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, paints a 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."