[[caption-width-right:350: "The future is bright", indeed.]]

->''"[[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture The future]] [[BadFuture is broken]]."''
-->-- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke5AKVtvkdc Black Mirror Season 2 trailer]]

''Black Mirror'' is a UK [[ScienceFiction science fiction]]-{{horror}} [[GenreAnthology anthology]] series produced (and primarily written) by ''Series/DeadSet'' creator Creator/CharlieBrooker. The episodes [[ThematicSeries all]] explore techno-paranoia and general unease with the world.

The series is inspired by ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', the TropeCodifier for shows of its type. [[MeaningfulName The series' name]] comes from the reflection visible in a blackened digital screen. As each episode is set in its own continuity, specific examples can be found in the appropriate series page (linked below), whilst recurring tropes can be found on this page.

The first series ended up winning the International Emmy for best TV movie or miniseries, and the second series started on 11th of Feb 2013. There has also been a ChristmasSpecial, released in the UK on December 16th 2014, with a third series, picked up by Creator/{{Netflix}}, starting on October 21st, 2016.

[[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff The series became a smash hit in China]], leading Chinese bloggers to dub surreal tech-related events "Black Mirror Moments."

Here are the trailers for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0TmXRrDpP8 Series 1]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke5AKVtvkdc Series 2]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3RHYNZplWg the Christmas Special]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDiYGjp5iFg Series 3]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH85obU350E Series 4]].

Pages for specific episode examples can be found on the series page:

* ''[[Series/BlackMirrorSeriesOne Series One]]''
* ''[[Series/BlackMirrorSeriesTwo Series Two]]''
* ''[[Series/BlackMirrorChristmasSpecial White Christmas]]''
* ''[[Series/BlackMirrorSeriesThree Series Three]]''
* ''[[Series/BlackMirrorSeriesFour Series Four]]''

The first series consists of ''The National Anthem'', ''15 Million Merits'', and ''The Entire History of You''; the second contains ''Be Right Back'', ''White Bear'', and ''The Waldo Moment''; the third contains ''Nosedive'', ''Playtest'', ''Shut Up and Dance'', ''San Junipero'', ''Men Against Fire'', and ''Hated in the Nation''; the fourth contains ''Arkangel'', ''USS Callister'', ''Crocodile'', ''Hang the DJ'', ''Metalhead'', and ''Black Museum''. ''Black Mirror: White Christmas'', the Christmas special, contained three intertwining narratives.
!!Recurring tropes throughout the series:
* AlphabetNewsNetwork: UKN, the fictional news channel which reports on stories throughout the series. In 'The National Anthem' it is said to exist alongside the BBC, ITV and Sky in the Black Mirror universe.
* AuthorTract: The entire point of the series, when you get down to it. Charlie Brooker was never a subtle man.
* AssholeVictim: Occasionally played straight, but [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed more often than not,]] particularly in ''White Bear'', ''Shut Up and Dance'', and ''Hated by the Nation''. The assholes often do things that make them seem unsympathetic such as being rude overall to [[spoiler: engaging in child murder or pornography,]] but the events they go through are so utterly horrific that any sense of schadenfreude is drained right out. Meanwhile, their tormentors, those that have designated them assholes, are very clearly little better than those they attack and humiliate, [[KnightTemplar often using pretensions of vigilante justice]] [[YouAreWhatYouHate to engage in being assholes themselves.]]
* BigBad: Every single episode has one thing in common: [[NewMediaAreEvil technology is the main source of conflict]] (or, at the very least, [[GreaterScopeVillain it's involved in the conflict in one way or another]]).
* BreatherEpisode: A few of the episodes have the endings be more bittersweet so that the viewer can't constantly assume the worst possible thing will happen every time. "San Junipero" [[spoiler:straight up ends on an unambiguously happy note, and also features an incredibly optimistic and sweet romance with virtually no hints of malice or cynicism]]. "Nosedive" is also considerably less far-fetched, dire, and depressing than other episodes.
* BritishBrevity: The first two seasons total three hour-length episodes per season, and a Christmas Special. The first season was only meant to be a mini-series, but it proved to be so successful that the show was commissioned for another one. This has been averted with the Netflix run, as the newest series has 6 episodes and the next season is confirmed to follow the same format.
* CreativeClosingCredits: Combined with TheStinger, the credits often show the aftermath of each story.
* DownerEnding: Most of the endings of the episodes, with some of the endings being [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet.]]
%%* HumansAreBastards
* HumansAreFlawed: Another perspective is that the way humans treat each other in this show occurs simply because we've begun developing technology without first taking into account the potential ethical consequences they may cause.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The series adverts, which are a cocktail of [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Guns]] and {{Red Herring}}s. It's worth watching them again post-series to see what was and wasn't {{foreshadow|ing}}ed for the plots.
* NewMediaAreEvil: Very frequent... but is it more the technology [[HumansAreFlawed or the people who use it]], and/or ''how'' they're choosing to use it?
* {{Pastiche}}: Towards ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' and ''Series/TalesOfTheUnexpected,'' among others.
* RousseauWasRight: The series overall shows this quite often, though rendered through a heavily cynical lens; Charlie Brooker once described this in an interview:
-->''"I think most people are inherently good. When they throw themselves behind some ugly cause, it's usually out of fear or because they're not availed of all the facts. The show generally reflects that. [[HumansAreFlawed It's usually just people with a weakness who end up fucking up.]] We don't have many mustache-twirling villains. But I am a worrier and I do think things are going to go horribly wrong by accident."''
%%* SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism: Falls on the side of cynicism.
%%** "San Junipero" falls surprisingly far on the idealist side.
* ShoutOut: Much of the episode "Playtest" is a shoutout to the Resident Evil Series. It involves someone being placed in a spooky mansion. As if that weren't enough the protagonist's last name is Redfield
%%* TakeThat
* TakeThatCritics: A mild-mannered one -- a journalist mocking the show's NewMediaAreEvil theme and its plots twittered "what if phones, but too much". Brooker read it, thought it was funny, and used it as a plot point to ''Playtest'', one of the episodes in the third season.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Most episodes. "The National Anthem", "The Waldo Moment", and "Shut Up and Dance" are exceptions as, due to no visible tech advancement, they are presumably set around present day. Indeed, a FreezeFrameBonus shows they take place at about the same time -- Carlton Bloom's "agitation exhibit" is mentioned during a broadcast during the Waldo Moment.
* VillainProtagonist: As a result of the series' YouBastard attitude toward humanity, several episodes feature this sort of protagonist.
* YouBastard: As observed in numerous reviews of the series, Black Mirror's stories take ''many'' digs at the selfishness and pettiness of contemporary humans as amplified by technology.