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Night Gallery (TV Series)

Original title
Night Gallery (TV Series)aka
AKA
  • Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Year
Running time
50 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Rod Serling, Jack Laird, Gene R. Kearney, Alvin Sapinsley, Halsted Welles
Music
Paul Glass, Eddie Sauter, Oliver Nelson, Robert Prince, John Lewis, Robert Bain, Benny Carter
Cinematography
Lionel Lindon, Leonard South, Gerald Perry Finnerman, William Margulies
Cast
Producer
Universal Pictures Television, NBC
Genre
TV Series. Fantasy. Horror. Sci-Fi. Mystery. Thriller | Anthology Series
Movie Groups
Night Gallery
Synopsis
Serling appeared in an art gallery setting and introduced the macabre tales that made up each episode by unveiling paintings (by artist Tom Wright) that depicted the stories. Night Gallery regularly presented adaptations of classic fantasy tales by authors such as H. P. Lovecraft as well as original works, many by Serling himself.

The series was introduced with a pilot TV movie that aired November 8, 1969, featuring the directorial debut of Steven Spielberg and one of the last acting performances by Joan Crawford. Unlike the series, where the paintings merely accompanied an introduction to the upcoming story, the paintings themselves actually appeared in the three segments, serving major or minor plot functions.

Night Gallery was nominated for an Emmy Award for its first-season episode "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar" as the Outstanding Single Program on U.S. television in 1971. In 1972, the series received another nomination (Outstanding Achievement in Makeup) for the second season episode "Pickman’s Model."

The series attracted criticism for its use of comedic blackout sketches between the longer story segments in some episodes, and for its splintered, multiple-story format, which contributed to its uneven tone. Despite these distractions, Serling produced many distinguished teleplays, including "Camera Obscura", "The Caterpillar" (based on a short story by Oscar Cook), "Class of '99", "Cool Air", "The Doll", "Green Fingers", "Lindemann's Catch", and "The Messiah on Mott Street". Notable non-Serling efforts include "The Dead Man", "I'll Never Leave You—Ever", "Pickman's Model", "A Question of Fear", "Silent Snow, Secret Snow", and "The Sins of the Fathers".

By the final season, Serling, stung by criticism and ignored by the show’s executives, all but disowned the series. In order to pump up the number of episodes available for syndication, the 60-minute episodes were reedited into a 30-minute time slot, with many segments either severely cut or extended using newly shot scenes and stock footage to fill up the time. Meanwhile, episodes of a short-lived supernatural series from 1972, The Sixth Sense, were also incorporated into the syndicated version of the series with Serling providing newly filmed introductions to those episodes (Wikipedia).
Awards
1972: Emmy: Nominated for Best Make-up (Episode "Pickman’s Model")
1971: Emmy: Nominated for Best Miniseries or TV Movie (Episode "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar)
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