"The Twilight Zone" To Serve Man (TV Episode 1962) Poster

(TV Series)



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Edited from 

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
footage used to show the aliens' arrival
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
footage of flying saucer


Forbidden Planet (1956)
The full-size lower portion of the Kanamits' transport spaceship is the adapted version, with retractable stairway, of the saucer-shaped United Planets Cruiser C-57D, seen in MGM's Forbidden Planet.

Referenced in 

The Twilight Zone: A Day in Beaumont/The Last Defender of Camelot (1986) (TV Episode)
A sign in Pop's diner reads, "It's been a pleasure...serving you."
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror (1990) (TV Episode)
The plot in "Hungry Are the Damned" is the reverse of "To Serve Man" where the aliens promise to be helpful to humans, but are in fact planning to eat them.
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)
During the panic, a man frantically holds up a book called "To Serve Man", yelling "It's a cookbook! It's a cookbook!"
Married with Children: Sofa So Good (1994) (TV Episode)
Al quotes: "To serve Man", it's a cookbook!
NewsRadio: Space (1997) (TV Episode)
Jimmy gives everyone a copy of "To Serve Man" book
Millennium: Jose Chung's 'Doomsday Defense' (1997) (TV Episode)
"To Serve Man" "I hope you're not going to tell me it's a cookbook."
Free Enterprise (1998)
Referenced in ending credits.
Futurama: My Three Suns (1999) (TV Episode)
Bender wears a "To Serve Man" apron which is a reference to the famous line from this show.
Futurama: Mother's Day (2000) (TV Episode)
Master robot control has buttons labeled "SERVE MAN (REGULAR)" and "SERVE MAN (IRONIC)"
Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (2002)
"To Serve Man including tasty desserts" cookbook
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Lessons (2002) (TV Episode)
Flippantly reciting Buffy's list of warnings, Dawn includes, "To Serve Man is a cookbook," a direct allusion to the classic Twilight Zone episode.
Madagascar (2005)
Book "To Serve Lemur" held up while screaming "its a cookbook" reference to Twilight Zone episode "To serve Man"
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XVII (2006) (TV Episode)
Someone's Halloween joke credit is ""To Serve Man" is a Cook Book" in homage to this tv show episode.
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011)
Cookbook "To Serve Man" in Verushka's flashback
Supernatural: There Will Be Blood (2012) (TV Episode)
The book the button is hidden in is called "How to Serve Man"
Broken Orbit (2012)
Joey Dee quotes the line "It's a cookbook."
Sausage Party (2016)
Frank finds out what happens to food through a cook book.
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.30 (2016) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Horror TV" category

Featured in 

American Masters: Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval (1995) (TV Episode)
features clips from the episode
Todd's Pop Song Reviews: Bad Romance (2011) (TV Episode)
Clip from "To Serve Man" used in review.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Twilight Zone Episodes (2016) (TV Episode)
Ranks at #5

Spoofed in 

The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror (1990) (TV Episode)
The "To Serve Man" bit is spoofed with a "To Serve Humans" cook book.
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)
In the midst of mayhem, Lloyd Bochner's character frantically holds up a "To Serve Man" book and shrieks, "It's a cookbook!"
The Dig (1995) (Video Game)
One of Maggie's answers to Boston's question about the library is "It's a cookbook".
Robot Chicken: S&M Present (2005) (TV Episode)
"To Serve Man is a cookbook!"
Madagascar (2005)
One of the lemurs holds up a book entitled "To Serve Lemur" and says "It's a cookbook"

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