Netflix’s original series ‘Black Mirror’ has already become one of the most popular and widely watched (or rather, binged) TV shows on the planet. And what’s not in there to like? The widespread usage of social media, latest gizmos and gadgets, have already made us more tech savvy than we were purported to be, and this anthology series aptly examines and elaborates the inexplicable consequences these technological advances could result in. All the episodes of this critically acclaimed British sci-fi drama are independent of one another and are set in the near dystopian future, where humans would be nothing but slaves to these “artificially intelligent” and superior “puppets” of technology.
It is a show that’s a mirror to the society and to the world that we have come a full circle – from the rampant, oppressive slavery of the 18th and 19th century’s America to what we’re destined to become in a few decades, or maybe even less. Interestingly, the term “Black Mirror” derives its inspiration from the reflection one sees on a blank computer screen, like a mirror, albeit unclear and darker. Being a fan of the series myself, with the episodes 3 and 6 (“Crocodile” and “Black Museum” respectively) my all-time favourites, my take on the show resonates with what is being shown of our future – bleak, scary, and imminent.
A TV Show like ‘Black Mirror’ needn’t be an anthology necessarily, but has to be either set in the dystopian future, highlighting the ill-effects of the human tendency to over-complicate the usage of technology, or misuse thereof, or has to be consisting of people who have been reduced to emotionless objects or rather materials of the civilised society. Such a series would also contain elements of time travel, technological abuse, paranormal, inexplicable happenstances, or a multi-dimensional world. With this list, we bring to you the list of TV shows similar to ‘Black Mirror’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of the shows like Black Mirror on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (2017)
As predictable as it sounds, with Bryan Cranston as one of its executive producers, ‘Electric Dreams’ is an anthology series based on short stories penned by Philip K. Dick. With episodes ranging from mutant telepaths who can communicate in a world of no technology, to non-existent, fictional towns where people have been commuting to, and from virtual realism to alien attacks, ‘Electric Dreams’ is the younger brother of ‘Black Mirror’ in letter and spirit. Watching ‘Electric Dreams’ is like a continuation of ‘Black Mirror’, though you would feel the subtle differences every now and then.
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