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 ... Self - Narrator
Rod Serling ... Self (archive footage)
Mitchell Greenberg Mitchell Greenberg ... Rod Serling (voice)
John Frankenheimer ... Self - Director
Jack Klugman ... Self - Actor
Fielder Cook Fielder Cook ... Self - Director
Kim Hunter ... Self - Actress
Richard Kiley ... Self - Actor
Carol Serling ... Self - Wife of Rod Serling
Del Reisman Del Reisman ... Self - Story Editor, Playhouse 90 & The Twilight Zone
Jack Palance ... Self - Actor
Martin Manulis Martin Manulis ... Self - Producer, Playhouse 90
Loring Mandel ... Self - Writer
Robert J. Serling Robert J. Serling ... Self - Brother of Rod Serling
Earl Holliman ... Self - 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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Self - Daughter of Rod Serling: I think he was expressing himself, he was expressing a lot of his fears, a lot of his worries. Just a lot about himself. A wish to go back in time where things were a lot easier, quieter and calmer, the Tom sawyer type of place. So Writing was probably to him some sort of therapy, it really helped him work out a lot of unresolved pain that he might have had.
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"Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval" is another fine episode of "American Masters"
1 December 2008 | by tavmSee all my reviews

In preparation of watching a couple of Rod Serling's TV films on the internet, I thought I'd rewatch this "American Masters" episode on his life and career, especially of the show he is most famous for. Presented entirely in black-and-white, Lee Grant narrates the first and last segments while other passages taken from Serling quotes and writings are spoken by Mitch Greenberg in an uncanny impersonation of Rod. We also get photos of him at home, in Hollywood, in New York, as a paratrooper during World War II, and near the end of his life when he looks aged and maybe a little tired. Well chosen scenes of the show itself provide astute commentary on Serling's philosophy and attitude and show what a brilliant writer he really was. We also get scenes of his earlier TV successes, "Patterns" and "Requieum for the Heavyweight". Various actors, directors, producers, and other writers who worked on Serling's shows provide their own commentary on Rod and Mike Wallace gives his take on his interview with him just before "The Twilight Zone" premiered. The most poignant ones, however, come from widow Carol and his two daughters as well as surviving brother Robert. So if you're interested in a good documentary on the life and career of this vastly talented man, "Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval" is a fine place to start. P.S. I got a kick out of seeing clips of Serling's teleplay "The Velvet Alley" that featured future Odd Couple stars: original Broadway Felix Unger, Art Carney, talking to TV's Oscar Madison, Jack Klugman.

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