'Black Mirror' (Audience Network)
This British anthology series, which came to DirecTV late in the year, is a riveting "Twlight Zone" for the Internet age, presenting fiendishly clever stories about the many ways the series of tubes has stripped away basic pieces of our humanity without us even noticing. The series' creator Charlie Brooker wrote or co-wrote five of the six episodes, and he has a real skill for marrying grand satirical statements with small-scale human drama, like in the series' best installment, "Be Right Back," which demonstrates how much (or how little) of ourselves we put into what we do and say in social media, but tells it through a moving character story featuring a terrific performance by Hayley Atwell. Single-episode anthologies have gone out of fashion on American TV — the new vogue is season-long anthologies like "American Horror Story" or HBO's upcoming "True Detective" — but again and again, Brooker and company demonstrate the power of a perfectly-crafted short story.
- Alan Sepinwall