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American Roman Catholic religious-themed anthology shedding light on the contemporary search for meaning, freedom, and love.




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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 9 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




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Ellwood Kieser Ellwood Kieser ...  Self - Host 209 episodes, 1960-1984


American Roman Catholic religious-themed anthology shedding light on the contemporary search for meaning, freedom, and love.

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Paulist Productions, the company behind Insight, kept all of the master tapes of the show in the basement of their offices at 17575 Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades. This was the oceanfront property where, in 1935, screen star Thelma Todd was found in the garage, slumped over the steering wheel of her convertible, dead at age thirty from carbon monoxide poisoning that was ruled accidental but which many suspected was a homicide, with even her lover, the owner of the property, producer Roland West, being suspected. Built in the 1920s, the 15,000 square-foot landmark, a Spanish-Moorish three-level structure near the Santa Monica Pier, was later sold to Paulist Productions after West died in 1952. It was sold to them at a fraction of market cost by West's widow, singer and actress Lola Lane, who, after West's death, had converted to Catholism and admired Insight's creator and producer, Paulist priest Father Ellwood Kieser. The basement area where the tapes were stored was once a speakeasy club and alleged mobster hangout. UCLA has undergone preservation efforts to restore the approximately 450 reels of tape found there. The irony of the site of Todd's scandalous death as the office for a religious production company was not lost on Father Kieser, who told a reporter that the Paulists "exorcised the place before we moved in," and that his screening room was once the "nightclub's men's bathroom." See more »


The series was produced in the United States, and nearly all of its episodes were set there, but the animated opening credits show cars driving on the left-hand side of the road. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: I Accuse My Parents (1993) See more »

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Also see: This is the Life...
23 April 2007 | by shango7200See all my reviews

"Insight" and "This is the Life" were two of TV's great "Hangover Morning" shows if you came home all messed up from Saturday night partying.....stark, creepy and presented like play filmed in a church auditorium. Big stars must have done this show for personal reasons--not for the paycheck--this was a very cheaply produced show! Yes, with all the CRAP on DVD , this needs to be seen!

Lloyd Bridges was on it way too much though. Deborah Winters was a teen actress who was in one LSD episode. She was great, and this lead to her teen trauma feature film; "The People Next Door"--which almost looked like the feature length version of "Insight" !

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2 October 1960 (USA) See more »

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Paulist Productions See more »
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(250 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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