79. ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS - TIE 

Season One writers: Gwen Bagni, Samuel Blas, Robert Blees, Ray Bradbury, Richard Carr, James Cavanagh, Eustace Cockrell, Francis Cockrell, Marian Cockrell, John Collier, Robert C. Dennis, Mel Dinelli, Stanley Ellin, Fred Freiberger, Irwin Gielgud, Gina Kaus, Terence Maples, Richard Pedicini, Louis Pollock, Joseph Ruscoll, A.J. Russell, Stirling Silliphant, Andrew Solt, Harold Swanton, Victor Wolfson, Cornell Woolrich  

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Aired: CBS 1955-1960; NBC, 1960-1962

Some of Hitchcock’s most memorable films came out while he was hosting his anthology TV series, including Vertigo, North by Northwest and Psycho; Rear Window had come out the previous year. This helped, considering the airwaves at the time also offered The Twilight Zone, as well as the lesser-known horror/sci-fi/mystery programs One Step Beyond and Thriller, the latter hosted by Boris Karloff (The Outer Limits premiered in 1963, and Dark Shadows in 1966). Hitchcock’s show, on which works by John Cheever, Roald Dahl and Ray Bradbury were adapted into teleplays (Robert Altman, George Stevens and Arthur Hiller, who also worked on Thriller, directed episodes) began of course with the man himself. The way Hitchcock intoned, “Good evening” turned it into a catch phrase. Today, prominent filmmakers direct pilots and lend their names to shows, but how many would have the chops to tape a cheeky cold open, week after week?

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