My favorite television show from the late 1950s and early ’60s was Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone.” Each episode would take on an important issue of the day, whether it be racism or war or fears of alien invaders.
On March 4, 1960, Rod Serling presented one of the most famous episodes, “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” which he wrote. You can watch it on YouTube. This particular show revealed our fears of “the other,” in this case our fears of alien invaders. What set off the neighborhood, neighbor against neighbor, was the fear that the alien invaders had sent a scout in the form of one of the neighbors. But which one?