Stars: Rory Kinnear, Lydia Wilson, Daniel Kaluuya, Jessica Brown Findlay, Toby Kebbell, Jodie Whittaker, Hayley Atwell, Domhnall Gleeson, Lenora Crichlow, Michael Smiley, Tuppence Middleton, Ian Bonar, Daniel Rigby, Jason Flemyng

When done properly, the genre anthology series format can make for some of TV's most thought-provoking and unsettling entertainment. Think back to Rod Serling's original The Twilight Zone, the original The Outer Limits, and England's Hammer House of Horror. More recent shows have tried to emulate those successes, like Showtime's Masters of Horror, but have been too uneven to have any lasting impact. England's Black Mirror, though, deserves placement right alongside The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.

Wisely, series creator Charlie Brooker limited Black Mirror's two seasons (which originally aired in 2011 and 2012 overseas before premiering stateside this year) to three hour-long episodes each. Thus, there's no filler. The core theme remains the same throughout all six entries: Technology is advancing rapidly, and, before we know it, it's going to bite us all in our asses.

Black Mirror has something for everyone. There's the melancholy romance of "Be Right Back," in which a woman reunites with her deceased lover whose reanimated body operates solely on personal information gathered through his social media interactions. Things gets dark and disturbing in the very Serling-esque "White Bear," a look at a possible futuristic justice system that makes A Clockwork Orange seem humane. Reality TV also gets a scathing indictment in "Fifteen Million Merits," a Running Man-inspired depiction of an American Idol-inspired competition. Something for everyone if you want your sleep troubled, of course. —Matt Barone