“That’s The Signpost Up Ahead …”
“… your next stop, The Twilight Zone!” I
f 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.
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.
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.
Photos courtesy of Wendy Brydge. For a daily dose of Serling, you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. You can also get email notifications of future posts by entering your address under “Follow S&S Via Email” on the upper left-hand side of this post. WordPress followers, just hit “follow” at the top of the page. Hope to see you in some corner of the fifth dimension soon!