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The Intruders


Troubled by spirits that haunt her home, a woman becomes strangely attached to her ghostly housemates as she watches them go about their daily lives.



Air Dates

  • First Run - March 30, 1976
  • Repeat - August 14, 1976





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10 Responses to Episode 0458

This one has commercials.The story keeps you wondering.Touching and sad.Well written-with a twist.

Michel David

This story reminded me of The Others, the movie starring Nicole Kidman, made years later. Unfortunately, I predicted the ending from early on in this episode so the "twist" in the end wasn't shocking or unexpected. It was still a great tale and well written and performed.


A woman is haunted by ghosts who refuse to acknowledge her presence. As she watches them play out their ghostly lives in her home, she becomes attached to them.

Sandra C.

A woman arrives home from wherever she has been only to find her precious home inhabited by a family of ghosts. After her initial outrage she learns to love them and grows fond of each one in turn. But, try as she might, she is unable to make direct contact with them. Predictable, with only a minor twist at the end.


I found this one a bit predictable and tedious.


Magnificent episode-one of the best in the series!

Misha Allport

This was an okay story, but like the others, I found the ending predictable. It was a sweet episode on one level, but still not the best.


I share Nicole's point of view. This play made me think of THE OTHERS with Nicole Kidman, except Elaine, our main character, is the child & not the mother of 2 children. 4 me, this play was quite intriguing & touching as she becomes so fond of her new "ghostly" family. Has a nice twist @ the conclusion of the story. I was only 15yo when this episode aired. It brings back many a memory. I give this episode an 8.5 out of a 10. So.....I must go back 2 another adventure in the macabre. Until next time.....pleasant dreams.


After being away for seven years, Elaine comes home and is most upset to find three strangers, two men and a woman, living there. When none of them pays the least bit of attention to her no matter what she does to make them realize she’s there, Elaine assumes they must all be ghosts -- until a rose thorn pricks the woman’s finger and it bleeds.


Spoilers ahead. I don't want to spoil the ending for those who haven't heard the episode yet, but it's the whole so-called "twist" at the end that bugs me the most about this episode. It doesn't make any sense to me that the girl, (who turned out to be the ghost herself), wouldn't remember her own family who loved her. That is the part that doesn't make sense. The whole story is written in true Elspeth Eric fashion, complete with the woman's incestuous feelings of romantic(?) attraction for her relatives, (a subject that Elspeth Eric seemed to be obsessed with for some reason).


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