The BEST Episodes of Night Gallery

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 12, 2021

Network: NBC

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.

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The Caterpillar

#1 - The Caterpillar

Season 2 - Episode 60 - Aired Mar 1, 1972

A bored colonial on a Malaysian plantation employs an exotic accomplice--an earwig--in his gruesome plot to assassinate a romantic rival.

star 8.27
22 votes
Writers: Rod Serling
The Messiah on Mott Street

#2 - The Messiah on Mott Street

Season 2 - Episode 38 - Aired Dec 15, 1971

Desperate to stay alive for the sake of his nine-year-old grandson, an elderly, near-penniless Jew on the brink of death pins his hopes for salvation on the coming of the Messiah.

star 7.89
19 votes
Directors: Don Taylor
Writers: Rod Serling
Cool Air

#3 - Cool Air

Season 2 - Episode 35 - Aired Dec 8, 1971

A haunting love story of a young woman and her late father's colleague, a man clinging desperately to life in a refrigerated apartment.

star 7.89
18 votes
Writers: Rod Serling
The Cemetery

#4 - The Cemetery

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 8, 1969

A black-sheep nephew murders his ailing uncle for the inheritance only to find some disturbing changes in the old man's painting of the family graveyard.

star 7.75
179 votes
Directors: Boris Sagal
Writers: Rod Serling
Tell David...

#5 - Tell David...

Season 2 - Episode 41 - Aired Dec 29, 1971

A chance encounter with a strange couple convinces a young woman that she has had a glimpse of the future.

star 7.71
17 votes
Writers: Gerald Sanford
The Painted Mirror

#6 - The Painted Mirror

Season 2 - Episode 39 - Aired Dec 15, 1971

A mirror reflecting an alien landscape figures in an antique dealer's scheme to rid himself of a hateful business partner.

star 7.67
18 votes
Writers: Gene Kearney
Midnight Never Ends

#7 - Midnight Never Ends

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Nov 3, 1971

A motorist and a marine hitchhiker experience an uncanny sensation that they've shared previous experiences.

star 7.57
23 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Rod Serling
A Question of Fear

#8 - A Question of Fear

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Oct 27, 1971

An intrepid mercenary accepts a $15,000 bet to stay overnight in a haunted house.

star 7.56
25 votes
Writers: Theodore J. Flicker
You Can't Get Help like That Anymore

#9 - You Can't Get Help like That Anymore

Season 2 - Episode 59 - Aired Feb 23, 1972

An abusive couple find that their latest robot maid is developing survival instincts.

star 7.56
18 votes
Directors: Jeff Corey
Writers: Rod Serling
Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay

#10 - Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 29, 1971

A college professor suspects that his visiting aunt is an ancient witch--with designs on inhabiting his wife's body.

star 7.39
31 votes
Writers: Alvin Sapinsley
The Housekeeper

#11 - The Housekeeper

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 16, 1970

A dabbler in black magic schemes to switch his rich wife's cold persona for a warm, loving soul.

star 7.37
96 votes
Writers: Douglas Heyes
You Can Come Up Now, Mrs. Millikan

#12 - You Can Come Up Now, Mrs. Millikan

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 12, 1972

A bungling inventor and his forgetful wife pool their ineptitude for an experiment in immortality.

star 7.35
26 votes
Directors: John Badham
Writers: Rod Serling
The Merciful

#13 - The Merciful

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 22, 1971

Bricks and mortar figure in a wife's plan to end her husband's suffering.

star 7.33
27 votes
Writers: Jack Laird
Deliveries in the Rear

#14 - Deliveries in the Rear

Season 2 - Episode 53 - Aired Feb 9, 1972

A ghastly shocker about a surgery instructor unconcerned about the source of his cadavers.

star 7.31
16 votes
Directors: Jeff Corey
Writers: Rod Serling
There Aren't Any More MacBanes

#15 - There Aren't Any More MacBanes

Season 2 - Episode 57 - Aired Feb 16, 1972

A sorcery student invokes an ancient spirit to rid himself of a bothersome uncle.

star 7.29
17 votes
Writers: Alvin Sapinsley
Little Girl Lost

#16 - Little Girl Lost

Season 2 - Episode 61 - Aired Mar 1, 1972

Military strategists unwittingly plant the seeds of the apocalypse when they humor a scientific genius unbalanced by his daughter's death.

star 7.29
17 votes
Writers: Stanford Whitmore
The Little Black Bag

#17 - The Little Black Bag

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 23, 1970

Miraculous healing--and abrupt tragedy--result when a 21st century medical bag falls into the hands of a discredited 20th century doctor.

star 7.29
45 votes
Writers: Rod Serling
The Diary

#18 - The Diary

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Nov 10, 1971

A vicious gossip columnist receives a gift diary that appears to write its own fearful entries--before the events occur.

star 7.29
21 votes
Directors: William Hale
Writers: Rod Serling
They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar

#19 - They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 20, 1971

A has-been salesman is haunted by phantoms from a happier past.

star 7.28
32 votes
Directors: Don Taylor
Writers: Rod Serling
Lone Survivor

#20 - Lone Survivor

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 13, 1971

A passing ship rescues an unconscious man in a lifeboat labeled ""Titanic""--three years after the liner sank.

star 7.27
41 votes
Directors: Gene Levitt
Writers: Rod Serling
The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes

#21 - The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 15, 1971

A phenomenally successful young seer suddenly refuses to make further predictions.

star 7.25
72 votes
Writers: Rod Serling
Eyes

#22 - Eyes

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 8, 1969

Seeking a living donor for an experimental transplant operation, a wealthy blind woman cons a desperate bookie into sacrificing his eyes.

star 7.20
136 votes
Writers: Rod Serling
The Dead Man

#23 - The Dead Man

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 16, 1970

An experiment in hypnosis leads to a terrifying conclusion when a physician attempts to revive his subject from death.

star 7.20
96 votes
Writers: Douglas Heyes
Phantom of What Opera?

#24 - Phantom of What Opera?

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 15, 1971

The Phantom of the Opera gets the shock of his life when he menaces a beautiful young singer.

star 7.15
55 votes
Directors: Gene Kearney
Writers: Gene Kearney
Camera Obscura

#25 - Camera Obscura

Season 2 - Episode 36 - Aired Dec 8, 1971

A heartless moneylender gets his just desserts with the help of a client's unusual telescopic device.

star 7.12
16 votes
Writers: Rod Serling