Black Mirror: Season 5 (2019)

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Though Black Mirror's abbreviated fifth season never quite reaches the heights (or surprises) of previous installments, it remains one of TVs strangest philosophical offerings -- for better or worse.

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Critic Ratings: 39

48%

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User Ratings: 322

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Air date: Jun 5, 2019

College pals Danny and Karl reunite in a virtual reality session of their favorite game. However, something unexpected comes out of their nighttime escapades.

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A London-based driver captures a social media mogul, sparking an international state of emergency.

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An introverted teen fixates on an AI inspired by Ashley O, her favorite popstar. Meanwhile, Ashley's own life begins to come apart at the seams.

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Critic Reviews for Black Mirror Season 5

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (10)

Watching Black Mirror's three brand-new installments on Netflix makes it clear that the series, in our current TV universe, claims and holds the fantasy anthology series crown.

Jun 5, 2019 | Full Review…

The concepts are simple, and yet showrunners Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones find evermore potent ways to drive down into humanity's darker instincts.

Jul 19, 2019 | Full Review…

The present day-with-a-twist anthology series works best when it avoids easy moralising and keeps us in a spin.

Jun 26, 2020 | Full Review…

'Black Mirror' has lost its spark as season five leans on findings of the past. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jun 5, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

In the best and worst exploitation tradition, "Striking Vipers" warns you not to treat others as a game. Then it goes ahead and does exactly that.

Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Season 5 of Black Mirror is a more calm, focused look at the human stories of technological advancement and a thoughtful examination of our own complex relationships with each other.

Jul 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Black Mirror's fifth season rang in a new era of confidence and dedication to exploring the world of genre when it comes to creating impactful pieces.

Jul 3, 2019 | Full Review…

An anthology of this calibre can be forgiven its weaker moments and this season does enough to leave you wanting more.

Jun 27, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The fifth season of Black Mirror isn't necessary bad -- each episode has a glimmer of something exciting -- but unfortunately that didn't quite go far enough.

Jun 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Overall, this season offers relatively lighter fare for what can typically be an extremely heady, dark watch. And outside of a few pieces of tech, these stories could very much play out in the real world today.

Jun 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Black Mirror still feels right - precisely because it feels so wrong.

Jun 25, 2019 | Full Review…

It may not be on the level of classic Black Mirror... but it's still a fine place to look for digital-era self-reflection. Just don't expect this run of episodes to break your brain.

Jun 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Mirror: Season 5

  • 2d ago
    It wasn't as mind bending as many other seasons but it's still interesting. the 1st episode is the one that i think the most revolutionary
  • Jan 03, 2021
    Black mirror is my favorite show, and this season was pretty good. The only reason this isn't getting a full 5 stars is because there were only 3 episodes and they weren't as "mind blowing" as other seasons have been. In a lot of my favorite black mirror episodes, there is a "twist", in this season there wasn't much of that. I still loved it though.
  • Dec 11, 2020
    As a huge fan of Black Mirror Season 5 was a complete let down. From season length (3 episodes) to the content of the episodes. The Miley Cyrus episode waa probably the best, which is saying something. The other two were just slow and weird. Weird not in a good way.
  • Dec 06, 2020
    Smithereens was the only good episode, but even it fell short of black mirror's usual standards. BM used to leave you thinking existentially about technology and its impact, but this season the first episode was basically just a soft core porn vaguely framed around the idea of virtual reality gaming, and the third is genuinely just a disney film with an equally elementary plot. The budget that was spent for big shot actors was not worth losing the writing quality writing the show used to have
  • Nov 18, 2020
    Not great. None of these episodes are particularly interesting.
  • Sep 06, 2020
    Still one of the smartest shows out there. Not every episode is 5 stars. But overall this series continues to be thought provoking and well crafted. I always look forward to seeing what BM will do next.
  • Sep 02, 2020
    Episode "Smithereens" was really good, but the other two were kind of stupid.
  • Aug 17, 2020
    I can't separate ratings for a series like this. All seasons get 5 stars. One of the best series ever made... wildly creative.
  • Jul 17, 2020
    I reviewed this before but it was suspiciously deleted. The performances by Nikki Beharie were brilliant. The series is brilliantly casted but I don't have time to rewrite what I posted. Maybe I'll have time. Don't trust the low rating of this season. RT used to be so much more reliable. They seem to be influenced by corporate interests now
  • Jul 15, 2020
    Black Mirror Season 5 | Detailed note: 5.5

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