Somebody asked me the other day if this means that I’m going to be a meek conformist and my answer is no, I’m just acting a role of a tired non-conformist. And I don’t want to fight anymore. I don’t want to have to battle sponsors and agencies. I don’t want to have to push for something I want and have to settle for second best. I don’t want to have to compromise all the time. Which is in essence what the television writer does if he wants to put on controversial themes.
I stay in television because I think it’s very possible to perform a function of providing adult, meaningful, exciting, challenging drama without dealing in controversy necessarily.
I think it’s criminal that we’re not permitted to make dramatic note of social evils as they exist, of controversial themes as they are inherent in our society. I think it’s ridiculous that drama, which by its very nature should make a comment on those things that affect our daily lives is in the position, at least in terms of television drama, of not being able to take this stand.
Rod Serling is the fucking best. The best. There’s no better.
After previously getting into a lot of controversy with past television writing, Serling totally underplays the social criticism he had in store for The Twilight Zone, hiding it under the guise of science-fiction and fantasy. A true subversive.