The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Lonely 

A convict, living alone on an asteroid, receives from the police a realistic woman-robot.


Jack Smight


Rod Serling




Episode complete credited cast:
Rod Serling ... Narrator (voice)
Jack Warden ... James A. Corry
John Dehner ... Captain Allenby
Jean Marsh ... Alicia


Convicted criminal, James Corry's been placed in a very unusual form of solitary confinement; he's alone on an asteroid 9 million miles from Earth. He's been there 4.5 years, and is looking forward to the return of the supply ship and the goods it may have for him. When it arrives, Captain Allenby has something of a surprise for him: a female robot companion by the name of Alicia. She's human-like in every way, but Corry can't but see her as a machine. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

13 November 1959 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Frrench title : Le solitaire. See more »


According to the narration, the entire story takes place on an asteroid. Asteroids are neither large enough nor stable enough to hold an atmosphere. See more »


Alicia: My name's Alicia. What's your name?
James A. Corry: Get out of here. Get out of here! I don't need a machine. Go on, get out of here!
Alicia: My name's Alicia. What's your name?
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Compelling Story Of A Man And His Robot
6 February 2006 | by Skeeter700See all my reviews

"The Lonely" tells the futuristic story of a man found guilty of murder. His sentence is to serve 50 years on a small asteroid alone. This episode starts with the convict looking forward to a supply ship arriving with provisions for him. This ship visits every 3 months and provide the convict with a brief break from the tedious boredom of his daily life. The captain of the supply ship feels sorry for the convict and believes his story of self-defense. We are told he often prolongs his stay on the asteroid to visit, play cards, and entertain this prisoner. But, on this visit, the captain leaves the convict with a present: a robot companion. The rest of the episode deals with the prisoners relationship with the robot. This is a well-written episode of "The Twilight Zone". We feel for the prisoner and understand his loneliness as well as the many emotions he feels after meeting the robot. This episode is well worth watching. It earns 9.3 out of 10.

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