* Shows to look into if Black Mirror’s finale has you wanting more
* Some of the best science fiction and fantasy anthology series
* From British horror comedy to Philip K. Dick-inspired sci-fi
We may have a while before the next season of Black Mirror, (unconfirmed release date as of yet, but likely slotted for late-2018) but we’ve rounded up six decidedly unsettling shows to binge watch in the meantime.
1. Electric Dreams
The anthology series Electric Dreams features 10 episodes so far, each one a self-contained narrative based on a Philip K. Dick story. The series takes its name from the story that inspired Blade Runner, but the episodes are as diverse as the author’s dazzlingly far-reaching work. An all star cast includes Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston and Anna Paquin.
AMC’s Humans, now in its second season, takes us into a chillingly plausible near future where almost human robotic assistants called “Synths” are as common as today’s iPhones. Fittingly, what makes this show so gripping is the way it uses the backdrop of a meditation on artificial intelligence to stage a drama revolving around all too common jealousies and conflicts.
3. Mr. Robot
Rami Malek stars as an intensely charismatic hacker (when have you heard that phrase before?) in this highly acclaimed sci-fi show. Mr. Robot, like many of the best Black Mirror episodes, gives us an eerie near-future dystopia that’s just a little too realistic for comfort.
4. The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone, one of TV’s most iconic sci-fi programs, needs no introduction of course, other than the famous words which opened the show: “There is a fifth dimension…” While it’s become a cliche to compare Black Mirror to the Twilight Zone, the truth is that when talking about any eerie sci-fi anthology show, the specter of The Twilight Zone is bound to come up.
5. Inside No. 9
If Black Mirror has left you only wanting to watch anthology shows that are creepy and uncanny, Inside No. 9 is for you. Based around the conceit that each episode takes place inside a different “number 9,” the show skillfully combines horror with humor seamlessly.
Westworld may draw distantly on a Michael Crichton novel, but the HBO show contains the kind of tensely wound dramas and power struggles mixed with “big questions” about artificiality and free will that distinctly recall the themes explored in Black Mirror.