20. "The Obsolete Man"

It's not uncommon these days for librarians to get the ax due to budget cuts, but imagine a totalitarian world in which that axing is far more literal. Rod Serling, who wrote the episode, paint sa picture of such an existence in Season Two's "The Obsolete Man." In this episode, we're exposed to a society where literacy and religion are offenses punishable by death, and introduced to a librarian (Burgess Meredith) who's just been asked to select his own sentence. We've got to hand it to the guy—he goes out big, and helps expose a hypocritical leader (Fritz Weaver) for who he really is. Us? We'd probably have asked for "old age."