Insight (TV series)

Insight is an American religious-themed weekly anthology series that aired in syndication from October 1960 to January 1985. Produced by Paulist Productions in Los Angeles, the series presented half-hour dramas illuminating the contemporary search for meaning, freedom, and love. Insight was an anthology series, using an eclectic set of storytelling forms including comedy, melodrama, and fantasy to explore moral dilemmas.

Written byMichael Ray Rhodes
Directed byLew V. Adams
Richard C. Bennett
Richard Beymer
Robert Butler
Hal Cooper
Marc Daniels
Linda Day
Arthur Hiller
Lamont Johnson
Buzz Kulik
John Meredyth Lucas
Delbert Mann
John Newland
Daniel Petrie
Ted Post
Michael Ray Rhodes
Seymour Robbie
Jay Sandrich
Ralph Senensky
Jack Shea (director)
Paul Stanley (director)
Presented byFr. Ellwood Kieser CSP
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons23
No. of episodes250
Camera setupmultiple-camera
Running time22-24 mins.
Production company(s)Paulist Productions
Original networkSyndication
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 2, 1960 (1960-10-02) 
January 21, 1985

The series was created by Roman Catholic priest Ellwood E. "Bud" Kieser, the founder of Paulist Productions. A member of the Paulist Fathers, an evangelistic Catholic order of priests, he worked in the entertainment community in Hollywood as a priest-producer and occasional host, using television as a vehicle of spiritual enrichment. Many of the episodes of the series were videotaped at Television City Studios and then Metromedia Square.

It was the longest-running syndicated weekly show until Soul Train took over in 1996, and ran until 2008 (only Entertainment Tonight is longer). It is also the longest-running religious drama program ever.


The anthology format and the religious nature of the program attracted a wide variety of actors (including Ed Asner, Jack Albertson, Beau Bridges, Carol Burnett, Michael Burns (six episodes), Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Patty Duke, Ann Jillian, Wesley Eure, Bob Hastings, Jeffrey Hunter, James Doohan, Ricky Kelman, Jack Klugman, Robert Lansing, Randolph Mantooth, Walter Matthau, Roger Mobley, Deborah Winters, Bob Newhart, Bill Bixby, John Ritter, Bill Mumy, Mark Hamill, Cicely Tyson, Flip Wilson, Keenan Wynn, Marty Feldman, Michael Shea, Louis Gossett Jr., and Martin Sheen), directors (such as Marc Daniels, Arthur Hiller, Norman Lloyd, Delbert Mann, Ted Post, Jay Sandrich, and Jack Shea), and writers (Rod Serling, John T. Dugan, Lan O'Kun, and Michael Crichton) to work on the series. In many cases they donated their talents and time.

In the United States the series was typically shown on Sunday mornings or late night. Often stations aired Insight in order to meet the Federal Communications Commission's public interest standard for broadcast television. Several episodes are available for purchase from the Paulist Press.

Awards and nominations

Insight was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Religious Programming in 1972 and 1973, and won the category every year from 1981 to 1984.

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