Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A Laugh Track on the Twilight Zone?

The legendary show Twilight Zone was known for its chilling episodes and ironic plot twists. One thing it wasn't much known for was laughs. So it might have seemed strange to viewers when Carol Burnett appeared in the 1962 episode Cavender is Coming.

Even stranger, the episode featured a laugh track. It would be the first and only time a Twilight Zone episode had one. As it turned out, this episode was meant to be a back door pilot for a comedy starring Ms. Burnett's co-star Jesse White. Unfortunately for Mr. White, the show didn't get picked up. The actor would eventually find greater fame as the hapless Maytag repairman.