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Night Gallery 

Rod Serling presents tales of horror illustrated in various paintings.

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Rod Serling ...  Himself - Host 48 episodes, 1969-1973
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Storyline

Similar in format to Serling's much more famous "Twilight Zone" series. Each week we get a new tale, represented by a painting in an old museum. Whereas the tales in "Twilight Zone" were more science fiction, these tales have a darker, more horrific edge. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1969 (USA) See more »

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Rod Serling's Night Gallery See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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(44 episodes)

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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Rod Serling didn't remember retain many fond memories of the series, mainly due to his strained working relationship with producer Jack Laird. Serling felt that his reputation for being a writer of serious drama was being undermined by the quirky vignettes. Laird was responsible for their inclusion and he had the final say over the whole production. See more »

Quotes

Rod Serling: Good evening, and welcome to a private showing of three paintings, displayed here for the first time. Each is a collectors' item in its own way - not because of any special artistic quality, but because each captures on a canvas, and suspends in time and space, a frozen moment of a nightmare.
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Alternate Versions

Major changes were made to most episodes for syndication. The 60-minute episodes were edited down to 30 minute packages, with major edits to some of the 30-40 minute segments of the original shows. In cases of segments that were only 15-20 minutes in length, these were padded out by adding stock footage, newly shot scenes, and footage from Hollywood movies such as Silent Running and Fahrenheit 451. Most musical cues were also replaced for syndication. In order to augment "Night Gallery"'s syndicated run, episodes of The Sixth Sense were edited down to 30 minutes, had new introductions by Rod Serling tacked on, and were added to the syndicated run of "Night Gallery." See more »

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7 July 2001 | by jwalsh67See all my reviews

There is something that sets Night Gallery apart from all other sci-fi/thriller TV shows. An ethereal element of mystique lurks within every episode that provides for unique entertainment. Narrated by Rod Serling, Night Gallery explores the supernatural from the context of an abstract painting--a different painting each episode. When narrating his previous series, The Twilight Zone, Serling generally manifested an air of superiority to the plot--like he had it in the palm of his hand and could control it. In Night Gallery, however, he relinquishes such control and becomes more a PART of the madness; as if the gallery is controlling HIM (it is also refreshing to finally view him in color). Night Gallery episodes are NOT concluded with a Serling anecdotal summary; instead, a shocking punch is usually delivered that the viewer is left to unravel without assistance.

The directing and editing are top notch. Scenes cascade in a swift and somewhat ambiguous fashion, and camera tricks are cleverly exploited to hold our attention--proving that today's computer graphics are not essential to exact viewer interest. Simple story lines are translated into convoluted journeys of intrigue with music and sound effects akin only to The Exorcist.

Some memorable episodes include Sally Field playing a woman with multiple personalities (this was before she played Cybil, mind you); an ostracized young girl who befriends a seaweed monster; a diner jukebox that hauntingly plays only one song; a man who has an earwig planted in his ear that creeps through his brain (and lays eggs!); and a young Clint Howard (Ron's kid brother) playing a child prodigy who foresees mankind's treacherous fate.

Of course, there are those little, campy vignettes thrown in for fun, most of which are mildly amusing. Overall, this is an exhibit you will not want to bypass!


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