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Top 5 Black Mirror Episodes That Aren't Depressing As Hell

VO: Richard Bush WRITTEN BY: Paul Grover
Not so black mirror? Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 5 “Black Mirror” episodes that actually aren’t depressing as hell. It’s one of the most thought provoking, reflective shows on TV today, but it’s also known for being one of the most depressing. However, the odd episode does supply some glimpses of happiness... at least, happiness as it attains to the cynical mind of Charlie Brooker! For this list, we’re counting down the best instalments that achieve just that! But first, in case you haven’t seen the series yet, spoiler alert! Special thanks to our user WordToTheWes for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 5 Black Mirror Episodes That Aren't Depressing As Hell


Not so black mirror? Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 5 “Black Mirror” episodes that actually aren’t depressing as hell.

It’s one of the most thought provoking, reflective shows on TV today, but it’s also known for being one of the most depressing. However, the odd episode does supply some glimpses of happiness... at least, happiness as it attains to the cynical mind of Charlie Brooker! For this list, we’re counting down the best instalments that achieve just that! But first, in case you haven’t seen the series yet, spoiler alert!

#5: “Nosedive” (2016)

Living in a world where every encounter you have with someone is rated, and ratings are practically currency, Lacie must constantly act as a polite, model citizen. It’s a concept that closely mirrors our own emerging reality as people become increasingly obsessed with the reactions they get on social media. However, the more Lacie attempts to force her rating higher, the more it plummets, culminating in a complete and public break down. She may end up locked up as a result, with her rating beyond repair, but she’s finally free of the system, and it’s hard not to empathize with her immense sense of relief.

#4: “USS Callister” (2017)

Despite the psychopathic, Captain Kirk parody, this sci-fi story still manages to be one of the more fun and humorous “Black Mirror” episodes. It even has an ending where the villain gets his just desserts and most of the protagonists survive – which is rare, in this show. And they don’t just survive to live on in the same never-ending hell as before, either. Instead, the crew escapes into an online gaming cosmos, with seemingly infinite possibilities. Though, it does kinda depend on your perspective, because getting stuck forever in a video game could still be pretty torturous! At least there’s bright colours and a general feeling of hope, though – right?

#3: “Black Museum” (2017)

This entry may come as a slight surprise, but for the sake of this list, it’s about the destination, not the journey. Sure, the stories we see as told by the museum’s sleazy owner may be some of the most morbid of the entire series, but it’s the twist ending where things take a turn for the better. Museum guest Nish turns out to be the daughter of one of the victims of one of the museum’s attractions… and so she takes out some poetic revenge on the cruel curator, for another case of justice served. It’s dark, sure… but it’s not depressing!

#2: “San Junipero” (2016)

In contrast to the last entry, this one shouldn't come as a surprise. Yorkie and Kelly are growing old and approaching the end of their lives. But in the simulated reality of The Cloud, they’re able to again experience life in the bodies of their young and vibrant selves. Falling in love with one another is a dilemma for Kelly though, who’s not sure if she really wants her conscience to continue forever, what with the rest of her real-world family having passed away. But, in the end, her love for Yorkie wins out and they live on with each other for eternity. And for once, everyone’s happy!

#1: “Hang the D.J.” (2017)

The only episode that could possibly top “San Junipero” on the non-depressing spectrum is “Hang the D.J.”. There are few dilemmas for the romantic pairing of Frank and Amy, as their virtual copies prove they’re a 99.8% match for each other, within a dating algorithm that makes Tinder look like, well, Tinder. Their coded doppelgangers’ quest is to overcome the time restriction put on their relationship by running away with each other, and thereby further establishing their near certain likelihood for compatibility. And how does the episode end? With the real Frank and Amy meeting up for their first date. Beautiful.
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