Listen, we get it: This is the time of year that you want to be soaking up some sunshine and staying away from the various screens in your life. But with a crop of 13 certified fresh returning series like this, how can you resist!?


Fear the Walking Dead 75% (AMC)

What it is: An extension of the zombie apocalypse world of AMC mega-hit The Walking Dead that takes place in Los Angeles before the events of its mothership series and shows how city dwellers deal with the virus outbreak.

Why you should watch it: It comes as little surprise that if you love The Walking Dead, you’ll love Fear. Its engrossing backdrop and cast of memorable characters is enough to tune in week to week, even through some of its more languid, slow-boiled pacing. Season 5 premieres June 2 on AMC.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, HuluMicrosoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 40 hours (for the first four seasons)


Luther 88% (BBC America)

What it is: This BBC drama follows a brilliant Detective Chief Inspector (Idris Elba) who finds it difficult to strike a work-life balance as he struggles to toe the line between genius and madness.

Why you should watch it: Elba is a four-time Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner for his spellbinding performance as DCI Luther, a magnetic cross between Sherlock Holmes and Columbo, in this gritty character study that adds a new dimension to the cop show genre. Season 5 premieres June 2 on BBC America.

Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, MicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 17 hours (for the first four seasons)


Black Mirror 84% (Netflix)

What it is: Basing its title on the black, reflective screen of a powered-off phone, tablet, or computer, this hit anthological Channel 4-turned-Netflix series from creator Charlie Brooker examines mankind’s dark, twisted (and thankfully, for now, hypothetical) future when beholden to modern technology.

Why you should watch it: Few other sci-fi series today have proven as prescient on technology, sociology, and politics as Black Mirror, and it just keeps getting better. Plus, the Emmy-winning series has helped launch the careers of U.K. talent like Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Alex Lawther, Hayley Atwell, Domhnall Gleeson, and many others.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 20 hours (for the first four seasons)


The Handmaid's Tale 83% (Hulu)

What it is: Set in a not-too-distant future and adapted from Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed novel of the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale is the harrowing imagining of a society where fertile women are forced into slavery to help procreate for the rich and powerful. A gripping and prescient look at modern patriarchy’s darkest corners (and possible futures), it truly is must-watch TV.

Why you should watch it: Last year, The Handmaid’s Tale became the first-ever streaming series to take home the Television Academy’s top honor: the Emmy for best drama. We’d follow its formidable cast — Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd, Joseph Fiennes, Alexis Bledel, and Samira Wiley among them — and behind-the-camera creatives anywhere, maybe even to Gilead. Season 3 premieres on Hulu June 5. 

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 19 hours (for the first two seasons)


Designated Survivor 71% (Netflix)

What it is: David Guggenheim’s political thriller imagines what would happen if an entire presidential administration was killed in one fell swoop and the low-ranking cabinet member tapped as designated survivor (a true-life position here played by Kiefer Sutherland) was sworn in as leader of the free world.

Why you should watch it: This network drama-turned-Netflix reboot marks a welcomed return to TV for Sutherland, who, as the titular survivor Tom Kirkman, holds no prisoners as a man between a rock and hard place. Paired with crackling scripts and an excellent ensemble, Designated Survivor is a mile-a-minute thrill-ride and a worthy follow-up to 24. Season 3 premieres on Netflix June 7.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 30 hours (for the first two seasons)


Big Little Lies 89% (HBO)

What it is: From creator David E. Kelley and based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies is an murder mystery of intertwined upper-class mothers living in Monterey, California.

Why you should watch it: Big Little Lies is one of the buzziest ensemble dramas on TV today, and that’s thanks in large part to its stacked cast of A-list stars and producers: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz — and, in an twist that just about broke the internet, Meryl Streep is co-starring in the new episodes as a woman whose arrival in the rich seaside town of Monterrey causes trouble for the main women. Season 2 returns by popular demand on HBO June 9.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, HBO Now, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 7 hours (for the first season)


Claws (TNT)

What it is: Niecy Nash stars as Desna Simms, the takes-no-prisoners owner of  a nail salon in the swampy town of Manatee County, Florida. She’s flanked by a scene-stealing assortment of coworkers and patrons. The drama flares, however, when she and her employees turn to organized crime and start laundering money.

Why you should watch it: Full of camp, high-stakes crime drama, and firecracker scripts with performances to match, Claws is some of the most fun you’ll have with a TV series this summer. Plus we’ll take any excuse to see two-time Emmy nominee Nash execute her perfect blend of humor, brawn, and heart as the leading lady. Season 3 premieres June 9.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 15 hours (for the first two seasons)


Pose 98% (FX)

What it is: From creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, Pose depicts New York City’s ballroom and voguing scene of the 1980s with sickening pageantry, tea-spilling drama, and high fashions for the gods.

Why you should watch it: Pose made waves upon its premiere by being the largest ever ensemble cast of transgender actors playing trans characters on TV. But aside from its progressive stamp of approval for onscreen representation, it’s also just damn good TV, expertly acted, written, and directed, and unafraid to tackle LGBTQ+ issues that we’ve never seen explored in such a way before. Season 2 premieres on FX June 11.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNOWGoogle Play, Microsoft, NetflixVudu

Commitment: Approx. 6 hours (for the first season)


Queen Sugar 98% (OWN)

What it is: After the unexpected death of their father, estranged siblings Ralph-Angel (a conman fresh out of prison), Nova Bordelon (a New Orleans–based journalist and activist), and Charley Bordelon (an upper-class Los Angeles mother to a teenage son) move to rural Louisiana to claim their inheritance: hundreds of acres of sugarcane farmland.

Why you should watch it: Queen Sugar is the result of women both behind and in front of the camera joining their powers: executive producer Oprah Winfrey; executive producer, director, and writer Ava DuVernay; stars Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner; and other female directors for each episode of its three seasons. And their work isn’t the only stunning aspect of the series — sprawling locations under the Louisiana sun and timely discussions of racial prejudice, mass incarceration, and more make it a thought-provoking family drama. Season 4 premieres on OWN June 12.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 32.5 hours (for the first three seasons)


Younger 98% (TV Land)

What it is: Sex and the City helmer Darren Star strikes gold again for city-dwelling women of a certain age with Younger, starring theater vet and now small-screen charmer Sutton Foster as a single mother who lies about her age to pursue her dreams in publishing.

Why you should watch it: Foster is absolutely pitch-perfect in this fun, sexy, metropolitan comedy, and she’s matched by a bevy of scene-stealing co-stars: Miriam Shor, Hilary Duff, Nico Tortorella, and Debi Mazar, who are all stellar. Season 6 premieres on TV Land June 12.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: About 25 hours (for the first five seasons)


Marvel - Jessica Jones 83% (Netflix)

What it is: Private detective/hard-drinking superhero Jessica Jones overcomes abuse and reluctantly helps save the residents of New York City in the final season of Netflix’s Marvel propjects.

Why you should watch it: Krysten Ritter is sublime as the jeans-and-leather jacket-wearing titular superhero, and her nuanced performance is vital to the portrayal of abuse on screen. Plus, the supporting cast — led by Rachael Taylor and Carrie-Ann Moss, plus David Tennant as the insidious first-season villain Kilgrave — is second to none.  Season 3 premieres on Netflix June 14.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: About 17.5 hours (for the first two seasons)


The Detour 90% (TBS)

What it is: The Detour follows the Parker family as they embark on a roadtrip from their Syracuse, New York home to Florida for a family vacation.

Why you should watch it: As its title would indicate, not everything goes to plan in this well-meaning family road trip, and missteps and mishaps abound. Created by husband-wife duo Samantha Bee and Jason Jones (who stars as the central father with Natalie Zea, Ashley Gerasimovich, and Liam Carroll), the scripts are funny and heartfelt while still leaving room for some unexpected run-ins with the law and other twists. Season 4 premieres on TBS June 18.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google Play, HuluMicrosoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 11 hours (for the first three seasons)


Dark 95% (Netflix)

What it is: This foreign-language streaming series from creators Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friesehildren combines elements of time travel sci-fi, horror, and family drama to tell the story of the fictional German town of Winden; its children are inexplicably disappearing, leaving residents in varied states of emotional disarray.

Why you should watch it: Netflix’s first German-language original series is a doozy: spine-tinglingly eerie, fantastical, and at times downright terrifying, it’s a must-watch for any fans of the genre. Season 2 premieres on Netflix June 21.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 8.5 hours (for the first season)


Legion 91% (FX)

What it is: While Legion is among the most original—and undefinable—series on TV today, in the simplest of terms, it’s the story of psych-ward patient David Haller (Dan Stevens) and his sidekick-turned-nemesis Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) as David more fully becomes what he’s always known himself to be: a mutant.

Why you should watch it: To anyone who says they’re tiring of the superhero genre overtaking film and TV, we say, “Have you seen Legion?” Noah Hawley’s absolutely singular X-Men–based vision is a mind-bending and engrossing head-scratcher that’s well worth committing to. And committing is exactly what Stevens and Plaza do with their no-holds-barred, fearless performances. Season 3, its final season, premieres on FX June 24.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 15 hours (for the first two seasons)


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Best-Reviewed TV Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror 2017

The horror! The horror! The top five series in this category for 2017 share a certain bloodlust, though each in its own peculiar or fantastical way. Game of Thrones, meanwhile, finds itself locked out of the category’s top spots for the first time since RT began awarding TV Golden Tomato prizes in 2013.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2017. Scores might change over time.

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#1

Bates Motel: Season 5 (2017)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Bates Motel's final season brings the franchise full circle, with a satisfyingly creepy conclusion to the trials and tribulations of Norman Bates.

#3
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: With reliably ambitious storytelling and outstanding performances from its cast, Season 3 of The Leftovers approaches the series' conclusion as thoughtfully, purposefully, and confidently as it began.

#4
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Black Mirror proves with its fourth season that the series still has ample source material to terrify fans with technology that is now -- or soon could become -- an integral part of our lives.

#5
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Surreal, suspenseful, and visually stunning, this new Twin Peaks is an auteurist triumph for David Lynch.
Starring:

The winners of the 48th NAACP Image Awards were revealed tonight on a ceremony hosted by Anthony Anderson, and broadcast live on TV One. The Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film. Read through for the full list of winners.


ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR


MOTION PICTURE


Outstanding Motion Picture

 
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture


Don Cheadle

Miles Ahead


Nate Parker

The Birth of a Nation


Will Smith

Collateral Beauty

 
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture


Angela Bassett

London Has Fallen


Madina Nalwanga

Queen of Katwe


Taraji P. Henson

Hidden Figures


Tika Sumpter

Southside With You

 
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture


Chadwick Boseman

Captain America: Civil War


David Oyelowo

Queen of Katwe

 
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture


Aja Naomi King

The Birth of a Nation


Lupita Nyong'o

Queen of Katwe


Mo'Nique

Almost Christmas


Octavia Spencer

Hidden Figures

 
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture


TELEVISION


Outstanding Comedy Series

 
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series


Don Cheadle

House of Lies


Kevin Hart

Real Husbands of Hollywood

 
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series


Issa Rae

Insecure


Keesha Sharp

Lethal Weapon


Niecy Nash

The Soul Man


Uzo Aduba

Orange is the New Black

 
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series


David Alan Grier

The Carmichael Show


Deon Cole

black-ish


Miles Brown

black-ish


Tituss Burgess

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

 
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series


Erica Ash

Survivor’s Remorse


Laverne Cox

Orange Is The New Black


Marsai Martin

black-ish


Tichina Arnold

Survivor’s Remorse


Yvonne Orji

Insecure

 
Outstanding Drama Series

 
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series


Kofi Siriboe

Queen Sugar


Mike Colter

Marvel’s Luke Cage

 
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series


Rutina Wesley

Queen Sugar


Viola Davis

How to Get Away with Murder

 
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series


Alfred Enoch

How To Get Away With Murder


Jesse Williams

Greys Anatomy


Joe Morton

Scandal

 
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series


Amirah Vann

Underground


CCH Pounder

NCIS: New Orleans


Cicely Tyson

How To Get Away with Murder

 
Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

 
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special



The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story


Cuba Gooding Jr.

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story


Jeffrey Wright

Confirmation


Sterling K. Brown

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

 
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special


Audra McDonald

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill



Roots


Kerry Washington

Confirmation


Regina King

American Crime

 
Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-series)


Hudson Yang

Fresh Off The Boat


Lonnie Chavis

This Is Us


Marsai Martin

black-ish


Miles Brown

black-ish

 
Outstanding News/Information – (Series or Special)

  • AM Joy with Joy Reid (MSNBC/NBC News)
  • BET Love and Happiness White House Special (BET)
  • StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson (National Geographic Channel)
  • Stay Woke (BET)
  • Unsung: Sugarhill Gang (TV One)

 
Outstanding Talk Series

  • Steve Harvey (Syndicated)
  • SuperSoul Sunday (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
  • The Real (Syndicated)
  • The Talk (CBS)
  • The View (ABC)

 
Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series

  • Iyanla: Fix My Life (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
  • Little Big Shots (NBC)
  • Mary Mary (WE tv)
  • The Voice (NBC)
  • United Shades of America (CNN)

 
Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)

  • 2016 Black Girls Rock (BET)
  • Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)
  • Lemonade (HBO)
  • Lip Sync Battle (Spike TV)
  • The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards 2016 (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

 
Outstanding Children’s Program

  • All In With Cam Newton (Nickelodeon)
  • An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win (Amazon)
  • Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)
  • K.C. Undercover (Disney Channel)
  • The Lion Guard (Disney Junior)

 
Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

  • Anthony Anderson & Tracee Ellis Ross – 2016 BET Awards (BET)
  • Joy Reid – AM Joy with Joy Reid (MSNBC)
  • Roland S. Martin – NewsOne Now with Roland S. Martin (TV One)
  • Steve Harvey – The Steve Harvey Show (Syndicated)
  • W. Kamau Bell – United Shades of America (CNN)

DOCUMENTARY


 
Outstanding Documentary – (Film)

 
Outstanding Documentary – (Television)

  • Major League Legends: Hank Aaron (Smithsonian Channel)
  • Policing the Police (PBS)
  • Roots: A History Revealed (History)
  • Roots: A New Vision (History)
  • Streets of Compton (A&E)

WRITING


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Donald Glover, “B.A.N.”

Atlanta
97%

Issa Rae, Larry Wilmore, “Insecure as F**k”

Insecure
97%

Kenya Barris, “Hope”

black-ish
92%

Our Lady J, “If I Were A Bell”

Transparent
91%

Prentice Penny, “Real as F**k”

Insecure
97%

 
Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series

Akela Cooper, “Manifest”

Marvel's Luke Cage
87%

Anthony Sparks, “By Any Chance”

Queen Sugar
98%

Ava DuVernay, “First Things First”

Queen Sugar
98%

Joe Robert Cole, “The Race Card”

American Crime Story
85%

LaToya Morgan, “Benediction”

TURN: Washington's Spies
81%

 
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture – (Television)

Alison McDonald

Roots: A New Vision
96%

Charles Murray

Roots: A New Vision
96%

Rashida Jones and Mike Schur

Black Mirror
84%

Rhonda Freeman-Baraka

Merry Christmas, Baby!

 
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Adam Mansbach

Barry
80%

Barry Jenkins

Moonlight
98%

Jeff Nichols

Loving
88%

Richard Tanne

Southside With You
92%

DIRECTING


Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Anton Cropper, “God”

black-ish
92%

Anton Cropper, “Good-ish Times”

black-ish
92%

Donald Glover, “Value”

Atlanta
97%

Marta Cunningham, “Exciting and New”

Transparent
91%

Melina Matsoukas, “Insecure as F**k”

Insecure
97%

 
Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series

Anthony Hemingway, “The Macon 7 “

Underground
96%

John Singleton, “The Race Card”

American Crime Story
85%

Millicent Shelton, “The Lyon Who Cried Wolf”

Empire
84%

Paris Barclay, “Pilot”

Pitch
93%

Sam Esmail, “eps2.5_h2ndshake.sme”

Mr. Robot
94%

 
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)

Carl Seaton

Bad Dad Rehab

Mario Van Peebles

Roots: A New Vision
96%

Rick Famuyiwa

Confirmation
83%

Thomas Carter

Roots: A New Vision
96%

 
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture – (Film)

Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Captain America: Civil War
90%

Barry Jenkins

Moonlight
98%

Garth Davis

Lion
84%

Mira Nair

Queen of Katwe
94%

ANIMATED/CGI


 
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – (Television or Film)


Idris Elba

Finding Dory


Idris Elba

The Jungle Book


Kevin Hart

The Secret Life of Pets


Loretta Devine

Doc McStuffins


RECORDING


Outstanding New Artist

  • Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)
  • Chloe X Halle (Columbia Records)
  • MAJOR. (BOE/Empire)
  • Ro James (RCA Records/ByStorm Entertainment)
  • Serayah (Columbia Records)

 
Outstanding Male Artist

  • Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)
  • Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
  • Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)
  • Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment/ Aftermath/Interscope Records)
  • Maxwell (Columbia)

 
Outstanding Female Artist

  • Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
  • Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • Fantasia (RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited)
  • K. Michelle (Atlantic Records)
  • Solange (Columbia Records)

 
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

  • Blended Family – Alicia Keys feat. A$AP Rocky (RCA Records)
  • Everything’s Beautiful – Robert Glasper & Miles Davis (Legacy Recordings)
  • Freedom – Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • Mad – Solange feat. Lil Wayne (Columbia Records)
  • Royalty – Sounds of Blackness feat HSRA (High School for Recording Arts) (Sounds of Blackness/Atomic K Records)

 
Outstanding Jazz Album

  • Everything’s Beautiful – Robert Glasper & Miles Davis (Legacy Recordings)
  • Latin America Songbook – Edward Simon (Sunnyside)
  • Leslie Odom Jr. – Leslie Odom (S-Curve)
  • Ready Take One – Erroll Garner (Legacy Recordings / Octave Music Licensing LLC)
  • Upward Spiral – Branford Marsalis Quartet and Kurt Elling (Okeh)

 
Outstanding Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary)

  • Jericho: Tribe of Joshua – Livre’ (Glory 2 Glory Entertainment/RAL)
  • Myron Butler & Levi On Purpose – Myron Butler (Motown Gospel)
  • One Way – Tamela Mann (Tillymann, Inc.)
  • The Journey (Live) – Donnie McClurkin (RCA Inspiration)
  • Worship Journal Live – Fred Hammond (RCA Inspiration)

 
Outstanding Music Video

  • 24K Magic – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
  • Cranes In The Sky – Solange (Columbia Records)
  • Formation – Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • This One’s for Me and You – Johnny Gill feat. New Edition (Jskillz)
  • In Common – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

 
Outstanding Song – Traditional

  • Amen – Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)
  • Cranes In The Sky – Solange (Columbia Records)
  • God Provides – Tamela Mann (Tillymann, Inc.)
  • I See Victory – Kim Burrell and Pharrell Williams (I Am Other/Columbia)
  • Lake By The Ocean – Maxwell (Columbia Records)

 
Outstanding Song – Contemporary

  • 24K Magic – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
  • Formation – Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • Freedom – Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • Letter to the Free – Common featuring Bilal (ARTium Records/ Def Jam Recordings)
  • Royalty – Sounds of Blackness feat HSRA (High School for Recording Arts) (Sounds of Blackness/Atomic K Records)

 
Outstanding Album

  • A Seat At The Table – Solange (Columbia Records)
  • Coloring Book – Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)
  • Lemonade – Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • untitled unmastered. – Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope Records)
  • What I’m Feelin – Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)

LITERATURE


Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

  • Another Brooklyn – Jacqueline Woodson (HarperCollins /Amistad)
  • The Book of Harlan – Bernice L. McFadden (Akashic Books)
  • The Illegal – Lawrence Hill (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • The Mother – Yvvette Edwards (HarperCollins Publishers / Amistad)
  • The Underground Railroad: A Novel – Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)

 
Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

  • Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul – Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (Crown / The Crown Publishing Group)
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle – Angela Y. Davis (Author), Cornel West (Foreword), (Haymarket Books)
  • Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly (HarperCollins Publishers / William Morrow)
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America – Ibram X. Kendi (Nation Books)
  • Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymond Obstfeld (Author), (Time Inc. Books)

 
Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

  • Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood – Trevor Noah (Random House)
  • Carry On – Lisa Fenn (HarperCollins Publishers / Harper Wave)
  • Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court – Dr. Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve (Stanford University Press)
  • Grace: A Novel – Natashia Deón (Counterpoint Press)
  • United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good – Cory Booker (Ballantine Books)

 
Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography

  • Answering the Call: An Autobiography of the Modern Struggle to End Racial Discrimination in America – Nathaniel Jones (The New Press)
  • Around the Way Girl: A Memoir – Taraji P. Henson (37 Ink/Atria Books)
  • Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood – Trevor Noah (Random House)
  • Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, A Young Black Man’s Education – Mychal Denzel Smith (Nation Books)
  • My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire – Herb Powell (Author), Maurice White (Author), Steve Harvey (Foreword), David Foster (Foreword), (HarperCollins Publishers / Amistad)

 
Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

  • Green Smoothies for Life – JJ Smith (Atria Books)
  • LA Reid Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next – LA Reid (Harper Collins)
  • Running the Long Race in Gifted Education: Narratives and Interviews from Culturally Diverse Gifted Adults – Joy M. Scott-Carrol (Author), Anthony Sparks (Author), Diana Slaughter Kotzin (Foreword), (IGET-Network Press/Book Publisher’s Network)
  • The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World – The Dalai Lama (Author), Desmond Tutu (Author), Douglas Abrams (With), (Avery)
  • The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage – Daymond John (Author), Daniel Paisner (With), (Crown Business / The Crown Publishing Group)

 
Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

  • Collected Poems: 1974 — 2004 – Rita Dove (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • Counting Descent – Clint Smith (Write Bloody Publishing)
  • The Big Book of Exit Strategies – Jamaal May (Alice James Books)
  • The Sobbing School – Joshua Bennett (Penguin Books)
  • Thief in the Interior – Phillip B. Williams (Alice James Books)

 
Outstanding Literary Work – Children

  • A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day – Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author), Lou Fancher (Illustrator), Steve Johnson (Illustrator), (Viking Children’s Books)
  • Daddy’s Little Girl – Karissa Culbreath (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)
  • Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat – Javaka Steptoe (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • The Golden Girls Of Rio – Nikkolas Smith (Skyhorse Publishing / Sky Pony Press)
  • Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas – Gwendolyn Hooks (Author), Colin Bootman (Illustrator), (Lee & Low Books)

 
Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

  • As Brave As You – Jason Reynolds (Simon & Schuster (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books))
  • Riding Chance – Christine Kendall (Scholastic / Scholastic Press)
  • Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express – Holly Robinson Peete (Author), Ryan Elizabeth Peete (Author), RJ Peete (Author), (Scholastic / Scholastic Press)
  • The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend – Sharon Robinson (Scholastic / Scholastic Press)
  • Two Naomis – Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Author), Audrey Vernick (Author), (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

The nominees for the 48th NAACP Image Awards were announced this morning by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. ABC and HBO lead the race in the television categories with 23 and 14 nominations, respectively, while Walt Disney Studios is at the top of the motion picture categories with 9 nominations, followed by Focus Features with 7. The Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film. Read through for the TV and movie nominees, and check out their official site for the music and literature honorees.

The NAACP Image Awards winners will be announced during the two-hour event hosted by Anthony Anderson, and broadcast live on TV ONE on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 9pm/8c. A 90-minute pre-show will air live from the red carpet at 7:30pm/6:30c.


ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR


TELEVISION

Outstanding Comedy Series

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series


Don Cheadle

House of Lies


Kevin Hart

Real Husbands of Hollywood

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series


Issa Rae

Insecure


Keesha Sharp

Lethal Weapon


Niecy Nash

The Soul Man


Uzo Aduba

Orange is the New Black

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series


David Alan Grier

The Carmichael Show


Deon Cole

black-ish


Miles Brown

black-ish


Tituss Burgess

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series


Erica Ash

Survivor’s Remorse


Laverne Cox

Orange Is The New Black


Marsai Martin

black-ish


Tichina Arnold

Survivor’s Remorse


Yvonne Orji

Insecure

Outstanding Drama Series

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series


Kofi Siriboe

Queen Sugar


Mike Colter

Marvel’s Luke Cage

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series


Rutina Wesley

Queen Sugar


Viola Davis

How to Get Away with Murder

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series


Alfred Enoch

How To Get Away With Murder


Jesse Williams

Greys Anatomy


Joe Morton

Scandal

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series


Amirah Vann

Underground


CCH Pounder

NCIS: New Orleans


Cicely Tyson

How To Get Away with Murder

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special



The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story


Cuba Gooding Jr.

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story


Jeffrey Wright

Confirmation


Sterling K. Brown

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special


Audra McDonald

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill



Roots


Kerry Washington

Confirmation


Regina King

American Crime

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-series)


Hudson Yang

Fresh Off The Boat


Lonnie Chavis

This Is Us


Marsai Martin

black-ish


Miles Brown

black-ish

Outstanding News / Information – (Series or Special)

  • “AM Joy with Joy Reid” (MSNBC/NBC News)
  • “BET Love and Happiness White House Special” (BET)
  • “StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson” (National Geographic Channel)
  • “Stay Woke” (BET)
  • “Unsung: Sugarhill Gang” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series

  • “Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)
  • “SuperSoul Sunday” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
  • “The Real” (Syndicated)
  • “The Talk” (CBS)
  • “The View” (ABC)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series

  • “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
  • “Little Big Shots” (NBC)
  • “Mary Mary” (WE tv)
  • “The Voice” (NBC)
  • “United Shades of America” (CNN)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)

  • “2016 Black Girls Rock” (BET)
  • “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC)
  • “Lemonade” (HBO)
  • “Lip Sync Battle” (Spike TV)
  • “The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards 2016” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Outstanding Children’s Program

  • “All In With Cam Newton” (Nickelodeon)
  • “An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win” (Amazon)
  • “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)
  • “K.C. Undercover” (Disney Channel)
  • “The Lion Guard” (Disney Junior)

 

Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

  • Anthony Anderson & Tracee Ellis Ross – “2016 BET Awards” (BET)
  • Joy Reid – “AM Joy with Joy Reid” (MSNBC)
  • Roland S. Martin – “NewsOne Now with Roland S. Martin” (TV One)
  • Steve Harvey – “The Steve Harvey Show” (Syndicated)
  • W. Kamau Bell – “United Shades of America” (CNN)

MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Motion Picture

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture


Don Cheadle

Miles Ahead


Nate Parker

The Birth of a Nation


Will Smith

Collateral Beauty

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture


Angela Bassett

London Has Fallen


Madina Nalwanga

Queen of Katwe


Taraji P. Henson

Hidden Figures


Tika Sumpter

Southside With You

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture


Chadwick Boseman

Captain America: Civil War


David Oyelowo

Queen of Katwe

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture


Aja Naomi King

The Birth of a Nation


Lupita Nyong'o

Queen of Katwe


Mo'Nique

Almost Christmas


Octavia Spencer

Hidden Figures

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture


DOCUMENTARY

Outstanding Documentary – (Film)

Outstanding Documentary – (Television)

  • “Major League Legends: Hank Aaron” (Smithsonian Channel)
  • “Policing the Police” (PBS)
  • “Roots: A History Revealed” (History)
  • “Roots: A New Vision” (History)
  • “Streets of Compton” (A&E)

WRITING

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Donald Glover, “B.A.N.”

Atlanta
97%

Issa Rae, Larry Wilmore, “Insecure as F**k”

Insecure
97%

Kenya Barris, “Hope”

black-ish
92%

Our Lady J, “If I Were A Bell”

Transparent
91%

Prentice Penny, “Real as F**k”

Insecure
97%

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series

Akela Cooper, “Manifest”

Marvel's Luke Cage
87%

Anthony Sparks, “By Any Chance”

Queen Sugar
98%

Ava DuVernay, “First Things First”

Queen Sugar
98%

Joe Robert Cole, “The Race Card”

American Crime Story
85%

LaToya Morgan, “Benediction”

TURN: Washington's Spies
81%

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture – (Television)

Alison McDonald

Roots: A New Vision
96%

Charles Murray

Roots: A New Vision
96%

Rashida Jones and Mike Schur

Black Mirror
84%

Rhonda Freeman-Baraka

Merry Christmas, Baby!

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Adam Mansbach

Barry
80%

Barry Jenkins

Moonlight
98%

Jeff Nichols

Loving
88%

Richard Tanne

Southside With You
92%

DIRECTING

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Anton Cropper, “God”

black-ish
92%

Anton Cropper, “Good-ish Times”

black-ish
92%

Donald Glover, “Value”

Atlanta
97%

Marta Cunningham, “Exciting and New”

Transparent
91%

Melina Matsoukas, “Insecure as F**k”

Insecure
97%

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series

Anthony Hemingway, “The Macon 7 “

Underground
96%

John Singleton, “The Race Card”

American Crime Story
85%

Millicent Shelton, “The Lyon Who Cried Wolf”

Empire
84%

Paris Barclay, “Pilot”

Pitch
93%

Sam Esmail, “eps2.5_h2ndshake.sme”

Mr. Robot
94%

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)

Carl Seaton

Bad Dad Rehab

Mario Van Peebles

Roots: A New Vision
96%

Rick Famuyiwa

Confirmation
83%

Thomas Carter

Roots: A New Vision
96%

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture – (Film)

Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Captain America: Civil War
90%

Barry Jenkins

Moonlight
98%

Garth Davis

Lion
84%

Mira Nair

Queen of Katwe
94%

ANIMATED/CGI

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – (Television or Film)


Idris Elba

Finding Dory


Idris Elba

The Jungle Book


Kevin Hart

The Secret Life of Pets


Loretta Devine

Doc McStuffins


RECORDING

Outstanding New Artist

  • Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)
  • Chloe X Halle (Columbia Records)
  • MAJOR. (BOE/Empire)
  • Ro James (RCA Records/ByStorm Entertainment)
  • Serayah (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Male Artist

  • Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)
  • Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
  • Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)
  • Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment/ Aftermath/Interscope Records)
  • Maxwell (Columbia)

Outstanding Female Artist

  • Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
  • Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • Fantasia (RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited)
  • K. Michelle (Atlantic Records)
  • Solange (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

  • “Blended Family” – Alicia Keys feat. A$AP Rocky (RCA Records)
  • “Everything’s Beautiful” – Robert Glasper & Miles Davis (Legacy Recordings)
  • “Freedom” – Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • “Mad” – Solange feat. Lil Wayne (Columbia Records)
  • “Royalty” – Sounds of Blackness feat HSRA (High School for Recording Arts) (Sounds of Blackness/Atomic K Records)

Outstanding Jazz Album

  • “Everything’s Beautiful” – Robert Glasper & Miles Davis (Legacy Recordings)
  • “Latin America Songbook” – Edward Simon (Sunnyside)
  • “Leslie Odom Jr.” – Leslie Odom (S-Curve)
  • “Ready Take One” – Erroll Garner (Legacy Recordings / Octave Music Licensing LLC)
  • “Upward Spiral” – Branford Marsalis Quartet and Kurt Elling (Okeh)

Outstanding Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary)

  • “Jericho: Tribe of Joshua” – Livre’ (Glory 2 Glory Entertainment/RAL)
  • “Myron Butler & Levi On Purpose” – Myron Butler (Motown Gospel)
  • “One Way” – Tamela Mann (Tillymann, Inc.)
  • “The Journey (Live)” – Donnie McClurkin (RCA Inspiration)
  • “Worship Journal Live” – Fred Hammond (RCA Inspiration)

Outstanding Music Video

  • “24K Magic” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
  • “Cranes In The Sky” – Solange (Columbia Records)
  • “Formation” – Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • “This One’s for Me and You” – Johnny Gill feat. New Edition (Jskillz)
  • “In Common” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional

  • “Amen” – Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)
  • “Cranes In The Sky” – Solange (Columbia Records)
  • “God Provides” – Tamela Mann (Tillymann, Inc.)
  • “I See Victory” – Kim Burrell and Pharrell Williams (I Am Other/Columbia)
  • “Lake By The Ocean” – Maxwell (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary

  • “24K Magic” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
  • “Formation” – Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • “Freedom” – Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • “Letter to the Free” – Common featuring Bilal (ARTium Records/ Def Jam Recordings)
  • “Royalty” – Sounds of Blackness feat HSRA (High School for Recording Arts) (Sounds of Blackness/Atomic K Records)

Outstanding Album

  • “A Seat At The Table” – Solange (Columbia Records)
  • “Coloring Book” – Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)
  • “Lemonade” – Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • “untitled unmastered.” – Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope Records)
  • “What I’m Feelin” – Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)

LITERATURE

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

  • “Another Brooklyn” – Jacqueline Woodson (HarperCollins /Amistad)
  • “The Book of Harlan” – Bernice L. McFadden (Akashic Books)
  • “The Illegal” – Lawrence Hill (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • “The Mother” – Yvvette Edwards (HarperCollins Publishers / Amistad)
  • “The Underground Railroad: A Novel” – Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

  • “Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul” – Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (Crown / The Crown Publishing Group)
  • “Freedom is a Constant Struggle” – Angela Y. Davis (Author), Cornel West (Foreword), (Haymarket Books)
  • “Hidden Figures” – Margot Lee Shetterly (HarperCollins Publishers / William Morrow)
  • “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” – Ibram X. Kendi (Nation Books)
  • “Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymond Obstfeld (Author), (Time Inc. Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

  • “Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” – Trevor Noah (Random House)
  • “Carry On” – Lisa Fenn (HarperCollins Publishers / Harper Wave)
  • “Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court” – Dr. Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve (Stanford University Press)
  • “Grace: A Novel” – Natashia Deón (Counterpoint Press)
  • “United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good” – Cory Booker (Ballantine Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography

  • “Answering the Call: An Autobiography of the Modern Struggle to End Racial Discrimination in America” – Nathaniel Jones (The New Press)
  • “Around the Way Girl: A Memoir” – Taraji P. Henson (37 Ink/Atria Books)
  • “Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” – Trevor Noah (Random House)
  • “Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, A Young Black Man’s Education” – Mychal Denzel Smith (Nation Books)
  • “My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire” – Herb Powell (Author), Maurice White (Author), Steve Harvey (Foreword), David Foster (Foreword), (HarperCollins Publishers / Amistad)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

  • “Green Smoothies for Life” – JJ Smith (Atria Books)
  • “LA Reid Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next” – LA Reid (Harper Collins)
  • “Running the Long Race in Gifted Education: Narratives and Interviews from Culturally Diverse Gifted Adults” – Joy M. Scott-Carrol (Author), Anthony Sparks (Author), Diana Slaughter Kotzin (Foreword), (IGET-Network Press/Book Publisher’s Network)
  • “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World ” – The Dalai Lama (Author), Desmond Tutu (Author), Douglas Abrams (With), (Avery)
  • “The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage” – Daymond John (Author), Daniel Paisner (With), (Crown Business / The Crown Publishing Group)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

  • “Collected Poems: 1974 — 2004” – Rita Dove (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • “Counting Descent” – Clint Smith (Write Bloody Publishing)
  • “The Big Book of Exit Strategies” – Jamaal May (Alice James Books)
  • “The Sobbing School” – Joshua Bennett (Penguin Books)
  • “Thief in the Interior” – Phillip B. Williams (Alice James Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

  • “A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day” – Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author), Lou Fancher (Illustrator), Steve Johnson (Illustrator), (Viking Children’s Books)
  • “Daddy’s Little Girl” – Karissa Culbreath (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)
  • “Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat” – Javaka Steptoe (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • “The Golden Girls Of Rio” – Nikkolas Smith (Skyhorse Publishing / Sky Pony Press)
  • “Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas” – Gwendolyn Hooks (Author), Colin Bootman (Illustrator), (Lee & Low Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

  • “As Brave As You” – Jason Reynolds (Simon & Schuster (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books))
  • “Riding Chance” – Christine Kendall (Scholastic / Scholastic Press)
  • “Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express” – Holly Robinson Peete (Author), Ryan Elizabeth Peete (Author), RJ Peete (Author), (Scholastic / Scholastic Press)
  • “The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend” – Sharon Robinson (Scholastic / Scholastic Press)
  • “Two Naomis” – Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Author), Audrey Vernick (Author), (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

In the wake of rumors that Netflix may discontinue streaming all BBC series on Jan. 31 if contract negotiations fall through, it’s somewhat comforting to know that there will still be some quality British programming left for Anglophiles to devour. The Channel 4 production Black Mirror has largely flown under the radar, but it’s fascinating, sometimes brilliant, and certainly worth a look if you’re in the mood for some twisted social satire. Here’s why:

Black Mirror

Black Mirror

What’s the premise? Black Mirror is an anthology series of standalone episodes that explores the tricky relationship between society and technology, often depicting either a heightened reality in contemporary times or the ominous possibilities of a not-so-distant future.

What’s it like? If SyFy and the Discovery Channel decided to collaborate on a scripted program and called upon Rod Serling, Kurt Vonnegut, and Roald Dahl — short story Roald Dahl, not Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl — to co-write every episode, you might end up with something like Black Mirror. In fact, the show has most notably drawn comparisons to Serling’s own iconic anthology series, The Twilight Zone, and it certainly fits that mold both structurally and thematically. What differentiates Black Mirror, however, is its specific focus on technology and the ways in which our darkest human impulses can be enabled or amplified by our reliance upon it. So, yes, you can think of it as a Twilight Zone for the digital era, a scathing critique of modern society delivered in twisty, eerily prescient single-serving installments.

Where can I see it? Currently, the only way US residents can watch Black Mirror is on Netflix, where you can stream every episode with the exception of the Christmas special starring Jon Hamm, which aired just last month in the UK.

How long will it take? Aside from season one’s hourlong second episode, each installment of Black Mirror runs about 45 minutes, so you could conceivably run through everything in a little less than five hours. But we don’t recommend that; the show is so grim at times that we’d suggest you take a break between episodes and do something pleasant. Maybe take a walk, practice some yoga, or visit a petting zoo.

What do the critics think? Though only a handful of critics weighed in on Black Mirror and season two didn’t receive enough reviews to generate a Tomatometer score, the first season stands at 100 percent. Alan Sepinwall of HitFix wrote, “What makes the series so powerful is that it doesn’t just present another collection of stories where technology turns on us, but where we use technology to turn on — or tune out — each other,” and writing about the series as a whole for AV Club, Todd VanDerWerff stated, “There are times throughout all six episodes when it’s easy to fear that Brooker’s satire is only skin deep. But he and his collaborators have something to say about so many subjects besides technology.”

Why should I watch this? Look, we’re going to be honest. This is not feelgood television. If you’re in the mood for something light and uplifting, you may want to look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you’re in need of a calculated jolt of bleak cynicism with a dash of sinister paranoia, Black Mirror would be a pretty good way to get your fix. The individual episodes vary somewhat in quality, but they’re all provocative, smartly written, and superbly acted — you’ll see folks like Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Hayley Atwell (Marvel’s Agent Carter), and Domnhall Gleeson (Unbroken) show up in major roles. And while technology does serve as a unifying theme for the series, each episode is cloaked in several layers of satire, whether dressing down contemporary voyeurism, critiquing the culture of celebrity worship, or exploring the dangers of obsessive grieving. If this all sounds a bit heady, don’t worry; the storytelling isn’t dry by any means, and there should be enough sweeping tension and pitch-black humor to keep you engaged and properly disturbed.

What’s my next step? The most obvious post-Black Mirror recommendations would be some of the other anthology series that preceded it, like The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, and Tales of the Unexpected, which was inspired by the short stories of Roald Dahl. Social satire is a popular theme in science fiction, but a few relevant selections from the big screen would include Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop, or Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.

Are you ready to look into the Black Mirror? Tell us why!


Neil Marshall, director of the resoundingly popular cult flick "Dog Soldiers," has struck a deal with Lions Gate to distribute his next movie in North America, says Variety. Written and directed by Mr. Marshall, "The Descent" is a horror movie that centers on "six young women on a caving adventure who are trapped underground and find themselves hunted by a race of humanoid predators."

The cast includes Shauna Macdonald ("Niceland"), Nora-Jane Noone ("The Magdalene Sisters"), Natalie Mendoza ("Code 46"), and Alex Reid ("Last Orders").

"As he did with ‘Dog Soldiers,’ Neil knows how to deliver the scares," says LG exec Peter Block. And while the movie might be pretty darn good, Lions Gate might want to hold off on that release date for a while; the similarly-themed fright flick "The Cave" is already scheduled to hit theaters at the end of the summer.

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