Black Mirror is making waves as a must-see show for geeks everywhere. Unfortunately, this Netflix Original only comprises a limited number of episodes, so it’s entirely possible to binge-watch Black Mirror over a long weekend.
If you have finished watching Black Mirror but are still hungry for even more dystopian worries about the future, we’ve got some suitably grim recommendations for you.
What’s Great About Black Mirror
When the screen goes blank after watching another of Charlie Brooker’s horrifying tales, you’re left staring at your own reflection in the “black mirror” of your screen.
And that’s precisely what each episode of Black Mirror does. It shows a dark reflection of what society could become if we continue on this path of technological “progress”. If we follow our current habit of tech addiction to its absurd conclusion.
It turns out we love that kind of story, with Black Mirror being just one TV series in a string of these narratives. If that’s the kind of thing you enjoy, you’ll probably love these other TV series too.
This violent British thriller follows five strangers who meet online to uncover the deadly truths hidden within a graphic novel. These truths take the viewer on a tour of drugs, assassinations, genetics, and a vision of what’s in store for future mankind.
Understandably, the group quickly find themselves in too deep, being tracked by two hitmen working for a powerful group known simply as “The Network”.
Another show written by Charlie Brooker, Dead Set is a 5-part horror that is, yes, about zombies attacking the Big Brother house.
But the overarching theme (and the 24-style cinematography) of this thrilling ride isn’t primarily about the undead. It’s rather a satirical look at the media and what the wider public actually considers to be entertainment.
Disgusted by the way the world is — rife with consumerism, manipulation, and lies — nihilist Elliot Alderson decides to take matters into his own hands. Himself and a small team of misfit hackers work to “save the world” by bringing down the largest corporation in history.
The twists and turns, uncovered secrets, and fallout of this story have turned Mr. Robot into an instant success. A success that plays clever homage to other classics like The Matrix, Fight Club, and American Psycho.
Inspired by the original 1973 movie, HBO’s sci-fi series is a glimpse into an unnerving future. Only this time, it’s looking at artificial intelligence (AI), mixed with humanity’s dark, hidden desires.
Westworld is essentially a Wild West themed attraction, populated with cyborgs that look exactly like humans. Customers enter the theme park to enact their harrowing desires on the local android population. Unfortunately for everyone involved, a bug in the software forces the cyborgs to remember all of the suffering they have gone through in previous builds.
Although there are a few similarities between Humans and Westworld, the former takes a much more “realistic” view of a world shared with sentient robots.
Set in the very-near technological future, robots (“synths”) are being sold as personal assistants to anyone who can afford one. Although they look just like you and I, synths were designed to be nothing more than cleaners, drivers, and personal cooks.
But when a small group of synths start to show signs of sentience, we’re treated to a dark, fast-paced exploration of race, gender, and the purpose of humanity in a world where AI surpasses anything that humans can contribute.
6. Dark Net
If you loved the realism of Black Mirror, the 2016 documentary series Dark Net will show you how far we can currently go with technology.
One premise of the series is to look at how far we have to integrate with our technology before we actually become devices ourselves. Another looks at how this technology can serve to improve our lives.
But the series also examines the dark side to this technology, from tech cults, to 3D-printed weapons, and the terrifying things people will do behind the anonymity of the web.
7. Orphan Black (CA)
If you’re not worried about cloning just yet, you will be after watching this multi-series TV show.
The opening scene shows Sarah Manning witnessing a suicide. Only, the person who committed suicide looks exactly like her. And that’s just the first of many clones to be discovered.
This is the start of a gripping, tightly-written plot of twists and turns. Can the clones discover why they were created? And can they finally learn who to trust?
8. Inside No. 9
If you loved the separate storylines in each episode of Black Mirror, you’ll love Inside No. 9.
From the creators of the League of Gentlemen, this anthology series is as dark, gritty, hilarious, and downright weird as you’d expect.
Each episode is entirely standalone, with the similarity being that they all happen within a property with the number “9”. And just like with Black Mirror, the twists of each story will keep you hooked (and sometimes horrified) until the very last minute.
A huge explosion in a nightclub on New Year’s Eve turns a city into a quarantined dystopia. The deadly fallout leaves those trapped in the quarantine zone undergoing, let’s just say, a change.
As the event is investigated by a photojournalist and the spin-doctor (both Game of Thrones featured actors), the futuristic government remains hell-bent on protecting its secrets.
Over just three episodes, however, the web begins to unravel, showing how deep the conspiracy and cover-up really goes. This really is a mashup of futuristic sci-fi horror that, despite its less than stellar ratings on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, still received some great reviews from critics.
10. How TV Ruined Your Life
Yet another Charlie Brooker series, How TV Ruined Your Life delivers exactly what it promises. With his typical cynicism and wit, Brooker’s opinionated documentary series is a wake up call for us all.
Using a mixture of archive footage and hilarious sketches, this 6-part series explains why TV is to blame for our complete misunderstanding of how the world works. From looking at how TV stokes fear, and creates stereotypes of age groups, to how it affects our views on love and aspiration, How TV Ruined Your Life tackles it all.
What Shows Would You Recommend?
Black Mirror managed to capture the attention of millions, and for plenty of different reasons.
Its sinister worries about our relationship with technology are something we all feel at times. And that’s mainly how we selected TV shows for this list. Each of these shows mostly revolves around that loose idea of a world gone wrong (apart from Inside No. 9, which relates to Black Mirror in a more distant way).
So for anyone hungry for more stories like that, the shows in this list should provide plenty of hours of entertainment, and lots of moral questions for you to mull over.
Which other TV shows do you think people would love to watch after finishing Black Mirror? Which of the shows we have recommended above will you be checking out? Have you got any insights into Black Mirror? Please let us know in the comments below!
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