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".

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Episode complete credited cast:
... Michael Chambers
... Patty
... Kanamit
... Secretary General
... Citizen Gregori
... Colonel #1
... Colonel #2 (as Carlton Young)
... Scientist
Robert Tafur ... Señor Valdes
Lomax Study ... Leveque
... Japanese Delegate (as J.H. Fujikawa)
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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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2 March 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The only episode in the series where someone other than Rod Serling directly addresses the audience. See more »

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It is unlikely that "serve" would have the two ambiguous meanings in an unrelated Earth language, let alone an alien one. See more »

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Narrator: [closing narration] The recollections of one Michael Chambers with appropriate flashbacks and soliloquy. Or more simply stated, the evolution of man. The cycle of going from dust to dessert. The metamorphosis from being the ruler of a planet to an ingredient in someone's soup. It's tonight's bill of fare from The Twilight Zone.
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Spoofed in Robot Chicken: S&M Present (2005) See more »

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Nice guys from outer space that did so much for us, but there is a surprise...
17 May 2006 | by See 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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