The BEST Episodes of How TV Ruined Your Life

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 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.

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#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.

star 8.99
140 votes
Writers: Charlie Brooker

#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.

star 8.75
108 votes
Writers: Charlie Brooker
The Lifecycle

#3 - The Lifecycle

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 1, 2011

From kids shows to Countdown, TV has something to infuriate anyone of any age. Warning: this episode contains creepy dolls and the 1980s Oxo dad.

star 8.58
117 votes
Writers: Charlie Brooker

#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.

star 8.18
153 votes
Writers: Charlie Brooker

#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.

star 8.17
108 votes
Writers: Charlie Brooker

#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.

star 8.12
52 votes