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Here’s a chronological list of every blog post I’ve done so far, starting with the most recent:

In an Ideal World, We’d Have an All-Serling Channel
May 31, 2017

“The Hitch-Hiker”: The Origin of a Legendary Twilight Zone
April 30, 2017

From Tombstones to Extra-Terrestrials: A Closer Look at TZ’s Montgomery Pittman
March 31, 2017

Casting a Kanamit: Finding the Voice for a TZ Classic
February 28, 2017

Serling’s Re-Zoning Efforts: “Third From The Sun”
January 24, 2017

 

2016

 

SyFy’s New Year’s Twilight Zone Marathon Schedule
December 23, 2016

Fritz Weaver: “We Had Such Great Times in Those Days”
November 30, 2016
(RIP to the star of “Third From The Sun” and “The Obsolete Man”)

Fan of Black Mirror? Try These Twilight Zone Episodes
October 21, 2016

Give Peace a Chance: TZ’s “The Passersby” Presents Us with a War-Time Dilemma”
October 6, 2016

“In Praise of Pip”: TZ’s Bittersweet Season 5 Opener
September 27, 2016

“The Arrival”: A Twilight Zone Episode on Auto-Pilot
September 22, 2016
(on TZ’s Season 3 premiere episode)

Take “Two”: TZ’s Powerful Season 3 Opener
September 15, 2016

How to Keep the Howling Man From Escaping
September 2, 2016
(on a little-noticed aspect of a fan favorite from Season 2)

“This is the Twilight Zone”: Serling Explains
August 31, 2016

In “The New Exhbit”, Who Was The Killer? A Poll Post
August 26, 2016
(a post asking readers to pick who they think did it )

A Cherished Inscription for a Grateful Rod Serling Fan
July 29, 2016
(on my autographed copy of Anne Serling’s book)

Serling’s Re-Zoning Efforts: Time Enough at Last
July 19, 2016
(a look at how Serling adapted Lynn Venable’s story)

Hold On … Is That Van Johnson? A TZ Disc Mystery
July 15, 2016
(a look at why Van Johnson somehow wound up pictured on a TZ disc)

Do You Know Why There’s Night All Around Us?
July 8, 2016
(a look at a key quote from “I Am The Night — Color Me Black”)

After the Zone-a-thon IV: More Missing Episodes
July 6, 2016
(on some favorite TZs left out of the July 4, 2016 marathon)

SyFy’s July 4th Twilight Zone Marathon Schedule
June 22, 2016

Why an Interactive TZ is a Contradiction in Terms
June 3, 2016
(my reservations about the announced TZ reboot)

The Man Who Created TZ’s Opening Credits Looks Back
May 26, 2016
(words from the artist who animated the S1 opening credits)

10 More Little-Known Facts About The Twilight Zone
May 25, 2016

“A Perfect Twilight Zone Opening”: Matheson’s “A World of Difference”
April 30, 2016
(the story behind Ted Post’s work on a Season 1 episode)

“Light and Shadow”: A Look at Twilight Zone’s Directors
March 31, 2016
(with a focus on “It’s a Good Life”)

Rod Serling and Model Airplanes: Winging It
March 29, 2016
(an anecdote from Anne Serling’s biography of her father)

Finding Faith in the Fifth Dimension
February 29, 2016
(a survey of religious messages in The Twilight Zone)

Serling’s Re-Zoning Efforts: “To Serve Man”
February 26, 2016
(a look at how Serling adapted Damon Knight’s story)

Rod Serling, “Hogan’s Heroes” and Bob Crane
January 16, 2016
(an overview of Serling’s friendship with Bob Crane)

You’ve Just Crossed Over Into … The Twilight Zone”
January 5, 2016
(an orientation post about my Serling/TZ Twitter page)

 

2015

 

George Clayton Johnson, Writer of “Wisdom Fiction”
December 25, 2015
(a tribute to one of TZ’s most remarkable writers)

Why CBS Finally Took a Gamble on Twilight Zone
December 7, 2015
(a review of “The Time Element,” TZ’s unofficial pilot)

“The Season to be Wary”: A Night Gallery Book
November 14, 2015
(a look at the book that was the basis for Night Gallery)

Séances and Surrealism: Another Night Gallery Tour
November 5, 2015
(a look at 10 more favorite Night Gallery episodes)

Serling’s Brief Journey to the Videotape Zone
October 29, 2015
(why six Season 2 TZ episodes were videotaped, not filmed)

Serling’s “Requiem for a Heavyweight”: A Knock-Out
October 11, 2015
(a look at Rod’s Emmy-winning follow-up to “Patterns”)

Finding a Second Chance in the Fifth Dimension
September 30, 2015
(a look at the underrated “A Passage for Trumpet”)

Serling’s Imitators Miss a Key Reason for His Success
September 8, 2015
(a look at the optimism that underscored Serling’s work)

A Perditious Poll: Who’s the Best Devil on Twilight Zone?
August 28, 2015
(a look at four actors who played Satan on TZ)

Unconquered Space: Exploring a “Parallel” World
August 12, 2015
(a scene from “The Parallel” and what it says about TZ)

From Serling With Love: A Spy Series That Never Was
July 31, 2015
(a look at Serling’s proposal for a James Bond-like series)

A Lost Lunar Landscape: Serling’s Missing Moon Story
July 21, 2015
(a look at an unfilmed story from the first Night Gallery book)

Some Fatherly Advice from the Twilight Zone
June 21, 2015
(a key scene from “Walking Distance” on Father’s Day)

Serling the Serious vs. Serling the Silly
June 18, 2015
(a look at Serling’s sense of humor)

More Than a Man Has Died: Serling on Kennedy’s Death
May 29, 2015
(a look at Serling’s unpublished thoughts on JFK’s death)

Twilight Zone Day: Right Idea, Wrong Date
May 11, 2015
(on the mystery of why May 11 is considered “TZ Day”)

Is Black Mirror Truly a Modern Twilight Zone?
May 7, 2015
(on why the popular anthology doesn’t compare to TZ)

“Nightmare as a Child”
May 2, 2015
(a closer look at an overlooked Season 1 episode)

“All the Dachaus Must Remain Standing”
April 29, 2015
(on the importance of “Deaths-Head Revisited”)

Remembering the “Forgotten” Twilight Zone Writer
March 28, 2015
(on Earl Hamner’s 8 TZ episodes)

Serling’s Re-Zoning Efforts: And When the Sky Was Opened
March 17, 2015
(a look at how Serling adapted Richard Matheson’s short story)

Spock Meets Serling: Remembering Leonard Nimoy
March 13, 2015
(a tribute to Nimoy’s work on TZ and NG)

Moving Away From “The Midnight Sun”
February 19, 2015
(on the final, chilly ending to a TZ classic)

Exploring “Morality’s Shady Side of the Street”
February 9, 2015
(a closer look at “Patterns”)

After the Zone-a-thon III
January 26, 2015
(on some favorite TZs left out of the New Year’s 2015 marathon)

Serling’s “Patterns”: A Television “High Point”
January 12, 2015
(on the 60th anniversary of Serling’s first big success)

 

2014

 

Little Girl Lost, Story Idea Found
December 15, 2014
(on where Richard Matheson got the idea for “Little Girl Lost”)

Time Enough at Last: “The One That Haunts People”
November 20, 2014
(Burgess Meredith’s reflections on his first TZ)

The Case for Conformity
November 11, 2014
(the Leader’s entire speech from Eye of the Beholder”)

Willie Vs. Caesar: The Real Electoral Clash
November 4, 2014
(a poll asking readers to pick their favorite TZ dummy)

“It’s a Good Life”: Meeting the Monster
November 3, 2014
(on Serling’s lengthy intro to this classic TZ)

Brushstrokes and Broomsticks: Another Night Gallery Tour
October 31, 2014
(10 more of the best Night Gallery episodes)

False Alarm at a Funhouse
October 25, 2014
(a funny personal story about TZ writer Charles Beaumont)

Gimme “Shelter”: The Perils of Survival at Any Price
September 29, 2014
(a look back at “The Shelter”)

Fifth-Dimensional Finishes
September 26, 2014
(on Serling’s closing narrations for TZ)

“I Just Poured on the Coal”
August 31, 2014
(on William Windom’s two TZ appearances)

Steven Spielberg on Directing “Night Gallery”
August 15, 2014
(the famed director remembers his first assignment)

Serling on the Shelf: Rescuing Rod
July 31, 2014
(on rodserlingbooks.com)

Go “Fourth” and Marathon
July 17, 2014
(on the July 4 marathon and reaching 10,000 Twitter followers)

The Case of the Missing Twilight Zone Season
June 19, 2014
(on Serling’s plans for a sixth, never-to-be-filmed TZ season)

The Twilight Zone’s Dirty Dozen
May 22, 2014
(on my least-favorite Twilight Zone episodes)

Saving “Almost Human”
May 12, 2014
(on why the fledging sci-fi series should be renewed)

“You’re Traveling Through Another Dimension …”
April 25, 2014
(a poll asking fans to pick their favorite TZ opening credits)

“Last Night” of a Legend: Mickey Rooney and Rod Serling
April 13, 2014
(a look back on Mickey Rooney’s three Serling-scripted TV roles)

Serling’s Re-Zoning Efforts: “The Four of Us Are Dying”
March 31, 2014
(a look at how Serling adapted George Clayton Johnson’s short story)

Matheson: Why I Named It “Spur of the Moment”
March 7, 2014
(on the legendary writer’s rationale for selecting this title)

10 Little-Known Facts About the Twilight Zone
February 26, 2014

After the Zone-a-thon II
January 31, 2014
(on some favorite TZs left out of the New Year’s 2014 marathon)

Marathon Misgivings
January 17, 2014
(on some drawbacks to watching TZ only when the marathon airs)

Tweeting the Twilight Zone
January 5, 2014
(on my policy for posting quotes and how my Twitter page operates)

 

2013

 

Counting Down to the New Year’s Eve TV Marathon
December 31, 2013
(on ways TZ characters have been preparing for the marathon)

A “Christmas Present” for the World
December 25, 2013
(on Serling’s Dec. 25 birthday and how his brother remembered it)

Making a “Grave” Mistake
December 8, 2013
(on TZ’s “The Grave”)

Giving Thanks in the Zone
November 28, 2013
(on ways TZ characters are marking Thanksgiving)

“A Street in Dallas”: JFK and the Twilight Zone
November 22, 2013
(on how the Kennedy assassination led Serling to write “I Am The Night — Color Me Black”)

A Series for Storytellers
November 15, 2013
(on the real reason TZ succeeds as a series)

TZ on DVD: “Definitive” No More
November 13, 2013
(on the new TZ DVD boxed set … and the fate of the old)

Going the “Distance”
October 30, 2013
(on the soundtrack for “Walking Distance”)

Finding Fright in the Fifth
October 25, 2013
(a list of 13 TZs that are perfect for Halloween viewing)

A Flight From Fear
October 11, 2013
(on the 50th anniversary of “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”)

A Sixth Dimension?
October 2, 2013
(on how TZ almost had a different narrator)

To Serve Twilight Zone Fans
September 13, 2013
(on the 3rd anniversary of my Twitter page)

The Strike-Out Zone
September 11, 2013
(a list of “bad pick-up lines” in the fifth dimension)

The Value of One Life
August 31, 2013
(on a key scene in TZ’s “The Changing of the Guard”)

A True “Death” Match
August 9, 2013
(a poll asking readers to pick their favorite “Mr. Death”)

“I Remember the Earth”
July 31, 2013
(on a key scene in TZ’s “On Thursday We Leave For Home”)

How Hot Is It?
July 19, 2013
(how a heat wave can affect TZ characters)

A Self-Imposed “Silence”
July 12, 2013
(a list of “Reasons We Stopped Talking,” TZ-style)

Matheson: In the Zone
June 25, 2013
(a poll asking readers to pick their favorite Richard Matheson-written TZ)

Serling’s Swan Song
June 11, 2013
(on J.J. Abrams being selected to produce Serling’s final screenplay)

Stopover in a Quiet Blog
June 8, 2013
(a look-back on the second anniversary of my blog)

Mr. Meredith, The Versatile
June 5, 2013
(a poll asking readers to pick their favorite Burgess Meredith TZ)

All Dolled Up: Two TZs + One NG = A Good Scary Movie
May 31, 2013
(a look at the evil dummies and dolls that populate TZ and Night Gallery)

A Doorway to Sanity: “A Stop at Willoughby”
May 16, 2013

Shatner vs Shatner
April 22, 2013
(a poll asking readers to pick their favorite William Shatner TZ)

“Jonathan Winters, Report to Heaven’s Pool Room…”
April 12, 2013
(a tribute to Winters and his work on TZ’s “A Game of Pool”)

The Lost Art of Aging Not-So-Gracefully
March 19, 2013
(on the makeup tricks in “Long Live Walter Jameson”)

Cobwebs and Canvases: A Night Gallery Tour
March 15, 2013
(on some of the best Night Gallery episodes)

The Thread of Imagination
February 28, 2013
(on the appeal of Twilight Zone)

Fallout at a Funeral
February 23, 2013
(on “The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank”)

Romancing the Zone
February 14, 2013
(on Valentine’s Day and the Twilight Zone)

A War Without Words
January 29, 2013
(on “The Invaders”)

A Stop at Twilight Zone 4.0
January 22, 2013
(on a new Twilight Zone TV show or movie)

 

2012

 

Serling’s Santa Story
December 27, 2012
(on the inspiration for “Night of the Meek”)

TZ Christmas Gifts
December 25, 2012
(on holiday gifts and the Twilight Zone)

In Praise of Jack
December 24, 2012
(on Jack Klugman’s work on Twilight Zone)

A Supernatural “Night”
December 23, 2012
(on “Night of the Meek”)

The Apocalyptic Zone
December 21, 2012
(on what TZ eps people would watch if the world were ending)

Conformity’s Critical “Eye”
November 11, 2012
(on “Eye of the Beholder”)

Why You Can’t Sleep
October 26, 2012
(a Top 10 list of excuses for insomniac TZ fans)

Something I Imagined
October 5, 2012
(on the writing in “Miniature”)

The Plane Truth
October 1, 2012
(on “King Nine Will Not Return”)

The Write Stuff
September 24, 2012
(on the appeal of Twilight Zone)

A Death in the Family
September 22, 2012
(on Serling’s writing for this Night Gallery episode)

A Trip Into the Past
September 13, 2012
(on the 2nd anniversary of my Twitter page)

NG on Me-TZ: A Caveat
September 9, 2012
(on watching Night Gallery reruns)

Defining the Zone
August 26, 2012
(on the appeal of Twilight Zone)

25 Episodes in Search of a Favorite Twilight Zone
August 6, 2012

Are TV Marathons Passé?
July 26, 2012

Serling on Science Fiction
June 28, 2012

“There Was Time Now …”
May 31, 2012
(on the ending to “Time Enough at Last”)

TZ: The Best of Season 4
May 31, 2012

Serling’s Advice to Writers
April 26, 2012

Storytelling: Then and Now
April 19, 2012
(on the pace of today’s TV shows vs. the classics)

A Memorable “Encounter”
March 27, 2012
(on George Takei meeting Rod Serling)

How the Kanamits Passed the Lie-Detector Test
March 14, 2012
(on how the Kanamit passed the lie-detector test)

A “Nightmare” Role
February 29, 2012
(on Arlene Martel’s experience filming “Twenty-Two”)

Serling’s Winning Gamble
February 25, 2012
(on the risk Serling took launching TZ)

“Doomsday” Denied
January 28, 2012
(on “Mr. Denton on Doomsday”)

A “Wish” Becomes Reality
January 26, 2012
(on black actors and TZ)

 

2011

 

Serling on Film Violence
December 28, 2011

Trying to Go Home Again
November 30, 2011
(on “Walking Distance”)

“A Film Isn’t a Horse Race”
November 22, 2011
(on Serling’s view of the Academy Awards)

“Welcome to a Private Showing”: Night Gallery Debuts
November 9, 2011
(on the Night Gallery pilot movie)

Eight Ball, Corner Pocket
November 7, 2011
(on “A Game of Pool”)

Looking Into “The Mirror”
October 20, 2011
(on Peter Falk’s role in “The Mirror”)

The Real “Steel”
October 7, 2011
(on the TZ ep the movie “Real Steel” is based on)

Serling on Awards
September 17, 2011

An Alienating Thought
September 16, 2011
(on how aliens are portrayed in TZ)

“Things That Go Bump”
September 15, 2011
(on Night Gallery’s Season 2 opener)

Delve into the Bizarre
September 14, 2011
(on how to describe the Twilight Zone)

The Writing Man
September 5, 2011
(on the life of TZ writer Charles Beaumont)

A “Conservative Liberal”
August 16, 2011
(on Serling’s political stance)

A “Dream” Come True
August 6, 2011
(on how pleased TZ writer Charles Beaumont was with TZ’s
“Perchance to Dream”)

A Pilot … About a Pilot
August 2, 2011
(on “Where is Everybody?”, the first TZ)

What Makes Serling Unique?
August 1, 2011

“Limitless” Ideas
July 28, 2011
(on where Serling got ideas for the Twilight Zone)

Del Toro on “The Doll”
July 26, 2011
(on the famous director’s reaction as a child to a frightening Night Gallery episode)

“One For The Angels”
July 19, 2011
(on the second Twilight Zone)

“Where Is Everybody?”
July 12, 2011
(on the first Twilight Zone)

Put Up Your “Dukes”: James Best’s Three Twilight Zones
July 9, 2011
(on James Best’s roles on Twilight Zone)

A Round on the House
July 6, 2011
(on Night Gallery’s “They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar”)

After the Zone-athon …
July 4, 2011
(on some favorite TZs left out of the July 2011 marathon)

“A World of His Own”
July 1, 2011
(on the last episode of TZ’s first season)

Roddenberry on Serling
June 29, 2011
(on how the creator of “Star Trek” praised Serling)

Rod Serling, Writer
June 28, 2011
(on how Serling wanted to be remembered)

Paging Dr. Rhodes …
June 27, 2011
(on the episodes added to Night Gallery’s syndication package)

RIP, Peter Falk
June 24, 2011
(1927-2011)

A “Tired Non-Conformist”
June 22, 2011
(on what motivated Serling to create Twilight Zone)

From “Dust” to the Zone
June 20, 2011
(on how the censorship of Serling’s teleplay “A Town Has Turned to Dust” led to the creation of The Twilight Zone)

“The Loner”
June 19, 2011
(on Serling’s first post-Twilight Zone series)

The Mike Wallace Interview
June 17, 2011
(on one of the most famous interviews with Serling)

Serling the Self-Critical
June 16, 2011
(on how hard Serling was on his own writing)

Twilight Zone: Season 1 Opening Credits
June 15, 2011
(on the theme music for TZ’s first season)

“Perchance to Dream”
June 13, 2011
(on the first non-Serling TZ episode)

“Rod Serling’s Wax Museum”
June 12, 2011
(on Serling’s initial pitch for what would become Night Gallery)

“Denizens of the Darkness”
June 11, 2011
(on an intro Serling wrote for a paperback anthology of short stories)

“The After Hours”
June 10, 2011
(on Anne Francis’s first Twilight Zone role)

Why “@TheNightGallery”?
June 9, 2011
(on why I named my Twitter page after NG)

“That’s The Signpost Up Ahead …”
June 8, 2011
(my purpose in launching this blog)

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