To Serve Man is an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone The title is a play on the verb serve which has a dual meaning of to assist and to provide as a meal It is where I got the name idea for (how google serves man dot com) The Kanamits a race of nine-foot-tall ALIENS land on Earth One of them addresses the United Nations vowing that his race's motive in coming to Earth is to be helpful to humanity Initially wary of the intentions of an alien race even skeptical international leaders begin to be persuaded of the aliens' benevolence when the Kanamits share their ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY quickly putting an end to many of Earth's greatest woes including hunger; energy becomes cheap; nuclear weapons are rendered harmless The aliens even morph deserts into big blooming fields Trust in the Kanamits seems to be justified when Patty one of a staff of US government CRYPTOGRAPHERS led by Mr Chambers cracks the title of a Kanamit book the spokesman left behind at the UN Its title she reveals is To Serve Man Soon humans are volunteering for trips to the Kanamits' home planet which is portrayed as a paradise With the Cold War ended the code-breaking staff has no real work to do but Patty is still trying to work out the meaning of the text of To Serve Man The day arrives for Mr Chambers's excursion to the Kanamits' planet Just as he mounts the spaceship's boarding stairs his staffer Patty appears He waves smiling but she runs toward him in great agitation—and is held back by a Kanamit guard Mr Chambers Patty cries don't get on that ship! The rest of the book To Serve Man it's it's a cookbook! Chambers tries to run back down the spaceship's stairs but a Kanamit wrestles him into the ship and it immediately takes off for the aliens' home planet I was 11 years old when I watched Episode 89 and I never forgot it.