15 Million Merits

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Critic Consensus: Combining the worst aspects of reality shows, talent competitions, and a hunger for fame, "Fifteen Million Merits" effectively shows how anything -- even our humanity -- could be readily exploited.

Episode Info

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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Critic Reviews for 15 Million Merits

The most brutal blow of Fifteen Million Merits doesn't come until the end, and it's brutal precisely because you did not expect it to strike where it does.

Sep 1, 2018 | Full Review…

[Black Mirror] expertly lassoed a whole range of targets, from craven politicians to sensationalist news outlets to the glib creators of shock art... [It] was a more conventional dystopian sci-fi fantasy, incorporating a caustic satire on TV talent shows.

Aug 16, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Fifteen Million Merits," the first great episode of Black Mirror, takes the world of YouTube and mobile gaming and pushes it to hellish extremes.

Dec 4, 2018 | Full Review…

"Fifteen Million Merits" has some of the most intricate world building Black Mirror has ever managed to pull off.

Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…

"Fifteen Million Merits" might showcase the bleakest history on Black Mirror.

Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Like the best science fiction, "15 Million Merits" makes you think, tackling the important issues of the day in a way that a mass audience can comprehend.

Oct 3, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Brooker puts the carnivorous culture of reality TV on trial in this diabolical hour, set in a world where lower-caste citizens pedal stationary bikes to power their surroundings and earn meager currency.

Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Boasting fine performances from Daniel Kaluuya as Bing and Jessica Brown-Findlay. (Downton Abbey’s Sybil) as Abi,... 15 Million Merits sounded a salutary warning about the dehumanising direction technology is taking us.

Sep 6, 2018 | Full Review…

[It's] a dazzling piece of science fiction that builds its world out slowly but perfectly over the course of an hour-and packs an emotional wallop along with the "15 minutes into the future" warning you already expect.

Sep 6, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

The whole episode is full of astute social observations and brimming with sharp black comedy, but it stood out for me because of its unexpected beauty and tenderness.

Sep 5, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…