Every Black Mirror Episode Ranked From Worst To Best -

Every Black Mirror Episode Ranked From Worst To Best

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With season 4 of Black Mirror arriving on Netflix on December 29, we thought we'd celebrate seasons 1-3 of the dystopian sci-fi anthology series by ranking our favourite episodes.

For those that are excited for the upcoming new Black Mirror season, you can also check out our spoiler-free review of season 4 in the meantime. You can also watch a video version of this ranking list here.


Men Against Fire (Season 3, Episode 5)


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We kick off our list with the military dystopia of 'Men Against Fire.' In a post-apocalyptic Denmark, an unnamed military organisation is hunting and killing a mutated human population unaffectionately nicknamed 'roaches.' This being Black Mirror though, things aren’t quite as simple as that, and the episode dives head first into the arena of hi-tech warfare and its philosophical consequences on the world.

While it's not a bad episode by any stretch of the imagination, it's place on this list is largely down to the heavy-handed way in which it treats its central theme and the fact that it reveals its hand way too early.


The Waldo Moment (Season 2, Episode 3)


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The murky world of British politics is sent up in 'The Waldo Moment,' our number 12 entry. This slice of election madness tells the tale of Jamie, a failed comedian who is also the voice and digital puppeteer of a cartoon bear named, you guessed it, Waldo. Coerced by his producer into running for parliament as Waldo, Jamie finds himself way in over his head as his election campaign takes an unexpected turn.

The episode is totally fine, but doesn't stand up to the high quality of the rest of Black Mirror as it descends into hammy parody towards the end. But its defining virtue is that series creator, Charlie Brooker, compared it to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign with the Black Mirror twitter account tweeting out: ‘This isn't an episode. This isn’t marketing. This is reality.’


Hated In The Nation (Season 3, Episode 6)


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People tend to forget that when they write mean things about others on the internet, they're often talking about a real person. Brooker and co. took this idea one step further in 'Hated In The Nation,' where mean tweets and social media hashtags could be weaponised to kill those who fall foul to the public's ire. If you watch this episode and read Jon Ronson's So You've Been Publicly Shamed, you may never want to use social media ever again…


Be Right Back (Season 2, Episode 1)


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In 'Be Right Back', Martha's boyfriend Ash dies in an accident. Unable to move past her grief, and discovering that she's pregnant, Martha uploads Ash's information, including photos, videos, and his social media profiles to create a virtual Ash. She goes one step further and downloads him onto a blank robot body, just like that episode of Futurama, but discovers that the new, fake Ash isn't the same as the old, real one. I guess technology just isn't a patch on the real deal.


Playtest (Season 3, Episode 2)


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You might not know that series creator Charlie Brooker and Dan Trachtenberg, who directed this episode, were former game journalists. But that explains why 'Playtest' is all about video games, specifically horror games that really get under your skin.

If you thought Resident Evil 7 was bad in VR, how's about a game that scans your brain to find out what terrifies you most? 'Playtest' is one of Black Mirror's freakiest episodes, but it is peppered with some hot video game Easter Eggs.


Shut Up And Dance (Season 3, Episode 3)


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'Shut Up And Dance' is one of the tensest episodes in Black Mirror, with the character of Kenny being blackmailed into doing a string of unusual and illegal things to prevent a video of him being released onto the internet. If you didn't cover your webcam before seeing this episode, then you definitely will after.


Fifteen Million Merits (Season 1, Episode 2)


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In 'Fifteen Million Merits,' the vast majority of the population are stuck in the rat race, endlessly cycling in order to earn "merits" to buy goods and services. The only way to escape is to enter a reality TV show called 'Hot Shot,' where winners are able to escape the grind and live in a nicer place. But the path to fame isn't straightforward, and not everyone can make it.

'Fifteen Million Merits' really cuts quite close to home, a is a biting commentary on our obsession with using reality shows as a measure of a person's success in life.


Nosedive (Season 3, Episode 1)


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We live our lives online, posting our thoughts and photos so they can be rated by other people. But imagine if those ratings and opinions affected your real life. What if you had a rating that everyone could see, and immediately judge you on? What if that rating affected things like jobs, things you could buy, or even medical treatment? That's the reality in 'Nosedive,' one of Black Mirror's more thought-provoking episodes.


White Bear (Season 2, Episode 2)


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A woman wakes up in a house with amnesia. People hunt her down and try to kill her, but the bystanders do nothing to help, instead just filming her on their phones. It turns out that the woman was complicit in the murder of a small girl, filming her death on her mobile phone, so her punishment is to live this day over and over again, forgetting her crime while running away, in fear of her life.

'White Bear' features one of the biggest twists in Black Mirror, and its shock ending was allegedly inspired by a fence Charlie Brooker saw at the filming location, making him frantically rewrite the episode in just two days.


White Christmas (Special)


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Two men are stuck in a snowy outpost and tell each other stories of their past lives to pass the time. How did they end up at that outpost? What secrets will be uncovered? 'White Christmas' is perhaps one of the most ambitious episodes of Black Mirror, with three separate threads coming together to make one devastating storyline.


The National Anthem (Season 1, Episode 1)


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In its first episode, 'The National Anthem,' a beloved Princess is kidnapped, and the only way to secure her release is for the Prime Minister to, ahem, copulate with a pig live on TV. Part political satire, part a devastating commentary on how social media and technology have changed the news cycle has to work, Black Mirror came out with a bang.

Or should that be a squeal?


The Entire History Of You (Season 1, Episode 3)


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If you ever feel like you tend to over-analyse situations or replay conversations in your head, then just be glad you don't have a Grain, because it will probably drive you mad. In 'The Entire History Of You,' this piece of tech allows its users to record everything they see and hear and replay these memories at will. Unfortunately for Liam, he kind of gets a bit obsessed with his Grain when he suspects that his wife is having an affair.


San Junipero (Season 3, Episode 4)


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This episode is so different to the usual Black Mirror fare in that it's got a happy ending. The town of San Junipero is a simulated reality in which you can upload your consciousness to live in, and even if you die in real life, you can live there forever. It's an uplifting tale, complete with an 80s backdrop, in which technology manages to bring two people together who otherwise wouldn't have met.

Come on, you knew Yorkie and Kelly's love story would be number one in this list.




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With season Black Mirror arriving Netflix December thought celebrate seasons dystopian sci-fi anthology series ranking favourite episodes.For those that excited upcoming season also check spoiler-free review meantime. watch video version this list here. Against Fire (Season Episode 5)Laurie Sparham/NetflixImage: Laurie Sparham/NetflixWe kick with military dystopia Fire. post-apocalyptic Denmark unnamed organisation hunting killing mutated human population unaffectionately nicknamed roaches. This being though things aren’t quite simple that episode dives head first into arena hi-tech warfare philosophical consequences world.While stretch imagination place largely down heavy-handed which treats central theme fact reveals hand early. Waldo Moment 3)Image: Channel 4The murky world British politics sent Moment number entry. slice election madness tells tale Jamie failed comedian voice digital puppeteer cartoon bear named guessed Waldo. Coerced producer running parliament Waldo finds himself over campaign takes unexpected turn.The totally fine doesnt stand high quality rest descends hammy parody towards end. defining virtue creator Charlie Brooker compared Trumps 2016 presidential twitter account tweeting out: ‘This isnt episode. isn’t marketing. reality.’ Hated Nation 6)Image: Sparham/NetflixPeople tend forget when they write mean about others internet theyre often talking real person. took idea step further Nation where tweets social media hashtags could weaponised kill fall foul publics ire. read Ronsons Youve Been Publicly Shamed never want ever again… Right Back 1)Image: Back Marthas boyfriend dies accident. Unable move past grief discovering shes pregnant Martha uploads Ashs information including photos videos profiles create virtual Ash. goes downloads onto blank robot body just like Futurama discovers new fake same old one. guess technology patch deal. Playtest 2)Image: Sparham/NetflixYou might know Trachtenberg directed episode were former game journalists. explains games specifically horror really under your skin.If Resident Evil hows scans brain find what terrifies most? Mirrors freakiest episodes peppered some Easter Eggs. Shut Dance Sparham/NetflixShut tensest Mirror character Kenny blackmailed doing string unusual illegal prevent released internet. didnt cover webcam before seeing episode then definitely will after. Fifteen Million Merits Giles Keyte/Channel Merits vast majority stuck race endlessly cycling order earn merits goods services. only escape enter reality show called Shot winners able grind live nicer place. path fame straightforward everyone make it.Fifteen cuts close home biting commentary obsession using shows measure persons success life. Nosedive 1)Images: David Dettmann/NetflixWe lives online posting thoughts rated other people. imagine ratings opinions affected What rating see immediately judge jobs buy even medical treatment? Thats Nosedive more thought-provoking episodes. White Bear woman wakes house amnesia. People hunt her bystanders nothing help instead filming their phones. turns complicit murder small girl death mobile phone punishment again forgetting crime while away fear life.White features biggest twists Mirror shock ending allegedly inspired fence location making frantically rewrite days. Christmas (Special)Image: 4Two snowy outpost tell each stories pass time. outpost? secrets uncovered? perhaps most ambitious Mirror three separate threads coming together devastating storyline. National Anthem episode Anthem beloved Princess kidnapped secure release Prime Minister ahem copulate Part political satire part have changed news cycle work came bang.Or should squeal? Entire History feel over-analyse situations replay conversations head glad dont Grain because probably drive mad. You piece tech allows users record everything hear these memories will. Unfortunately Liam kind gets obsessed suspects wife having affair. Junipero 4)Image: Sparham/NetflixThis different usual fare happy ending. town simulated upload consciousness life there forever. uplifting tale complete backdrop manages bring people otherwise wouldnt met.Come knew Yorkie Kellys love story would list.

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