Portraits: Rod Serling

10 Jul

SerlingPotraitI have to admit this was a long overdue and highly enjoyable subject.

Rod Serling stands out as one the great pioneers of television. An outstanding screenwriter/producer/ playwright whose used the science fiction/fantasy genre to tell stories of complex emotional depth and social weight. All the while subverting the censorship at the time. Not that this was his sole legacy, but one aspect that many of us hold strong bonds to.

My fondest memories are of my 11 year old self settling in to watch the Twilight Zone on TV 38 after midnights on hot summer days. Serling opened my world to the writings of Ray Bradbury and Richard Mattheson, as well as an incredible array of actors that appeared during the show’s run. I think this particlar interview sums up what I think Serling stood for and what television could be.

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