Black Mirror: Season 1 Reviews

August 21, 2018
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.
August 18, 2018
Black Mirror is provocative, irreverent, daring ... and very British. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 18, 2018
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]
July 19, 2018
Gripping and hilarious satire of our media-obsessed age.
May 22, 2018
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.
November 1, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2017
The stories set archetypal human dilemmas-death, identity, fidelity-within an entirely new context, which is exactly how we are living them.
March 28, 2017
Ingeniously cast, with suspenseful and often complicated plots, the episodes vary in tone from horrific to comic, but most share certain themes.
March 14, 2015
Brooker's stories are novel enough to draw us in, yet familiar enough to become a warped reflection of ourselves and our culture.
January 7, 2015
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.
December 23, 2014
Black Mirror offers a mature Twilight Zone-like viewing experience that is both entertaining and disturbingly captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 10, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 4, 2014
The six one-hour episodes, spread over two seasons, are cynical, searing, shockingly good -- and often disturbing. Watch this show, but don't binge-watch this show.
December 3, 2013
When it's over, you'll need that TARDIS to transport you back to before you first heard about Black Mirror, so that each episode can surprise you all over again.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 2, 2013
There are times throughout all six episodes when it's easy to fear that Brooker's satire is only skin deep. But he and his collaborators have something to say about so many subjects besides technology.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 11, 2013
Smartly written and well cast, the individual episodes keep circling back to such apprehensions, with darkly satiric overtones that distinguish it from most of what's currently on U.S. TV.