Black Mirror and Its Techno-Voodoo Are Coming to Netflix


Guys, I am so excited for this I can't find the words, but let me try. BLEJFEFIEH FEWFIOWNF. Good enough. Netflix has ordered 12 new episodes of Charlie Brooker's brilliant Black Mirror, the anthological Twilight Zone for the modern era that looks at the frightening prospects of technology's impact on society. This is very, very good news.

Netflix did not announce a premiere date or a rollout plan, only saying that production of the dozen new episodes would commence this year. Black Mirror originated on the U.K.'s Channel 4, where it was released in two seasons of three episodes beginning in 2011, with a bonus Christmas episode, starring Jon Hamm, made last holiday season. With 12 new episodes coming, that's almost double the Black Mirror we've had over the last five years. We don't know if all 12 will be released at once, but given the series' release history it wouldn't be a shock to see the dozen split up into multiple seasons. It's not like Netflix has steadfast rules about anything.

Reports of Netflix scooping up new episodes of Black Mirror came out earlier this month. Today's news means that we hopefully won't have to put up with the planned American version of the series that's in development.

The move to Netflix makes sense for Black Mirror as the streaming service has the first seven episodes available in its library. And why shouldn't a series showing depicting the perils of tech be on the most technologically and commercially advanced form of television distribution?

"It's all very exciting—a whole new bunch of Black Mirror episodes on the most fitting platform imaginable. Netflix connects us with a global audience so that we can create bigger, stranger, more international and diverse stories than before, whilst maintaining that 'Black Mirror' feel. I just hope none of these new story ideas come true,” said Brooker.


Brooker's last comment about hoping none of these new story ideas come true is a reference to the recent alleged scandal involving British Prime Minister David Cameron, which says he may have inserted his willy into the head of a deceased pig while at university as part of some frat-like games. In the premiere episode of Black Mirror, something eerily similar happens while showing the power of social media on public figures. What else does Brooker know that he's not telling us yet?

What aspect of technology scares you the most? Loss of privacy? Drones? That fact that I'm watching you right now through your hacked webcam? 

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Sep 27, 2015
Black Mirror originated on the U.K.

Sigh... when will you reviewer types realize that there's no such thing as good British TV? It's either old people in their living room drinking tea or it's beginning-to-end full frontal nudity (possibly both). When I was growing up we put British TV on PBS to make sure that no one accidentally watched it and then they threatened to show more of it unless you pledged them money every year.

Oh, and anyone who's seen Doctor Who will know that British sets are made entirely of cardboard and tin cans.

And before anyone tries naming any good British TV, Americans have had to rewrite it, improve it, and spend more that 50 haypennies on sets to make it good TV.
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Dec 02, 2015
Calm the fuck down.
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Sep 27, 2015
Oh, and British seasons tend to be six episodes long with 3-year breaks inbetween. It's madness.
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Sep 27, 2015
I gave Black Mirror a try last week and had to turn it off halfway through, which is something I've literally never done before. I usually love dark and twisted and weird, but I guess I draw the line at public pigf******.

Is it really worth giving another shot?
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Sep 27, 2015
I love the episode where it's possible to block a person irl. Just the idea of it its mindblowing.
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Sep 27, 2015
The Christmas special is on Netflix? I gotta get on that. Is that where the picture is from?
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Sep 27, 2015
The whole stigma against "Americanizing" a show is utterly stupid to me. When shows like Shameless, Being Human, The Office, etc showed how a great series could be even greater with a proper budget and returning cast members. A good premise and good storytelling have a strong tendency to transcend borders and cultural differences. It's the revolving door of producers, show runners, and script writers that make or break adaptations; it's certainly not the excessive amount of foreign actors cast in the roles.
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Sep 26, 2015
awesome series. glad more is coming
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Sep 26, 2015
I always felt that British approach to sci-fi technoloy is somewhat different than American. British Black Mirror had somewhat distinct british feel to it (seen also in Humans). I just hope that when it crosses the pond it will not get lost and will not turn into The Twilight Zone mk. 4
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jmw
Sep 26, 2015
When it comes to British imports I have lost my hopes a long time ago. New channel, new producers, new team… A British show is never the same ! The same applies to other countries and that's why I chose to watch Äkta människor and not Humans, its US remake, for instance.
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Sep 27, 2015
&A; British show is never the same !

But that's the point! American actors wear clothes and American shows don't have props made out of tin cans and cardboard. If there were good British producers they'd have already come to America in the first place to make the big bucks, wouldn't they? Think about it... where to Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan live and work today?

British shows imported to America get the equivalent of a "home makeover" treatment to fix them up and give them curb appeal.
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Dec 02, 2015
You are the type of person that is the reason people hate Americans. It is not the center of the world.
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Sep 26, 2015
Black Mirror's no Netflix? Nope, upon checking I don't see it. Another casualty of Canadian Netflix, fuck.
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Sep 25, 2015
Great! I just hope that they put the special episode up there soon as well. That's the only one I haven't seen.
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Sep 26, 2015
It's on 4OD if your able to get it.
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Sep 26, 2015
I'm in the US, I can't access those videos. I've tried numerous times. Love Channel Four shows.
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Sep 25, 2015
I think there are only six episodes available on Netflix. I can't find the seventh one on there.
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Sep 25, 2015
very excited, just hope they keep the original team, however there may have been one, with these new episodes.
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Sep 25, 2015
Why aren't I am able to find the special episode on Netflix? Am I crazy?
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Sep 25, 2015
I don't think it's on there
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Sep 26, 2015
Haha ok! It said in the article that all 7 episodes were there, so I was confused!
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Sep 25, 2015
OMG! YAAAAASS! I watched this show, before it became mainstream ( I know, I know. hipster alert and all that jazz) and I'm so happy that it's getting the recognition it deserves!
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Sep 27, 2015
Tim also wrote about "Under the Dome". Just sayin'. ;-)
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Sep 25, 2015
Currently consumed with Daredevil (very good).
Black Mirror is next.
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Sep 25, 2015
The question is, how much will Brooker be involved? Or will it be heavily "Americanized" and updated?

Not that you think a show three years old would have to be updated. But then, look at some of the rumors that were flying around when they considered an Americanized version of Utopia.
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Sep 25, 2015
so excited for this!! Black Mirror is amazing! yes definitely hope the don't try to make an American version. It would be crazy if another of his episodes stories came true. really freaky about the David Cameron thing.
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Sep 27, 2015
&hope; the don't try to make an American version

America has the best television in the world. You should *hope* they make an American version.
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Sep 28, 2015
Marburg makes some pretty good points, also american television has a HUGE market, and a HUGE budget because almost all of the western world speaks english, this means extra income from sales to other countries.

And yes, i do love american telivision, but it doesnt have a great track record when it comes to remaking a show for the american audiance.
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Sep 28, 2015
I understand your bias, but it's pretty clear that you're confusing the "best" television in the world with the "most" television in the world.

the reality is we throw so many shows on the wall every season, it's close to impossible to keep up with everything that looks even halfway interesting. Luckily, the vast majority of our TV is soaking wet bullshit that gets cancelled & falls down the memory hole soon enough.

For every successful American TV show that can be named, there's at least 3 other American TV shows that had doorknobs shoved up their asses on the way out the door. That's just the way it is, so personal taste is both subjective & irrelevant
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Oct 04, 2015
&I; understand your bias

I prefer the phrase "over-the-top bombast with tongue in cheek". :-)

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Sep 26, 2015
Don't be, fucking pigs is so 2012, now fucking an alpaca or capibara, thats fresh!
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Sep 27, 2015
Nonsense, organic sexing is so 2 years ago. We have machines and devices that do all the work for us now. Who wants to break a sweat every time you want to get off?
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