The Twilight Zone: Grade the First Episode of CBS All Access' Revival

TVLine | 4/1/2019 | Rebecca Iannucci
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It’s been quite a while since TV viewers entered a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. As of Monday, though — provided you’re a CBS All Access subscriber — you can once again journey through The Twilight Zone.

Before you give us your thoughts on “The Comedian,” which serves as the official series premiere, let’s recap what went down in the trippy episode:

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Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) leads this installment as stand-up comic Samir Wassan, who is still struggling to find success in the comedy world after five years of gigs. (Somewhat bafflingly, he keeps trying out a politically fueled joke about the Second Amendment, which lands with a thud every single time.) One night, after a particularly rough set at Eddie’s Comedy Club, Samir meets J.C. Wheeler (30 Rock‘s Tracy Morgan), a comedian of whom Samir has long been a fan.

J.C. tells Samir that he needs to drop the political material and get more personal. If he shares stories about himself with the crowd, they’ll respond well, and — as J.C. hints with an ominous glint in his eye — Samir will surely be a successful comedian.

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Samir tests this theory the following night (after his Second Amendment joke once again tanks), sharing some funny anecdotes about his mischievous dog named Cat. The audience breaks out in laughter, and Samir is thrilled… until he goes home and can’t find his dog anywhere in the apartment, only for his girlfriend to tell him they don’t have a dog. Even weirder? All photos of Cat have mysteriously vanished from his phone.

The following night, Samir’s 10-year-old nephew, Devon, sits in the audience for Samir’s set — and when his political material bombs again, Samir turns to Devon for inspiration, good-naturedly roasting the boy, much to the crowd’s delight. But when he...
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