The Definitive Order to Watching Black Mirror

Level 1: Welcome to Black Mirror

Welcome. I'm glad you're here. It takes a minute to get oriented into the Black Mirror world is all about. These handful of episodes are like training wheels. Do watch all of the episodes in this level before moving on to the next level. This level is great for binging.

  1. Nosedive s03e01

    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.

  2. Fifteen Million Merits s01e02

    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.

  3. The Waldo Moment s02e03

    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.

  4. Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too s05e03

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

  5. Smithereens s05e02

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

  6. USS Callister s04e01

    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.

Level 2: Relationships Aren't Always What They Seem

Black Mirror doesn't only play with our relationship with technology and flip it on its head, it also gets us to examine our relationships with others. This level definitely turns the dial up some and thus, is not recommended for binging. After each of the following episodes, I looked for the nearest Black Mirror-watching friend and rambled off all the questions, comments, highlights I experienced.

  1. Hang the DJ s04e04

    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.

  2. Striking Vipers s05e01

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

  3. The Entire History of You s01e03

    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?

  4. San Junipero s03e04

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

  5. Be Right Back s02e01

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

Level 3: You Might Not Be Who You Think You Are

So you've made it this far? Good on you. At this point, you can consider yourself a fan of the show. This level has some incredible highs and some incredible lows. You never know where Black Mirror will take you. Enjoy.

  1. Arkangels04e02

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

  2. The National Anthem s01e01

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

  3. Crocodile s04e03

    An insurance agent investigates a minor traffic incident using a device that manifests peoples' memories, but one of her witnesses has something to hide.

  4. Hated in the Nation s03e06

    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.

  5. Men Against Fire s03e05

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

  6. Shut Up and Dance s03e03

    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.

  7. White Bear s02e02

    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?

Level 4: I Need A Hug

Spoiler alert: These episodes will mess with you. If you've made it this far, then you NEED to finish the series. I don't want to say anymore about the following episodes. Just know that the show is called Black Mirror for a reason. Enjoy.

  1. Metalheads04e05

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

  2. White Christmass02e04

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

  3. Playtests03e02

    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.

  4. Black Museums04e06

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