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The Master Computer


In a fully automated world, a couple come home from vacation to find that their existence has been wiped clean from society's records. The culprit that disrupted their lives is later revealed to be a computer glitch.



Air Dates

  • First Run - August 13, 1975
  • Repeat - December 28, 1975
  • Repeat - November 28, 1980





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10 Responses to Episode 0325

I just listened to "The Master Computer" (first broadcast on 13 August 1975), and the plot seemed awfully derivative of the films "It's A Wonderful Life" and "Topper."


A Long Island couple drives all day to reach their home following a Maine vacation. When they return to their hometown, they try to interact with the people that are a regular part of their lives. But, it is as if no one realizes that they are there. They make a phone call and the party on the other end can't hear them. They ring a doorbell and someone comes to the door and can't see them. In every way, it is as if they are not there at all. This quickly grows frustrating and eerie. Then, there's a knock at the door.......

Christine Dera

Grace and Harry Clayton return home exhausted from a summer vacation and slowly come to realize that something is very wrong. No one seems to see them or hear them, the utilities to their home have been turned off, and their friends are ignoring them as if they don't exist. What is the answer to this bizzare mystery? This is a disturbing story with a well-done ending. Genre: Mystery

Mister Walkman

A couple comes home from vacation and finds that all of their utilities have been cut off. Then they find out that none of their friends or coworkers will even acknowledge their existence. Turns out it was a computer error.

Hrist Morgan

Ah, one of those stories where "the hereafter" is run as a beauracracy or business and mistakes are made "A Guy Named Joe", "Always", "Here Comes Mr Jordan", "Heaven Can Wait"... If this was supposed to be a mystery to us, they shouldn't have given it away 10 minutes in. This sort of story annoys me but this one is not badly done with the whole world suddenly unable to see or hear a couple who just returned from vacation.

Lilia Baylon

A couple return from holidays to find people completely ignoring them. No one responds to their questions, no one even acknowledges their existence. While they can answer the phone and open doors, they have no electricity or water. When a man arrives at their door promising to fix everything and that they should come with him but will not disclose the reason for, nor the destination of the suggested journey, the couple balk and refuse to go.


I did enjoy the story but I found the idea of the afterlife using current technology to run things the one part of the story that I didn't like. Otherwise, like I said, it was an enjoyable story.


Kind of interesting for its time. With much real science speculation derived from quantum physics that we may be computer programs ourselves and our world is not analog but digital in nature.The show barely touches the idea but interesting none the less.


So in the logic of this episode, when our two leads are driving their car, can other people see their car moving but just not the driver and passenger?


I like the part about children sleeping like angels.

Scooter D & The Greens

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