The Little People (The Twilight Zone)

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"The Little People"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 28
Directed by William Claxton
Written by Rod Serling
Featured music Stock
Production code 4822
Original air date March 30, 1962
Guest actors

Joe Maross: Peter Craig
Claude Akins: William Fletcher
Michael Ford: Spaceman #1
Robert Eaton: Spaceman #2

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"The Little People" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.

Mr. Serling's Opening Narration[edit]


Astronauts William Fletcher, the can-do captain, and Peter Craig, the malcontent navigator, set down in a canyon on an alien planet to repair their ship. While scouting around, Craig finds a city populated by people no bigger than ants.

He begins terrorizing the population by crushing three of their buildings (Fletcher interferes with his destruction), proclaiming himself a god; although Fletcher said that the people are no different than we are, Craig believes that they've "been created in his image" - even going so far as forcing them to build a life-size statue of him. Fletcher comes to inform him the repairs are done and they can depart, but Craig pulls a gun on him and orders Fletcher to leave him alone; there's no room for two gods.

Fletcher leaves disgustedly, and immediately another ship lands. Two spacemen, big as mountains, emerge (they're repairing their ship). One of them picks Craig up and accidentally crushes him. The Little People rejoice at the death of their bullying "god", pulling the statue of Craig down, on top of his lifeless body.

Mr. Serling's Closing Narration[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

This episode has been parodied several times in other television series: The Simpsons in the "Treehouse of Horror VII" segment, 'The Genesis Tub', South Park in the episode "The Simpsons Already Did It", and Futurama in the episode "Godfellas".


  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0

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