The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
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Healer/Children's Zoo/Kentucky Rye 

"Healer": Small-time crook Jackie Thompson finds that a rock possesses special abilities. "Children's Zoo": An invitation to a unique zoo offers a girl a solution to her bickering parents. ... See full summary »


Robert Downey Sr. (as Robert Downey), John D. Hancock (as John Hancock) | 1 more credit »


Rod Serling (created by), Alan Brennert (as Michael Bryant) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Bogosian ... Jackie Thompson (segment "Healer")
Vincent Gardenia ... Harry Faulk (segment "Healer")
Robert Costanzo ... Joe Rubello (segment "Healer")
Joaquín Martínez ... Duende (segment "Healer") (as Joaquin Martinez)
Adam Ferris Adam Ferris ... Deaf Boy (segment "Healer")
Joy Pankin Joy Pankin ... Deaf Boy's Mother (segment "Healer")
Ed Levey Ed Levey ... 1st Neighbor (segment "Healer")
Jessica L. Wood ... Amanda
Vivian Bonnell ... Black Woman (segment "Healer")
Anthony S. Johnson ... Guard (segment "Healer") (as Anthony Johnson)
Lauren Levinson Lauren Levinson ... Amanda's Mom (segment "Healer") (as Lauren Levian)
Lorna Luft ... Sheila Cunningham (segment "Children's Zoo")
Steven Keats Steven Keats ... Martin Cunningham (segment "Children's Zoo")
Jaclyn Bernstein ... Debbie Cunningham (segment "Children's Zoo")
Sydney Walsh ... Melody (segment "Children's Zoo")


"Healer": Small-time crook Jackie Thompson finds that a rock possesses special abilities. "Children's Zoo": An invitation to a unique zoo offers a girl a solution to her bickering parents. "Kentucky Rye": Drunk driver Bob Spindler finds himself in an unusual bar after an accident. Written by A. Nonymous

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Release Date:

11 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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"Kentucky Rye" is not syndicated. See more »


[first lines]
Bob Spindler: [singing] "Some guys have all the luck. Some guys have all the pain. Some guys get all the breaks...Some g..." duh duh duh duhhh...Some guys, some ME!
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References The Twilight Zone: The Bewitchin' Pool (1964) See more »

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Children's Zoo, a one-note idea that didn't deserve being filmed
28 March 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

HEALER is a fairly interesting segment of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE although the story ends up getting muddled and inconsequential towards the end. It stars Eric Bogosian as a jewel thief who steals a priceless gemstone but gets shot in the process. He soon discovers that the gemstone has magical healing properties and he decides to put them to use.

Bogosian is by far the best thing about this one, delivering another over the top, hammy turn as the stressed-out protagonist. I'm surprised how similar his acting is to his later roles, for example in UNDER SIEGE 2: DARK TERRITORY. The story starts out strong and becomes muddled later on, but at least the premise is a decent one.

CHILDREN'S ZOO is probably my least favourite segment of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE thus far. Thank God it's mercifully short. The story sees a cute young girl visiting a zoo with her bickering parents, only this isn't an ordinary zoo. In fact, it's a unique zoo where the parents themselves become the exhibits!

It's a one-note idea, really, and probably would have worked better in a minute long sketch; even though it's kept short here, it still feels overlong and flabby. The performances are over the top and the joke just isn't funny, so this feels more like aimless filler than anything else. A shame the producers were reduced to this so early on in the series.

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