Kanamits - Towering bald
aliens with pronounced foreheads on the episode "To Serve Man"
broadcast March 2, 1962 on the science fiction anthology drama THE
TWILIGHT ZONE/ABC/CBS/1959-65. The episode began with announcer
Rod Serling saying "Respectfully submitted for your perusal: a
Kanamit. Height: a little over 9 feet. Weight: in the neighborhood
of 350 pounds. Origin: Unknown. Motives? Therein hangs a tale."
The Kanamits were representatives from a distant galaxy who
promised to submit plans to the members of the United Nations
which would end all war, famine and disease on the planet Earth.
Of course, these aliens were doing this out of the kindness of
their hearts. NOT!
After the Kanamits exterminated all forms of
violence and disease, they intended to turn the Earth into a
gigantic stock yard using the human population as food source for
Originally, U.N. cryptographers decoded the
front page of a book left by one of the aliens. It read "To Serve
Man." Thinking the title reflected the altruistic intentions of
the aliens, the governments of the world submitted to the kindness
of the Kanamits. However, it was soon discovered that the book
entitled "To Serve Man" was an alien cookbook.
Susan Cummings played
the woman who screamed "It's a cookbook!" at the end of this 1962
TWILIGHT ZONE shocker. The episode was based on a story by Damon
Knight. See also -
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