applicable; fresh forever in my music mind.


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