We may have a while before the next season of Black Mirror but we’ve rounded up five decidedly unsettling shows to binge watch in the meantime.
1. Electric Dreams
The anthology series Electric Dreams features 10 episodes so far, each one a self-contained narrative based on a Philip K. Dick story.
The series takes its name from the story that inspired Blade Runner, but the episodes are as diverse as the author’s dazzlingly far-reaching work. An all star cast includes Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston and Anna Paquin.
Humans, now in its second season, takes us into a chillingly plausible near future where almost human robotic assistants called Synths are as common as today’s iPhones.
Fittingly, what makes this show so gripping is the way it uses the backdrop of a meditation on artificial intelligence to stage a drama revolving around all too common jealousies and conflicts.
3. Mr. Robot
Rami Malek stars as an intensely charismatic hacker in this highly acclaimed sci-fi show. Mr. Robot, like many of the best Black Mirror episodes, gives us an eerie near-future dystopia that’s just a little too realistic for comfort.
4. The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone, one of TV’s most iconic sci-fi programs, needs no introduction. While it’s become a cliche to compare Black Mirror to the Twilight Zone, the truth is that when talking about any eerie sci-fi anthology show, the specter of The Twilight Zone is bound to come up.
Westworld may draw distantly on a Michael Crichton novel, but the HBO show contains the kind of tensely wound dramas and power struggles mixed with big questions about artificiality and free will that distinctly recall the themes explored in Black Mirror.