Black Mirror: Season 5 (2019)

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Though Black Mirror's abbreviated fifth season never quite reaches the heights (or surprises) of previous installments, it remains one of TVs strangest philosophical offerings -- for better or worse.

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Critic Ratings: 39

46%

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User Ratings: 301

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Air date: Jun 5, 2019

College pals Danny and Karl reunite in a virtual reality session of their favorite game. However, something unexpected comes out of their nighttime escapades.

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A London-based driver captures a social media mogul, sparking an international state of emergency.

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An introverted teen fixates on an AI inspired by Ashley O, her favorite popstar. Meanwhile, Ashley's own life begins to come apart at the seams.

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Critic Reviews for Black Mirror Season 5

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (9)

Watching Black Mirror's three brand-new installments on Netflix makes it clear that the series, in our current TV universe, claims and holds the fantasy anthology series crown.

Jun 5, 2019 | Full Review…
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The concepts are simple, and yet showrunners Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones find evermore potent ways to drive down into humanity's darker instincts.

Jul 19, 2019 | Full Review…

The present day-with-a-twist anthology series works best when it avoids easy moralising and keeps us in a spin.

Jun 26, 2020 | Full Review…

'Black Mirror' has lost its spark as season five leans on findings of the past. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jun 5, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

In the best and worst exploitation tradition, "Striking Vipers" warns you not to treat others as a game. Then it goes ahead and does exactly that.

Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Season 5 of Black Mirror is a more calm, focused look at the human stories of technological advancement and a thoughtful examination of our own complex relationships with each other.

Jul 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Black Mirror's fifth season rang in a new era of confidence and dedication to exploring the world of genre when it comes to creating impactful pieces.

Jul 3, 2019 | Full Review…

An anthology of this calibre can be forgiven its weaker moments and this season does enough to leave you wanting more.

Jun 27, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The fifth season of Black Mirror isn't necessary bad -- each episode has a glimmer of something exciting -- but unfortunately that didn't quite go far enough.

Jun 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Overall, this season offers relatively lighter fare for what can typically be an extremely heady, dark watch. And outside of a few pieces of tech, these stories could very much play out in the real world today.

Jun 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Black Mirror still feels right - precisely because it feels so wrong.

Jun 25, 2019 | Full Review…

It may not be on the level of classic Black Mirror... but it's still a fine place to look for digital-era self-reflection. Just don't expect this run of episodes to break your brain.

Jun 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Mirror: Season 5

  • 6d ago
    Not great. None of these episodes are particularly interesting.
  • Sep 06, 2020
    Still one of the smartest shows out there. Not every episode is 5 stars. But overall this series continues to be thought provoking and well crafted. I always look forward to seeing what BM will do next.
  • Sep 02, 2020
    Episode "Smithereens" was really good, but the other two were kind of stupid.
  • Aug 17, 2020
    I can't separate ratings for a series like this. All seasons get 5 stars. One of the best series ever made... wildly creative.
  • Jul 17, 2020
    I reviewed this before but it was suspiciously deleted. The performances by Nikki Beharie were brilliant. The series is brilliantly casted but I don't have time to rewrite what I posted. Maybe I'll have time. Don't trust the low rating of this season. RT used to be so much more reliable. They seem to be influenced by corporate interests now
  • Jul 15, 2020
    Black Mirror Season 5 | Detailed note: 5.5
  • Jun 30, 2020
    Very bad season, I was so disapointed, I think the serie was way better in England
  • Jun 16, 2020
    3 and a half Stars for the first two episodes. Both were quite good and Smithereen was exceptionally powerful, though it should have delved deeper into its theme of how social media controls people's minds and attention. Minus 1 and a half stars for the last episode with Miley Cyrus. Probably the worst episode of the entire franchise. Charlie Booker should be embarrassed for that ridiculousness.
  • Jun 15, 2020
    I love technology, this is a masterpiece. Very realistic in a predictive future. Feel astonished now by watching it on Netflix !!! MUST WATCH FOR ALL tech-savvy
  • Jun 09, 2020
    It's was awesome.... More special because of Miley Cyrus

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