The Night Gallery TV show was a horror series on NBC that ran for 60 minutes in its first two seasons and for 30 minutes in the third and final season. Each week Rod Serling would highlight a painting in his gallery of horror. That painting would lead the show into the episode of the week.
Night Gallery Host: Rod Serling
Night Gallery Opening Narrative
"Good evening. Please come in. These little "objet d'art" that you see surrounding me, you won't find in your average art museum, because these are unusual paintings and statuary that come to life or death, whatever the case may be. Because this is The Night Gallery."
Night Gallery Trivia
Night Gallery was originally supposed to be titled, "Wax Museum" but the name was changed before the first episode was broadcast.
The Night Gallery TV show was not a quicky, thrown together series. Rod Serling actually began working on it just a short time after his earlier series, "The Twilight Zone", went off the air. That was a full five and a half years before the TV pilot episodes of Night Gallery aired! His original idea was to update the Twilight Zone to a more modern series but Night Gallery ended out much less sci-fi and much more horror than the Twilight Zone.
Those often disturbing paintings that you saw on Night Gallery were painted by artist, "Tom Wright". The equally horrific sculptures in the museum were done by "Logan Elston" and "Phil Vanderlei".
In its first season, Night Gallery shared its time slot with three other series titled, "McCloud", "The Psychiatrist", and "San Francisco International Airport (aka: "SFX"). Together, the four series were titled, "Four-In-One". Night Gallery was so popular that it got its own time slot the following season. "Four-In-One" went on for several additional seasons dropping some shows each season and adding others. It actually spawned several decent series. Besides Night Gallery and McCloud, you might also have seen or heard of "Columbo", "McMillan and Wife", and "Quincy, M.E.". When Four-In-One ended, Quincy, M.E. even continued on for another three years in its own time slot and Columbo produced nine future TV movies!
There were two episodes of the Night Gallery TV show that were produced but were not broadcast. Their titles were: "Die Now, Pay Later" and "Room for One Less".
Rod Serling did hold other jobs before becoming the master of sci-fi and horror. Right after the end of World War II he tested experimental parachutes for the U.S. Army. No doubt a dangerous job but it did pay a whopping (in that day) $500 per jump!
In 1971, Night Gallery was nominated for an Emmy in the category, "Outstanding Single Program - Drama or Comedy" for the second segment of episode #6 titled, "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar". In 1972 it got another Emmy nomination in the category, "Outstanding Achievement in Makeup" for the first segment of episode #17, "Pickman's Model".
Episodes List With Original Air Dates
TV Pilot Episodes
The Cemetery / Eyes / The Monster Who Wanted To Be A Fisherman (11/8/1969)
1... The Housekeeper / The Dead Man (12/16/1970)
2... The Nature Of The Enemy / The Little Black Bag / Room With A View (12/23/1970)
3... The House / Certain Shadows On The Wall (12/30/1970)
4... Clean Kills And Other Trophies / Make Me Laugh (1/6/1971)
5... Lone Survivor / Pamela's Voice / The Doll (1/13/1971)
6... The Last Laurel / They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar (1/20/1971)
7... The Hand Of Borgus Weems / The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes / The Phantom
..... Of What Opera? / Miss Lovecraft Sent Me (9/15/1971)
8... Witches' Feast / The Class Of '99 / A Death In The Family / The Merciful (9/22/1971)
9... Since Aunt Ada Came To Stay / The Flip Side Of Satan / With Apologies To
..... Mr. Hyde (9/29/1971)
10. Junior / A Fear Of Spiders / The Academy / Marmalade Wine (10/6/1971)
11. The Phantom Farmhouse / Silent Snow, Secret Snow (10/20/1971)
12. A Question Of Fear / The Devil Is Not Mocked (10/27/1971)
13. Brenda / Midnight Never Ends (11/3/1971)
14. The Big Surprise / The Diary / Professor Peabody's Last Lecture / A Matter
..... Of Semantics (11/10/1971)
15. House - With Ghost / Midnight Visit To The Neighborhood Blood Bank / Hell's
..... Bells / Dr. Stringfellow's Rejuvenator (11/17/1971)
16. The Dark Boy / Keep In Touch - We'll Think Of Something (11/24/1971)
17. Pickman's Model / An Act Of Chivalry / The Dear Departed (12/1/1971)
18. Cool Air / Camera Obscura / Quoth The Raven (12/8/1971)
19. The Painted Mirror / The Messiah On Mott Street (12/15/1971)
20. Logoda's Heads / Tell David ... / The Different Ones (12/29/1971)
21. The Funeral / Green Fingers / The Tune In Dan's Cafe (1/5/1972)
22. A Feast Of Blood / Lindemann's Catch / The Late Mr. Peddington (1/12/1972)
23. The Miracle At Camefeo / The Ghost Of Sorworth Place (1/19/1972)
24. The Waiting Room / Last Rites For A Dead Druid (1/26/1972)
25. Stop Killing Me / Deliveries In The Rear / Dead Weight (2/9/1972)
26. I'll Never Leave You ... Ever / There Aren't Any More Macbanes (2/16/1972)
27. The Sins Of The Fathers / You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore (2/23/1972)
28. The Caterpillar / Little Girl Lost (3/1/1972)
29. Smile Please / Satisfaction Guaranteed (3/22/1972)
30. The Return Of The Sorcerer (9/24/1972)
31. The Girl With The Hungry Eyes (10/1/1972)
32. Rare Objects (10/22/1972)
33. Spectre In Tap Shoes (10/29/1972)
34. You Can Come Up Now, Mrs. Millikan (11/12/1972)
35. The Other Way Out (11/19/1972)
36. Fright Night (12/10/1972)
37. Finnegan's Flight (12/17/1972)
38. She'll Be Company For You (12/24/1972)
39. The Ring With The Red Velvet Ropes (1/7/1973)
40. Something In The Woodwork (1/14/1973)
41. Death On A Barge (3/6/1973)
42. Whisper (5/13/1973)
43. The Doll Of Death (5/20/1973)
44. Hatred Unto Death (5/27/1973)
45. How To Cure The Common Vampire (5/27/1973)
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