A few things you may not know about Rod Serling‘s popular success “The Twilight Zone“:
Rod Serling liked the sound of the term Twilight Zone and though he had come up with it. In fact the term was used by Air Force pilots as they crossed the day/night sides of the world.
When Rod Sterling told any viewer interested to send in a script he received over 14,00 of them. He read about one quarter of these scripts. Unfortunately only two were any good and they did not fit the show’s format so couldn’t be used.
In one episode slot machines were used. At the time they were illegal in California so they had to be obtained from the LAPD impound lot. A policeman was on the set at all times to make sure these machines didn’t leave the set for some illegal action.
Another episode featured melting artwork. This was done by painting the picture on a hot plate and then turning on the hotplate.
The only episode title containing all the letters of the name Rod Serling was “Mr. Dingle, The Strong’
In the May 30, 2004 issue of TV Guides list of 25 Top Cult Shows Ever “The Twilight Zone” ranked as #3
In the August 1, 2004 issue of TV Guide the list of the 25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends ranked Rod Sterling #1
An extremely nervous actress and singer auditioned for a role in series 5 “Come Wander With Me.’ The producer rejected her but remembers thinking “I’ll probably kick myself. She’ll be a big star”. The young lady was Liza Minnelli.
In Lou’s sidewalk toy display in series 1 “One for the Angels” the centerpiece of a wind-up Robbie the Robot came from the “Forbidden Planet” film.
The day their original episodes aired Beth Arte Johnson (The Whole Truth) and Emily McLaughlin (The Jungle) celebrated their birthdays
On October 2, 1959 Earl Hollman starred in the debut episode “Where Is Everybody”. He starred in the debut episode of his own series “Hotel De Paree” on the same network earlier that same evening.
There was a comic book version of the Twilight Zone series hosted by an artistic image of Rod Sterling which ran long after his death.
The post office issued twenty commemorative postage stamps in August 2009 honoring USA early TV shows. On the stamp honoring “The Twilight Zone is a picture of Rod Serling its creator, narrator and host.
Each of The Twilight Zone episodes was a complete short story that stood by itself. The episodes covered everything from politics of the 50s and 60s to wars to social issues. The programs have been used for teaching film techniques in both high schools and colleges.