American Masters (1985– )
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Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval 

The life and career of the renowned television writer and creator of the classic science fiction series, "The Twilight Zone."


Susan Lacy


John F. Goff (as John Goff), Thomas Wagner


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Grant ... Herself - Narrator
Rod Serling ... Himself (archive footage)
Mitchell Greenberg Mitchell Greenberg ... Rod Serling (voice)
John Frankenheimer ... Himself - Director
Jack Klugman ... Himself - Actor
Fielder Cook Fielder Cook ... Himself - Director
Kim Hunter ... Herself - Actress
Richard Kiley ... Himself - Actor
Carol Serling Carol Serling ... Herself - Wife of Rod Serling
Del Reisman Del Reisman ... Himself - Story Editor, Playhouse 90 & The Twilight Zone
Jack Palance ... Himself - Actor
Martin Manulis Martin Manulis ... Himself - Producer, Playhouse 90
Loring Mandel Loring Mandel ... Himself - Writer
Robert J. Serling Robert J. Serling ... Himself - Brother of Rod Serling
Earl Holliman ... Himself - Actor


American Masters examines the life and work of television writer and producer Rod Serling. It focuses on his life and war experience, his early writing during the Golden Age of television drama, and his work writing and producing the popular fantasy series 'The Twilight Zone'. It also examines his later television and film work on 'Seven Days in May', 'The Loner', and 'The Night Gallery'. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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29 November 1995 (USA) See more »

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A sympathetic, if brief, look at Serling's life.
19 November 2005 | by TomReedSee all my reviews

I saw this PBS production on Christmas week - December 25th being Serling's birthday, it was appropriate. The opening sequence is shot in the same expressionistic, tense way as the best Zone episodes. And in all honesty, it focused on Serling's "Twilight Zone" work because it was the best and most available of his TV work.

There is little talk of his post-Zone work; he loathed "Night Gallery" and pretty much despaired of TV after that. His movie work, such as his screenplay for "Planet of the Apes," showed little of the boldness of his Zone scripts. I'd also hazard a guess that these parts of his career work was unavailable to the producers. (Some of Serling's works, such as his anti-Semitism episode of the Catholic show "Insight" and his UN-brotherhood fantasy "Carol for Another Christmas," are just plain unavailable.) Given what they had, the producers did a remarkable job, using sequences of "Zone" to illustrate Serling's worldview and state of mind. They gave him a fitting tribute, far better than what his industry gave him.

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