Ranking Black Mirror episodes best to worst

by alexandercleak | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

My personal opinion of the best and worst Black Mirror episodes

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1. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Fifteen Million Merits (2011)

TV-MA | 62 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In a world where people's lives consist of riding exercise bikes to gain credits, Bing tries to help a woman get on to a singing competition show.

Director: Euros Lyn | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Jessica Brown Findlay, Rupert Everett, Julia Davis

Votes: 43,779

This is the definition of perfect. The characters, the setting, the twist are all superb. This is the only episode of Black Mirror which makes me feel hate towards the technology and people. I know that might sound bad, but it just shows how well written it is to instill this kind of feeling in me. If you only ever watch one episode of Black Mirror choose this one, it is amazing.

2. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: San Junipero (2016)

TV-MA | 61 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

When Yorkie and Kelly visit San Junipero, a fun-loving beach town full of surf, sun and sex, their lives are changed.

Director: Owen Harris | Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis, Denise Burse, Raymond McAnally

Votes: 47,474

You can tell something isn't quite right from the get go and it slowly gives you hints as to what it might be. It isn't revealed until about halfway through and personally I think its one of the best of the series. The characters are very well developed making you care more about the outcome. An overall very good episode and definitely one to watch.

3. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: White Christmas (2014)

TV-MA | 73 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Three interconnected tales of technology run amok during the Christmas season are told by two men at a remote outpost in a frozen wilderness.

Director: Carl Tibbetts | Stars: Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall, Oona Chaplin, Natalia Tena

Votes: 45,901

This episode is amazing. It delves into the past of two characters and gives us two very different and intriguing stories. The episode remains good throughout and it never becomes boring. This is without a doubt a must watch.

4. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: USS Callister (2017)

TV-MA | 76 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Capt. Robert Daly presides over his crew with wisdom and courage. But a new recruit will soon discover nothing on this spaceship is what it seems.

Director: Toby Haynes | Stars: Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson, Michaela Coel

Votes: 42,869

I'm a fan of 'Star Trek' so maybe I'm a little biased but I think this episode has tons of good moments. It is a great mix of Humour and tension. It does a great job of developing the characters and you can't help but feel sorry for Robert despite what he does. Combine the good characters and an exciting story and you have an episode you simply can't skip.

5. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A young programmer starts to question reality when he adapts a mad writer's fantasy novel into a video game.

Director: David Slade | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Craig Parkinson, Alice Lowe, Asim Chaudhry

Votes: 101,539

I know that some people might consider this to be separate from the series but I'm going to add it to the list anyway. I love this episode. They tried something different by allowing players to make the choices and it really worked. There were some absolutely brilliant moments that made my jaw drop. I spent hours just going back to make sure I exhausted every option and got the most out of this episode I could. This is a must watch.

6. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Hated in the Nation (2016)

TV-MA | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In near-future London, police detective Karin Parke, and her tech-savvy sidekick Blue, investigate a string of mysterious deaths with a sinister link to social media.

Director: James Hawes | Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Faye Marsay, Benedict Wong, Jonas Karlsson

Votes: 33,030

This is the closest Black Mirror gets to the detective genre as we follow the police in their attempt to catch a murderer. It's a very thrilling battle of wits and will keep you watching until the end to find out who wins.

7. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: The Entire History of You (2011)

TV-MA | 49 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In the near future, everyone has access to a memory implant that records everything they do, see and hear. You need never forget a face again - but is that always a good thing?

Director: Brian Welsh | Stars: Toby Kebbell, Jodie Whittaker, Tom Cullen, Amy Beth Hayes

Votes: 44,249

This is the first episode which uses memory implants as the technology focus and personally I think it uses it better than 'Crocodile' and 'Arkangel'. Everything fits together very well and the pace at which the story unravels makes sure you're never bored. I love the ending to this episode as well. It was also nice to see Jodie Whittaker in another role, and I think she plays it incredibly well.

8. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: White Bear (2013)

TV-MA | 42 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Victoria wakes up and cannot remember anything about her life. Everyone she encounters refuses to communicate with her, and they all seem to know something she doesn't. But what?

Director: Carl Tibbetts | Stars: Lenora Crichlow, Michael Smiley, Tuppence Middleton, Ian Bonar

Votes: 37,087

This is a great episode with a flawless story. It's definitely most exciting on your first watch when you don't know what's going to happen next. This episode is best if you go in knowing nothing so I will say no more. Just trust me, it's really good.

9. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Hang the DJ (2017)

TV-MA | 51 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Paired up by a dating program that puts an expiration date on all relationships, Frank and Amy soon begin to question the system's logic.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: Georgina Campbell, Joe Cole, Gina Bramhill, George Blagden

Votes: 42,146

This is a great episode and really shows the work that goes into writing the episodes of Black Mirror. It takes something as simple as a dating app and makes a whole episode out of it and I enjoyed every moment. This is one of the episodes that keeps you guessing until the end as well and the twist doesn't disappoint.

10. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Nosedive (2016)

TV-MA | 63 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A woman desperate to boost her social media score hits the jackpot when she's invited to a swanky wedding, but the trip doesn't go as planned.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Cherry Jones, James Norton

Votes: 44,821

This is one of the more light-hearted episodes in the series. I love the commentary on the influences of social media and I thought it was quite a realistic depiction of what society in the future could look like. I like the main characters development through the episode and the ending is pretty much perfect.

11. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Shut Up and Dance (2016)

TV-MA | 52 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

When withdrawn Kenny stumbles headlong into an online trap, he is quickly forced into an uneasy alliance with shifty Hector, both at the mercy of persons unknown.

Director: James Watkins | Stars: Alex Lawther, Jerome Flynn, Susannah Doyle, Frankie Wilson

Votes: 38,578

This is a very good episode. There's always something happening and you never know what is going to happen next. The only bad thing about it is the ending. I don't think the twist was very good and I think it could have being more effective if it had gone down a different path.

12. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Smithereens (2019)

TV-MA | 70 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A cab driver with an agenda becomes the centre of attention on a day that rapidly spirals out of control.

Director: James Hawes | Stars: Andrew Scott, Damson Idris, Topher Grace, Monica Dolan

Votes: 27,096

It's an interesting commentary on the effect of social media on peoples lives but definately not my favourite of the series. I enjoyed it but I think it could have played out even better if he hadn't been caught at the start. I would have liked to see how the main character would have dealt with it but by having him get seen it forces the story down a certain direction when it could have probably done something more interesting.

13. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Black Museum (2017)

TV-MA | 69 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A woman enters the Black Museum, where the proprietor tells his stories relating to the artifacts.

Director: Colm McCarthy | Stars: Douglas Hodge, Letitia Wright, Daniel Lapaine, Aldis Hodge

Votes: 33,467

There are lots of callbacks to other episodes which means every time you watch it you will find something new. There are multiple story-lines in this episode and personally I think it worked quite well. However, the most violent scenes in the series are in this episode. If you don't want to have scenes of horrific violence burned into your brain then skip it. I'm generally alright with violence but this episode was probably my limit.

14. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too (2019)

TV-MA | 67 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A lonely teenager yearns to connect with her favorite pop star - whose charmed existence isn't quite as rosy as it appears...

Director: Anne Sewitsky | Stars: Miley Cyrus, Angourie Rice, Madison Davenport, Susan Pourfar

Votes: 27,012

This episode has a good mixture of humor, action and twists. It takes a long time to build to the climax and I found my interest waning in the middle but it was worth the wait. If you're looking for a light-hearted episode then this is the episode for you.

15. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Arkangel (2017)

TV-MA | 52 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

After nearly losing her daughter, a mother invests in a new technology that allows her to keep track of her.

Director: Jodie Foster | Stars: Rosemarie DeWitt, Brenna Harding, Owen Teague, Angela Vint

Votes: 33,707

I like the concept of the episode and it plays out in an exciting way. It does focus on similar technology as the one in 'The Entire History Of You' which takes a bit away from the originality of the episode but I still enjoy it. The ending is somewhat predictable but still give it a watch.

16. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Be Right Back (2013)

TV-MA | 48 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

After learning about a new service that lets people stay in touch with the deceased, a lonely, grieving Martha reconnects with her late lover.

Director: Owen Harris | Stars: Hayley Atwell, Domhnall Gleeson, Claire Keelan, Sinead Matthews

Votes: 37,187

This episode just isn't quite my cup of tea. I've never really being a fan of romance story lines and the connection between the two characters is the focus of the episode. Definitely give it a watch though because it could turn out to be one of your favorites.

17. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Men Against Fire (2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Future soldiers Stripe and Raiman must protect frightened villagers from an infestation of vicious feral mutants.

Director: Jakob Verbruggen | Stars: Malachi Kirby, Madeline Brewer, Ariane Labed, Sarah Snook

Votes: 29,116

An interesting episode with some good points and some weaker points.Overall I liked the concept but I think it could have executed better. The twist however is one of the better ones and turns the whole episode on its head. Give it a watch.

18. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Playtest (2016)

TV-MA | 57 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An American traveler short on cash signs up to test a revolutionary new gaming system, but soon can't tell where the hot game ends and reality begins.

Director: Dan Trachtenberg | Stars: Wyatt Russell, Hannah John-Kamen, Wunmi Mosaku, Ken Yamamura

Votes: 37,572

I haven't quite decided how I feel about this episode. I enjoyed it the first time round watching it but whenever I re-watch episodes this is one I never pick. Give it a watch and see what you think.

19. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: The National Anthem (2011)

TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Prime Minister Michael Callow faces a shocking dilemma when Princess Susannah, a much-loved member of the Royal Family, is kidnapped.

Director: Otto Bathurst | Stars: Rory Kinnear, Lindsay Duncan, Donald Sumpter, Tom Goodman-Hill

Votes: 43,695

The first time I watched this I thought it was great. But after watching the other episodes in the series I realised how weak this episode was compared to the rest. Since this is the first ever episode I would give it a watch as it is a good introduction to the kind of things to expect from the series.

20. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Striking Vipers (2019)

TV-MA | 61 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Two estranged college friends reunite in later life, triggering a series of events that could alter their lives forever.

Director: Owen Harris | Stars: Anthony Mackie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Beharie, Pom Klementieff

Votes: 29,835

I found this episode a bit boring. I could see how it was going to play out from a mile off and I never found myself surprised by the twists and turns which are some of my favorite things about Black Mirror. I would recommend skipping this one

21. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Crocodile (2017)

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A woman interviews various people using a device that allows her to access their memories.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Andrew Gower, Anthony Welsh

Votes: 31,472

It feels very similar to the earlier episode 'The Entire History Of You' and doesn't really bring anything new to the table. A few moments are a bit random and it has some of the most violent scenes in the series in it. If you like violence I would watch it. If not then its probably one to skip.

22. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Metalhead (2017)

TV-MA | 41 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In the post-apocalyptic landscape of the Scottish Moors, a woman attempts to survive the land full of "dogs."

Director: David Slade | Stars: Maxine Peake, Jake Davies, Clint Dyer

Votes: 29,549

If you like action and violence then you'll probably really enjoy this episode. If you are like me and prefer a story that slowly unravels sending you on a roller coaster of emotions, then like me you probably won't find it too interesting. I would recommend skipping it

23. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: The Waldo Moment (2013)

TV-MA | 43 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A failed comedian who voices a popular cartoon bear named Waldo finds himself mixing in politics when TV executives want Waldo to run for office.

Director: Bryn Higgins | Stars: Daniel Rigby, Chloe Pirrie, Jason Flemyng, Tobias Menzies

Votes: 31,228

This episode is just plain boring. Nothing much happens throughout and when it reaches the end your left thinking is that it. This is one I would recommend skipping as their are so many other episodes to watch which are a better use of your time

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