Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 28

The Little People (30 Mar. 1962)
"The Twilight Zone" The Little People (original title)

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On a desolate planet, two astronauts discover an entire society populated by beings only 1/100th their size. One of them decides to rule the society as god.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Joe Maross ...
Navigator Peter Craig
Cmdr. William Fletcher
Michael Ford ...
Robert Eaton ...


When a spacecraft makes an emergency landing on an unknown planet the commander, William Fletcher, is anxious to get underway again as soon as possible. Not so for his navigator, Peter Craig, who is insubordinate and is fed up taking orders all of the time. While Fletcher makes repairs to the ship Craig explores the area around them and is astonished to find that there are living beings there only a fraction of the size of humans. Soon, he is being recognized by them as a god and refuses to leave when the ship ready. He is to realize that one's place in the universe is a relative thing. Written by garykmcd

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30 March 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The weapons and giants' uniforms were used in Forbidden Planet (1956). See more »


When Craig shows Fletcher the tiny village, his arm points out the landscape, and seconds later steps next to Fletcher and does it again. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: The case of navigator Peter Craig, a victim of a delusion. In this case, the dream dies a little harder than the man. A small exercise in space psychology that you can try on for size - in the Twilight Zone.
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Spoofed in Futurama: Godfellas (2002) See more »

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Monotheism -perhaps a bit too weird for the Twilight Zone?
19 November 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This one deserves a higher score in terms of having some very thought provoking dialogue from Serling, but I give it six as it doesn't really work as TV. Less still does it stand the test of time. Nonetheless this is an interesting piece. William (Claude Akins) is the solid and sensible astronaut finding himself on a planet of little people. The one man he is in charge of, Craig, fancies himself as god of these Lilliputions. I find it interesting that the unstable and resentful Craig should want to be their god, while the better man, Williams, has no such interest, but has empathy for them when Craig gets into his new role. Craig emphasizes monotheism, and this is the point I find interesting. I cant help noticing a possible suggestion here that maybe only a nasty little nut-job like Craig would want to be an all powerful god. The merely human Williams does not see the point in keeping them in terror for the psychotic vanity of one being. I'm not trying to make any anti-religious point or suggesting that's what Serling was trying to do. Still it's thought-provoking. See what you think?

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