The BEST Episodes of How TV Ruined Your Life
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2021
Network: BBC Two
Charlie Brooker attempts to explain where it all went wrong and just how wildly the TV and movie ideal differs from life's grim reality.
#1 - Aspiration
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 8, 2011
From Dallas to Grand Designs, TV continually rubs desirable lifestyles in your face, making you feel inadequate in the process. Warning: contains Sophie Dahl and coffins.
#2 - Love
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 15, 2011
Charlie Brooker argues that TV has warped our expectations of romance with a toxic combination of Blind Date and rom-coms. Do 'soulmates' even exist? Warning: this episode contains traces of Dirty Den and suggestive swimwear.
#4 - Fear
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 25, 2011
From hysterical public information films to grisly crime dramas, terror spills out of almost every channel. As Charlie explores TV's approach to fear, you won't know whether to laugh or scream. Warning: contains traces of Michael Buerk and a semi-naked lady.
#5 - Progress
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 1, 2011
From the moon landings to Blake's 7 to CSI: Miami, Charlie Brooker argues that television has warped our relationship with technology. Warning: this episode contains a computerised Simon Cowell and a lady in a silver catsuit.
#6 - Knowledge
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 8, 2011
Charlie Brooker traces how TV's notion of knowledge has changed from bespectacled experts to celebrity presenter drivel.