2. The Twilight Zone
Out of time
I think maybe everything that would ever be done on TV was done first on the great, the amazing The Twilight Zone. But I digress. Rod Serlings anthology series repeatedly touched on time travel -- in Once Upon a Time (a janitor from the 1890s is transported to the future), in No Time Like the Past (a man with a time machine tries to alter history), and in Back There (a guy tries to go back and stop the Lincoln assassination). But my favorite is 1961s The Odyssey of Flight 33, which is set on a passenger plane that crosses the time barrier and gets thrown back to prehistoric times. In their attempt the fly back to the 1960s, the pilots accidentally make it to 1939 -- and they are running out of fuel. The episode ends on a very modern, dissonant, unsure, Lost-like note.
Pictured, James Daly played Gart Williams on an episode of the show.