Friday, July 4, 2008

The Twilight Zone

Just those three words cause the famous musical to come to mind. You know what I'm talking about.

To say that I like the show is an understatement. Rod Serling was well before his time, the episodes are better than some shows that air today. The show debuted in 1959, can you imagine the reception it got from viewers back then?

Not only did Rod Serling come up with the writing the stories for these shows (Twilight Zone ran from 1959 - 1964), he was responsible creating The Night Gallery (that aired on NBC), plus he taught writing. Something that a lot of people did not know was that Serling wrote a screenplay about the Emmitt Till case that the networks refused to touch.

The Twilight Zone had showcased some big name stars, that weren't big names at the time: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Jack Klugman, Telly Savalas, Art Carney, Burgess Meredith, Dennis Weaver and a number of others.

To paraphrase Rod Serling: People will watch as long as the story is good.

No truer words have been said, so I am glued to the set for the Sci Fi channel marathons on July 4th, Labor Day and New Year's Day. I've seen them all and have some favorites, but I watch them like it's the first time viewing them because that was good television.