Why “@TheNightGallery”?

So why would a Serling fan use the Twitter handle “@TheNightGallery” and not something Zone-related? Because when I set up the page in September 2010, I envisioned it as a defense of Serling’s other anthology — which has an unfair reputation as the Twilight Zone’s ugly step-sibling.

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There’s no question that the Zone is the superior show. The routine excellence of the writing, acting and directing is legendary. It’s the reason we’re still watching and enjoying those excursions into the fifth dimension half a century later.

And it’s true that “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery,” to use its full title, didn’t quite hit the high standards set by its predecessor. The hit-to-miss ratio wasn’t as good (although I’d pit it against the Zone’s fifth season any day). And its focus was more narrow, with an emphasis on scares. The broad palette of genres regularly used on the Zone were, for the most part, absent.

Diverse TZ Genres

But Serling, along with some other talented writers, did some terrific work on the show. And when it was good, it was very good, especially the Emmy-nominated “They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar.” Some of the best Gallery episodes can stand with Serling’s work on the Zone, or his pre-Zone teleplays. It delivered some genuine frights, often in unconventional ways.

If you’ve never seen Night Gallery before, or it’s been a long time, get the first disc of Season 1 from Netflix (or elsewhere) and watch the pilot movie — three Serling originals that almost any Zone fan will enjoy. The whole series (but not the pilot) is also available on Hulu.

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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 06/09/2011, in General, Night Gallery and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. The other Way out (with Burl Ives as a deranged bumpkin) was one of the creepiest episodes ever…and very profound…I liked the gallery and that episode was my fave…

  2. “Night Gallery” had moments that profoundly impacted me as a young man, and inspired me to write my own short horror fiction. It is worth the investment to get all three seasons. Like all anthologies, TZ included, there are hits and misses, but the hits are memorable and beautifully crafted. Among my favorites, “The Flip-Side of Satan,” “The Tune In Dan’s Cafe,” “The Dead Man,” “Return Of The Sorceror,” “A Death In the Family.”

  3. You were a much-needed Twitter page for sure. And a FINE job you do too. Every single day you help keep Serling’s legacy alive. :)

    • And what a pleasure it’s been. A privilege, too. The effort that I’ve made to run my Twitter page has led me to delve deeper into his work, and given me an even greater appreciation for it. It’s really been fun and interesting to share that. :)

  4. I have got to watch me some of these episodes. I’ve ignored it too long.

  5. Just got Season 1 of Night Gallery & have started digging into it. I immediately recognized The Dead Man from seeing it on TV in my childhood, and am curious to see how much else I’ll recall from the original broadcasts.

    I bought the entire TZ set a couple of years ago when Amazon had its annual New Year’s Day markdown & am slowly working through that as well. Great to see these old stories again.

    It’s great that you have time to do this in your spare time! (On a related note, my work background is somewhat similar to years. I worked in copywriting for many years, in publishing, advertising, & book clubs. Now doing freelance writing/editing/ related stuff.)

  6. For me, one of the drawbacks of Night Gallery was that it was filmed in a polyester-like color that denied it the “film noir” effect of the T-Zone.

    • Agreed. The B&W photography of TZ gave it a rich, otherworldly effect that you simply can’t get in color. That said, the directors on NG often used color very effectively.

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