Joss Whedon: Heroes And Inspirations

Rod Serling

“Rod Serling was writing great television even before he decided to just break the mould and write some of the most important TV ever. Even before you get to The Twilight Zone, the old television dramas such as Playhouse 90, Ford Theater… I love those things. And of course Requiem For A Heavyweight is also one of the all-time greats. The Twilight Zone terrified me and intrigued me, but most importantly, it just taught me and taught me. And the fact that he made himself a little star in it as well was very clever! At the end of every episode, you’d get him wrapping it up by saying, ‘Oh, and by the way, there’s a man in the room, chain-smoking and knowing everything.’ He was always the coolest guy in the room, and a very omniscient presence in his own show.”