Rod Serling Archives
Scope of this finding aid
This finding aid covers only a portion of the Rod Serling Archives at Ithaca College. Due to scheduling requirements and general workloads, it was decided to describe and microfilm only the television scripts at this time. Some of the more recent television scripts have been omitted due to time constraints. The collection also includes movie scripts, scripts for stage plays, scripts for unproduced works, 16 mm films of productions, awards and other memorabilia, photographs and other manuscript materials. There are also published materials associated with the Archives including books, compact discs, laserdiscs and periodicals. These will be described in future finding aids.
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The series Twilight Zone was broadcast on CBS from October 1959 through June 1964. There were no new shows in the fall of 1962. When The Twilight Zone replaced another show in January 1963, it appeared in a one hour format. Other than this half season, the rest of the Twilight Zone was in a half hour format.
The scripts in this collection are from the personal collection of Rod and Carol Serling. In addition to mimeographed "final revisions," there are typescripts, handwritten notes and some photocopies. The various revisions reflect the development of the scripts as they moved toward production.
Script descriptions for the Twilight Zone are available.
Night Gallery. World Premiere Theater
This production was a two hour, 3 episode production. It is generally considered to be a pilot for Rod Serling's Night Gallery. It aired on November 8, 1969 on NBC. The episodes are titled "The Cemetery," "Eyes," and "Escape Route."
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery was broadcast on NBC from December 1970 until January 1973. It was an hour in length and normally consisted of three unrelated episodes or vignettes. Serling contributed thirty-three episodes over the 3 seasons of the show.
The Loner was a western series broadcast on CBS from September 1965 through February 1966. It was a Greenway Productions product. There were fourteen titled shows broadcast over 15 time slots (the last show was in two parts). Of those fourteen shows, thirteen are represented in the collection.
Script descriptions: The Loner
Various televisions series.Serling was a prolific writer for television. This part of the collection of television scripts represents his contributions to series beyond those under his control such as the Twilight Zone) or based on his ideas (such as Night Gallery). This collection spans the years 1952 to 1970 and includes some Serling's first works as a freelance writer (The Sergeant, I Lift My Lamp) as well as his Emmy award winning masterpieces such as a Requiem for a Heavyweight (written for Playhouse 90). Twenty-three series and 64 shows are represented here.
The series are:
- Armstrong Circle Theatre
- Bob Hope Presents Chrysler Theatre
- Center Stage
- Climax! Chrysler Theatre
- The Doctor
- Fireside Theatre
- Ford Theater
- General Electric Theatre
- Hallmark Hall of Fame
- Kaiser Aluminum Hour
- Kraft Television Theatre
- Lux Video Theatre
- Medallion Theatre
- Motorola TV Hour
- NBC Matinee Theatre
- Phillip Morris Playhouse
- Playhouse 90
- Studio One
- United States Steel Hour
- Xerox Special
No reproductions of materials in the Serling Archives are permitted without the specific written permission of the donor.
Publication of manuscript material requires the written permission of the donor.
Unpublished and unproduced materials are closed for general research. Special permission must be obtained from the donor in order to research this collection.
Production rights to the Twilight Zone episodes are managed by CBS.