The sheer volume of quality content in this, the Third Golden Age of Television, is overwhelming. The British show Black Mirror, a modern update to The Twilight Zone (with self-contained episodes riffing on the theme of our enslavement to technology) is outstanding, and soon we’ll have Netflix giving us the promising new series Electric Dreams, which will be a series of self-contained episodes each based on a Philip K. Dick work:
Losing Charlie Brooker’s smash-hit dystopian drama Black Mirror to Netflix was a blow for Channel 4, but they haven’t waited too long to jump back on the sci-fi anthology horse.
Working with Amazon Prime Video and Sony Pictures Television, they’ve now developed 10-part series Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams, a collection of one-off science fiction parables adapted from some of the author’s classic short stories, with a starry cast including Bryan Cranston, Steve Buscemi and Terrence Howard.
Breaking Bad’s Cranston also serves as executive producer, which is quite an ask for a show involving so many different writers and stories.
The story above provides synopses of each of the planned Electric Dreams episodes.