NIGHT GALLERY - Season 2, Episode 8, Part 4 "Professor Peabody's Last Lecture" (1971)
After a little over seven years now, we've covered something from almost all of the mysterious television shows of the 50's, 60's, and 70's including "Far Out," "One Step Beyond," "Tales Of Tomorrow," "Tales Of The Unexplained (The Veil)," "The Twilight Zone," and "The Outer Limits," but I think this is the first time we've ever done anything from that other Rod Serling monsterpiece, "Night Gallery!" "Night Gallery" never seems to get the accolades heaped on it's older sibling, "The Twilight Zone" but it definitely had some moments worthy of discussion!! I think tonight's presentation will prove that point!
Genius writer and host of "Night Gallery" Rod Serling was a Jewish man born on Christmas Day in the year 1924! Something seems vaguely familiar here! He wasn't a big man at 5'4" but he sure had a massive imagination! It was a sad day when he passed away from complications of a coronary bypass at the age of 50 in 1975! The good news is that he left behind a body of work that will never be duplicated, and tonight's feature is a good example! So without further delay, here's the story of.....
This is only one segment from the show that aired on November 10, 1971! This particular episode featured four tales, "The Diary," "A Matter Of Semantics," "Big Surprise," and lastly "Professor Peabody's Last Lecture!" It starts off as just another boring day in the classroom!
It's a very simple but effective story! Too bad it's lost on the good Professor's students! Take notes kids, there's going to be a test later!!
Professor Peabody is played by one of the most brilliant comedic minds of the last 200 years, Carl Reiner, and the funniest thing is that while this role is over the top, it's not really a comedy!
I thought it interesting that I found this episode of "Night Gallery" streaming for free on HULU! It might be free, but there is a price to pay, even more commercials than regular TV!
Professor Peabody is convinced that there is no such thing as evil beings from the past, so as the weather becomes increasingly bad with each word, he reads on from the scriptures of evil! The sweat continues to build up on his forehead!
The students were hoping to get out of class early because of the bad weather, but that's not about to happen!
In a wild soliloquy of pain and evil, Professor Peabody works himself up so much that something very strange happens!
All the students are like ?"WTF!?"
I'm not quite sure what the moral of the story is, but you get the idea that maybe Professor Peabody should have paid a little bit more attention to his lesson plan!