Besides being a talented actress, Jodi Serling is also a writer and has worked on a number of films and television shows. Her writing credits include the Twilight Zone and Fantasy Park.
‘The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street’
During the first season of The Twilight Zone, the 22nd episode, “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” aired on March 4, 1960. It was written by Rod Serling and directed by Ron Winston. It was adapted into a radio play and later a graphic novel.
The episode is about the power of fear and paranoia. It is a classic Twilight Zone episode that has been remade in television, as part of a 2003 reboot. The episode is about the fear of “the other” and how humans are affected by it.
“The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” was Serling’s commentary on the political movement of the day. In 1960, Wisconsin senator Joseph McCarthy was leading a witch hunt against people who were suspected of being communists. Serling’s episode is about how fear of “the other” is a real problem for society.
The episode depicts the specter of mob rule in suburbia. It is one of many Twilight Zone episodes that deal with mob rule.
‘The Twilight Zone Archives’
‘The Twilight Zone Archives’ does not claim to be a licensed product from CBS. Instead, they offer a number of cards from the ‘Rod Serling Edition’ portfolio print series and an exclusive promotion card. These are not the usual card sets, but they are sure to please Twilight Zone fans.
The Twilight Zone Archives Trading Cards – 2020 Edition features 64 Twilight Zone Episode Portfolio Prints cards as well as one inscribed card and two randomly assorted Autograph cards. There is also a three card Chase Set titled ‘Rod Serling’ and a nine card chase set titled ‘Stars’. In addition, there is a blooper reel and a copy of Rod Serling’s script. The company even goes so far as to provide a ‘Twilight Zone’ t-shirt for each box purchased.
The most important item of all, however, is the “Twilight Zone” base card. It is a ‘portfolio print’ card that features artwork from Juan Ortiz. ‘The Twilight Zone’ was a popular television series in the late 1950s and early 1960s, but it hasn’t been on the air since 2006. This set is a great addition to the collection of any fan of the show.
‘Filming the Fifth Dimension’
During the early days of television, Serling worked primarily in the radio and television mediums. He also made occasional acting appearances.
Serling was a member of the debate team in high school. He also served in the military during World War II. He received several military decorations for his service. He also served as a police officer in the Philippines. He was also awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He also wrote nearly 100 episodes of The Twilight Zone.
Serling was an avid tennis player. He also made numerous appearances in television commercials. His writing mostly dealt with war and politics. He also wrote sixteen nonfiction books. He also wrote eight novels. His first significant work was “Patterns.” It featured two executives in different stages of their lives. It gave Serling his first Emmy Award.
Rod Serling was married to Carolyn Louise Kramer from 1948 until Serling’s death. They had two daughters. They lived in Pacific Palisades, California.
During his career, Rod Serling voiced several projects. His wife Carol Serling helped to establish the Rod Serling Archives at Ithaca College. She also served as a supervising producer for Twilight Zone: Rod Serling’s Lost Classics. She is also the executive producer of the current CBS All Access revival. She died on January 15, 2020 at the age of 90. Survivors include her daughters Anne and Jodi. She also served on the Ithaca College Board of Trustees for nearly two decades.
After graduating from Binghamton Central High School in 1943, Serling enlisted in the Army. He was discharged in 1946. He took odd jobs in radio stations in Ohio and New York. In 1947, he took a paid internship at WNYC in New York. He later worked at WLW radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Serling was interested in thrillers and horror shows. He was inspired by the radio playwright Norman Corwin. He began submitting his ideas to publishers. He eventually sold some of his scripts to Crosley Broadcasting Corporation, which sold them to local stations around the United States. He later wrote several scripts for Lux Video Theater and Kraft Television Theatre.