The BEST Episodes of How TV Ruined Your Life

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 4, 2019

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

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 9.00
31 votes
Writers: Charlie Brooker

#2 - Love

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 8.93
26 votes
Writers: Charlie Brooker

#3 - Progress

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 8.69
26 votes
Writers: Charlie Brooker

#4 - Fear

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 8.67
43 votes
Writers: Charlie Brooker
The Lifecycle

#5 - The Lifecycle

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 8.36
34 votes
Writers: Charlie Brooker

#6 - Knowledge

Season 1 - Episode 6

Charlie Brooker traces how TV's notion of knowledge has changed from bespectacled experts to celebrity presenter drivel.

star 8.25
24 votes