The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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The Zanti Misfits 

Perfectionist aliens from the planet Zanti, with human aide, decides to make Earth a penal colony for their criminals- large ants with grotesque human-like faces; but a fleeing bank robber and his girlfriend threatens the agreement.


Leonard J. Horn (as Leonard Horn)


Joseph Stefano

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Episode complete credited cast:
Michael Tolan ... Prof. Stephen Grave
Olive Deering ... Lisa Lawrence
Robert F. Simon ... Gen. Maximillian R. Hart
Claude Woolman Claude Woolman ... Maj. Roger Hill
Bruce Dern ... Ben Garth


The perfectionist rulers of the planet Zanti have solved the problem of what to do with their non desirable citizens...they are incapable of executing their own species so they have exiled them to the planet Earth. At a Top Secret Military base in the ghost town of Morgue, California a small group of Air Force officers and guards is awaiting the landing of the Zanti penal ship. They are informed that the Zanti value their privacy and told to leave the ship alone. The military is prepared to comply until a car with a runaway wife and a three time loser named Ben Garth crashes through the barricades and breaks down in the desert near the Zanti ship. Written by tomtrekp

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30 December 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the control room, the console against the odd looking wall behind the men is that same console used for the O.B.I.T. machine in The Outer Limits: O.B.I.T. (1963). See more »


Lisa has no shoes when she is rescued from the desert by Professor Grave. When both arrive at the base of communications she is wearing high heels. See more »


Referenced in The Terminal (2004) See more »

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So, you think this is scary...
12 September 2016 | by karen-821-938620See all my reviews

In California we have giant flesh colored ants called Jerusalem Crickets. The first time I saw one, it seriously creeped me out, to the point that I couldn't pick it up to put it outside, as I usually do, but instead I hit it with a shoe. That was a mistake, as it was very fleshy. Anyway, this episode reminded of my first encounter with a Jerusalem Cricket. I kept saying, "Put down that gun and take off your shoe!"

What is a lot more disturbing today about this episode is the way it resonates with current politics. A foreign power is sending us it's undesirables. Criminals and malcontents are lumped together. Both categories can only be dealt with by execution. How many of the 'misfits' were communists, I wonder. And the solution is to shoot wildly!

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