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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"Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval" is another fine episode of "American Masters"
1 December 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In preparation of watching a couple of Rod Serling's TV films on the internet, I thought I'd rewatch this "American Masters" episode on his life and career, especially of the show he is most famous for. Presented entirely in black-and-white, Lee Grant narrates the first and last segments while other passages taken from Serling quotes and writings are spoken by Mitch Greenberg in an uncanny impersonation of Rod. We also get photos of him at home, in Hollywood, in New York, as a paratrooper during World War II, and near the end of his life when he looks aged and maybe a little tired. Well chosen scenes of the show itself provide astute commentary on Serling's philosophy and attitude and show what a brilliant writer he really was. We also get scenes of his earlier TV successes, "Patterns" and "Requieum for the Heavyweight". Various actors, directors, producers, and other writers who worked on Serling's shows provide their own commentary on Rod and Mike Wallace gives his take on his interview with him just before "The Twilight Zone" premiered. The most poignant ones, however, come from widow Carol and his two daughters as well as surviving brother Robert. So if you're interested in a good documentary on the life and career of this vastly talented man, "Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval" is a fine place to start. P.S. I got a kick out of seeing clips of Serling's teleplay "The Velvet Alley" that featured future Odd Couple stars: original Broadway Felix Unger, Art Carney, talking to TV's Oscar Madison, Jack Klugman.

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