Black Mirror: Season 5 (2019)

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Season 5
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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: 38

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User Ratings: 142
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Air date: Jun 5, 2019
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Critic Reviews for Black Mirror Season 5

All Critics (38) | 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…

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…

'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…

Even with only three new episodes to watch, season 5 of Black Mirror delivers. All three episodes are worth watching - some more than once!

Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Black Mirror: Season 5

  • 57m ago
    There is nothing of the previous genius of "Black Mirror" in this season. What a colossal disappointment. I wish I could go back and unwatch it.
  • 1d ago
    Bad episodes let down the whole series but had some amazing ones in there!
  • 5d ago
    Season 5 was disappointing and definitely the worst so far, with the last episode, "Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too" being one of the worst episodes overall. Hoping things improve in the next season (if there is one).
  • Nov 25, 2019
    it strayed away from the good seasons that actually made an impact, that actually made you think. It went for sell out things like bringing in Miley Cyrus and B list celebrities.
  • Nov 19, 2019
    The three worst episodes of the best show on Netflix.
  • Oct 19, 2019
    This season was incredibly disappointing. The last season of Black Mirror ended at such a satisfying zenith, that it left me hoping they would make another season, but not expecting them to. When I heard they were making another one I was extremely excited, but what they delivered was mediocre at best. I really liked the Striking Vipers episode, I felt like it fit in with the rest of the Black Mirror series, and dealt with interesting concepts about sexuality. It took me 3 separate viewing sessions to finish Smithereens, because it was so boring and relatively pointless, and man, the Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too episode was straight nonsensical garbage. I hated so much about that episode. It felt like some kind of weak Disney Channel movie, not something that I would have guessed was a Black Mirror episode had someone showed it to me and not told me. Miley Cyrus tried, I guess, but I really didn't buy her acting. There were way too many campy attempts at trying to be funny that just failed, mostly from the Ashley Too robot. I thought it was interesting when the robot killed the real Ashley O, and I was like "oh, at least they went there, that's cool" but nope, she just wakes up. The security guard let's 2 young girls who are so clearly not rat exterminators enter Ashley's house, even though they got inside the gate without anyone letting them in. Oh, and Ashley just happens to be unsupervised in a coma inside the house. Oh, and her machine is just operated by one plug with no backup power in case it gets unplugged. Oh, and the Ashley Too robot has Ashley's entire consciousness inside it and is just held back by an easy-to-remove limiter, instead of only having that one part of her consciousness uploaded to it to prevent that. Oh, and Jack apparently is good enough of a bass player all of a sudden to be playing in Ashley's band at the end. Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid.
  • Oct 16, 2019
    Not worth the time to watch. All the other seasons were better.
  • Oct 08, 2019
    Awfully bad, i don't remember the last time i skipped ahead during an episode because i could not take it anymore, RIP Black Mirror...
  • Sep 29, 2019
    They have shoe horned in - some awful political propaganda . Horrendous sledgehammer identify politics and " climate change " propaganda for the futuristic episodes. Horrible student politics writing and stilted dialogue
  • Sep 12, 2019
    Nothing strongly against any of the episodes. Fun to watch. Entertaining. The technologies used in these episodes are familiar but deployed in many creative ways.

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