Night Gallery was creator Rod Serling's follow up to The Twilight Zone. Set in a shadowy museum, Serling would introduce each episode stood in front of a collection of dark, disturbing portraits which related to the stories that followed. Whilst The Twilight Zone dealt mainly with science fiction, Night Gallery saw Serling's unique vision focus upon tales of horror and suspense.
Included in this set is the original pilot featuring three stories starring, amongst others, Roddy McDowall, Joan Crawford and Tom Bosley. There then follows the complete first season (six episodes) and a bonus episode from both season 2 and 3. All in all you get twenty three stories ranging from the wonderful, Serling-scripted, 'They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar', to fillers such as the vampire spoof 'A Matter of Semantics'.
The cast list reads like a who's who of seventies television stars. Larry Hagman, Burgess Meredith, Diane Keaton, Bill Bixby, Al Lewis, John Carradine and the immortal Vincent Price are just a few of the familiar faces that feature. Two of the stories are directed by a young Steven Spielberg.
The picture and sound quality have both been restored to a very high standard. The only criticism I have is, like so many Universal Studio re-issues, the lack of any special features. Would it have been too much trouble to include interviews or commentaries with cast members and/or production staff?
Fans of Rod Serling and classic horror in general should thoroughly enjoy this collection. Whilst not of the same consistent high standard of The Twilight Zone, the majority of episodes are extremely entertaining and definitely worthy of repeated viewings.