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
Lomax Study Lomax Study ... Leveque
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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Japanese | Spanish

Release Date:

2 March 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

KROQ radio (Pasadena, Los Angeles) used to use the dialogue when Michael Chambers asks Kanamit the time ("What time is it?") to announce the midday time ("On earth it is 12:00 noon.") See more »

Goofs

The Kanamits land in April, but at the UN we hear that the Kanamit ship landed at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. In April, however, New York and New Jersey are on Eastern DAYLIGHT Time. See more »

Quotes

Michael Chambers: Well, that makes the cheese a little more binding, wouldn't you say, Colonel?
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Referenced in Madagascar (2005) See more »

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You can't get any better than this....
9 September 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The episode begins with a race from another planet coming to Earth and offering to make all our problems disappear. Despite our natural distrust of such claims, the planet soon becomes a paradise--with plenty to eat, peace throughout the land and humans praising these well-intentioned beings. However, despite the windfall, two translators who work for the United Nations doggedly try to unlock the alien language contained in one of their books. So far, they only have been able to translate the title, "To Serve Man", but the rest alludes them.

When it comes to the excellent show THE TWILIGHT ZONE, you can't find a better episode than this one--and that's saying a lot because they made quite a few gems. That's because this one is based on a short story that is so gosh-darn clever that you can't help but admire the episode. Plus, the acting, sets and mood is so well created that it just screams "quality television".


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