“That’s The Signpost Up Ahead …”

“… your next stop, The Twilight Zone!”

If you enjoy the quotes and trivia I post daily on @TheNightGallery Twitter page, you’re not alone. Rod Serling has been gone since 1975, but his work — from his teleplays and movies through “The Twilight Zone” and “Night Gallery” — lives on. Indeed, it continues to attract millions of fans around the world, including many (myself included) who weren’t even born when Twilight Zone first aired.

That's the Signpost Up Ahead

This isn’t intended to be a comprehensive page assembled by a professional biographer. I haven’t written a book about Serling, and my degree isn’t in television history. It’s simply a tribute from a fan. It’s meant to be a place to comment, critique and ask questions. I’ll post reviews and videos and delve a little more deeply into aspects of Serling’s work that I can’t fit into 140-character bursts on Twitter.

It’s meant to inform and educate — but most of all, it’s meant to be fun. As Serling himself told advertisers who were about to watch the Twilight Zone pilot, people watch TV to be entertained. Sounds obvious, sure, but it’s easy to forget that sometimes when people start taking hobbies too seriously.

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Yes, Serling strove to make serious points with his scripts. In fact, the “lessons” one could pick up while watching stories about aliens, time travel and talking dolls contributed to their appeal, and I intend to explore those topics here. But in the end, it’s meant to be fun. With luck — and with your help — this page will be, too. So feel free to comment and ask questions.

And bear with me through the growing pains; I’m no superstar blogger. But if we can learn more about one of the most imaginative and fascinating writers of the 20th century, and enjoy ourselves in the process, this could become one of the best places to waste time on the whole Internet.

The Twilight Zone Logo Season 5 Cropped

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Photo collage courtesy of Wendy Brydge. For a daily dose of Serling, you can follow me on TwitterFacebook or Pinterest You can also get email notifications of future posts by entering your address under the “Follow S&S Via Email” banner on the upper left-hand side of this post. WordPress followers, just hit “follow” at the bottom-right corner of the page.

Hope to see you in some corner of the fifth dimension soon!

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About Paul

Hard-working, hard-playing fan of all pop culture, especially the Twilight Zone. Which led to a Twitter page. And then to a blog. And then to ... stay tuned. Yes, that's a picture of Rod Serling, not me. You can find the real me under the "Your Host" tab on my blog, along with biographical details that, while 100 percent accurate, sound kind of boastful and braggy. Sorry.

Posted on 06/08/2011, in General. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I have indeed been enjoying the daily Serling/Zone “nuggets.” Today’s leads me to ask: Is there any version of “Patterns” easily available on DVD? I would prefer the TV version, of course (although, I guess, it having been a live production, it may not have survived), but I don’t think I’ve found even the film version.

    More than the Twitter page, though, I’ve really enjoyed your blog posts here. Thanks for them, and here’s looking forward to more in 2012!

    • Yes, it is. The live version can be found (along with two other Emmy-winning Serling teleplays) on “The Golden Age of Television,” a three-disc set from Criterion: http://is.gd/8xQ5iO. Highly recommended.

      And I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog, Michael! Thanks for the kind words. I plan to do more posts this year, or as many as I can slot in around a full-time job that, alas, has nothing to do with Rod Serling or the Twilight Zone. So stay tuned!

  2. Nearly a year and a half later, you’ve just cracked the 4000 follower mark on Twitter; a ton of people enjoy this blog; you’ve been dubbed the “TZ King” of Twitter… I hate to be the one to tell you this but — you ARE a superstar!

    And I’ll let you in on a little secret — all of us Serling fans love to waste time with you. :)

    • Thanks, Wendy! What a nice testimonial. And I’ll let YOU in on a little secret: None of this — Twitter, the blog, etc. — would be worth doing if I didn’t have superstar fans like you to write for. :)

  3. I come from the future, visiting this post… it will be well-liked and grow in popularity… :-]

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