Night Gallery was creator-host Rod Serling's follow-up to The Twilight Zone. Set in a shadowy museum of the outre, Serling weekly unveiled disturbing portraiture as preface to a highly diverse anthology of tales in the fantasy-horror vein. Bolstering Serling's thoughtful original dramas were adaptations of classic genre material--short stories by such luminaries as H. P. Lovecraft, Fritz Leiber, A.E. van Vogt, Algernon Blackwood, Conrad Aiken, Richard Matheson, August Derleth, and Christianna Brand. Variety of material brought with it a variety of tone, from the deadly serious to the tongue-in-cheek, stretching the television anthology concept to its very limits.
Overall, I think Night Gallery was a great show with a few major flaws. Part of what hurts the show's reputation is a matter of perception. It was significantly altered for syndication, including radically edited episodes of another completely unrelated show from 1972, called The Sixth Sense, which also had a supernatural/thriller bent. But this is far from being the ugly step sister to the master work that was the Twilight Zone - besides, with Serling flanked by all of those stylishly grotesque paintings he had to talk over every week, how could three seasons of Night Gallery be anything but an exotic, spine-tingling thrill?