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Every 'Black Mirror' Episode, Ranked

Updated June 10, 2020 13.3k votes 1.8k voters 24.5k views22 items

List RulesVote up the Black Mirror episodes that you'll never forget.

Thanks to Netflix, fans of Black Mirror, the BBC shows Netflix brought stateside, have been gifted many more episodes since its premiere back in 2011. Black Mirror often examines the darker side of technology and asks: are we all doomed? There are other shows like Black Mirror that do the same, but something about this series is special.

Many Black Mirror episodes leave viewers feeling exhausted, having witnessed the worst of the marriage between humanity and technology. But every Black Mirror episode has its own merits and many fans hotly debate which Black Mirror episodes are the best in the series. Weigh in on the debate below by voting up the episodes of Black Mirror that left you saying, "holy sh*t, what did I just watch?"

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    Robert Daly is a sad sack CTO at a virtual reality company who's created a fantasy world for himself aboard the fictional USS Callister, a ship modeled after Space Fleet - a Star Trek stand in. In his real life Daly may be a put upon dork, but while captaining the Callister he's a tyrannical throwback to '60s sci-fi male chauvinism. His imaginary world runs smoothly until his creation starts to fight back against him. 

    BAFTA Award Nomination: Best Supporting Actor (Jimmi Simpson) 2018
    Black Reel Award Nominations - Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie or Limited Series (Michaela Coel) 2018
    Emmy Award Nominations: Best TV Movie - WON, Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Jesse Plemons), Best Writing - WON, Best Cinematography, Best Music Composition, Best Single-Camera Picture Editing - WON, Best Sound Editing - WON
    Saturn Award Nomination: Best Guest Performance in a TV Series (Jesse Plemons)
    Costume Designer Guild Award Nomination - Excellence in Fantasy TV Series
    MTV Movie & TV Awards Nomination - Most Frightened Performance (Cristin Milioti)

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      Hang the DJ

      Hang the DJ explores the natural progression of dating apps when it takes a look at a Tinder-esque software that helps decide who its users can date rather than allowing them to figure it out for themselves. The app runs users through every scenario possible, and even decides when you should split. It's a great system, but it can't stop Amy and Frank from meeting up with one another again and again.

      BAFTA Award Nomination: Best Single Drama 2019
      Black Reel Award Nominations - Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie or Limited Series (Georgina Campbell) 2018

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        Black Museum

        With some time to kill while charging her car in the desert, Nish decides to check out the Black Museum. Inside she meets Rolo Haynes, the owner of the establishment. Haynes walks Nish through three tales of technological woe, before the episode's grim sci-fi twist takes hold. It turns out that the kindly/creepy museum owner owes a debt of retribution to Nish, and she's going to get her revenge by any means necessary. 

        Black Reel Award Nominations - Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series (Babs Olusanmokun) 2018, Best Supporting Actress (Letitia Wright)
        Emmy Award Nomination - Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Letitia Wright)

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          Victoria wakes up and cannot remember anything about her life. Everyone she encounters refuses to communicate with her and enjoys filming her discomfort on their phones. Victoria meets Jem, who explains that a signal is being transmitted that has turned most of the population into dumb voyeurs. This apathy has allowed the unaffected, the 'hunters', to do what they want and they are out to get people like her and Victoria...

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