Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
When I grew up in the Midwest, television was analog broadcast only, in VHF and UHF. There were five stations that had mostly clear pictures except during thunderstorms, and each signed off every night with a color test pattern and a high pitched whine. Saturday nights on one of the independents - Channel 11 maybe? - were the best. That's when it showed black and white reruns of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" followed by "The Twilight Zone" before a special late 1 am sign off. Seeing the outline of Sir Alfred was always a thrill, although the stories weren't always great. "The Twilight Zone" never disappointed, though, from the eerie music to the cigarette-smoking Rod Serling.
The Audible plays in "The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas Volume I" are modern reimaginings of the actual shows I watched so many years ago. The scripts are fairly close to the original television broadcasts, but have sound effects and additional dialog that's needed to set the scene by audio only. There are also a few modern references sprinkled in that explain older technology - Richard Matheson's "Night Call" (1961), adeptly narrated by Marriette Hartley, wouldn't have worked without explaining telephone land lines.
These radio plays were made with the cooperation of the late Carol Serling, Rod Serling's wife, but Rod Serling's voice wasn't used as narrator. Instead, Stacy Keach, Jr. narrated. That was a nice complement to Rod Serling's "The Lateness of the Hour" (original, 1960) starring Jane Seymour and her then-husband, James Keach, Stacy Keach's brother.
I really enjoyed Blair Underwood in Serling's "The Thirty Fathom Grave" (original 1963). Christopher McDonald did fine in the famous Christmas Eve tale, "The Night of the Meek", but for me, Art Carney will always be the department store Santa with grime on the fur trim of his worn suit, carrying a bottle in one hand and dragging a forlornly empty bag in the other.
These radio plays were a scary good listen.
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