The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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To Serve Man 

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

Director:

Richard L. Bare

Writers:

Rod Serling (teleplay by), Damon Knight (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Lloyd Bochner ... Michael Chambers
Susan Cummings ... Patty
Richard Kiel ... Kanamit
Hardie Albright ... Secretary General
Theodore Marcuse ... Citizen Gregori
Bartlett Robinson ... Colonel #1
Carleton Young ... Colonel #2 (as Carlton Young)
Nelson Olmsted ... Scientist
Robert Tafur Robert Tafur ... Señor Valdes
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Jerry Fujikawa ... Japanese Delegate (as J.H. Fujikawa)
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Storyline

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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TV-PG
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Trivia

The voice-over on the Kanamit spaceship is Joseph Ruskin, who played the Genie in The Twilight Zone: The Man in the Bottle (1960). See more »

Goofs

When Señor Valdes asks the Kanamit a question at the UN he is reading the question from a paper on his desk, face tilted down. When the camera angle switches to a close-up, his face is suddenly pointed up towards the Kanamit. See more »

Quotes

Michael Chambers: What time is it?
Kanamit: There is no time in space. This is to say there is no chronology that can be calibrated.
Michael Chambers: I said what time is it, what time is it on earth? Can you tell me that without an exercise in euclidean geometry? Now, just tell me what time it is on earth.
Kanamit: On earth it would be 12:00 noon.
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Connections

References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Twilight Zone Theme
(theme song)
Composed by Marius Constant
(seasons 2-5)
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Nice guys from outer space that did so much for us, but there is a surprise...
17 May 2006 | by ksm51746See all my reviews

This is perhaps one of the best "Twilight Zone" episodes of the entire series. The beginning is mysterious, and though confusing, it gives you a big clue as to what will follow. It starts with the end, and does a flashback to what got the main character there. As the story unfolds you forget how it began. Those big tall aliens, who left the book at the United Nations are frightening to look at, but the wonderful things they are doing for the people of the Earth make them seem completely benevolent. It had me and my brother fooled until the end, when the woman ran up and shouted out those three unforgettable words, "It's a ....". No, I can't tell you what she said, you must watch it for yourself. When you do, I think you will add this film to your Sci-Fi Hall of Fame!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Japanese | Spanish

Release Date:

2 March 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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