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The Twilight Zone: To Serve Man

Friendly aliens have shown mankind how to end war, famine and plague, now are invited to visit their planet.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x24
Production Number: 4807
Airdate: Friday March 02nd, 1962

Director: Richard L. Bare
Story: Damon Knight
Teleplay: Rod Serling


  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Lloyd BochnerLloyd Bochner
As Michael Chambers

Co-Guest Stars
Theodore MarcuseTheodore Marcuse
As Mr. Gregori
Recurring
Bartlett RobinsonBartlett Robinson
As First Colonel
Recurring
Jerry FujikawaJerry Fujikawa
As Japanese Delegate (as J. H. Fujikawa)
Recurring
Richard KielRichard Kiel
As Kanamit
Hardie AlbrightHardie Albright
As Secretary General
Carleton YoungCarleton Young
As Second Colonel
Nelson OlmstedNelson Olmsted
As The Scientist
Robert TafurRobert Tafur
As Senor Valdes
Lomax StudyLomax Study
As Dr. Dennis Leveque

Uncredited
Adrienne MardenAdrienne Marden
As First Woman in Line
Recurring
Jeanne EvansJeanne Evans
As Second Woman in Line
Recurring
Joseph RuskinJoseph Ruskin
voiced Kanamit
Recurring
Will J. WhiteWill J. White
As First Reporter
Recurring
Charles TannenCharles Tannen
As First Man in Line
Gene BentonGene Benton
As Second Reporter
James WellmanJames Wellman
As Second Man in Line
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host

Recap

Michael Chambers is trapped in a prison-like cell where a voice asks him if he's ready to eat and asks him to conserve water. Chambers lights a cigarette and wonders how he got into his current predicament. he thinks of how it was a normal day on Earth when creatures from outer space, the Kanamits, arrived on Earth. One craft lands near the UN and a 9' tall representative of the Kanamits enters. He speaks with a mechanical voice and declares that his race's intents are honorable. They want to help the people of Earth and establish embassies. Upon request the Kanamit explains that they can prevent natural catastrophes and offer whatever it is various nations which to accept. He offers to show them a new atomic power source and denies having any ulterior motive. He also offers an impenetrable force field that any nation can use to protect itself. The Kanamit sets down a book and leaves. ..

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Episode Notes
Bartlett Robinson was also in "Back There."

J. H. Fujikawa is also in "A Quality of Mercy."

Jeanne Evans is also in "Third From the Sun."

Joseph Ruskin was also in "The Man in the Bottle."

Theodore Marcuse is also in "The Trade-Ins."

Will J. White was also in "Third From the Sun."



Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator:
Submitted for your approval - a Kanamit. Height, a little over nine feet. Weight, in the neighborhood of three hundred and fifty pounds. Origin: unknown. Motives? Therein hangs the tale, for in just a moment we are going to ask you to shake hands, figuratively, with a Christopher Columbus from another galaxy, and another time. This is the Twilight Zone.

Penny: Mr. Chambers! Don't get on that ship! The rest of the book, "To Serve Man", it's... it's a cookbook!

Michael Chambers: How about you? You still on Earth, or on a ship with me? Well, it doesn't make very much difference because sooner or later, we'll all of us be on the menu. All of us.

Closing Narration
Narrator:
The recollections of one Michael Chambers, with appropriate flashbacks and soliloquy. Or more simply stated, the evolution of man, 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 on the Twilight Zone.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorJason H. Bernie
Set DecoratorH. Web Arrowsmith
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorPhilip Barber  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
SoundWilliam Edmondson
Assistant DirectorE. Darrell Hallenbeck
 
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 3 episode 24 guide may contain spoilers
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