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Sex & Nudity

  • 'Man Against Fire' shows a man's dream where he's having sex with a woman. It's from the point of view of the man and full bare breasts are visible through the entirety of the scene. Multiple clones of the woman appear, all with bare breasts visible. This scene is somewhat prolonged.
  • 'Striking Vipers' contains multiple sex scenes throughout, most of which are performed in virtual reality.
  • Occasional sex scenes occur in a few episodes, covered, off screen/camera, rare flashes of nudity. Some are pretty intense and sometimes we only see underwear.
  • 'Fifteen Million Merits' shows porn on screens. In at least one shot a woman's breast is part visible (no nipple), and in another, a man and woman are shown having sex although no genitalia is visible. The porn scenes flash by quickly, so it is hard to see many details. Women are also shown seductively sucking on fingers.
  • ''Be Right Back', ''The Entire History of You'', "San Junipero'' and "Hang the Dj" have some intense sex scenes.
  • 'The National Anthem' handles some mature sexual themes. Someone is forced to preform sexual intercourse with a live animal - the act is not shown in detail, although you do see a few shots of their face during it. Bestiality is not glorified in this episode, but instead, the characters seem distressed by the matter.
  • 'The Waldo Moment' contains one sex scene in a dark room. It also has a cartoon character making very lewd jokes, and showing a cartoon penis that he pretends to masturbate.

Violence & Gore

  • In "Men Against Fire", frightening creatures called Roaches try to kill a soldier. The soldier shoots one (resulting in blood splatter on the wall), and after an intense fight scene, he stabs one repeatedly. This is very gruesome, blood is shown in detail.
  • Only some episodes contain violence and menace but in every episode there is a lot of suspense.
  • "Black Museum" is the most gruesome episode of the series, with a scene where a man mutilates himself for sexual pleasure.
  • One scene shows a drunken character threatening and punching is wife's ex- boyfriend, the scene is very brief.
  • A woman is shot in the leg. Multiple large wounds are shown.
  • A person has their finger cut off (not shown in detail). The finger is then sent in a box to someone else.
  • A body is briefly shown hanging from the ceiling
  • A woman and two others are shown being chased by a masked man with a shotgun. He shoots at them.
  • Someone is shot in the stomach and stumbles to the ground, no blood is seen.
  • Two women are held captive by a man with a shotgun and lead ominously through the woods.
  • Prisoners are taken to what appears to be an execution site with bodies strung up hanging from trees.
  • A man is shot with a shotgun at point blank. No blood.
  • A man jabs himself in the hand with a piece of glass, created a small wound. Later the same man holds the piece of glass up to his neck and threatens to kill himself.
  • In White Christmas, one character kills another with a blunt object. Slight blood is shown. Someone freezes to death, not graphic. A character is murdered, we hear them weakly cry for help, we see blood on their teeth, but we don't see the moment of death. A character commits suicide with poison. A man and a woman have a domestic and he throws a vase of flowers against the wall. A man follows a woman and tries to get her attention.
  • In Playtest, there is one gruesome violent scene. A character is stabbed with a knife, and it comes through their back and out of their chest. A character rips the skin off of another character's face, revealing a bloody, animated skeleton. A character impales another's head on a knife. A character writhes in agony and dies, not bloody.


  • The word "cunt" is used in four episodes. (S3E3, S3E6, S4E3, S5E2).
  • Smithereens (S5E2) has very strong language throughout. Over 80 uses of "fuck", and 2 uses of "cunt". This episode has by far the strongest language of any episode.
  • The word "fuck" is used very frequently, 30-40 times per episode typically.
  • Other milder terms are used such as "shit," "tit," and others are used.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Occasional alcohol use and smoking
  • A character is told to drink a fluid called "compliance" that is a psychedelics or narcotic.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Black Mirror is a very thought provoking show and some episodes can be kind of bloody and frightening but these scenes are not prolonged/frequent
  • 'Shut Up and Dance' has very intense scenes throughout. And is very sad and probably the most realistic episode to date.
  • Most episodes have distressing themes, and very few have happy endings. Generally, characters' lives get worse, and not better. Quite a few of the episodes have main characters going insane.
  • "San Junipero" has virtually no frightening or intense scenes. A character explores a seedy, dark area.
  • "White Christmas" has a somewhat scary and very intense scene that involves murder and suicide by poison. It has several instances of psychological torment involving technology. In fact, when you think about exactly what happens to the two main protagonists at the end of this episode it is one of the most psychologically disturbing things ever portrayed in film or TV.


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Sex & Nudity

  • "Arkangel" features a sex scene involving a teenage girl; we don't see any explicit detail but hear some graphic dialogue the girl has learned from Internet porn.

Violence & Gore

  • A boy points a gun on a man and then turns it on himself, holding it under his chin and pulling the trigger. It fails.
  • In Arkangel, a mother is beat severely by her daughter with an iPad, disturbing
  • In the episode "Crocodile" a woman commits several murders. 2 of them are onscreen and quite bloody and the other 2 offscreen. One of the victims is a baby, which can be very unsettling to some viewers.
  • 'Black Museum' contains a disturbing scene of self mutilation. A man shoves pieces of glass under his fingernails, and later on he is shown pulling out his own teeth. He is covered in cuts, and his severed toes are scattered around the floor.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • In Arkangel, a teen girl tries cocaine from her drug dealing boyfriend.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • In "the national anthem" , we seen a man hangs himself towards the end of the episode, it's very extremely disturbing, upsetting and scary.
  • Many episodes have distressing stories riddled throughout. The episode 'Black Museum' in particular is incredibly dark and distressing, significantly more so than the rest of the series. It contains people stripped of their rights and subjected to pure torture, and well as a very gory and disturbing scene with a person who's pain is replaced with pleasure, and the experiences of the main villain at the end are truly horrifying.
  • "Playtest" is a horror themed episode, and has both scary and distressing themes. While it is mostly slow burn anticipation / tension, there are several horror scenes towards the end of the episode. There are two jump scares, one is predictable, but the second is not, and involves the sudden transformation of a person into a gruesome insect. The character is later attacked and engages in bloody hand-to-hand combat. Someone is turned into a bloody animated skeleton. Most of the episode is psychological, with a character's sanity and life being threatened.
  • "White Bear" is very intense. It involves both psychological torment and physical violence. Humans are hunted by others, and some humans die.

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