Black Mirror: Season 1 (2011)

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Black Mirror begins with a disquieting shudder in a canny first season that will instantly hook viewers into a brave new world of alienation.

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Episodes

A twisted parable for the Twitter age, a political thriller in which the fictional Prime Minister Michael Callow (Rory Kinnear) faces a huge and shocking dilemma when Princess Susannah (Lydia Wilson), a much-loved member of the Royal Family, is kidnapped.

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Charlie Brooker return to Channel 4 with three stand-alone dramas that are sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales with a techno-paranoia bent. The second episode is set in a sarcastic version of a future reality, 15 Million Merits is a satire on entertainment shows and our insatiable thirst for distraction. In this world, everyone is confined to a life of strange physical drudgery. The only way to escape this life is to enter the 'Hot Shot' talent show and pray you can impress the judges. Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Jessica Brown Findlay, Rupert Everett, Julia Davis and Ashley Thomas.

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Last in the series of dark dramas. In the near future, everyone has access to a memory implant that records everything they do, see and hear - a sort of Sky Plus for the brain. You need never forget a face again... but is that always a good thing? Starring Toby Kebbell, Jodie Whittaker and Tom Cullen.

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A suspenseful three-part series that taps into the collective unease about our modern world.

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Critic Reviews for Black Mirror Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

However you view it, this three-part series is thought-provoking and very well written, with its final episode, The Entire History Of You, a heart-breaking triumph.

Nov 1, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For all the show's inventive storytelling, its true provocation is its righteous outrage, which shares something with Mike White's whistle-blower series Enlightened, although it's overlaid with a dark filter.

Jan 7, 2015 | Full Review…

For all its metaphysical speculating, Black Mirror excels in suggesting that technology does not make us unrecognizable monsters; it simply amplifies the monstrous impulses already in us.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Black Mirror is provocative, irreverent, daring ... and very British. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Stimulating, but more in its promise than in the achievement, the series gives to discuss, blessed glory in days of unanimity. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Gripping and hilarious satire of our media-obsessed age.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

This is not fun watching-it's mostly horrifying-but even if our brave new world is inescapable, the show represents a kind of protest that feels more necessary than ever.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The stories set archetypal human dilemmas-death, identity, fidelity-within an entirely new context, which is exactly how we are living them.

Sep 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Ingeniously cast, with suspenseful and often complicated plots, the episodes vary in tone from horrific to comic, but most share certain themes.

Mar 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Brooker's stories are novel enough to draw us in, yet familiar enough to become a warped reflection of ourselves and our culture.

Mar 14, 2015 | Full Review…

Black Mirror offers a mature Twilight Zone-like viewing experience that is both entertaining and disturbingly captivating.

Dec 23, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

What makes the series so powerful is that it doesn't just present another collection of stories where technology turns on us, but where we use technology to turn on -- or tune out -- each other.

Dec 10, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Mirror: Season 1

  • 6d ago
    DON'T WATCH EP-1 FIRST! It's the most intense so save it for last once you've warmed up to the series. A pretty good starting season.
  • Nov 07, 2020
    1. The National Anthem - 4/5 2. 15 Million Merits - 4/5 3. The Entire History of You - 5/5
  • Sep 15, 2020
    A mix between sci-fi, thriller, drama and sarcastic comedy depicting a possible future and sometimes the very present moment of our society. The evolution and possibles scenarios of the merging between humans and technology.
  • Aug 31, 2020
    Dystopian, degenerate garbage. A great example of how media works to ruin western civilization by shaping reality from something beautiful and meaningful into something cold, meaningless and cruel.
  • Aug 01, 2020
    Awesome and scary. Not many TV shows leave me still thinking about episodes a couple days later. Black Mirror does.
  • Jul 15, 2020
    Black Mirror Season 1 | Detailed note: 9.1
  • Jun 10, 2020
    Its freaking & depressing but doesn't seem too far from future reality
  • May 25, 2020
    Extraordinary!Great season,music was amazing,as per anthology,stories of 3 episodes are literally unique and great,the acting in all 3 episodes were amazing,although no ties to any particular story as an event every episode is phenomenal.1st episode was surprisingly exceptional the way the kidnap and the demand was it was little hilarious and Dark the finger scene and pig scene was terrifying and the failed but clever moves to avoid shame with special effects and hunt it was amazing although the remark of president and the inner feeling of him felt very dark,the 2nd episode was another Gem the audition and jail like environment the setting was great the characters were amazing the way the audition and judges thing are handled with certain attitude it was dark the speech was amazing although the after-math was like u couldn't quit and u can't be quite it was brilliant the inner layers were dark and amazing,3rd episode is another Masterpiece the memory thing this time is quite amazing the relationships and all that it was complicated and well executed!this season was a Masterpiece!
  • Apr 28, 2020
    I watched 15 million merits and the entire history of you. The darkness in themes in relation to the human condition and the thought provoking portrayal of the impacts of technology are my cup. Avoiding the first episode for beastiality. Gross!
  • Apr 20, 2020
    Freaky, stimulating and addictive!

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