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« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2011, 04:57:51 PM »

Sure you can add more than one. Why not? Personally I hope we go over 100 but I'm not sure there are that many.

14) The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985-1992): I loved watching this in my teen years. It helped it generally played in a slot near other sci-fi/fantasy shows. It adapted Ray Bradbury's stories to the screen, mostly his short stories and usually it was pretty well done and managed to well capture the spirit of his stories. Some episodes of the low budget series also boasted some name stars with William Shatner, Jeff Goldblum, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Macnee, Nick Mancuso, James Coco, Leslie Nielsen appearing in select stories.


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« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2011, 07:05:02 PM »

Yeah, 100 is probably an impossibility, but 50 may be doable.

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15) AMAZING STORIES.
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« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2011, 07:23:18 PM »

16.)Night Visions (2001)
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Night Visions only lasted for a year before fox canceled it, but it was definitely one of the better anthology shows. Hosted by Henry Rollins.
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« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2011, 07:40:36 PM »

17. Night Galley

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« Reply #19 on: September 21, 2011, 07:57:02 PM »



I already entered Night Gallery, but you posted the amazing opening intro, so good on ya.

Night Gallery was an interesting show. Not particularly successful, but I remember it as a kid and the show had a very creepy atmosphere. The show was actually part of what was known as a wheel series called Four In One, which was a weekely show consisting of rotating episodes of four different shows, including McCloud, SFX, and The Psychiatrist. McCloud was the only show in that wheel series that enjoyed a good deal of success. Night Gallery was the only anthology show in that rotation.
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« Reply #20 on: September 21, 2011, 08:33:59 PM »

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Make 17) Tales of Tomorrow

An ambitious 1951-1953 ABC series that was performed live and featured several adaptations of stories later done more famously on The Twilight Zone. Probably best remembered for a live version of Frankenstein starring Lon Chaney as the Monster. Chaney was reportedly a bit tipsy and thought the live broadcast was a rehearsal. In one scene he famously growls, picks up a chair to smash it, and gingerly puts it back down.

Here's a link to probably their best and most ambitious episode titled The Window, an amazing example of experimental surreal early LIVE television. Even the guy who regularly does the commercials gets in on the fun. Don't be fooled by the fake title The Lost Planet.

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« Reply #21 on: September 21, 2011, 09:05:56 PM »

I thought "The Window" was brilliant! Tales of Tomorrow was sometimes surprisingly very good for a live series.
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« Reply #22 on: September 21, 2011, 10:15:35 PM »




18.  One Step Beyond 1959-1961
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« Reply #23 on: September 22, 2011, 09:32:00 PM »

19. Lights Out (1946-1952): One of the earliest, perhaps the earliest? anthology series for sure, a radio show moved to TV featuring a narrator who creepily introduced each other blowing out a candle while eerily announcing "Lights Out!". There were a lot of name stars or would be name stars doing what was then I do believe a live show every week.

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« Reply #24 on: September 24, 2011, 05:14:35 PM »

20. The Hitchhiker (1983-1991): Fictional thriller tales as told by a mysterious hitchhiker usually with a moral lesson to be learned.

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« Reply #25 on: September 24, 2011, 06:57:17 PM »

21. Suspense (1949-1954)

Based on the classic radio series (which ran into the 1960s!) this live anthology series featured current and upcoming stars (Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Leslie Nielsen, Eva Gabor, and Lloyd Bridges were among a few) in tales calculated to keep you in SUSPENSE!

Featuring music by Bernard Herrmann and those great Auto-Lite commercials.

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Like most early series only a handful of the 300 or so episodes still exist.
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« Reply #26 on: September 24, 2011, 09:39:20 PM »

22. Four Star Playhouse (1952-1956): This show featured four main stars revolving as stars in episodes that dealt with everything from comedy to drama to thrillers. Each story was different. The four main stars were Charles Boyer, Dick Powell, Ida Lupino and David Niven.

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« Reply #27 on: September 24, 2011, 09:59:13 PM »

23. The New Twilight Zone (1985-1989).
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« Reply #28 on: September 25, 2011, 07:52:16 PM »

24) The Outer Limits (1995-2002): the 90s Outer Limits series was arguably closer to the Twilight Zone but it still had its great episodes and stories here and there with a moral lesson of some sort usually being learned from every story.

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« Reply #29 on: September 27, 2011, 10:39:43 PM »

25) The Star and the Story (1955-1956): This 1950s anthology series, sponsored by Rheingold Beer and also known as  "The Rheingold Theatre", featured different stars of the era including the likes of Henry Fonda, Peter Lorre, Frank Lovejoy, Howard Duff, Edmond O' Brien usually whoever was the star also played host on that episode of the series. Many of the stories were crime-related, some were psychological thrillers but really any type of story could end up getting told.

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