1 thought on “Classic 1970s Hanukkah: ‘The Messiah On Mott Street’

  1. An early example of the “magic negro” trope — but it works (at least for me — as a white dude I have no dog in the hunt). And as a kid the idea of God’s son being a black guy was awesome.
    Night Gallery’s big problem was that Serling didn’t fight for creative control, assuming that as he was a brand name, the network presumably wanted his distinctive brand of fantasy. Instead, they kept pushing him to throw on overt monsters and lots of action (to compete with Mannix, which was playing opposite NG at one point). Still had some impressive episodes.

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