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October 2 in Sci-Fi History: Television gets scary

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Oct 2, 2017

Two pretty big television shows premiered on this day in Sci-Fi History, and they're adjacent in a way that's either a freaky coincidence or the work of some smarty-pants TV executives.

In 1955, Alfred Hitchcock Presents premiered on CBS.

 

Hitchcock would come out and tell you a little story that was usually funny, which was followed by a drama or thriller or mystery.

 

Turns out in a lot of Hitch's stories the bad guy gets away with it, so often that he’d come out at the end and explain that the crooks were eventually caught. Because … TV morality. The show ran from 1955-1965 but bounced back and forth between CBS and NBC.

In the midst of that, on this day in 1959, The Twilight Zone premiered.

 

We're huge fans around here. We even run a blog dedicated to this entirely.

 

Sidebar: In looking into all this, we came across this weird thing: Rod Serling selling the show to advertising execs. He addresses them as "gentlemen." It's kind of bonkers.

 

Shows like these come and go, but these two gave birth to a form that led to later anthology series such as Amazing Stories and Black Mirror. Honestly, keep 'em coming.

Tomorrow: Captain Kangaroo and Cersei Lannister.

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