YMMV / Night Gallery

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The ep "Silent Snow, Secret Snow" is open to interpretation.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In "Pamela's Voice" Phyllis Diller plays a woman who died before the story began and admits that she's dead to her husband. With Phyllis's actual death in 2012, it's jarring to see her freely admit she's dead on screen.
  • I Am Not Shazam: The so-called caterpillar in "The Caterpillar" is an earwig.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • In the credits, anyway, as Steven Spielberg had one of his first jobs on the show.
    • John Badham, who would direct "Saturday Night Fever", "WarGames" and other films, also did a lot of his early directing work on this series.
    • As for in front of the camera, the episode "There Aren't Any More MacBanes" features a pre-Star Wars Mark Hamill in a small role.
  • Special Effects Failure: It was a low budget show of the seventies. The effects hold up about as well as you'd expect.
    • The episode "There Aren't Any More MacBanes" contains a severe one thanks to evolving picture quality; the demon's glowing eyes in the darkness look terrifying on a grainy, 70's era TV set, but a modern high-def TV reveals it to very obviously be two red lights on a cart draped in black cloth.
  • The Woobie: Ian in "Sins of the Fathers." The poor kid is starving to death and desperate for a meal, and his own mother uses that to trick him into performing the sin-eater ritual for his late father.