Joan Crawford in the film which began the series, 1969
|Created by||Rod Serling|
|Presented by||Rod Serling|
|Theme music composer||Gil Mellé|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||43 (+ 1 pilot) (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Paul Freeman|
|Running time||50 minutes (seasons 1 & 2)
25 minutes (season 3)
November 8, 1969 (pilot)December 16, 1970 – May 27, 1973
Night Gallery is an American anthology series that aired on NBC from 1970 to 1973, featuring stories of horror and the macabre. Rod Serling, who had gained fame from an earlier series, The Twilight Zone, served both as the on-air host of Night Gallery and as a major contributor of scripts, although he did not have the same control of content and tone as he had on The Twilight Zone.
Serling appeared in an art gallery setting and introduced the macabre tales that made up each episode by unveiling paintings (by artist Thomas J. 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 of which were by Serling himself.
The series was introduced with a pilot TV movie that aired on November 8, 1969, and featured the directorial debut of Steven Spielberg, as well as one of the last acting performances by Joan Crawford.
Unlike the series, in which 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 initially part of a rotating anthology or wheel series called Four in One. This 1970–71 television series rotated four separate shows, including McCloud, SFX (San Francisco International Airport) and The Psychiatrist. Two of these, Night Gallery and McCloud were renewed for the 1971–72 season with McCloud becoming the most popular and longest running of the four.
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. Another notable difference from the original Twilight Zone series was there was no ending monologue by Serling summarizing the end of the story segment. Very often the camera would simply focus on the final chosen image (often for a chilling effect) for several seconds, then black out.
Serling wrote many of the teleplays, including "Camera Obscura", "The Caterpillar" (based on a short story by Oscar Cook), "Class of '99", "Cool Air" (based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft), "The Doll", "Green Fingers", "Lindemann's Catch", and "The Messiah on Mott Street" (heavily influenced by Bernard Malamud's "Angel Levine"). Non-Serling efforts include "The Dead Man", "I'll Never Leave You—Ever", "Pickman's Model" (based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft), "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.
List of stories
|"The Cemetery"||1969-11-08||Rod Serling||Boris Sagal||Roddy McDowall, Ossie Davis, George Macready||Possibly inspired by the story "The Mezzotint" by M.R. James|
|"Eyes"||1969-11-08||Rod Serling||Steven Spielberg||Joan Crawford, Barry Sullivan, Tom Bosley|
|"Escape Route"||1969-11-08||Rod Serling||Barry Shear||Richard Kiley, Sam Jaffe|
Season 1: 1970–71
|"The Dead Man"||1970-12-16||Douglas Heyes||Douglas Heyes||Carl Betz, Jeff Corey, Louise Sorel, Michael Blodgett||Based on a short story of the same name by Fritz Leiber|
|"The Housekeeper"||1970-12-16||Matthew Howard||John Meredyth Lucas||Larry Hagman, Jeanette Nolan, Suzy Parker||"Matthew Howard" was a pseudonym for Douglas Heyes|
|"Room with a View"||1970-12-23||Hal Dresner||Jerrold Freedman||Joseph Wiseman, Diane Keaton, Angel Tompkins||Based on a short story of the same name by Hal Dresner|
|"The Little Black Bag"||1970-12-23||Rod Serling||Jeannot Szwarc||Burgess Meredith, Chill Wills||Based on a short story of the same name by C.M. Kornbluth|
|"The Nature of the Enemy"||1970-12-23||Rod Serling||Allen Reisner||Joseph Campanella, James Sikking|
|"The House"||1970-12-30||Rod Serling||John Astin||Joanna Pettet, Paul Richards, Steve Franken||Based on a short story by André Maurois|
|"Certain Shadows on the Wall"||1970-12-30||Rod Serling||Jeff Corey||Louis Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, Grayson Hall, Rachel Roberts||Based on the short story "The Shadows on the Wall" by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman|
|"Make Me Laugh"||1971-01-06||Rod Serling||Steven Spielberg||Godfrey Cambridge, Jackie Vernon, Tom Bosley, Al Lewis|
|"Clean Kills and Other Trophies"||1971-01-06||Rod Serling||Walter Doniger||Raymond Massey, Tom Troupe, Barry Brown, Herb Jefferson, Jr.|
|"Pamela's Voice"||1971-01-13||Rod Serling||Richard Benedict||Phyllis Diller, John Astin|
|"Lone Survivor"||1971-01-13||Rod Serling||Gene Levitt||John Colicos, Torin Thatcher, Hedley Mattingly||Possibly inspired by the story of Frank Tower|
|"The Doll"||1971-01-13||Rod Serling||Rudi Dorn||Shani Wallis, John Williams, Henry Silva||Based on a short story of the same name by Algernon Blackwood|
|"They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar"||1971-01-20||Rod Serling||Don Taylor||William Windom, Diane Baker, John Randolph, Bert Convy||Serling considered this script one of the finest two works he ever wrote (along with Requiem for a Heavyweight).|
|"The Last Laurel"||1971-01-20||Rod Serling||Daryl Duke||Jack Cassidy, Martin E. Brooks, Martine Beswick||Based on "The Horsehair Trunk" by Davis Grubb|
Season 2: 1971–72
|"The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes"||1971-09-15||Rod Serling||John Badham||Clint Howard, Michael Constantine, Bernie Kopell||Based on a short story of the same name by Margaret St. Clair|
|"Miss Lovecraft Sent Me"||1971-09-15||Jack Laird||Gene Kearney||Joseph Campanella, Sue Lyon|
|"The Hand of Borgus Weems"||1971-09-15||Alvin Sapinsley||John M. Lucas||George Maharis, Ray Milland||Based on the short story "The Other Hand" by George Langelaan|
|"Phantom of What Opera?"||1971-09-15||Gene Kearney||George Kearney||Leslie Nielsen|
|"A Death in the Family"||1971-09-22||Rod Serling||Jeannot Szwarc||E. G. Marshall, Desi Arnaz, Jr.||Based on a short story by Miriam Allen deFord|
|"The Merciful"||1971-09-22||Jack Laird||Jeannot Szwarc||Imogene Coca, King Donovan||Based on a short story of the same name by Charles L. Sweeney, Jr.; twist on "The Cask of Amontillado"|
|"The Class of '99"||1971-09-22||Rod Serling||Jeannot Szwarc||Vincent Price, Brandon deWilde, Randolph Mantooth|
|"Witches' Feast"||1971-09-22||Gene Kearney||Jerrold Freedman||Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Buzzi|
|"Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay"||1971-09-29||Alvin Sapinsley||William Hale||Michele Lee, James Farentino, Jeanette Nolan, Jonathan Harris||Based on a short story "The Witch" by A. E. van Vogt|
|"With Apologies to Mr. Hyde"||1971-09-29||Jack Laird||Jeannot Szwarc||Adam West, Jack Laird|
|"The Flip-Side of Satan"||1971-09-29||Malcolm Marmorstein & Gerald Sanford||Jerrold Freedman||Arte Johnson, Liam Sullivan the voice on records||Based on a short story by Hal Dresner|
|"A Fear of Spiders"||1971-10-06||Rod Serling||John Astin||Patrick O'Neal, Kim Stanley||Based on a short story "The Spider" by Elizabeth Walter|
|"Junior"||1971-10-06||Gene Kearney||Theordore J. Flicker||Wally Cox, Barbara Flicker|
|"Marmalade Wine"||1971-10-06||Jerrold Freedman||Jerrold Freedman||Robert Morse, Rudy Vallee||Based on a short story by Joan Aiken|
|"The Academy"||1971-10-06||Rod Serling||Jeff Corey||Pat Boone, Leif Erickson||Based on a short story of the same name by David Ely|
|"The Phantom Farmhouse"||1971-10-20||Halsted Welles||Jeannot Szwarc||David McCallum, Linda Marsh, David Carradine||Based on a short story of the same name by Seabury Quinn|
|"Silent Snow, Secret Snow"||1971-10-20||Gene Kearney||Gene Kearney||Radames Pera, Lonny Chapman||Based on a short story of the same name by Conrad Aiken; narrated by Orson Welles|
|"A Question of Fear"||1971-10-27||Theodore J. Flicker||Jack Laird||Leslie Nielsen, Fritz Weaver||Based on a short story of the same name by Bryan Lewis|
|"The Devil Is Not Mocked"||1971-10-27||Gene Kearney||Gene Kearney||Helmut Dantine, Francis Lederer, Hank Brandt||Based on a short story of the same name by Manly Wade Wellman. Lederer reprises his role as Dracula from The Return of Dracula.|
|"Midnight Never Ends"||1971-11-03||Rod Serling||Jeannot Szwarc||Susan Strasberg, Robert F. Lyons|
|"Brenda"||1971-11-03||Matthew Howard||Allen Reisner||Laurie Prange, Glenn Corbett, Robert J. Hogan, Barbara Babcock||Based on a short story of the same name by Margaret St. Clair|
|"The Diary"||1971-11-10||Rod Serling||William Hale||Patty Duke, Virginia Mayo, David Wayne||Features a brief, late appearance by Lindsay Wagner|
|"A Matter of Semantics"||1971-11-10||Gene Kearney||Jack Laird||Cesar Romero, E. J. Peaker|
|"Big Surprise"||1971-11-10||Richard Matheson||Jeannot Szwarc||John Carradine, Vincent Van Patten||Based on a short story of the same name by Richard Matheson|
|"Professor Peabody's Last Lecture"||1971-11-10||Jack Laird||Jerrold Freedman||Carl Reiner||A professor gives a lecture on entities from the Cthulhu Mythos. Possibly the first time Cthulhu's name appeared on national television.|
|"House with Ghost"||1971-11-17||Gene Kearney||Gene Kearney||Bob Crane, Jo Anne Worley, Alan Napier||Based on a short story by August Derleth|
|"A Midnight Visit to the Neighborhood Blood Bank"||1971-11-17||Jack Laird||William Hale||Victor Buono|
|"Dr. Stringfellow's Rejuvenator"||1971-11-17||Rod Serling||Jerrold Freedman||Forrest Tucker, Murray Hamilton, Don Pedro Colley|
|"Hell's Bells"||1971-11-17||Theodore J. Flicker||Theodore J. Flicker||John Astin||Based on a short story by Harry Turner|
|"The Dark Boy"||1971-11-24||Halsted Welles||John Astin||Elizabeth Hartman, Gale Sondergaard||Based on a short story of the same name by August Derleth|
|"Keep in Touch—We'll Think of Something"||1971-11-24||Gene Kearney||Gene Kearney||Alex Cord, Joanna Pettet|
|"Pickman's Model"||1971-12-01||Alvin Sapinsley||Jack Laird||Bradford Dillman, Louise Sorel||Based on a short story of the same name by H. P. Lovecraft|
|"The Dear Departed"||1971-12-01||Rod Serling||Jeff Corey||Steve Lawrence, Maureen Arthur, Harvey Lembeck||Based on a short story of the same name by Alice-Mary Schnirring|
|"An Act of Chivalry"||1971-12-01||Jack Laird||Jack Laird||Deidre Hall|
|"Cool Air"||1971-12-08||Rod Serling||Jeannot Szwarc||Barbara Rush, Henry Darrow||Based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft|
|"Camera Obscura"||1971-12-08||Rod Serling||John Badham||René Auberjonois, Ross Martin||Based on a short story of the same name by Basil Copper|
|"Quoth the Raven"||1971-12-08||Jack Laird||Jeff Corey||Marty Allen|
|"The Messiah on Mott Street"||1971-12-15||Rod Serling||Don Taylor||Edward G. Robinson, Yaphet Kotto, Tony Roberts|
|"The Painted Mirror"||1971-12-15||Gene Kearney||Gene Kearney||Zsa Zsa Gabor, Arthur O'Connell Rosemary DeCamp||Based on a short story of the same name by Donald Wandrei|
|"The Different Ones"||1971-12-29||Rod Serling||John Meredyth Lucas||Dana Andrews, Jon Korkes||Parallels themes from the Serling-penned Twilight Zone episode The Eye of the Beholder|
|"Tell David…"||1971-12-29||Gerald Sanford||Jeff Corey||Sandra Dee, Jared Martin||Based on a short story of the same name by Penelope Wallace|
|"Logoda's Heads"||1971-12-29||Robert Bloch||Jeannot Szwarc||Patrick Macnee, Brock Peters, Denise Nicholas, Tim Matheson||Based on a short story of the same name by August Derleth|
|"Green Fingers"||1972-01-05||Rod Serling||John Badham||Cameron Mitchell, Elsa Lanchester, Michael Bell||Based on a short story by R. C. Cook|
|"The Funeral"||1972-01-05||Richard Matheson||John Meredyth Lucas||Joe Flynn, Werner Klemperer, Jack Laird||Based on the short story of the same name by Richard Matheson|
|"The Tune in Dan's Café"||1972-01-05||Gerald Sanford & Garrie Bateson||David Rawlins||Pernell Roberts, Susan Oliver||Based on a short story by Shamus Frazier|
|"Lindemann's Catch"||1972-01-12||Rod Serling||Jeff Corey||Stuart Whitman, Harry Townes|
|"A Feast of Blood"||1972-01-12||Stanford Whitmore||Jeannot Szwarc||Sondra Locke, Norman Lloyd, Hermione Baddeley||Based on a short story "The Fur Brooch" by Dulcie Gray|
|"The Late Mr. Peddington"||1972-01-12||Jack Laird||Jeff Corey||Harry Morgan, Kim Hunter||Based on a short story "The Flat Male" by Frank Sisk; features a brief, late appearance by Randy Quaid|
|"The Miracle at Camafeo"||1972-01-19||Rod Serling||Ralph Senesky||Harry Guardino, Julie Adams, Ray Danton||Based on a short story by C. B. Gilford|
|"The Ghost of Sorworth Place"||1972-01-19||Alvin Sapinsley||Ralph Senesky||Richard Kiley, Jill Ireland||Based on the short story "Sorworth Place" by Russell Kirk|
|"The Waiting Room"||1972-01-26||Rod Serling||Jeannot Szwarc||Steve Forrest, Albert Salmi, Lex Barker, Jim Davis, Buddy Ebsen|
|"Last Rites for a Dead Druid"||1972-01-26||Alvin Sapinsley||Jeannot Szwarc||Bill Bixby, Carol Lynley, Donna Douglas, Ned Glass|
|"Deliveries in the Rear"||1972-02-09||Rod Serling||Jeff Corey||Cornel Wilde, Rosemary Forsyth, Kent Smith|
|"Stop Killing Me"||1972-02-09||Jack Laird||Jeannot Szwarc||Geraldine Page, James Gregory||Based on a short story of the same name by Hal Dresner|
|"Dead Weight"||1972-02-09||Jack Laird||Timothy Galfas||Jack Albertson, Bobby Darin||Based on the short story "Out of the Country" by Jeffry Scott|
|"I'll Never Leave You—Ever"||1972-02-16||Jack Laird||Daniel Haller||Lois Nettleton, Royal Dano, John Saxon||Based on a short story of the same name by Rene Morris|
|"There Aren't Any More MacBanes"||1972-02-16||Alvin Sapinsley||John Newland||Joel Grey, Howard Duff||Features a brief, early appearance by a young Mark Hamill. Based on the short story "By One, By Two and By Three" by Stephen Hall|
|"You Can't Get Help like That Anymore"||1972-02-23||Rod Serling||Jeff Corey||Cloris Leachman, Broderick Crawford, Lana Wood|
|"The Sins of the Fathers"||1972-02-23||Halsted Welles||Jeannot Szwarc||Geraldine Page, Richard Thomas, Michael Dunn||Based on a short story of the same name by Christianna Brand|
|"The Caterpillar"||1972-03-01||Rod Serling||Jeannot Szwarc||Joanna Pettet, Laurence Harvey, John Williams||Based on the short story "Boomerang" by Oscar Cook|
|"Little Girl Lost"||1972-03-01||Stanford Whitmore||Timothy Galfas||Ed Nelson, William Windom, Ivor Francis||Based on a short story of the same name by E.C. Tubb|
|"Satisfaction Guaranteed"||1972-03-22||Jack Laird||Jeannot Szwarc||Victor Buono||Vignette, premiered during a repeat broadcast of the 1971-09-22 episode, replacing "Witches' Feast"|
Season 3: 1972–73
|"Return of the Sorcerer"||09/24/1972||Halsted Welles||Vincent Price, Patricia Sterling, Bill Bixby||Based on a short story of the same name by Clark Ashton Smith|
|"The Girl with the Hungry Eyes"||10/1/1972||Robert Malcolm Young||James Farentino, John Astin, Joanna Pettet||Based on a short story of the same name by Fritz Leiber|
|"Rare Objects"||10/22/1972||Rod Serling||Mickey Rooney, Raymond Massey|
|"Spectre in Tap-Shoes"||10/29/1972||Gene Kearney||Sandra Dee, Dane Clark, Christopher Connelly||Story by Jack Laird|
|"Through a Flame Darkly"||11/4/1972||Dick Nelson||John Newland||Sandra Dee, John Anderson|
|"You Can Come Up Now, Mrs. Millikan"||11/12/1972||Rod Serling||Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, Roger Davis, Michael Lerner||Based on the short story "The Secret of the Vault" by J. Wesley Rosenquist|
|"Smile, Please"||11/12/1972||Jack Laird||Cesare Danova, Lindsay Wagner|
|"The Other Way Out"||11/19/1972||Gene Kearney||Burl Ives, Ross Martin||Story by Kurt van Elting|
|"Fright Night"||12/10/1972||Robert Malcolm Young||Stuart Whitman, Barbara Anderson, Alan Napier||Story by Kurt van Elting|
|"Finnegan's Flight"||12/17/1972||Rod Serling||Burgess Meredith, Cameron Mitchell, Barry Sullivan|
|"She'll Be Company for You"||12/24/1972||David Rayfiel||Leonard Nimoy, Lorraine Gary, Kathryn Hays||Based on a short story of the same name by Andrea Newman|
|"The Ring with the Red Velvet Ropes"||01/07/1973||Robert Malcolm Young||Gary Lockwood, Joan van Ark, Chuck Connors||Based on a short story of the same name by Edward D. Hoch|
|"Something in the Woodwork"||01/14/1973||Rod Serling||Leif Erickson, Paul Jenkins, John McMurtry, Geraldine Page, Barbara Rhoades||Based on the short story "Housebound" by R. Chetwynd-Hayes|
|"Death on a Barge"||03/04/1973||Halsted Welles||Leonard Nimoy||Lesley Ann Warren, Lou Antonio, Brooke Bundy, Robert Pratt||Based on the short story "The Canal" by Everil Worrell; it was Nimoy's directing debut|
|"Whisper"||05/13/1973||David Rayfiel||Dean Stockwell, Sally Field||Based on a short story by Martin Waddell|
|"The Doll of Death"||05/20/1973||Jack Guss||Susan Strasberg, Alejandro Rey||Based on a short story by Vivian Meik|
|"Hatred unto Death"||05/27/1973||Halsted Welles||Steve Forrest, Dina Merrill, Fernando Lamas||Based on an Inner Sanctum Mystery episode from 1941 titled The Man from Yesterday, written by Milton Geiger|
|"How to Cure the Common Vampire"||05/27/1973||Jack Laird||Jack Laird||Richard Deacon, Johnny Brown|
|"Die Now, Pay Later"||Will Geer, Slim Pickens||Based on the short story "Year-End Clearance" by Mary Linn Roby|
|"Room for One Less"||Jack Laird||Jack Laird||Lee Jay Lambert, James Metropole|
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."
In order to increase the number of episodes that were available for syndication, the 60-minute episodes were reedited into a 30-minute time slot, with many segments severely cut, and others extended by inserting 'new' scenes of recycled, previously discarded, or stock footage to fill up the time. In their book Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour, authors Scott Skelton and Jim Benson identify 39 of the 98 individual segments that were produced for Night Gallery as being "severely altered" in syndication. As well, 25 episodes of a short-lived (and otherwise unrelated) 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. As The Sixth Sense was originally a one-hour show, these episodes were all severely edited to fit into the half-hour timeslot.
In recent years, the original, uncut version of the series (and without the additional Sixth Sense episodes) has been shown on the Encore Mystery cable network, allowing fans to see the episodes in their original format for the first time in 30 years. The show is also available in some markets through the Retro Television Network and MeTV. All three seasons, excluding the pilot episode and the "Witches Feast" segment from Season Two, are available on Hulu free of charge.
In 2004, Universal released the Region 1 DVD collection (including the pilot film and the six episodes of the first season) of the series, plus bonus episodes from Seasons 2 and 3 as extras. On October 16, 2006, the first season (including the pilot film and two bonus episodes, one from Season 2 and one from Season 3) was released on Region 2 DVD.
In August 2008, Universal announced a November 11, 2008, release of the complete Season 2 DVD collection (only Region 1). Later, they announced that one story segment from Season 2, "Witches' Feast", would not be included, due to the fact that "Universal was not able to locate portions of the 40-year-old episode."
Season three was released on April 10, 2012. "Witches' Feast" is included as bonus material.
|DVD name||Ep #||Release date||Additional information|
|The Complete First Season||17||August 24, 2004|
|Season 2||61||November 11, 2008||
|Season 3||20||April 10, 2012|
- "Night Gallery". The New York Times.
- Skelton, Scott; Benson, Jim (1999). Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-2782-1.
- Skelton, Scott; Benson, Jim (2012). Night gallery / Season three (DVD). Universal City, California, USA: Universal Studios. OCLC 773758625. Retrieved January 4, 2013.