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Rod Serling's Night Gallery

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eyes in the dark are watching Good evening, and welcome to a private showing of paintings, displayed here for the first time. Each is a collectors item in its own way - not because of any special artistic quality, but because each captures on a canvas, and suspends in time and space, a frozen moment of a nightmareRod Serling created and hosted The Twilight Zone. When the CBS program went off the air in 1965, the writers and directors went to a new CBS series to be called Wild Wild West and Rod Serling went to other projects, including narration for Jacques Cousteau tv broadcasts. When Wild Wild West left the air in 1970, Rod Serling was ready to try something new. Night Gallery would be similar to The Twilight Zone, with episodes tending more toward horror and the macabre. But there were still episodes with elements of mystery-suspense, fantasy and science fiction (in one episode, Mission Control hears astronauts scream after feverishly working on something. The camera pulls back to see what it was: a giant mousetrap).

ghoul at window The episodes were originally 1 hour long, consisting of 2 or 3 main stories (each represented by a wierd painting or sculpture in the night gallery), and various shorts. Serling hated the humorous shorts, which were added at NBC's insistence to compete with the higher-rated tv series "Love American Style" (which still shows occasionally over on TV Land channel), and were nonetheless popular with fans. The Sci-Fi channel has the half-hour version of reruns, which each consist of a main story and a short, as well as episodes of "The Psychiatrist" retitled with Night Gallery credits. For a collection of paintings used in the Night Gallery (and comments on the Psychiatrist episodes), check out:, an unofficial website. Night Gallery originally aired 12-16-70 to 8-12-73. In addition to people from the original Twilight Zone series, Rod Serling also used a former actor-turned-director from the recently cancelled Star Trek tv series, Leonard Nimoy (Spock), and a new kid who was directing Columbo episodes named Steven Spielberg. Nimoy says of his directing debut there, "It was theatrical, adventurous & unpredictable." Starting on 2-11-73, Jack Webb (creator of Dragnet and Project UFO tv series) also tried a series on NBC to complement Night Gallery called "Escape," a suspense anthology that originated on radio, but it only lasted 4 episodes.
For a complete description of the 1969 pilot movie, click here
The scripts for some Twilight Zone and Night Gallery episodes that were never done have been filmed recently. One was "A Town Has Turned To Dust," (1998, see video below) based on a true story from the 1950s or 60s, in which a black man was lynched for whistling at a white woman. Serling changed it to a story set in the old West, but the network still refused to let him film it back then.
He also wrote the first draft of the movie script for Planet of the Apes (so that's why the camera pulls back right at the end to show what Charlton Heston sees on the beach...)
No episodes are scheduled on national TV or cable this month. Previous Night Gallery episodes (until 2004)
Previous year's broadcasts mystery eyes

Entire monthly listing of movies and tv episodes on the Mystery channel

"Call out the giants and the werewolves and the spirits of those trees who are on our side. Call the ghouls, and the boggles, the ogres, and the minotaurs. Call the cruels, the hags, the spectres, and the people of the toadstools." If you like Lord Of The Rings or Star Wars, check out The Chronicles of Narnia...Aslan is on the move
From The Sci-fi channel's website in Spanish:


Rod Sterling es el inusual presentador de esta serie de antología que reune un interesante conjunto de macabras historias, que cuenta con dramatizaciones tan reales que lo harán saltar de su asiento.
GALERIA NOCTURNA (with photos)

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specter on stairs Join Rod Serling for his "other" classic anthology series, concentrating on the macabre, the supernatural, and other stories of horror. For Twilight Zone broadcast listings, go to The Twilight Zone
Some of the movies & tv series of Rod Serling are available, but none of the Night Gallery episodes so far: Entire seasons of Twilight Zone are available on DVD

Night Gallery - Season 1 was also available from (these are the original hour-long episodes, not the cut-down 30-minute ones)

Town Has Turned to Dust (1998)
In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1997)
Encounter With the Unknown (1975)
UFO's: It Has Begun (1973)
Assault on a Queen (1966)
Seven Days in May (1964)
Requiem for a Heavyweight (1956)
Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval (1998)
Night Gallery (1969)

You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!
Planet Of The Apes" done as a Twilight Zone episode

(Rod Serling intro & parting comments, on the beach)

The Painted Mirror (Zsa Zsa Gabor)

Fright Night (Stuart Whitman)

Even Heroes Have A Night Gallery

Professor Peabody's Last Lecture

Entire episode: House-With Ghost/Hell's Bells

Entire seasons of Twilight Zone and Night Gallery are also available on DVD

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EPISODE GUIDE (by story segments)
Pilot episode/movie in 3 segments - 1969: 
1. 8 Nov 69   The Cemetery / Eyes / The Monster Who Wanted to be a Fisherman 

Season 1 - 1970 - 71 segments (50 min episodes) 
1. 16 Dec 70   The Dead Man 
2. 16 Dec 70   The Housekeeper 
3.  23 Dec 70   Room with a View 
4.  23 Dec 70   The Little Black Bag 
5.  23 Dec 70   The Nature of the Enemy 
6.  30 Dec 70   The House 
7.  30 Dec 70   Certain Shadows on the Wall 
8.   6 Jan 71   Make Me Laugh 
9.   6 Jan 71   Clean Kills and Other Trophies 
10.  13 Jan 71   Pamela's Voice 
11.  13 Jan 71   Lone Survivor 
12. 13 Jan 71 The Doll 13. 20 Jan 71 The Last Laurel 14. 20 Jan 71 They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar Season 2 - 1971 - 72 segments (50 min episodes) 1. 15 Sep 71 The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes 2. 15 Sep 71 Miss Lovecraft Sent Me
3. 15 Sep 71 The Hand of Borgus Weems 4. 15 Sep 71 The Phantom of What Opera?
5. 22 Sep 71 A Death in the Family 6. 22 Sep 71 The Merciful (Imogene Coca)
7. 22 Sep 71 The Class of '99 (Vincent Price) 8. 22 Sep 71 Witches' Feast (Victor Buono) 9. 29 Sep 71 Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay 10. 29 Sep 71 With Apologies to Mr. Hyde (Adam West) 11. 29 Sep 71 The Flip Side of Satan (Arte Johnson)
12. 6 Oct 71 A Fear of Spiders 13. 6 Oct 71 Junior (Wally Cox has a big baby)
14. 6 Oct 71 Marmalade Wine (Rudy Vallee doesn't like to lose visitors) 15. 6 Oct 71 The Academy (spare the rod, spoil the child...Pat Boone) 16. 20 Oct 71 The Phantom Farmhouse 17. 20 Oct 71 Silent Snow, Secret Snow 18. 27 Oct 71 A Question of Fear (what's in the basement?) 19. 27 Oct 71 The Devil is Not Mocked (Nazis invade Transylvania) 20. 3 Nov 71 Midnight Never Ends 21. 3 Nov 71 Brenda 22. Not Screened Die Now, Pay Later 23. 10 Nov 71 The Diary 24. 10 Nov 71 A Matter of Semantics 25. 10 Nov 71 The Big Surprise 26. 10 Nov 71 Professor Peabody's Last Lecture 27. 17 Nov 71 House- With Ghost 28. 17 Nov 71 Midnight Visit to the Neighborhood Blood Bank 29. 17 Nov 71 Dr. Stringfellow's Rejuvenator 30. 17 Nov 71 Hell's Bells 31. 24 Nov 71 The Dark Boy 32. 24 Nov 71 Keep in Touch- We'll Think of Something 33. 1 Dec 71 Pickman's Model 34. 1 Dec 71 The Dear Departed 35. 1 Dec 71 An Act of Chivalry 36. 8 Dec 71 Cool Air 37. 8 Dec 71 Camera Obscura 38. 8 Dec 71 Quoth the Raven 39. 15 Dec 71 The Messiah on Mott Street 40. 15 Dec 71 The Painted Mirror 41. 29 Dec 71 The Different Ones 42. 29 Dec 71 Tell David... 43. 29 Dec 71 Logoda's Heads 44. 5 Jan 72 The Funeral
45. 5 Jan 72 The Tune in Dan's Cafe 46. 5 Jan 72 Green Fingers 47. Room for One Less 48. 12 Jan 72 Lindemann's Catch 49. 12 Jan 72 A Feast of Blood 50. 12 Jan 72 The Late Mr. Peddington 51. 19 Jan 72 The Miracle at Camefeo 52. 19 Jan 72 The Ghost of Sorworth Place 53. 26 Jan 72 The Waiting Room 54. 26 Jan 72 Last Rites for a Dead Druid 55. 9 Feb 72 Deliveries in the Rear 56. 9 Feb 72 Stop Killing Me 57. 9 Feb 72 Dead Weight 58. 16 Feb 72 I'll Never Leave You- Ever 59. 16 Feb 72 There Aren't Any More MacBanes 60. 23 Feb 72 You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore 61. 23 Feb 72 The Sins of the Fathers 62. 1 Mar 72 The Caterpillar 63. 1 Mar 72 Little Girl Lost 64. 22 Mar 72 Satisfaction Guaranteed 65. 22 Mar 72 Smile Please Season 3 - 1972 - 73 segments (25 min episodes) 1. 24 Sep 72 The Return of the Sorcerer (Vincent Price & Bill Bixby) 2. 1 Oct 72 The Girl with the Hungry Eyes 3. 22 Oct 72 Rare Objects 4. 29 Oct 72 Spectre in Tap Shoes 5. 12 Nov 72 You Can Come Up Now, Mrs. Millikan / Smile, Please
6. 19 Nov 72 The Other Way Out 7. 10 Dec 72 Fright Night 8. 17 Dec 72 Finnegan's Flight 9. 24 Dec 72 She'll Be Company for You 10. 7 Jan 73 The Ring with the Red Velvet Ropes 11. 14 Jan 73 Something in the Woodwork 12. 4 Mar 73 Death on a Barge 13. 13 May 73 Whisper 14. 20 May 73 The Doll of Death 15. 27 May 73 Hatred Unto Death 16. 27 May 73 How to Cure the Common Vampire


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Trivia, courtesy Internet Movie Database

* Conceived as an updating of the "Twilight Zone" concept, Serling reportedly began planning the series soon after "Twilight Zone" was cancelled in 1964.

* Two segments, and possibly a third, were directed by a young Steven Spielberg. According to the book, "Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After Hours Tour", Spielberg was scheduled to direct the 1971 vignette "A Matter of Semantics" starring Cesar Romero. Those involved with the production are unclear in their memory as to whether Spielberg actually directed the piece, which was ultimately credited to Jack Laird. At least one actor involved in the 2-minute mini-episode recalls a director who more closely fits Spielberg's description than Laird's.

* Artist Tom Wright did all of the paintings shown on Night Gallery.
* Sculptors Logan Elston and Phil Bandierle did all of the Night Gallery sculptures.

* Beginning with the second season, and despite Serling's objections, the producers began to insert brief 1-3 minute "blackout comedy" sketches in between main segments of some episodes, usually when an episode was running short. The merits of these brief vignettes remain controversial among "Night Gallery" fans to this day.

A few episodes of Night Gallery have been posted for free in the Drive-in