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Mount Rushmore of Nerdom: Rod Serling

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His most well-known work is the TV series that began in 1959, The Twilight Zone.  In a time when most science fiction for the screen were campy, hacked out B-movies, Rod Serling put thought into the 92 scripts he wrote for the series.  Modeling intelligent science fiction for the screen, Serling's series was critically successful and showed those who followed him how it could be done. Without Serling, there would be no Star Trek.  And the importance of complex storytelling on half hour and hour long TV has been ever present (albeit not actually appearing as often as we'd like at times).

Painting by William S. Wiist

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