The Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 24

To Serve Man (2 Mar. 1962)

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An alien race comes to earth, promising peace and sharing technology. A linguist and his team set out to translate the alien's language, using a book whose title they deduce is "To Serve Man".



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lloyd Bochner ...
Michael Chambers
Susan Cummings ...
Secretary General
Theodore Marcuse ...
Citizen Gregori
Bartlett Robinson ...
Colonel #1
Carleton Young ...
Colonel #2 (as Carlton Young)
Nelson Olmsted ...
Robert Tafur ...
Señor Valdes
Lomax Study ...
Japanese Delegate (as J.H. Fujikawa)


Michael Chambers recounts recent events on Earth after the arrival of a alien space craft. The aliens, known as Kanamit, seem friendly and assure everyone they have nothing to be afraid of. In fact, they offer to share wonderful technology that will provide limitless energy, cure all disease and convert deserts into lush gardens. For the people of Earth, paradise has arrived. Chambers is an encryption specialist and they try their best to decrypt a book the Kanamit left behind. The book's title seems benign - but it's not what they think it is. Written by garykmcd

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The newspaper that Patty picks up is the actual June 14, 1961, edition of "The Los Angeles Times." The top-most headline reads "Specialist Checks John F. Kennedy's Back." The main banner headline reads "4-HOUR POWER OUTAGE BRINGS CHAOS TO N.Y.," which refers to the previous evening's power failure in New York City. See more »


When Chambers is talking about the Kanamit's fertilizing process he says the soil had more vitamins than a drug store chain. While adding certain nutrients like minerals to soil would make it more fertile, vitamins would have absolutely no effect. See more »


Kanamit: Please, Mr. Chambers, eat. We wouldn't want you to lose weight.
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Don't Judge A Book By Its Title
28 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Lloyd Bochner plays Michael Chambers, who relays the tale of how the Kanamits arrived on Earth not so long ago, promising all kinds of gifts including infinite energy and food sources, and a protective shield around nations that should make wars obsolete. Their promises are kept, and the world rejoices in their new alien providers, but some are still unsure, and a Kanamit book that was left behind becomes the determined object of deciphering, and the title is first found, "To Serve Man", but it is the contents of that book that really put the sting in the tail... Memorable and influential episode may not have an airtight plot, but the Kanamits are a most effective creation, and the surprise twist of course is now the stuff of legend(and punch lines!)

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