Rod Serling: More Than Just The Twilight Zone
Horror & Sci-Fi Legend
Have you ever seen "The Twilight Zone" movie?
Rod Serling was born in Syracuse, New York in 1924 and he passes away at the age of 50 in 1975. He started out acting and writing small parts for Radio broadcast as a volunteer and while in college he also acted, directed and wrote radio programs. All that narrating he does on The Twilight Zone all started from his storytelling and announcements on the radio.
Many of Serling's scripts were rejected but he never stopped writing them.
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The Twilight Zone
Mr. Serling created, produced, narrated and many times wrote the scripts for his own show on television called The Twilight Zone. It ran for five total seasons and season four aired hour long episodes while the other seasons' shows were 30 minutes long.
I found some of the shows to be dull but 90% of them were outstanding. Some were science fiction or horror while others were dramatic and occasionally comedic. The one constant of the show is that it always has a surprise or twist at the end.
The History of The Twilight Zone (Video)
Night Gallery was Rod Serling's horror anthology that came on NBC from 1970-1973 airing 44 shows. Seasons 1 and 2 were 50 minutes per episode but the final season cut back to 25 minutes each show. It was the horror version of his Twilight Zone show with odd endings and such. This show helped pave the way for other horror anthology shows such as: Tales from the Darkside and Monsters.
This show was Serling at his peak and at his best but he quit the show after 3 seasons because of his scripts being altered.
Win or Lose
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Serling had lots of scripts that were often turned away but his 72nd script turned him into a popular man and a wanted and sought after writer. Patterns was released as a television movie in 1955. The film is about an aging company ruler and his battle at keeping his position from the young gun who is hot on his trail. He received several awards including an Emmy for his dramatic writing in Patterns.
This script clearly showed that Serling was skilled at dramatic writing.
Requiem For a Heavyweight
Rod Serling wrote the teleplay "Requiem for a Heavyweight" in 1956 and it was made into a live T.V. show. Serling won an Emmy and a Peabody award for his fantastic work in making this one. It was later made into a film and it only bolstered Serling's rep to new heights. This was released three years before anyone ever heard of The Twilight Zone.
The film is about a retired and beat down, down on his luck ex-prizefighter and his struggle to make it after boxing. This movie shows the dark side of the business.
Quotes From Rod Serling
The Twilight Zone on Amazon
Planet of the Apes
A show called "Planet of the Apes" was new at the time and Serling actually wrote the first two episodes which aired in 1973. The shows were titled "A Fallen God" and Escape From Tomorrow. From early in his career till the very end Serling made quality a priority. Back in the 60s and 70s scripts dealing with serious political and social issues were edited big time or rejected altogether. This is why some of Serling's work was never used as it really should have been.
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Rod Serling could not stand for his work to be altered or compromised but he had to deal with it all the time. All of his early works before The Twilight Zone were edited and sometimes even rewritten. Serling did not ever conform and he became a hated and loved man in Hollywood. Serling should be studied not edited because his work is stuff of legends.
Night Gallery Intro (Video)
Birthplace of Rod Serling (Syracuse, NY)
A Carol For Another Christmas
A Carol for Another Christmas was written by Rod Serling and released as a television movie in 1964. This film was truly about global peace and understanding between warring nations. Peter Sellers played a demigod and did a tremendous job.
This movie was only aired one time and then it was shelved for 50 years until finally being brought back to television sets.
A Carol For Another Christmas
Rod Serling 1959 Interview (Video)
Besides The Twilight Zone, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Night Gallery, Patterns and Planet of the Apes, Rod Serling made several other works for T.V. and radio including: The Zero Hour (Radio), Fantasy Park (Radio), Grab a Local (Radio), Adventure Express (Radio), The Storm (T.V.) and The Loner (T.V.). Serling also hosted a show called "Rod Serling's Wonderful World of...."in 1970.
Rod Serling Delivering a Speech
Hard Earned Respect
Rod Serling served in the Army during WW2 and in college he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Literature.He was inducted into The Television Hall of Fame in 1985 and he got his Hollywood star that same year. In 2008 Serling gained induction in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
Rod Serling garnered 10 Emmy awards as well as a Golden Globe and a Peabody during his short but illustrious career. R.I.P. Rodman Edward Serling.