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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1.33 : 1
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Very good documentary
10 July 2014 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Very good and interesting documentary on Rod Serling. It focuses on his early TV work on Playhouse 90 and most notably The Twilight Zone. There are many clips from the old TV shows and lots of talking heads discussing Serling--his work and personality. What comes across is a very complex man. He was (obviously) a fantastic writer who changed the course of TV but was riddled with self-doubt and insecurities. It also goes on about how he was constantly fighting with TV censors who did their best to tone down his work. It's a fascinating portrait of a pioneer of TV and a nice look at how TV was run in the 1950s. This is a must for Twilight Zone fans especially.

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