American Masters (1985– )
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Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval 

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


Susan Lacy


John F. Goff (as John Goff), Thomas Wagner


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Grant ... Herself - Narrator
Rod Serling ... Himself (archive footage)
Mitchell Greenberg Mitchell Greenberg ... Rod Serling (voice)
John Frankenheimer ... Himself - Director
Jack Klugman ... Himself - Actor
Fielder Cook Fielder Cook ... Himself - Director
Kim Hunter ... Herself - Actress
Richard Kiley ... Himself - Actor
Carol Serling Carol Serling ... Herself - Wife of Rod Serling
Del Reisman Del Reisman ... Himself - Story Editor, Playhouse 90 & The Twilight Zone
Jack Palance ... Himself - Actor
Martin Manulis Martin Manulis ... Himself - Producer, Playhouse 90
Loring Mandel Loring Mandel ... Himself - Writer
Robert J. Serling Robert J. Serling ... Himself - Brother of Rod Serling
Earl Holliman ... 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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29 November 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Must See For "Twilight Zone" Fans.
24 August 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Originally aired as a part of the "American Masters" series on PBS; I haven't seen much of that show, but this episode was included on "The Twilight Zone" DVD set on Season Five, so may be the most viewed installment as a result.

Takes a look at Rod's whole life, which was cut short at the age of 50. Rod Serling would become a fast-rising writer in Hollywood, who had many scripts adapted for live theater broadcasts, and he won many different awards, but of course will be remembered mostly for "The Twilight Zone". Many interviews are conducted, some with stars now deceased like John Frankenheimer and Jack Klugman, both of whom have interesting things to say. Worth a look.

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