I know not many remember, but there was a revival The Twilight Zone series that started in 1985. Originally it ran for an hour and each episode would have one, two or three stories in it, which allowed them to tell shorter or longer stories than the half hour format would.
(If you're not familiar with this series, read the Background section below for the details and the unusual situations involved that led to this question.)
I've been watching the syndicated version of this series recently on Chiller and found a list of all the episodes and stories for this version of The Twilight Zone. I've found six stories from the first season seem to be missing from the syndicated package:
I haven't seen these stories in the syndicated package on Chiller and in the Wikipedia, there is no Syndication heading in the entries for these stories, as there are for all the other stories that I've seen in syndication.
Were these stories just left out of the syndication package? If so, was there a reason for that? (It'd be cheaper to include them and produce fewer half hour episodes to fill out the package, wouldn't it?) Is there any way to see these stories now (other than buying the DVD) or are they out of syndication forever?
If anyone has any information on these episodes, I'd like to hear about what happened.
CBS was so sure the series would be a hit and run for years that it pre-signed deals for syndication for 100 episodes even before the first season was done, but due to ratings, the series was cancelled after 11 episodes in the 2nd season. CBS hired a new production team and produced 30 episodes (these were one half hour each) so there would be enough episodes for syndication.
When they did that, they also took most of the stories from the one hour episodes and edited them. Some were combined into one 30 minute episode with two stories, others were given added footage to extend them to a half hour. Longer episodes were edited down to half an hour.