Insight (I) (1960–1984)

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American Roman Catholic religious-themed anthology shedding light on the contemporary search for meaning, freedom, and love.


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18 November 2002 | codymooney
An overlooked and underrated masterpiece
Insight is one of television's lost classics, an anthology series that successfully explored religious and spiritual themes while (usually) avoiding a heavy-handed approach. Considering the quality of the writing, direction, and acting in this series, it is amazing that it has not achieved a greater degree of popularity; it's regular use of symbolism, surreal images, and rather inventive plot and narrative devices should have guaranteed it a place in television history alongside other excellent anthologies such as The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. The series dabbled in every format from comedy and satire to fantasy and speculative fiction to deliver it's modern-day morality plays. At times light-hearted and humorous, at other times downright chilling, it was always effective in it's delivery. And who can forget the Reverend Kieser's narrative intros that suggested a cross between Sermonette and Rod Serling's narrations?

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Paulist Productions, the company behind Insight, kept all of the master tapes of the show in the basement of their offices at 17575 Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades. This was the oceanfront property where, in 1935, screen star Thelma Todd was found in the garage, slumped over the steering wheel of her convertible, dead at age thirty from carbon monoxide poisoning that was ruled accidental but which many suspected was a homicide, with even her lover, the owner of the property, producer Roland West, being suspected. Built in the 1920s, the 15,000 square-foot landmark, a Spanish-Moorish three-level structure near the Santa Monica Pier, was later sold to Paulist Productions after West died in 1952. It was sold to them at a fraction of market cost by West's widow, singer and actress Lola Lane, who, after West's death, had converted to Catholism and admired Insight's creator and producer, Paulist priest Father Ellwood Kieser. The basement area where the tapes were stored was once a speakeasy club and alleged mobster hangout. UCLA has undergone preservation efforts to restore the approximately 450 reels of tape found there. The irony of the site of Todd's scandalous death as the office for a religious production company was not lost on Father Kieser, who told a reporter that the Paulists "exorcised the place before we moved in," and that his screening room was once the "nightclub's men's bathroom."


Although technically a "religious" show, the majority of the episodes in the series had no religious themes in them. In fact only 1/3 of the episodes actually had religious (Christian or Catholic) themes to them. Also the majority of the episodes in the series have mild swearing ("damn" and "hell") meaning that the show really wasn't Christian or Catholic based.


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