We’ve spent a lot of time staring into Netflix’s dark, cracked “Black Mirror.” Usually we rank things from worst to best, but there are no bad episodes of the show. The worst are entertaining and the best tear your heart out. Here they are ranked from good to to mind-blowing.
Season 3, Episode 6: “Hated in the Nation”
It’s disappointing that Season 3 — in which “Black Mirror” produced some of the best television, well, ever — ended on such a so-so note. This story about a killer hashtag and Terminator bees has shades of “Sharknado.” Great acting, though.
Season 2, Episode 3: “The Waldo Moment”
A lot of people say this episode, about an insulting cartoon bear who inserts himself into politics, heralded the rise of Donald Trump. It’s well done, but just not that groundbreaking.
Season 1, Episode 2: Fifteen Million Merits
This twist on “American Idol”-style mobs is, again, well-acted. But is it even a satire to portray people working hard for the illusion of happiness? Isn’t that just… being alive?
Season 2, Episode 2: “White Bear”
Full disclosure. We’re divided on this one. One of us thinks it’s a sharp critique of armchair prosecutors, and the other thinks “Black Mirror” is least effective when it goes for horror.
Season 3, Episode 2: “Playtest”
Another horror episode. It’s absolutely captivating, and the questions it raises about memory and identity linger long after the shocks.
Season 2, Episode 1: “Be Right Back”
We recommend this episode, and all the ones that follow, without caveat. This episode, starring Hayley Atwell and Domhnall Gleeson, is another aching look at the qualities that make us us. It’s one of many “Black Mirror” episodes that could have been a Best Picture contender if it were a movie. In fact, it shares some similarities with 2014 Best Picture nominee “Her.”
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