Looking Back At "Night Gallery"

“Night Gallery” was an American anthology series that aired on NBC from 1969 to 1973, featuring stories of horror and the macabre.

It was only in the last few years that I found out about this show and It irritates me that I didn’t discovered it sooner.

Upon finding out about this and being a lover of “Twilight Zone” I figured It’d be worth a watch, what I wasn’t expecting was to once again be blown away by something that involved our host and writer Rod Serling.

The stories themselves are highly entertaining and the setup, though very familiar by now, is just perfect. It establishes itself quickly and creates the atmosphere needed for each story.

This was something Rod Serling was great at, he’d set you up for the story ahead and you’d get a sense of what was going on but his voice also had a way of instilling a chill up your spine yet comforting all at the same time.

These conflicting emotions you felt, whether it was done on purpose or not, surrenders you to the story and whether you’re feeling anxious, laughing or following the drama, it’s down to that entire set up.

The concept is something that I adored, and and still do actually, the art representing and introducing each story.┬áIn fact it was Thomas J. Wright who painted all of the paintings that were used, a man with many talents, he’s also a director, producer and more.

I bet those paintings are worth a bit of money now, I know I wouldn’t mind a few of them on my walls. There were some absolutely beautiful pieces and they represented each story so well that they became part of it.

The show first aired five years after “The Twilight Zone” finished, apparently Rod Serling had originally conceived of a show like “Night Gallery” when he was still working on “The Twilight Zone”. He originally wanted to change the stories for the final season from fantasy to horror.

CBS refused to agree to it and unfortunately for Serling, on “Night Gallery” he didn’t have the same control over the programme like he did on “Twilight Zone”, as he was just the host and occasional story contributor.

Serling was said to frequently clash with the show’s producers over the quality of stories shown on the programme. Sure they weren’t all great but in all honesty, neither was every episode of “The Twilight Zone”.

I feel like this show gets overshadowed by “The Twilight Zone” which is a shame as it could easily stand on it’s own, it has some great stories, amazing actors and a ton of charm that you can’t help but love it.

I urge you to hunt down the “Night Gallery” releases and give them a watch, it’s certainly a show that in my opinion deserves more credit.

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