In his follow-up to "The Twilight Zone," series creator Rod Serling narrated an anthology of fantasy, horror and sci-fi stories from a set resembling a macabre museum. Each week, Serling presented audiences with a chilling work of art, which served as the connective link between that episode's three stories. A third of the segments were scripted by Serling, while the remainder were usually adaptations of classic genre material, based on the work of writers like H.P. Lovecraft, Fritz Leiber and Conrad Aiken.
"Night Gallery" was introduced as a made-for-TV movie, which aired on November 8, 1969, and included the directorial debut of Steven Spielberg. Written by Serling, Spielberg's segment, "Eyes," starred Joan Crawford, in one of her last performances, as a wealthy blind woman who will stop at nothing to buy the eyes of a man, played by Tom Bosley of later "Happy Days" fame.
The series was picked up for the 1970-1971 season, and although only six hour-long episodes were presented, "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar" was Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Single Program. The second season of "Night Gallery" was expanded to 22 episodes, and although the series won its best ratings in the third season and began planting the seeds of a rabid cult following, only 15 episodes were aired before it was cancelled.