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Night Gallery
Also known asRod Serling's Night Gallery
GenreFantasy
Drama
FormatAnthology
Created byRod Serling
Presented byRod Serling
Theme music composerGil Mellé
Composer(s)Robert Bain
Paul Glass
John Lewis
Gil Mellé
Oliver Nelson
Robert Prince
Eddie Sauter
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes43 (+ 1 pilot) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Paul Freeman
Producer(s)Jack Laird
William Sackheim
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time50 minutes (seasons 1 & 2)
25 minutes (season 3)
Production company(s)NBC
Broadcast
Audio formatMonaural
Original run

November 8, 1969 (1969-11-08) (pilot)

December 16, 1970 (1970-12-16) – May 27, 1973 (1973-05-27)
 
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Night Gallery
Also known asRod Serling's Night Gallery
GenreFantasy
Drama
FormatAnthology
Created byRod Serling
Presented byRod Serling
Theme music composerGil Mellé
Composer(s)Robert Bain
Paul Glass
John Lewis
Gil Mellé
Oliver Nelson
Robert Prince
Eddie Sauter
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes43 (+ 1 pilot) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Paul Freeman
Producer(s)Jack Laird
William Sackheim
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time50 minutes (seasons 1 & 2)
25 minutes (season 3)
Production company(s)NBC
Broadcast
Audio formatMonaural
Original run

November 8, 1969 (1969-11-08) (pilot)

December 16, 1970 (1970-12-16) – May 27, 1973 (1973-05-27)

Night Gallery is an American anthology series that aired on NBC from 1970 to 1973, featuring stories of horror and the macabre. Rod Serling, who had gained fame from an earlier series, The Twilight Zone, served both as the on-air host of Night Gallery and as a major contributor of scripts, although he did not have the same control of content and tone as he had on The Twilight Zone.[1][2] Serling viewed Night Gallery as a logical extension of The Twilight Zone, but while both series shared an interest in thought-provoking dark fantasy, the lion’s share of Zone‘s offerings were science fiction while Night Gallery focused on horror and the supernatural.[3]

Format[edit]

Serling appeared in an art gallery setting and introduced the macabre tales that made up each episode by unveiling paintings (by artist Thomas J. Wright) that depicted the stories. His intro usually was, “Good evening, and welcome to a private showing of three paintings, displayed here for the first time. Each is a collector’s item in its own way—not because of any special artistic quality, but because each captures on a canvas, suspends in time and space, a frozen moment of a nightmare.”

Night Gallery regularly presented adaptations of classic fantasy tales by authors such as H. P. Lovecraft, as well as original works, many of which were by Serling himself.

Joan Crawford in the film which began the series, 1969

The series was introduced with a pilot TV movie that aired on November 8, 1969, and featured the directorial debut of Steven Spielberg, as well as one of the last acting performances by Joan Crawford.

Unlike the series, in which the paintings merely accompanied an introduction to the upcoming story, the paintings themselves actually appeared in the three segments, serving major or minor plot functions. Night Gallery was initially part of a rotating anthology or wheel series called Four in One. This 1970–71 television series rotated four separate shows, including McCloud, SFX (San Francisco International Airport) and The Psychiatrist. Two of these, Night Gallery and McCloud were renewed for the 1971–72 season with McCloud becoming the most popular and longest running of the four.

Reception[edit]

The series attracted criticism for its use of comedic blackout sketches between the longer story segments in some episodes, and for its splintered, multiple-story format, which contributed to its uneven tone. Another notable difference from the original Twilight Zone series was there was no ending monologue by Serling summarizing the end of the story segment. Very often the camera would simply focus on the final chosen image (often for a chilling effect) for several seconds, then black out.

Serling wrote many of the teleplays, including "Camera Obscura", "The Caterpillar" (based on a short story by Oscar Cook), "Class of '99", "Cool Air" (based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft), "The Doll", "Green Fingers", "Lindemann's Catch", and "The Messiah on Mott Street" (heavily influenced by Bernard Malamud's "Angel Levine"). Non-Serling efforts include "The Dead Man", "I'll Never Leave You—Ever", "Pickman's Model" (based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft), "A Question of Fear", "Silent Snow, Secret Snow", and "The Sins of the Fathers".

By the final season, Serling, stung by criticism and ignored by the show's executives, all but disowned the series.

List of stories[edit]

Pilot[edit]

TitleOriginal airdateWriterDirectorCastNotes
"The Cemetery"November 8, 1969Rod SerlingBoris SagalRoddy McDowall, Ossie Davis, George MacreadyPossibly inspired by the story "The Mezzotint" by M.R. James
"Eyes"November 8, 1969Rod SerlingSteven SpielbergJoan Crawford, Barry Sullivan, Tom Bosley
"Escape Route"November 8, 1969Rod SerlingBarry ShearRichard Kiley, Sam Jaffe

Season 1: 1970–71[edit]

TitleOriginal airdateWriterDirectorCastNotes
"The Dead Man"December 16, 1970Douglas HeyesDouglas HeyesCarl Betz, Jeff Corey, Louise Sorel, Michael BlodgettBased on a short story of the same name by Fritz Leiber
"The Housekeeper"December 16, 1970Matthew HowardJohn Meredyth LucasLarry Hagman, Jeanette Nolan, Suzy Parker"Matthew Howard" was a pseudonym for Douglas Heyes
"Room with a View"December 23, 1970Hal DresnerJerrold FreedmanJoseph Wiseman, Diane Keaton, Angel TompkinsBased on a short story of the same name by Hal Dresner
"The Little Black Bag"December 23, 1970Rod SerlingJeannot SzwarcBurgess Meredith, Chill WillsBased on a short story of the same name by C.M. Kornbluth
"The Nature of the Enemy"December 23, 1970Rod SerlingAllen ReisnerJoseph Campanella, James Sikking
"The House"December 30, 1970Rod SerlingJohn AstinJoanna Pettet, Paul Richards, Steve FrankenBased on a short story by André Maurois
"Certain Shadows on the Wall"December 30, 1970Rod SerlingJeff CoreyLouis Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, Grayson Hall, Rachel RobertsBased on the short story "The Shadows on the Wall" by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman
"Make Me Laugh"January 6, 1971Rod SerlingSteven SpielbergGodfrey Cambridge, Jackie Vernon, Tom Bosley, Al Lewis
"Clean Kills and Other Trophies"January 6, 1971Rod SerlingWalter DonigerRaymond Massey, Tom Troupe, Barry Brown, Herb Jefferson, Jr.
"Pamela's Voice"January 13, 1971Rod SerlingRichard BenedictPhyllis Diller, John Astin
"Lone Survivor"January 13, 1971Rod SerlingGene LevittJohn Colicos, Torin Thatcher, Hedley MattinglyPossibly inspired by the story of Frank Tower
"The Doll"January 13, 1971Rod SerlingRudi DornShani Wallis, John Williams, Henry SilvaBased on a short story of the same name by Algernon Blackwood
"They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar"January 20, 1971Rod SerlingDon TaylorWilliam Windom, Diane Baker, John Randolph, Bert ConvySerling considered this script one of the finest two works he ever wrote (along with Requiem for a Heavyweight).
"The Last Laurel"January 20, 1971Rod SerlingDaryl DukeJack Cassidy, Martin E. Brooks, Martine BeswickBased on "The Horsehair Trunk" by Davis Grubb

Season 2: 1971–72[edit]

TitleOriginal airdateWriterDirectorCastNotes
"The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes"September 15, 1971Rod SerlingJohn BadhamClint Howard, Michael Constantine, Bernie KopellBased on a short story of the same name by Margaret St. Clair
"Miss Lovecraft Sent Me"September 15, 1971Jack LairdGene KearneyJoseph Campanella, Sue Lyon
"The Hand of Borgus Weems"September 15, 1971Alvin SapinsleyJohn M. LucasGeorge Maharis, Ray MillandBased on the short story "The Other Hand" by George Langelaan
"Phantom of What Opera?"September 15, 1971Gene KearneyGeorge KearneyLeslie Nielsen
"A Death in the Family"September 22, 1971Rod SerlingJeannot SzwarcE. G. Marshall, Desi Arnaz, Jr.Based on a short story by Miriam Allen deFord
"The Merciful"September 22, 1971Jack LairdJeannot SzwarcImogene Coca, King DonovanBased on a short story of the same name by Charles L. Sweeney, Jr.; twist on "The Cask of Amontillado"
"The Class of '99"September 22, 1971Rod SerlingJeannot SzwarcVincent Price, Brandon deWilde, Randolph Mantooth
"Witches' Feast"September 22, 1971Gene KearneyJerrold FreedmanAgnes Moorehead, Ruth Buzzi
"Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay"September 29, 1971Alvin SapinsleyWilliam HaleMichele Lee, James Farentino, Jeanette Nolan, Jonathan HarrisBased on a short story "The Witch" by A. E. van Vogt
"With Apologies to Mr. Hyde"September 29, 1971Jack LairdJeannot SzwarcAdam West, Jack Laird
"The Flip-Side of Satan"September 29, 1971Malcolm Marmorstein & Gerald SanfordJerrold FreedmanArte Johnson, Liam Sullivan the voice on recordsBased on a short story by Hal Dresner
"A Fear of Spiders"October 6, 1971Rod SerlingJohn AstinPatrick O'Neal, Kim StanleyBased on a short story "The Spider" by Elizabeth Walter
"Junior"October 6, 1971Gene KearneyTheordore J. FlickerWally Cox, Barbara Flicker
"Marmalade Wine"October 6, 1971Jerrold FreedmanJerrold FreedmanRobert Morse, Rudy ValleeBased on a short story by Joan Aiken
"The Academy"October 6, 1971Rod SerlingJeff CoreyPat Boone, Leif EricksonBased on a short story of the same title by David Ely
"The Phantom Farmhouse"October 20, 1971Halsted WellesJeannot SzwarcDavid McCallum, Linda Marsh, David CarradineBased on a short story of the same title by Seabury Quinn
"Silent Snow, Secret Snow"October 20, 1971Gene KearneyGene KearneyRadames Pera, Lonny ChapmanBased on a short story of the same title by Conrad Aiken; narrated by Orson Welles
"A Question of Fear"October 27, 1971Theodore J. FlickerJack LairdLeslie Nielsen, Fritz WeaverBased on a short story of the same title by Bryan Lewis
"The Devil Is Not Mocked"October 27, 1971Gene KearneyGene KearneyHelmut Dantine, Francis Lederer, Hank BrandtBased on a short story of the same title by Manly Wade Wellman. Lederer reprises his role as Dracula from The Return of Dracula.
"Midnight Never Ends"November 3, 1971Rod SerlingJeannot SzwarcSusan Strasberg, Robert F. Lyons
"Brenda"November 3, 1971Matthew HowardAllen ReisnerLaurie Prange, Glenn Corbett, Robert J. Hogan, Barbara BabcockBased on a short story of the same title by Margaret St. Clair
"The Diary"November 10, 1971Rod SerlingWilliam HalePatty Duke, Virginia Mayo, David WayneFeatures a brief, late appearance by Lindsay Wagner
"A Matter of Semantics"November 10, 1971Gene KearneyJack LairdCesar Romero, E. J. Peaker
"Big Surprise"November 10, 1971Richard MathesonJeannot SzwarcJohn Carradine, Vincent Van PattenBased on a short story of the same title by Richard Matheson
"Professor Peabody's Last Lecture"November 10, 1971Jack LairdJerrold FreedmanCarl ReinerA professor gives a lecture on entities from the Cthulhu Mythos. Possibly the first time Cthulhu's name appeared on national television.
"House with Ghost"November 17, 1971Gene KearneyGene KearneyBob Crane, Jo Anne Worley, Alan NapierBased on a short story by August Derleth
"A Midnight Visit to the Neighborhood Blood Bank"November 17, 1971Jack LairdWilliam HaleVictor Buono
"Dr. Stringfellow's Rejuvenator"November 17, 1971Rod SerlingJerrold FreedmanForrest Tucker, Murray Hamilton, Don Pedro Colley
"Hell's Bells"November 17, 1971Theodore J. FlickerTheodore J. FlickerJohn AstinBased on a short story by Harry Turner
"The Dark Boy"November 24, 1971Halsted WellesJohn AstinElizabeth Hartman, Gale SondergaardBased on a short story of the same title by August Derleth
"Keep in Touch—We'll Think of Something"November 24, 1971Gene KearneyGene KearneyAlex Cord, Joanna Pettet
"Pickman's Model"December 1, 1971Alvin SapinsleyJack LairdBradford Dillman, Louise SorelBased on a short story of the same title by H. P. Lovecraft
"The Dear Departed"December 1, 1971Rod SerlingJeff CoreySteve Lawrence, Maureen Arthur, Harvey LembeckBased on a short story of the same name by Alice-Mary Schnirring
"An Act of Chivalry"December 1, 1971Jack LairdJack LairdDeidre Hall
"Cool Air"December 8, 1971Rod SerlingJeannot SzwarcBarbara Rush, Henry DarrowBased on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft
"Camera Obscura"December 8, 1971Rod SerlingJohn BadhamRené Auberjonois, Ross MartinBased on a short story of the same title by Basil Copper
"Quoth the Raven"December 8, 1971Jack LairdJeff CoreyMarty Allen
"The Messiah on Mott Street"December 15, 1971Rod SerlingDon TaylorEdward G. Robinson, Yaphet Kotto, Tony Roberts
"The Painted Mirror"December 15, 1971Gene KearneyGene KearneyZsa Zsa Gabor, Arthur O'Connell Rosemary DeCampBased on a short story of the same title by Donald Wandrei
"The Different Ones"December 29, 1971Rod SerlingJohn Meredyth LucasDana Andrews, Jon KorkesParallels themes from the Serling-penned The Twilight Zone episode "The Eye of the Beholder"
"Tell David…"December 29, 1971Gerald SanfordJeff CoreySandra Dee, Jared MartinBased on a short story of the same title by Penelope Wallace
"Logoda's Heads"December 29, 1971Robert BlochJeannot SzwarcPatrick Macnee, Brock Peters, Denise Nicholas, Tim MathesonBased on a short story of the same title by August Derleth
"Green Fingers"January 5, 1972Rod SerlingJohn BadhamCameron Mitchell, Elsa Lanchester, Michael BellBased on a short story by R. C. Cook
"The Funeral"January 5, 1972Richard MathesonJohn Meredyth LucasJoe Flynn, Werner Klemperer, Jack LairdBased on the short story of the same name by Richard Matheson
"The Tune in Dan's Café"January 5, 1972Gerald Sanford & Garrie BatesonDavid RawlinsPernell Roberts, Susan OliverBased on a short story by Shamus Frazier
"Lindemann's Catch"January 12, 1972Rod SerlingJeff CoreyStuart Whitman, Harry Townes
"A Feast of Blood"January 12, 1972Stanford WhitmoreJeannot SzwarcSondra Locke, Norman Lloyd, Hermione BaddeleyBased on a short story "The Fur Brooch" by Dulcie Gray
"The Late Mr. Peddington"January 12, 1972Jack LairdJeff CoreyHarry Morgan, Kim HunterBased on a short story "The Flat Male" by Frank Sisk; features a brief, late appearance by Randy Quaid
"The Miracle at Camafeo"January 19, 1972Rod SerlingRalph SeneskyHarry Guardino, Julie Adams, Ray DantonBased on a short story by C. B. Gilford
"The Ghost of Sorworth Place"January 19, 1972Alvin SapinsleyRalph SeneskyRichard Kiley, Jill IrelandBased on the short story "Sorworth Place" by Russell Kirk
"The Waiting Room"January 26, 1972Rod SerlingJeannot SzwarcSteve Forrest, Albert Salmi, Lex Barker, Jim Davis, Buddy Ebsen
"Last Rites for a Dead Druid"January 26, 1972Alvin SapinsleyJeannot SzwarcBill Bixby, Carol Lynley, Donna Douglas, Ned Glass
"Deliveries in the Rear"February 9, 1972Rod SerlingJeff CoreyCornel Wilde, Rosemary Forsyth, Kent Smith
"Stop Killing Me"February 9, 1972Jack LairdJeannot SzwarcGeraldine Page, James GregoryBased on a short story of the same title by Hal Dresner
"Dead Weight"February 9, 1972Jack LairdTimothy GalfasJack Albertson, Bobby DarinBased on the short story "Out of the Country" by Jeffry Scott
"I'll Never Leave You—Ever"February 16, 1972Jack LairdDaniel HallerLois Nettleton, Royal Dano, John SaxonBased on a short story of the same title by Rene Morris
"There Aren't Any More MacBanes"February 16, 1972Alvin SapinsleyJohn NewlandJoel Grey, Howard DuffFeatures a brief, early appearance by a young Mark Hamill. Based on the short story "By One, By Two and By Three" by Stephen Hall
"You Can't Get Help like That Anymore"February 23, 1972Rod SerlingJeff CoreyCloris Leachman, Broderick Crawford, Lana Wood
"The Sins of the Fathers"February 23, 1972Halsted WellesJeannot SzwarcGeraldine Page, Richard Thomas, Michael DunnBased on a short story of the same title by Christianna Brand
"The Caterpillar"March 1, 1972Rod SerlingJeannot SzwarcJoanna Pettet, Laurence Harvey, John WilliamsBased on the short story "Boomerang" by Oscar Cook
"Little Girl Lost"March 1, 1972Stanford WhitmoreTimothy GalfasEd Nelson, William Windom, Ivor FrancisBased on a short story of the same title by E.C. Tubb
"Satisfaction Guaranteed"March 22, 1972Jack LairdJeannot SzwarcVictor BuonoVignette, premiered during a repeat broadcast of the September 22, 1971 episode, replacing "Witches' Feast"

Season 3: 1972–73[edit]

TitleOriginal airdateWriterDirectorCastNotes
"Return of the Sorcerer"September 24, 1972Halsted WellesJeannot SzwarcVincent Price, Patricia Sterling, Bill BixbyBased on a short story of the same title by Clark Ashton Smith
"The Girl with the Hungry Eyes"October 1, 1972Robert Malcolm YoungJohn BadhamJames Farentino, John Astin, Joanna PettetBased on a short story of the same title by Fritz Leiber
"Rare Objects"October 22, 1972Rod SerlingJeannot SzwarcMickey Rooney, Raymond Massey
"Spectre in Tap-Shoes"October 29, 1972Gene KearneyJeannot SzwarcSandra Dee, Dane Clark, Christopher ConnellyStory by Jack Laird
"You Can Come Up Now, Mrs. Millikan"November 12, 1972Rod SerlingJohn BadhamOzzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, Roger Davis, Michael LernerBased on the short story "The Secret of the Vault" by J. Wesley Rosenquist
"Smile, Please"November 12, 1972Jack LairdJack LairdCesare Danova, Lindsay Wagner
"The Other Way Out"November 19, 1972Gene KearneyGene KearneyBurl Ives, Ross MartinStory by Kurt van Elting
"Fright Night"December 10, 1972Robert Malcolm YoungJeff CoreyStuart Whitman, Barbara Anderson, Alan NapierStory by Kurt van Elting
"Finnegan's Flight"December 17, 1972Rod SerlingGene KearneyBurgess Meredith, Cameron Mitchell, Barry Sullivan
"She'll Be Company for You"December 24, 1972David RayfielGerald Perry FinnermanLeonard Nimoy, Lorraine Gary, Kathryn HaysBased on a short story of the same title by Andrea Newman
"The Ring with the Red Velvet Ropes"January 7, 1973Robert Malcolm YoungJeannot SzwarcGary Lockwood, Joan van Ark, Chuck ConnorsBased on a short story of the same title by Edward D. Hoch
"Something in the Woodwork"January 14, 1973Rod SerlingEdward M. AbromsLeif Erickson, Paul Jenkins, John McMurtry, Geraldine Page, Barbara RhoadesBased on the short story "Housebound" by R. Chetwynd-Hayes
"Death on a Barge"March 4, 1973Halsted WellesLeonard NimoyLesley Ann Warren, Lou Antonio, Brooke Bundy, Robert PrattBased on the short story "The Canal" by Everil Worrell; it was Nimoy's directing debut
"Whisper"May 13, 1973David RayfielJeannot SzwarcDean Stockwell, Sally FieldBased on a short story by Martin Waddell
"The Doll of Death"May 20, 1973Jack GussJohn BadhamSusan Strasberg, Alejandro ReyBased on a short story by Vivian Meik
"Hatred unto Death"May 27, 1973Halsted WellesGerald Perry FinnermanSteve Forrest, Dina Merrill, Fernando LamasBased on an Inner Sanctum Mystery episode from 1941 titled The Man from Yesterday, written by Milton Geiger[4]
"How to Cure the Common Vampire"May 27, 1973Jack LairdJack LairdRichard Deacon, Johnny Brown
"Die Now, Pay Later"Jack LairdTimothy GalfasWill Geer, Slim PickensBased on the short story "Year-End Clearance" by Mary Linn Roby
"Room for One Less"Jack LairdJack LairdLee Jay Lambert, James Metropole

Award nominations[edit]

Night Gallery was nominated for an Emmy Award for its first-season episode "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar" as the Outstanding Single Program on U.S. television in 1971. In 1972, the series received another nomination (Outstanding Achievement in Makeup) for the second-season episode "Pickman's Model."

Syndication[edit]

In order to increase the number of episodes that were available for syndication, the 60-minute episodes were reedited into a 30-minute time slot, with many segments severely cut, and others extended by inserting 'new' scenes of recycled, previously discarded, or stock footage to fill up the time. In their book Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour, authors Scott Skelton and Jim Benson identify 39 of the 98 individual segments that were produced for Night Gallery as being "severely altered" in syndication. As well, 25 episodes of a short-lived (and otherwise unrelated) supernatural series from 1972, The Sixth Sense, were also incorporated into the syndicated version of the series, with Serling providing newly filmed introductions to those episodes. As The Sixth Sense was originally a one-hour show, these episodes were all severely edited to fit into the half-hour timeslot.

In recent years, the original, uncut version of the series (and without the additional Sixth Sense episodes) has been shown on the Encore Mystery cable network, allowing fans to see the episodes in their original format for the first time in 30 years. The show is also available in the 30-minute format in some markets through the Retro Television Network and MeTV. All three seasons, excluding the pilot episode and the "Witches Feast" segment from Season Two, are available on Hulu free of charge.

DVD releases[edit]

In 2004, Universal released the Region 1 DVD collection (including the pilot film and the six episodes of the first season) of the series, plus bonus episodes from Seasons 2 and 3 as extras. On October 16, 2006, the first season (including the pilot film and two bonus episodes, one from Season 2 and one from Season 3) was released on Region 2 DVD.

In August 2008, Universal announced a November 11, 2008, release of the complete Season 2 DVD collection (only Region 1). Later, they announced that one story segment from Season 2, "Witches' Feast", would not be included, due to the fact that "Universal was not able to locate portions of the 40-year-old episode."

Season three was released on April 10, 2012. "Witches' Feast" is included as bonus material.

DVD nameEp #Release dateAdditional information
The Complete First Season17August 24, 2004
Season 261November 11, 2008
  • Podcast commentaries, featuring Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
  • Audio commentaries, with Guillermo del Toro
  • Revisiting the Gallery: A Look Back
  • Art Gallery: The Paintings in "Rod Serling's Night Gallery"
  • NBC TV Promos
Season 320April 10, 2012

See also[edit]

Similar series

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Night Gallery". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Skelton, Scott; Benson, Jim (1999). Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-2782-1. 
  3. ^ http://nightgallery.net/night-gallery-episode-guide/
  4. ^ Skelton, Scott; Benson, Jim (2012). Night gallery / Season three (DVD). Universal City, California, USA: Universal Studios. OCLC 773758625. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 

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