23 November 2022

G-rated Night Gallery: the start of a list Part 1

Everyone’s a critic, and sometimes he’s a jerk about it.
Porridger’s Almanack (Breakfast of Ganglions)

Do what you want to, do what you will, just don’t mess up your neighbor’s thrill.
—Frank Zappa “The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing”

I have the pleasure of sending to a good friend my no-longer-needed DVDs of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery (as the glorious Blu-Ray editions for all three seasons have now arrived.)

It crosses my mind, as I am sharing these with a friend, that I need to be highly selective about sharing these with the missus (who has zero appetite for horror) hence this list—just a start and therefore subject to expansion—of episodes suitable for horror-averse viewers:

From the Pilot:

“Escape Route” (author: Serling) a fugitive Nazi in South America meets Karma.

From Season 1:

“The Housekeeper” (author: Matthew Howard) Larry Hagman seeks to “cure” a bad marriage.

“The House” (author: Serling) Joanne Pettet in her Night Gallery inaugural, a gentle ghost story.

“Lone Survivor” (author: Serling) Arguably something of a re-tread of a Twilight Zone story.

“They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar” (author: Serling) One of Serling’s hymns to nostalgia, and nominated for an Emmy.