Night Gallery (1969-1973)

Mike Matei / October 8th, 2014

Today we look at a TV series, Night Gallery. Rod Serling’s sub-par followup to The Twilight Zone.


  • Sean Smith

    October 8, 2014 at 7:03 am


  • Rick

    October 8, 2014 at 7:05 am

    I’ve always been curious what you thought of this…

  • trik

    October 8, 2014 at 7:07 am

    oh yeah

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 8, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Twilight Zone is your favorite show right?

    • October 8, 2014 at 11:55 am

      It’s definitely mine. Also, if you like the original Twilight Zone, definitely check out the mid 80’s version! It’s not the original but its still super sweet!

  • October 8, 2014 at 7:16 am

    my grandma dated rod serling but didn’t think he would do anything with his life so dumped him… if only she had known he’d create the twilight zone when he was older lol.. bet she was kicking herself for dumping him..

  • Esa

    October 8, 2014 at 7:32 am

    At 1:21 that guy looks a bit similar to Jim Carrey on batman forever

  • October 8, 2014 at 8:42 am

    That first episode with the paintings is creepy. Certainly one of the best from the horror anthology TV shows. Also check out the pilot for Tales From the Dark Side.

    • October 8, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Best episodes that is. I agree with James, the series was a mixed bag at best.

      • October 8, 2014 at 9:22 am

        Eh, I think the series (at least in the first two seasons) had more hits than misses. Hell, even the 2-minute shorts that had a single joke on them were USUALLY good (“Miss Lovecraft Sent Me” notwithstanding). It’s only during season 3 where the stories got really dull, really stretched to fit a 30-minute run-time instead of multiple stories in an hour-long episode, and everything felt like it had run out of steam.

      • October 8, 2014 at 11:31 am

        Fair point!

  • October 8, 2014 at 8:47 am

    THANKS SO MUCH for posting this. I remembered the first story with the creepy paintings mainly because I remembered a butler named “Portifoy.” Seemed like an odd name when I was a kid. I saw this when I was about 5 or 6 but forgot it. I am a HUGE Roddy McDowell fan too. So glad to learn it was him in this story. And the late great Ossie Davis. AWESOME!!! Thanks for helping me remember this!

  • Claude Lilford

    October 8, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Hey linkara recommended this series too!
    Now I HAVE to see it.

  • Pablo1989

    October 8, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Alright then 🙂 Lets see what good(or maybe not) doctor had in his magic bag.

  • October 8, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Very cool.
    Since he always uses the Vincent Pryce laugh at the end, I wonder if he’s gonna review the Thriller music video. It’d be fitting to this year’s theme for Monster Madness.

  • SouL DraGooN

    October 8, 2014 at 11:30 am

    *Possible Spoilers!!!*

    Is “Eyes” the one where she only has like a day or so of vision, but the power goes out or something so she ends up walking in the dark not being able to see anyway and loses her vision right as the sun comes up in the morning?

    *End Spoilers*

    If so, saw that movie a long long time ago and still remember it to this day. This is like the 3rd or 4th time James has posted something I saw a long time ago and can finally put a name to the movie. Thanks!

  • erik37

    October 8, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Good one use to watch this show I think it was on nick at night when i was younger or some channel

  • October 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I enjoyed the subtle way you ended this episode. Good sense of humor.

  • .Michael Tocci

    October 8, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I personally really enjoy the show. While it is not as good as the Twilight Zone ( for reasons that James has stated), many of the episodes especially those written by Sterling are actually very very good. Check out the Night Gallery books written by Serling. They are prose short stories of Night Gallery episodes. In every case they are better than what appeared on the television. These books have recently been reprinted and are currently available on Amazon and in select bookstores. I recommend these books for any fans of Rod Serling’s writing or for those who are just coming to know his genius with the written word.

  • October 8, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Very interesting this time. I might follow your advice regarding the Night Gallery episodes…looks good.

  • October 8, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    James please review Saw and Dead Silence those movies are great

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 8, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Another informative review. It’s unfortunate that this series isn’t as good as The Twilight Zone, but thanks for pointing out some of the gems.

  • freakasaur

    October 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    We ALWAYS watch Monter Madness every October and we love it!!! Have you seen the Night Gallery episode entitled The Sin Eater? It is very good.

  • October 8, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Also please review the 2012 film Silent Night

  • Kreegath

    October 8, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    “They’re tearing down Tim Riley’s bar” is my favourite episode bar none, but it’s not a Halloween-themed episode so I guess it wouldn’t have a place in this video. Still, it’s a great watch!
    “Finnegan’s flight” is another great episode that stars Burgess Meredith. Very trippy, but well worth a watch.
    Also, “Professor Peabody’s last lecture” is pretty fun and definately for Halloween.

  • October 8, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this show! Another gem my mom introduced me to as a kid. My favorite episodes are Green Fingers, Whisper, The Waiting Room, and The Late Mr. Peddington (the ending of that is well-worth the watch).
    Roddy McDowell was also in a decent 70s horror movie called Legend of Hell House, by the way.:)

  • gazXgameXslave

    October 8, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Holy shit, my grandma used to tell us The Cemetery as a campfire story, I had no idea this is what it was from!

  • Don Skiver

    October 8, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    I always liked these anthology shows like “Twilight Zone”, “Outer Limits”, “Night Gallery”, “The Hitchiker”, “Tales from the Crypt”, “Amazing Stories”… They always had all kinds of big actors in small bit roles and really interesting stories.

  • TagaZok

    October 9, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Never knew that series ever existed … I must see this…thx James …years after years or monstres madness and you keep surprise me !!!!

  • Always_Last

    October 9, 2014 at 1:53 am

    watchd teh pilot ep.was bretty spooks

  • DrZaius

    October 9, 2014 at 2:49 am

    …This actually looks amazing. It sounds like the rest of the show isn’t as good, which is a shame, but the pilot sounds great.

  • Peter Crounse

    October 9, 2014 at 5:21 am

    I’d Love to see James review the new Godzilla movie. Much better, and faithful western release than the ’98 “Zilla” garbage.

  • rian fox

    October 9, 2014 at 5:28 am

    james……. you are a hot fart under the bed sheats…. i wanna eat it

    • rian fox

      October 9, 2014 at 5:29 am

      im pretty sure that IS how you spell sheets……sheats i meant

  • October 9, 2014 at 5:34 am

    not related, but did everybody hear how they’re ruining the ghostbusters? their doing a movie where an all the main ghostbusters characters are female/.. WTF? did they run out of ideas?

    • rian fox

      October 9, 2014 at 5:45 am

      movie makers have been running out of ideas since the early 00’s… everything is a remake that is basically an unwatchable version of shit you have seen done better in the 70’s…. whatever happened to practical fx?

      • rian fox

        October 9, 2014 at 5:54 am

        i.e. the new nightmare on elm st. has the gothest, lamest, weak ass shit cast (sorry goth chicks, I love you)… Rob Zombie is better off making movies of his own because those Halloween’s were o.k. on the big screen but hold no weight afterwards. The original has practically 0 gore and manages to be one of the most frightening sob’s around… the director/writer also composed some of the sweetest music for any movie, so memorable. Nowadays directors don’t even have ideas…

  • October 9, 2014 at 5:48 am

    “The Cemetery” looks to be inspired by both “Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook” and “The Mezzotint”, two short stories by Montague Rhodes James (1904). They both involve pieces of artwork that either bring some evil entity into our world (stalking us down) by owning it, or visually changing it’s appearance to show an event that once happened.

  • Griff

    October 9, 2014 at 6:49 am

    James, I disagree that only one episode of the TV series is worth watching, I remember they used to play reruns of Night Gallery on the Starz Encore channel in the early 2000’s and I remember quite a few episodes being worthwhile, one of which is also directed by Spielberg

  • October 9, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Night Gallery was not as good as Twilight Zone, but what is? I liked all the old anthology shows like Boris Karloff’s Thriller, Outer Limits, Tales from the Darkside.

  • October 9, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Fantastic review Mr. Nerd. Thanks for it.

  • October 9, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    VERY NICE to see Night Gallery gettin’ some love! (Can Kolchak be far behind?)

  • October 9, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I remember watching this years ago on Encore Mystery, It comes on METV now along with Thriller with Boris Karloff but I dont watch any of it.

  • low_tone1

    October 9, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    I have a collection of short stories written by Serling. His writing was definitely a strength on Twilight Zone. He was a master storyteller.

  • culwin

    October 9, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    You change the outro?

  • October 9, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    You should do a review of The “Twilight Zone (1986) TV Series” The first revival: I went from the first one to that expecting even though it was directed by different people it to be a more modern version with color and better writing, instead it’s way worse writing and so far I’m almost completely done watching Season 1: There was only 1 notable episode that would be worth recommending the rest are just so boring and stupid. Most of the stories are pretty poorly written I think that is the main problem with the series. I did like the movie though, even though they reused a script for one of the 3 episodes they had “John Lithgow” acting instead of the first that had “William Shatner” I thought John’s acting was good in a different way because of his own style of acting, but I rather liked the classic with William as well.

  • harrisrhcp

    October 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

    ¿You know what’s bullshit?
    Cinemassacre’s web video player!
    I fucking hate that damn thing, it’s allways something with it, it doesn’t load, it gets stucked or freezes, there are great web video players out there, Blip, youtube, my fucking butthole… But noo! we have to take shit from this stupid motherfucker player just because some asshole has some issue with youtube. What’s the deal with that? why do I have to pay for it? I know for a fact that you can make money with youtube, I don’t know if more money that with this piece of shit but I would guess so, you can get a lot of more of plays in the page that saw you became a hit, without fucking youtube cinemassacre wouldn’t be what it is now, but they just let the fucking leftovers for there, FUCKING HATE THIS PIECE OF SHIT! I cannot watch as a playlist, I have to be clicking like a fucking moron everytime, fuck this shit, I’m out of here, I’m gonna watch whatever is availible in youtube even if is not in the official channel, I rather watch fuckin Nostalgia Critic “let’s play” than deal with this player one more time

  • skwij

    October 10, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Pretty cool. Thanks!

  • Sandeval

    October 11, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I LOVED watching re-runs of “Night Gallery” as a kid!

  • penpan

    October 11, 2014 at 10:13 am

    What an interesting pilot! I definately want to check it out.

  • October 12, 2014 at 7:40 am

    That pilot episode shows really nice i will try to search it.

  • ZomboCombo

    October 13, 2014 at 2:09 am

    “The Little Black Bag” is great.

    Maybe you should review Tales from the Darkside, as I hear they’re doing a revival of that show.

  • Mega-Gojira

    October 13, 2014 at 9:20 pm


  • October 30, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    No. Wrong. NG was a superior tv series. It was different from TZ – they had different objectives. It has perhaps a half-dozen duds, but TZ had more episodes that didn’t cut it. NG was innovative television, and its popularity today and in the past shows in its massive syndication.

  • August 21, 2015 at 2:16 am

    OMG! Joan Crawford and Steven Spielberg made a movie together, let alone a horror movie?!? One of my favorite actresses and directors! I gotta check this out!

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