The first-ever episode of the anthology series Black Mirror involved the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom having sex with a pig on national television. And it only got more disturbing from there.

If you haven’t seen the first two seasons of the show, which originally aired on Channel 4 in the UK, it’s a moral imperative that you remedy that. Imagine The Twilight Zone but each episode deals with a future reality where technology has changed the way we live and how that might not always be a good thing. As show creator Charlie Booker put it, “they’re all about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy.” Clumsy might be the nicest way to put it.

The show was such a breakout success that Netflix ordered a third season of the show (with a fourth already schedule). The trailer for the six-episode, third season has now dropped.

Whereas the show has mostly featured British actors up until now (except for a standalone Christmas episode featuring Jon Hamm), this season’s episodes are a mix of American and English cast-members. Familiar faces include Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Kelly Macdonald, Cherry Jones, and Jerome Flynn.

Here’s what we know about each episode.

Nosedive: Written by Charlie Brooker, Michael Schur & Rashida Jones (both of The Office and Parks & Recreations), it’s about an insecure office drone (Bryce Dallas Howard) who lives in a future where every social interaction is obsessively ranked and rated. She is constantly trying to catch up to her friend, played by Alice Eve.

Playtest: A thrill-seeker visits Britain to test the latest in video game technology, which leads to some mind-bending terror.

Shut Up and Dance: A teenager falls into an online trap and is forced into an alliance with a strange man as they try to fend off a mysterious threat.

San Junipero: A 1980s-era episode (which raises all sorts of questions for a forward-thinking anthology series) about new arrivals in a beach town “synonymous with sun, surf, and sex.”

Men Against Fire: Soldiers is protecting a village from some kind of mutants alongside and hoping that a new technology will save them. Brooker said this episode is influenced by drone warfare but is “a horror thriller, almost like The Walking Dead.”

Hated in the Nation: A 90-minute episode (the series’ first). This one is a crime drama inspired by the Scandinavian noir thrillers that are very popular in Britain. A police detective and her sidekick investigate a string of murders linked to social media. It sounds procedural but apparently takes “a bizarre turn.” In a way, that’s what we’d expect.

Season three of Black Mirror premieres on Netflix on October 21.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to

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