THE TWILIGHT ZONE: The Complete Definitive Collection is one great set of DVDs!
Not only are all five seasons presented uncut but each show ends with host and creator Rod Serling introducing next week’s episode (never seen in syndication to my knowledge) and either a PSA or a promo for another concurrent CBS TV series.
Such promos have included “Wanted Dead or Alive”, “The Danny Thomas Show”, “The Ed Sullivan Show” (narrated by Ed Sullivan himself) and “Gunsmoke”, similarly narrated by series star James Arness.
Fittingly, the “Gunsmoke” promo followed the Season 3 TZ episode “The Grave”, a journey into the Wild-Western-Weird that starred, among others, Lee Marvin, Strother Martin, Lee Van Cleef, and Stafford Repp (…sans his “Chief O’Hara” Irish accent).
Less fittingly – somewhat jarring, actually – was the narration provided by Mr. Arness for this promo:
“This is James Arness. You know, it’s only a short hop from THE TWILIGHT ZONE to Dodge City and GUNSMOKE… Saturday nights over most of these stations!”
I’ve watched a lot of TWILIGHT ZONE and a fair amount of GUNSMOKE over the years… and never once did I consider them separated by “only a short hop”!
Guess I must have missed the one where Marshall Dillon wishes the Bad Guy into the Cornfield!
“You’re a BAD MAN! You’re a VERY BAD MAN!” (POOF!)
Hmmm… Could that be what happened to Dennis Weaver’s “Deputy Chester Goode”?