L is for Living Doll
Season 5, Episode 6
Erich Streater (Telly Savalas) is upset when his wife comes home with her daughter Christie having bought her yet another doll. Christie loves her new Talking Tina doll but her stepfather takes an immediate dislike to it. Anytime he is alone with the doll, it spouts abusive comments to the effect that it hates him and that it's going to kill him. He's convinced that his wife is behind it all, something she vehemently denies. He tries to get rid of the doll but it always seems to reappear - and also seems intent on following through with its threats. Written by garykmcd IMDb Watch the full episode HERE.
Musings: Living Doll is one of the classic Twilight Zone episodes. It has been parodied on The Simpsons, The X Files, and Johnny Bravo. Anyone who has any history with the show has seen this episode. It ranks up there in the top ten favorite Twilight Zone episodes with most fans, this one included. Even though I still find the episode a bit creepy, I do derive pleasure from watching Evil Erich get his just reward. I don't know if I like this episode because I also had an evil stepfather who was a lot like Telly Salvalas right down to the bald head. Or maybe it was because I didn't have any magical powers and it would be nice if my toys did. I don't think I really wanted my toys to harm people, but during that time in my life, I did wish there was a way to make my evil stepfather go away. Fortunately, even without a magic doll, he finally did.
T.Z. Trivia- June Foray, the voice of the Talky Tina doll, was also the voice of Mattel's Chatty Cathy doll, upon which the doll in this episode was based.
Have you seen this episode of The Twilight Zone? Are you a fan of Talking Tina? Did you have any toys that creeped you out?