I have only seen parts of them almost 35 years ago, reruns during the late night Fridays and Saturdays when nothing else on. I vaguely remember parts of them, or particular episodes. But I have not seen them since then.
And now I get to relive them in living black and white.
They are wonderful. I have forgotten how wonderful they are. Not just the visions they give into late 1950's/early 1960's society (the formal dress. And the cigarettes. Everywhere). The stories. That sense of old style science fiction back when it really something novel and new and unknown. The ability to completely paint a tale of slight oddness in under 25 minutes.
(And pay phones. That only cost a dime.)
And they make you think. Every one I have watched so far has made me think. As I was explaining to Na Clann, there was always a slight twist at the end, something that made you stop and take note at the end.
I would argue that it is so different from television of today, but in fact I have scarcely seen television of today in the last 7 years. But my sense is that we do not nearly do anything as intellectual and thought provoking as that anymore.
Thanks Rod Serling, for your gravely voice and your imagination and your vision.