The first two seasons of The New Twilight Zone (as it was called at the time) were excellent – even better than the original (I didn’t see much of the third season, since it was syndicated, not network, but the few I saw were awfully good.
So many great stories: “Nightcrawlers,” “To See the Invisible Man,” “Wordplay,” “Paladin of the Lost Hour,” “Wong’s Lost and Found Emporium,” “I of Newton,” “The Misfortune Cookie,” “Button, Button,” “The Cold Equations” and many others.
They also were smart enough to hire good writers (Harlan Ellison, Rockne S. O’Bannon,* Stephen Barnes, George R. R. Martin, J. Michael Straczynski**) and adapt great stories by great writers (Robert Silverberg, Tom Godwin, Richard Matheson, Henry Slesar, Arthur C. Clarke, Roger Zelazny) and use top-notch directors (Wes Craven, Robert Downey (a prince), William Friedkin, Gerd Oswald, Peter Medak, Theodore Flicker, Joe Dante, John Milius).
It also helped that they didn’t have to fit the stories into a set time; they ran 5-10 minute stories. And, in the case of “Nightcrawlers,” they ran the entire episode without commercial breaks.
Just a great show that, alas, is overshadowed by the original, which was merely good.
*Creator of Seaquest, Alien Nation and Farscape. “Wordplay” was his first TV script.
** Babylon 5 creator. He wrote quite a few scripts for the third (syndicated) season.