The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Little People 

On a desolate planet, two astronauts discover an entire society populated by incredibly small beings. One of them decides to rule the society as god.


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When a spacecraft makes an emergency landing on an unknown planet the commander, William Fletcher, is anxious to get underway again as soon as possible. Not so for his navigator, Peter Craig, who is insubordinate and is fed up taking orders all of the time. While Fletcher makes repairs to the ship Craig explores the area around them and is astonished to find that there are living beings there only a fraction of the size of humans. Soon, he is being recognized by them as a god and refuses to leave when the ship ready. He is to realize that one's place in the universe is a relative thing. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

30 March 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The weapons and giants' uniforms were used in Forbidden Planet (1956). See more »


At the end when The Little people pull the statue over, the ropes they are using are way too large to possibly be used by such a small creatures. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: The time is the space age, the place is a barren landscape of a rock-walled canyon that lies millions of miles from the planet Earth. The cast of characters? You've met them: William Fletcher, commander of the spaceship; his co-pilot, Peter Craig. The other characters who inhabit this place you may never see, but they're there, as these two gentlemen will soon find out. Because they're about to partake in a little exploration into that gray, shaded area in space and time ...
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Referenced in South Park: The Simpsons Already Did It (2002) See more »

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A brilliant look at the darker side of human nature
9 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

A spaceship and its crew arrive on a distant planet. However, the planet appears pretty worthless and they are planning on soon returning to Earth---that is, all but one of the crew. The lone crew member has apparently discovered a race of tiny people who are just the size of little specks. He doesn't want to go--not out of love for these beings but because he decides he is going to be their god! The episode is a standout because of its look at human nature and its dark side. While not all the crew members are crazed egomaniacs, one sure is and reveals a Hitler-like aspect of his apparently normal persona. How all this is played out is truly creative and makes such a simple idea come to life and have deeper meaning. Good stuff.

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