Spielberg on the small screen

With Falling Skies starring Noah Wyle debuting on FX, we look at Steven Spielberg's other TV ventures

Night Gallery (1969)
In a Spielberg-directed episode, a wealthy blind woman played by Joan Crawford seeks a living donor for an experimental transplant operation and cons a desperate bookie into sacrificing his eyes.
Duel (1971)
This menacing thriller starring Dennis Weaver about a motorist stalked by a tanker truck and its unseen driver originally aired in America as an ABC Movie of the Week. Its acclaim led to a cinematic release in Europe and Australia.
Columbo: Murder by the Book (1971)
An early episode of the detective drama written by future Hill Street Blues creator Steven Bochco. Jack Cassidy plays the murderous half of a bestselling mystery duo who doesn’t count on the dogged nature of the LAPD lieutenant.

Something Evil (1972)
TV horror movie about a married couple with two children who move into a Pennsylvania farmhouse that turns out to be inhabited by demons. It is one of the few Spielberg productions to remain unreleased commercially.

Amazing Stories (1985)
Fantasy, horror and science-fiction anthology series created by Spielberg and screened, somewhat erratically, by BBC1 and BBC2. The first season episode The Mission saw Spielberg take the director’s reins for a tale set in the Second World War, starring Kevin Costner and Kiefer Sutherland.
ER (1994)
The inaugural year of Michael Crichton’s sublime medical drama saw Spielberg acting as producer, following the pair’s successful partnership on the movie Jurassic Park. It was Spielberg’s decision to retain the character of Carol Hathaway despite her condition appearing to be terminal at the end of the pilot following an overdose.

Band of Brothers (2001)
Eleven-part Second World War mini-series centring on the experiences of E Company (“Easy Company”) of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Spielberg shared executive-producing duties with Tom Hanks, following their collaboration on Saving Private Ryan. The same creative team then went on to make The Pacific in 2010.

Terra Nova (2011)
A new dinosaur drama set to air on Sky1 this autumn that will find a family travelling back from the 22nd century to prehistoric times as they battle to save the human race after Earth’s resources run out.