March 4, 2013

Great Americans: Rod Serling and His Pitch for The Twilight Zone


"So gentlemen, please sit back and enjoy your first trip into The Twilight Zone.... [Serling vanishes] ... See what I mean? And this is nothing compared to the way jars of Instant Sanka will be disappearing off of grocery shelves come this fall."

Watch The Twilight Zone‘s 1959 Pilot Episode, Pitched by Rod Serling Himself for the first eight minutes.

“You gentlemen, of course, know how to push a product. My presence here is for much the same purpose: simply to push a product. To acquaint you with an entertainment product which we hope, and which we rather expect, would make your product-pushing that much easier. What you’re about to see, gentlemen, is a series called The Twilight Zone. We think it’s a rather special kind of series.”

Sidenote: Check the wide pan shot at 15:23 for an early appearance of Courthouse Square as seen in the Back to the Future series.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 4, 2013 11:55 AM
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Wow, Serling speaks like a literate man. Where did all the literate people go?

Posted by: chuck at March 4, 2013 6:35 PM

The best part is not remembering ever watching this episode, and seeing it for the first time. Now I have to go make my self some instant coffee...

Posted by: StephenB at March 4, 2013 7:37 PM

My favorite TV series of all time.

Posted by: Skorpion at March 4, 2013 9:25 PM

Can anyone tell me what's with the tension in his upper lip when he speaks? It looks really weird.

Posted by: pdwalker at March 5, 2013 8:48 AM

pdwalker, I noticed that also. It has always been there but it seemed more noticeable in this video. It almost looked like he wasn't moving his jaw when he spoke, just his lips.

Posted by: Potsie at March 5, 2013 1:10 PM