Night Gallery: They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar (1971)

Much like Doug yesterday with his excellent Legends of Sleepy Hollow post, I too thought about waiting to share this, my favorite Night Gallery episode, until Halloween. With the great What is your favorite segment from Night Gallery question over on the forums though I felt this evening would be a perfect time to share it!

This episode was directed by Don Taylor and written by Rod Serling, much like his masterpiece on Twilight Zone “Walking Distance”, Serling plays with the theme of going “Home” again…home in this case being Tim Riley’s bar.

They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Single Program on the U.S. television in 1971 and when you see the incredible moving performance that William Windom delivers you’ll see why, though I hope it doesn’t sound as if I’m belittling the fantastic job Diane Baker does. I challenge you to not tear up a little during the moments as Susan Darrow sings Auld Lang Syne towards the end of the episode.

A huge thanks to Hulu for uploading this classic episode and to the Fear and Loathing page for that excellent TV guide pic up top.


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4 thoughts on “Night Gallery: They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar (1971)

  1. FINALLY got around to watching this and it was great! Windom was amazing, he is always so good, such an underrated actor. And Baker was awesome, as well. Thanks for the heads up on this episode. So glad I saved it and so happy to have finally watched.

  2. Cynthia says:

    I loved Mr. Windom, and enjoyed his career my entire life. This is my favorite night gallery, and my favorite William Windom performance. It was great to find both old friends here. thank you.

  3. Cynthia, thank you for the kind words. In his 88 years William gave us lots of great TV and Film roles, everything from To Kill A Mockingbird to Star Trek but I agree with you that my favorite performance of his was for this very episode.

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