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Rod Serling

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Even before “The Twilight Zone” cemented his iconic status, Serling had established himself as one of the medium’s most important — and busiest — scribes. More than 200 of Serling’s teleplays were produced during a 25-year career, including “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” his 1956 landmark installment of “Playhouse 90.”

Serling’s writing, which earned him six Emmys, explored moral and political themes in a way that rarely seemed preachy. “Twilight Zone” represented the peak of his accomplishments, managing to work layers of subtext into half-hours that would become (often) creepy classics.

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