Night Gallery

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Night Gallery
Also known as Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Genre Fantasy
Drama
Created by Rod Serling
Presented by Rod Serling
Theme music composer Gil Mellé
Composer(s) Robert Bain
Paul Glass
John Lewis
Gil Mellé
Oliver Nelson
Robert Prince
Eddie Sauter
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 43 (+ pilot) (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Jack Laird
William Sackheim
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 50 minutes (seasons 1 & 2)
25 minutes (season 3)
Production company(s) NBC
Release
Audio format Monaural
Original release

November 8, 1969 (1969-11-08) (pilot)

December 16, 1970 (1970-12-16) – May 27, 1973 (1973-05-27)

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.[1][2] Serling viewed Night Gallery as a logical extension of The Twilight Zone, but while both series shared an interest in thought-provoking dark fantasy, the lion’s share of Zone‘s offerings were science fiction while Night Gallery focused on horror and the supernatural.[3]

Format[edit]

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. His intro usually was, “Good evening, and welcome to a private showing of three paintings, displayed here for the first time. Each is a collector’s item in its own way—not because of any special artistic quality, but because each captures on a canvas, suspends in time and space, a frozen moment of a nightmare.”

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.

Joan Crawford in the film which began the series, 1969

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.

Reception[edit]

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 that 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".

Episodes[edit]

Pilot[edit]

Episode No. Segment No. Title Directed by Written by Notable Cast Original Air Date Notes
1 1 "The Cemetery" Boris Sagal Rod Serling Roddy McDowall, Ossie Davis, George Macready November 8, 1969 Possibly inspired by the story "The Mezzotint" by M.R. James[citation needed]
A greedy nephew is tormented by a painting that shows his dead uncle crawling out of his grave. [4]
1 2 "Eyes" Steven Spielberg Rod Serling Joan Crawford, Barry Sullivan, Tom Bosley November 8, 1969
A ruthless woman buys a man's eyes for 12 hours of sight, but her vision is made short-lived by a cruel twist of fate. [4]
1 3 "Escape Route" Barry Shear Rod Serling Richard Kiley, Sam Jaffe November 8, 1969
A German war criminal projects himself into a peaceful painting to elude authorities. [4]

Season 1: 1970–71[edit]

Episode No. Segment No. Title Directed by Written by Notable Cast Original Air Date Notes
1 1 "The Dead Man" Douglas Heyes Douglas Heyes Carl Betz, Jeff Corey, Louise Sorel, Michael Blodgett December 16, 1970 Based on a short story of the same name by Fritz Leiber
The tapes of a failed experiment reveal that a sinister corpse in a nearby mausoleum has the ability to rise again. [4]
1 2 "The Housekeeper" John Meredyth Lucas Matthew Howard Larry Hagman, Jeanette Nolan, Suzy Parker December 16, 1970 "Matthew Howard" was a pseudonym for Douglas Heyes
A magical frog has the power to transfer the kind soul of an old woman into the body of a man's selfish wife. [4]
2 1 "Room with a View" Jerrold Freedman Hal Dresner Joseph Wiseman, Diane Keaton, Angel Tompkins December 23, 1970 Based on a short story of the same name by Hal Dresner
An invalid manipulates a cheerful young nurse to kill his unfaithful wife. [4]
2 2 "The Little Black Bag" Jeannot Szwarc Rod Serling Burgess Meredith, Chill Wills December 23, 1970 Based on a short story of the same name by C.M. Kornbluth
When a 21st century medical bag is accidentally transported to 1970, a discredited doctor uses the kit to perform miraculous cures of the city's poor people. [4]
2 3 "The Nature of the Enemy" Allen Reisner Rod Serling Joseph Campanella, James Sikking December 23, 1970
Astronauts were eaten alive by something on the moon. The key to the tragedy is a strange device the astronauts were making when they died.[4]
3 1 "The House" John Astin Rod Serling Joanna Pettet, Paul Richards, Steve Franken December 30, 1970 Based on a short story by André Maurois
A woman is terrorized by a ghost that knocks on the door of her dream house.[4]
3 2 "Certain Shadows on the Wall" Jeff Corey Rod Serling Louis Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, Grayson Hall, Rachel Roberts December 30, 1970 Based on the short story "The Shadows on the Wall" by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman
The lingering shadow of a dead woman haunts her murderous brother.[4]
4 1 "Make Me Laugh" Steven Spielberg Rod Serling Godfrey Cambridge, Jackie Vernon, Tom Bosley, Al Lewis January 6, 1971
A guru gives a failing comedian the ability to make people laugh. Soon everything he says is met with hysterical laughter.[4]
4 2 "Clean Kills and Other Trophies" Walter Doniger Rod Serling Raymond Massey, Tom Troupe, Barry Brown, Herb Jefferson, Jr. January 6, 1971
Col. Dittman demands that his peace-loving son kill a deer. His request leads to a gruesome conclusion.[4]
5 1 "Pamela's Voice" Richard Benedict Rod Serling Phyllis Diller, John Astin January 13, 1971
A man kills his nagging wife - or so he thinks, until she shows up with some surprising gossip.[4]
5 2 "Lone Survivor" Gene Levitt Rod Serling John Colicos, Torin Thatcher, Hedley Mattingly January 13, 1971 Possibly inspired by the story of Frank Tower[citation needed]
The crew of an ocean liner rescues a Titanic survivor three years after the sinking.[4]
5 3 "The Doll" Rudi Dorn Rod Serling Shani Wallis, John Williams, Henry Silva January 13, 1971 Based on a short story of the same name by Algernon Blackwood
Col. Masters has to outwit the deadly gift sent to him by an enemy: a living doll with poisonous fangs.[4]
6 1 "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar" Don Taylor Rod Serling William Windom, Diane Baker, John Randolph, Bert Convy January 20, 1971 Serling considered this script one of the finest two works he ever wrote (along with Requiem for a Heavyweight)
Executive Randy Lane faces a mid-life crisis until he confronts the ghosts of his past.[4]
6 2 "The Last Laurel" Daryl Duke Rod Serling Jack Cassidy, Martin E. Brooks, Martine Beswick January 20, 1971 Based on "The Horsehair Trunk" by Davis Grubb
Invalid Marius Davis plans to use astral projection to murder his wife's supposed lover.[4]

Season 2: 1971–72[edit]

Episode No. Segment No. Title Directed by Written by Notable Cast Original Air Date Notes
1 1 "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes" John Badham Rod Serling Clint Howard, Michael Constantine, Bernie Kopell September 15, 1971 Based on a short story of the same name by Margaret St. Clair
A small boy becomes a sensation with his ability to predict the future. But one day, he mysteriously stops predicting. [4]
1 2 "Miss Lovecraft Sent Me" Gene Kearney Jack Laird Joseph Campanella, Sue Lyon September 15, 1971
A hip babysitter splits when she learns the baby is a three-legged werewolf and his father is Count Dracula. [4]
1 3 "The Hand of Borgus Weems" John M. Lucas Alvin Sapinsley Joseph Campanella, Sue Lyon September 15, 1971 Based on the short story "The Other Hand" by George Langelaan
A man pleads with surgeons to cut off his hand, which has a murderous mind of its own. [4]
1 4 "Phantom of What Opera?" Gene Kearney Gene Kearney Leslie Nielsen September 15, 1971
A masked Phantom terrorizes his beautiful captive until she reveals her secret. [4]
2 1 "A Death in the Family" Jeannot Szwarc Rod Serling E. G. Marshall, Desi Arnaz, Jr. September 22, 1971 Based on a short story by Miriam Allen deFord
A fugitive finds a morgue where the dead have been preserved by a lonely funeral director. [4]
2 2 "The Merciful" Jeannot Szwarc Jack Laird Imogene Coca, King Donovan September 22, 1971 Based on a short story of the same name by Charles L. Sweeney, Jr.; twist on "The Cask of Amontillado"
A woman's effort to end her husband's misery backfires. [4]
2 3 "The Class of '99" Jeannot Szwarc Rod Serling Vincent Price, Brandon deWilde, Randolph Mantooth September 22, 1971
A student in 1999 rebels against a course that teaches racial bigotry. [4]
2 4a "Witches Feast" Jerrold Freedman Gene Kearney Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Buzzi September 22, 1971
Three witches try to cook up a new brew, but when the recipe goes poof! they order out. [4]
2 4b "Satisfaction Guaranteed" Jeannot Szwarc Jack Laird Victor Buono March 22, 1972 Premiered during repeat broadcast of the September 22, 1971 episode, replacing "Witches' Feast"
A vignette about a hard-to-please customer at an employment agency. [3]
3 1 "Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay" William Hale Alvin Sapinsley Michele Lee, James Farentino, Jeanette Nolan, Jonathan Harris September 29, 1971 Based on a short story "The Witch" by A. E. van Vogt
A young teacher tries to prevent a withered old witch from taking over the body of his wife. [4]
3 2 "With Apologies to Mr. Hyde" Jeannot Szwarc Jack Laird Adam West, Jack Laird September 29, 1971
A hunchbacked assistant bungles a new formula for his master, Dr. Jekyll. [4]
3 3 "The Flip-Side of Satan" Jerrold Freedman Malcolm Marmorstein & Gerald Sanford Arte Johnson, Liam Sullivan September 29, 1971 Based on a short story by Hal Dresner
A DJ finds a radio station where the hit songs are all playbacks of his past crimes. [4]
4 1 "A Fear of Spiders" John Astin Rod Serling Patrick O'Neal, Kim Stanley October 6, 1971 Based on a short story "The Spider" by Elizabeth Walter
A cruel gourmet battles a spider, which gets bigger every time it's washed down the drain. [4]
4 2 "Junior" Theodore J. Flicker Gene Kearney Wally Cox, Barbara Flicker October 6, 1971
A Frankenstein monster-like baby demands a glass of water from his parents. [4]
4 3 "Marmalade Wine" Jerrold Freedman Jerrold Freedman Robert Morse, Rudy Vallee October 6, 1971 Based on a short story by Joan Aiken
A storm forces a braggart to seek shelter at the house of a strange plastic surgeon. [4]
4 4 "The Academy" Jeff Corey Rod Serling Pat Boone, Leif Erickson October 6, 1971 Based on a short story of the same title by David Ely
An exasperated father checks out a military academy where the cadets never leave. [4]
5 1 "The Phantom Farmhouse" Jeannot Szwarc Halsted Welles David McCallum, Linda Marsh, David Carradine October 20, 1971 Based on a short story of the same title by Seabury Quinn
A doctor befriends a female werewolf whose ravenous family has been tearing people apart. [4]
5 2 "Silent Snow, Secret Snow" Gene Kearney Gene Kearney Radames Pera, Lonny Chapman October 20, 1971 Based on a short story of the same title by Conrad Aiken; narrated by Orson Welles
A boy's relationship with falling snow draws him into a strange world. [4]
6 1 "A Question of Fear" Jack Laird Theodore J. Flicker Leslie Nielsen, Fritz Weaver October 27, 1971 Based on a short story of the same title by Bryan Lewis
Special effects highlight this story of a fearless colonel who makes a bet that he can survive a night in a haunted house. [4]
6 2 "The Devil Is Not Mocked" Gene Kearney Gene Kearney Helmut Dantine, Francis Lederer, Hank Brandt October 27, 1971 Based on a short story of the same title by Manly Wade Wellman. Lederer reprises his role as Dracula from The Return of Dracula.
Nazi soldiers face a family of vampires when they try to take over a Balkan castle. [4]
7 1 "Midnight Never Ends" Jeannot Szwarc Rod Serling Susan Strasberg, Robert F. Lyons November 3, 1971
A hitch-hiking Marine and a young woman discover they're characters in a novel. [4]
7 2 "Brenda" Allen Reisner Matthew Howard Laurie Prange, Glenn Corbett, Robert J. Hogan, Barbara Babcock November 3, 1971 Based on a short story of the same title by Margaret St. Clair
A lonely teenage girl develops a friendship with a misunderstood blob during her summer vacation. [4]
8 1 "The Diary" William Hale Rod Serling Patty Duke, Virginia Mayo, David Wayne November 10, 1971 Features a brief, late appearance by Lindsay Wagner
A cruel gossip columnist is given a diary that predicts horrifying events. [4]
8 2 "A Matter of Semantics" Jack Laird Gene Kearney Cesar Romero, E. J. Peaker November 10, 1971
Count Dracula discusses a transaction at the local blood bank. [4]
8 3 "Big Surprise" Jeannot Szwarc Richard Matheson John Carradine, Vincent Van Patten November 10, 1971 Based on a short story of the same title by Richard Matheson
An old farmer promises three boys that if they dig in a certain spot, they'll get a big surprise. [4]
8 4 "Professor Peabody's Last Lecture" Jerrold Freedman Jack Laird Carl Reiner November 10, 1971 Possibly the first time Cthulhu's name appeared on national television.[citation needed]
When a professor scoffs at ancient gods, the gods get even by turning him into a monster. [4]
9 1 "House with Ghost" Gene Kearney Gene Kearney Bob Crane, Jo Anne Worley, Alan Napier November 17, 1971 Based on a short story by August Derleth
A conniving husband strikes a deal with an English ghost to kill off his wife. [4]
9 2 "A Midnight Visit to the Neighborhood Blood Bank" William Hale Jack Laird Victor Buono November 17, 1971
A thirsty vampire gets a unique reaction from his intended victim. [4]
9 3 "Dr. Stringfellow's Rejuvenator" Jerrold Freedman Rod Serling Forrest Tucker, Murray Hamilton, Don Pedro Colley November 17, 1971
A con man in the Old West promises to save a dying girl. When she dies, he finds himself haunted by her spirit.[4]
9 4 "Hell's Bells" Theodore J. Flicker Theodore J. Flicker John Astin November 17, 1971 Based on a short story by Harry Turner
A hippie dies in a car crash and finds himself in the waiting room for hell.[4]
10 1 "The Dark Boy" John Astin Halsted Welles Elizabeth Hartman, Gale Sondergaard November 24, 1971 Based on a short story of the same title by August Derleth
A young teacher in the late 1800s tries to communicate with the shy ghost of a boy.[4]
10 2 "Keep in Touch — We'll Think of Something" Gene Kearney Gene Kearney Alex Cord, Joanna Pettet November 24, 1971
Obsessed with finding the beautiful woman who appears in his dreams, a man gives her description to the police.[4]
11 1 "Pickman's Model" Jack Laird Alvin Sapinsley Bradford Dillman, Louise Sorel December 1, 1971 Based on a short story of the same title by H. P. Lovecraft
Scaly creatures living under the city kidnap and mate with human women. One of their offspring is a sensitive painter named Pickman. He tries to prevent a young student from being snatched by the creatures.[4]
11 2 "The Dear Departed" Jeff Corey Rod Serling Steve Lawrence, Maureen Arthur, Harvey Lembeck December 1, 1971 Based on a short story of the same name by Alice-Mary Schnirring
Phony spiritualists find themselves haunted by a departed partner.[4]
11 3 "An Act of Chivalry" Jack Laird Jack Laird Deidre Hall December 1, 1971
A living skeleton gets a lesson in elevator manners.[4]
12 1 "Cool Air" Jeannot Szwarc Rod Serling Barbara Rush, Henry Darrow December 8, 1971 Based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft
A woman falls in love with a scientist who must stay in a refrigerated room to avoid decomposing.[4]
12 2 "Camera Obscura" John Badham Rod Serling René Auberjonois, Ross Martin December 8, 1971 Based on a short story of the same title by Basil Copper
A magical camera hurls a greedy businessman into a town of ghouls.[4]
12 3 "Quoth the Raven" Jeff Corey Jack Laird Marty Allen December 8, 1971
An obnoxious Raven helps Edgar Allen Poe compose his poem.[4]
13 1 "The Messiah on Mott Street" Don Taylor Rod Serling Edward G. Robinson, Yaphet Kotto, Tony Roberts December 15, 1971
A young boy tries to save his grandfather from the angel of death and searches the ghetto for the angel of life.[4]
13 2 "The Painted Mirror" Gene Kearney Gene Kearney Zsa Zsa Gabor, Arthur O'Connell, Rosemary DeCamp December 15, 1971 Based on a short story of the same title by Donald Wandrei
A woman enters a strange mirror and finds a prehistoric world.[4]
14 1 "The Different Ones" John Meredyth Lucas Rod Serling Dana Andrews, Jon Korkes December 29, 1971 Parallels themes from Serling's The Twilight Zone episode "The Eye of the Beholder"[citation needed]
In 1993, a deformed young man who has been ostracized by his peers agrees to fly to an alien planet in hopes that he'll find some peace.[4]
14 2 "Tell David…" Jeff Corey Gerald Sanford Sandra Dee, Jared Martin December 29, 1971 Based on a short story of the same title by Penelope Wallace
A woman travels into the futuristic world of 1992, where she meets her grown-up son. She learns she killed the boy's father 20 years earlier.[4]
14 3 "Logoda's Heads" Jeannot Szwarc Robert Bloch Patrick Macnee, Brock Peters, Denise Nicholas, Tim Matheson December 29, 1971 Based on a short story of the same title by August Derleth
Shrunken African heads that eat flesh are controlled by a voodoo chief.[4]
15 1 "Green Fingers" John Badham Rod Serling Cameron Mitchell, Elsa Lanchester, Michael Bell January 5, 1972 Based on a short story by R. C. Cook
A greedy land developer has an old woman killed so that he can take over her ranch, but she grows back again in her garden.[4]
15 2 "The Funeral" John Meredyth Lucas Richard Matheson Joe Flynn, Werner Klemperer, Jack Laird January 5, 1972 Based on the short story of the same name by Richard Matheson
Special effects highlight this tale of a vampire who invites a bunch of rowdy monsters to his funeral.[4]
15 3 "The Tune in Dan's Café" David Rawlins Gerald Sanford & Garrie Bateson Pernell Roberts, Susan Oliver January 5, 1972 Based on a short story by Shamus Frazier
A song linked to a tragic romance gives a bickering couple a second chance.[4]
16 1 "Lindemann's Catch" Jeff Corey Rod Serling Stuart Whitman, Harry Townes January 12, 1972
A sea captain falls in love with a captured mermaid. His efforts to turn her into a human being result in disaster.[4]
16 2 "The Late Mr. Peddington" Jeff Corey Jack Laird Harry Morgan, Kim Hunter January 12, 1972 Based on a short story "The Flat Male" by Frank Sisk; features a brief, late appearance by Randy Quaid
A funeral director is confused by a woman who is making arrangements for her living husband.[4]
16 3 "A Feast of Blood" Jeannot Szwarc Stanford Whitmore Sondra Locke, Norman Lloyd, Hermione Baddeley January 12, 1972 Based on a short story "The Fur Brooch" by Dulcie Gray
A strange man give a woman a mouse-like brooch that feeds on blood.[4]
17 1 "The Miracle at Camafeo" Ralph Senesky Rod Serling Harry Guardino, Julie Adams, Ray Danton January 19, 1972 Based on a short story by C. B. Gilford
A con man tries to pull off another job at a Mexican shrine but gets a terrible punishment instead.[4]
17 2 "The Ghost of Sorworth Place" Ralph Senesky Alvin Sapinsley Richard Kiley, Jill Ireland January 19, 1972 Based on the short story "Sorworth Place" by Russell Kirk
A Scottish woman begs an American traveler to protect her from the corpse of her husband, who has vowed to kill her at midnight.[4]
18 1 "The Waiting Room" Jeannot Szwarc Rod Serling Steve Forrest, Albert Salmi, Lex Barker, Jim Davis, Buddy Ebsen January 26, 1972
A gunslinger encounter five ghostly figures who know his past and future.[4]
18 2 "Last Rites for a Dead Druid" Jeannot Szwarc Alvin Sapinsley Bill Bixby, Carol Lynley, Donna Douglas, Ned Glass January 26, 1972
A satanic statue terrorizes a young couple in its bid to possess the husband's body.[4]
19 1 "Deliveries in the Rear" Jeff Corey Rod Serling Cornel Wilde, Rosemary Forsyth, Kent Smith February 9, 1972
A 19th century doctor pays two murderers to secure bodies for medical research, but the consequences are tragic.[4]
19 2 "Stop Killing Me" Jeannot Szwarc Jack Laird Geraldine Page, James Gregory February 9, 1972 Based on a short story of the same title by Hal Dresner
A police sergeant is intrigued by a terrified woman's claim that her husband is trying to scare her to death.[4]
19 3 "Dead Weight" Timothy Galfas Jack Laird Jack Albertson, Bobby Darin February 9, 1972 Based on the short story "Out of the Country" by Jeffry Scott
A cruel gangster tries to escape to South America, but he ends up as excess baggage.[4]
20 1 "I'll Never Leave You — Ever" Daniel Haller Jack Laird Lois Nettleton, Royal Dano, John Saxon February 16, 1972 Based on a short story of the same title by Rene Morris
A woman uses a living doll to kill her husband. The doll then turns on her.[4]
20 2 "There Aren't Any More MacBanes" John Newland Alvin Sapinsley Joel Grey, Howard Duff February 16, 1972 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
A student of the occult conjures up a huge, fanged monster to kill his uncle, but the creature continues its killing rampage.[4]
21 1 "The Sins of the Fathers" Jeannot Szwarc Halsted Welles Geraldine Page, Richard Thomas, Michael Dunn February 23, 1972 Based on a short story of the same title by Christianna Brand
Based on the old Welsh custom of sin-eating: cleansing a man of his sins by feasting in the presence of his corpse.[3]
21 2 "You Can't Get Help like That Anymore" Jeff Corey Rod Serling Cloris Leachman, Broderick Crawford, Lana Wood February 23, 1972
Rod Serling's vision of robot servants with instincts for survival.[3]
22 1 "The Caterpillar" Jeannot Szwarc Rod Serling Joanna Pettet, Laurence Harvey, John Williams March 1, 1972 Based on the short story "Boomerang" by Oscar Cook
A British expatriate in Borneo plots a gruesome assassination to eliminate a romantic rival.[3]
22 2 "Little Girl Lost" Timothy Galfas Stanford Whitmore Ed Nelson, William Windom, Ivor Francis March 1, 1972 Based on a short story of the same title by E.C. Tubb
Military strategists unwittingly plant the seeds of destruction when they humor a scientific genius unbalanced by his daughter's death.[3]

Season 3: 1972–73[edit]

Episode No. Segment No. Title Directed by Written by Notable Cast Original Air Date Notes
1 "Return of the Sorcerer" Jeannot Szwarc Halsted Welles Vincent Price, Patricia Sterling, Bill Bixby September 24, 1972 Based on a short story of the same title by Clark Ashton Smith
A sorcerer hires a translator to divine the meaning of an ancient Arabic manuscript that has some grisly connection with his twin brother's death. [3]
2 "The Girl with the Hungry Eyes" John Badham Robert Malcolm Young James Farentino, John Astin, Joanna Pettet October 1, 1972 Based on a short story of the same title by Fritz Leiber
A photographer hires a mysterious model whoses eyes burn with a seductive - yet frightening - glow. [3]
3 "Rare Objects" Jeannot Szwarc Rod Serling Mickey Rooney, Raymond Massey October 22, 1972
A gangster marked for death engages a specialist who guarantees him sanctuary - at a precipitous cost. [3]
4 "Spectre in Tap Shoes" Jeannot Szwarc Gene Kearney Sandra Dee, Dane Clark, Christopher Connelly October 29, 1972 Story by Jack Laird
After witnessing her sister's suicide, a young woman begins to see and hear evidence of her continued presence. [3]
5 1 "You Can Come Up Now, Mrs. Millikan" John Badham Rod Serling Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, Roger Davis, Michael Lerner November 12, 1972 Based on the short story "The Secret of the Vault" by J. Wesley Rosenquist
A bungling inventor and his forgetful wife pool their ineptitude for an experiment in immortality. [3]
5 2 "Smile, Please" Jack Laird Jack Laird Cesare Danova, Lindsay Wagner November 12, 1972
A vignette about photographing a vampire. [3]
6 "The Other Way Out" Gene Kearney Gene Kearney Burl Ives, Ross Martin November 19, 1972 Story by Kurt van Elting
Lured to an isolated house, a murderer is made to pay for his crime by a coldly calculating avenger. [3]
7 "Fright Night" Jeff Corey Robert Malcolm Young Stuart Whitman, Barbara Anderson, Alan Napier December 10, 1972 Story by Kurt van Elting
An inherited farmhouse holds unseen terrors for a young couple when the attic trunk they're told never to move starts moving by itself. [3]
8 "Finnegan's Flight" Gene Kearney Rod Serling Burgess Meredith, Cameron Mitchell, Barry Sullivan December 17, 1972
A prison lifer yearning for freedom submits to a cellmate's experiments in mind over matter. [3]
9 "She'll Be Company for You" Gerald Perry Finnerman David Rayfiel Leonard Nimoy, Lorraine Gary, Kathryn Hays December 24, 1972 Based on a short story of the same title by Andrea Newman
With his invalid wife finally dead, a relieved widower now finds himself under the watchful eye of a strangely menacing cat. [3]
10 "The Ring with the Red Velvet Ropes" Jeannot Szwarc Robert Malcolm Young Gary Lockwood, Joan van Ark, Chuck Connors January 7, 1973 Based on a short story of the same title by Edward D. Hoch
The new heavyweight champion of the world discovers that he has one more unscheduled bout before he can claim his title. [3]
11 "Something in the Woodwork" Edward M. Abroms Rod Serling Leif Erickson, Paul Jenkins, John McMurtry, Geraldine Page, Barbara Rhoades January 14, 1973 Based on the short story "Housebound" by R. Chetwynd-Hayes
A lonely alcoholic plotting revenge against her ex-husband calls on a reluctant ghost for help. [3]
12 "Death on a Barge" Leonard Nimoy Halsted Welles Lesley Ann Warren, Lou Antonio, Brooke Bundy, Robert Pratt March 4, 1973 Based on the short story "The Canal" by Everil Worrell; Nimoy's directing debut
A young fishmonger ignores the warnings of his friends when he falls desperately in love with a wraith-like young woman. [3]
13 "Whisper" Jeannot Szwarc David Rayfiel Dean Stockwell, Sally Field May 13, 1973 Based on a short story by Martin Waddell
A young wife in a remote country house finds herself in thrall to strange and insistent voices of the dead. [3]
14 "The Doll of Death" John Badham Jack Guss Susan Strasberg, Alejandro Rey May 20, 1973 Based on a short story by Vivian Meik
A spurned Englishman in the British West Indies enlists the power of voodoo to avenge himself against a romantic rival. [3]
15 1 "Hatred unto Death" Gerald Perry Finnerman Halsted Welles Steve Forrest, Dina Merrill, Fernando Lamas May 27, 1973
Blood memories surface when an anthropologist responds in kind to a captive gorilla's primeval hatred. [3]
15 2 "How to Cure the Common Vampire" Jack Laird Jack Laird Richard Deacon, Johnny Brown May 27, 1973
A pair of vampire hunters debate the most efficient method to dispatch their nemesis. [3]

Syndication-Only[edit]

Episode No. Segment No. Title Directed by Written by Notable Cast Original Air Date Notes
1 "Die Now, Pay Later" Timothy Galfas Jack Laird Will Geer, Slim Pickens Based on the short story "Year-End Clearance" by Mary Linn Roby; Produced for second season but never appeared in original broadcast
Business booms when an undertaker slashes funeral prices during a January clearance sale. [3]
2 "Room for One Less" Jack Laird Jack Laird Jay Lambert, James Metropole Produced for second season but never appeared in original broadcast
A blackout sketch about elevator manners. [3]

Award nominations[edit]

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."

Syndication[edit]

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,[vague] 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 the 30-minute format 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.

DVD releases[edit]

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 Episodes Release date Additional information
The Complete First Season 17 August 24, 2004
Season 2 61 November 11, 2008
  • Podcast commentaries, featuring Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
  • Audio commentaries, with Guillermo del Toro
  • Revisiting the Gallery: A Look Back
  • Art Gallery: The Paintings in "Rod Serling's Night Gallery"
  • NBC TV Promos
Season 3 20 April 10, 2012

See also[edit]

Similar series

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Night Gallery". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Skelton, Scott; Benson, Jim (1999). Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-2782-1. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y http://nightgallery.net/night-gallery-episode-guide/
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv Phillips, Mark & Garcia, Frank (1996). Science Fiction Television Series: Episode Guides, Histories, And Casts And Credits for 62 Prime-time Shows, 1959 Through 1989. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc.

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