While we wait for the third season of Star Trek: Discovery and the first season of Star Trek: Lower Decks, CBS All Access has a new season from another classic genre franchise on offer. Check out the trailer, a free version of the first episode, and guide to the full season.
Binge the fifth dimension
This morning CBS All Access dropped the entire ten-episode second season of The Twilight Zone, the modern reimagining of the classic TV series. The new show from executive producers Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg continues the legacy of socially conscious storytelling in season two, promising “introspection and self-exploration to usher viewers into a dimension filled with endless possibilities.”
The second season also includes nods to the original series, including a sequel to a classic sci-fi episode. Peele returns as the host, joining a stellar guest cast: Morena Baccarin, Kylie Bunbury, Jenna Elfman, Ethan Embry, Sky Ferreira, Tavi Gevinson, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, Gillian Jacobs, David Krumholtz, Thomas Lennon, Sophia Macy, Natalie Martinez, Joel McHale, Chris Meloni, Gretchen Mol, Paula Newsome, Billy Porter, Jimmi Simpson, Jurnee Smollett, Daniel Sunjata, Damon Wayans Jr. and more.
Season 2 Guide
“Meet in the Middle”
Starring Jimmi Simpson (“Westworld,” “Black Mirror: USS Callister”) and Gillian Jacobs (“Community,” “Love”)
Written by Emily C. Chang and Sara Amini
Lonely bachelor Phil (Jimmi Simpson) finds meaningful human connection when he discovers a telepathic link to a stranger named Annie (Gillian Jacobs). Their connection quickly sparks a romance, but not everything is as it seems in this seemingly idyllic fantasy.
Starring Morena Baccarin (the “Deadpool” franchise, “Homeland”), Colman Domingo (“If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Fear the Walking Dead”) and Tony Hale (“Veep,” “Toy Story 4”)
Written by Jordan Peele, Directed by JD Dillard
After a recent promotion to hotel manager, Michelle (Morena Baccarin) feels like she’s on top of the world, but any cause for celebration is short lived when the nature of her reality is called into question.
“The Who of You”
Starring Ethan Embry (“Grace and Frankie,” “Blindspotting”), Daniel Sunjata (“Graceland,” “Rescue Me”), and Billy Porter (“Pose,” “Like a Boss”)
Written by Win Rosenfeld, Directed by Peter Atencio
Struggling actor Harry (Ethan Embry) risks everything to catch his big break, but an impulsive scheme takes a few turns no one saw coming.
Starring Jurnee Smollett (“Birds of Prey,” “Lovecraft Country,” “Friday Night Lights”), Tawny Newsome (“Space Force,” “Lower Decks”), Sky Ferreira (“Baby Driver,” “Twin Peaks”), Paul F. Tompkins (“BoJack Horseman,” “Comedy Bang! Bang!”), and Thomas Lennon (“Reno 911!” “Night at the Museum” franchise)
Written by Emily C. Chang and Sara Amini, Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
The music career of struggling singer Jasmine (Jurnee Smollett) takes off overnight after she witnesses a tragic incident. Jasmine begins receiving rapturous applause everywhere she goes, but she soon realizes the relentless recognition comes at a steep cost.
“Among the Untrodden”
Starring Abbie Hern and Sophia Macy
Written by Heather Anne Campbell, Directed by Tayarisha Poe
Transfer student Irene’s (Sophia Macy) unusual interests make her an easy target at her new all-girls boarding school until she discovers that popular classmate Madison (Abbie Hern) possesses a unique talent.
Starring (previously announced) Joel McHale (“Community,” “Stargirl”) and Brandon Jay McLaren (“UnREAL,” “Graceland”)
Written by Glen Morgan, Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
At the outer reaches of the world, a team of scientists discover a new highly intelligent species, but its existence may endanger more than their research.
“A Human Face”
Starring Jenna Elfman (“Fear the Walking Dead,” “Dharma & Greg”), Chris Meloni (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “42,” “Law & Order: SVU”), and Tavi Gevinson (“Person to Person,” “Enough Said”)
Written by Alex Rubens, Directed by Christina Choe
A grieving couple’s (Chris Meloni and Jenna Elfman) move is interrupted by an otherworldly encounter, leading them to second guess what’s worth leaving behind.
“A Small Town”
Starring Damon Wayans Jr. (“Happy Endings,” “Let’s Be Cops”), David Krumholtz (“The Deuce,” “Evel”), Natalie Martinez (“Reminiscence,” “The I-Land”), and Paula Newsome (“Barry,” “Chicago Med”)
Written by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due, Directed by Alonso Alvarez-Barreda
A quiet church handyman (Damon Wayans Jr.) uncovers a magical scale model imbuing him with the power to help his struggling small town. But with the sleazy Mayor Conley (David Krumholtz) taking all the credit, will Jason’s good intentions be corrupted?
Starring Topher Grace (“Blackkklansman,” “Black Mirror,” “That ’70s Show”) and Kylie Bunbury (“When They See Us,” “Pitch”)
Written by Alex Rubens, Directed by Jennifer McGowan
When the quick-witted Claudia (Kylie Bunbury) has a chance run-in with Mark (Topher Grace) at a museum, he dazzles her with his seemingly miraculous abilities. But after the true source of his charisma is revealed, the encounter takes a dark turn.
“You Might Also Like”
Starring Gretchen Mol (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Manchester by the Sea”) and Greta Lee (“Russian Doll,” “High Maintenance”)
Written and Directed by Osgood Perkins
Stay-at-home housewife Mrs. Warren (Gretchen Mol) looks forward to acquiring the widely marketed ‘Egg,’ an enigmatic device that promises to make everything better for everyone forever. But further investigation soon reveals the unsavory truth about this mysterious product.
Easter Egg contest
CBS All Access also just announced a Twilight Zone digital easter egg hunt. By visiting their partner sites and finding the eggs you can win a lifetime subscription to All Access. More info at twilightzoneeastereggs.com.
Watch episode 1 for free
For a limited time, CBS has made the first episode “Meet in the Middle” starring Jimmi Simpson available for free.
The rest of season two of The Twilight Zone is available now exclusively on CBS All Access.