American Masters: Season 10, Episode 1

Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval (29 Nov. 1995)

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The life and career of the renowned television writer and creator of the classic science fiction series, "The Twilight Zone."



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Herself - Narrator
Himself (archive footage)
Mitchell Greenberg ...
Rod Serling (voice)
Himself - Director
Himself - Actor
Fielder Cook ...
Himself - Director
Herself - Actress
Himself - Actor
Carol Serling ...
Herself - Wife of Rod Serling
Del Reisman ...
Himself - Story Editor, Playhouse 90 & The Twilight Zone
Himself - Actor
Martin Manulis ...
Himself - Producer, Playhouse 90
Loring Mandel ...
Himself - Writer
Robert J. Serling ...
Himself - Brother of Rod Serling
Himself - Actor


American Masters examines the life and work of television writer and producer Rod Serling. It focuses on his life and war experience, his early writing during the Golden Age of television drama, and his work writing and producing the popular fantasy series 'The Twilight Zone'. It also examines his later television and film work on 'Seven Days in May', 'The Loner', and 'The Night Gallery'. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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Very good documentary
10 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very good and interesting documentary on Rod Serling. It focuses on his early TV work on Playhouse 90 and most notably The Twilight Zone. There are many clips from the old TV shows and lots of talking heads discussing Serling--his work and personality. What comes across is a very complex man. He was (obviously) a fantastic writer who changed the course of TV but was riddled with self-doubt and insecurities. It also goes on about how he was constantly fighting with TV censors who did their best to tone down his work. It's a fascinating portrait of a pioneer of TV and a nice look at how TV was run in the 1950s. This is a must for Twilight Zone fans especially.

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